This is the "Home" page of the "New Orleans Studies" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

New Orleans Studies  

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
Home Print Page

Useful Websites

  • LOUISana Digital Library
    The LOUISiana Digital Library (LDL) is an online library of materials from Louisiana institutions. The LDL contains photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, oral histories, and more that document Louisiana's unique history and culture.
  • Louisiana Division of the New Orleans Public Library
    The website for the Louisiana Division of the New Orleans Public Library contains a wealth of information on the history of New Orleans. In addition to information on the city's Archive sand Special Collections, the site can be searched for historic photographs, genealogical information, and property research.
  • Robinson’s Atlas of the City of New Orleans, Louisiana (1883)  
    Originally created for the use of insurance companies, Robinson’s Atlas consists of 30 maps. The maps indicate existing lots, buildings, and geographic landmarks. The color pink represents brick buildings, and yellow signifies wooden structures. Printed street names are contemporaneous to publication; hand-written name changes were added at a later undetermined date. Street addresses predate the current system, adopted by New Orleans in the early 1890s.
  • The Vieux Carré Digital Survey
    The Collins C. Diboll Vieux Carré Digital Survey is an electronic version of the Vieux Carré Survey, housed at The Historic New Orleans Collection since 1966. The survey is an extensive study of the properties within the French Quarter referencing essential historical, architectural, legal and sociological data on individual lots and structures from the French colonial period to the present.


  • Academic Search Complete  
    Find articles in all subject areas in over 9000 journals and magazines, with full text for about 6100. Updated daily. Dates vary, some as early as 1865 to present.
  • America's News
    Search or browse for full text of newspapers from all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. Includes the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Also includes some non-newspaper sources. Dates vary.
  • History Reference Center  
    Articles on history from over reference books, encyclopedias and other books, history magazines, historical documents, biographies, and historical photographs and maps. Dates of coverage vary.
  • JSTOR  
    Several collections of full-text scholarly journals in many subject areas. We receive these JSTOR collections: Arts & Sciences I through X and Life Sciences. Life Sciences includes the Biological Sciences, and Health & General Sciences. The Language & Literature, and Music Collections are now part of the larger Arts & Sciences III and IV. JSTOR has the beginning of each journal to 3, 4 or 5 years ago. How-to videos.
  • LexisNexis Academic  
    A large database that provides access to full-text articles and documents that span a wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information. Includes some non-English titles. Coverage generally begins in the mid-1980s.
  • Project MUSE Standard  
    Provides full text articles of scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences, including literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, education, political science and gender studies. Coverage dates vary by journal title. Mostly 1993 to present. How-to videos.


  • America: History & Life with Full Text  
    Citations to articles, books, and dissertations on U.S. and Canada from prehistory to the present. Covers publications from 1964 to present. Full text for over 1300 titles.
  • MLA International Bibliography  
    The MLA International Bibliography, produced by the Modern Language Association of America, consists of citations related to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore in nearly 4,000 scholarly journals, books, book chapters, and other formats. Includes some non-English language material. 1926 to present.

Library Catalogs

  • Online catalog
    The library’s online catalog contains information about the books, e-books, music scores, videos (both DVD and VHS), and sound recordings that the library owns. The catalog also contains detailed information about the print journal and magazine titles that the library owns, but it does not contain citations for individual articles. For more help in using the catalog, ask a librarian, review our FAQs.
  • OCLC WorldCat  
    Catalog of books, web resources, and other material worldwide in OCLC member libraries. (Does not include book chapters or individual articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers.) Includes considerable non-English language material.

Primary Sources

  • Afro-Louisiana History and Geneoalogy 1719-1820
    Users of the Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy online search engine can locate individual slaves who lived in Louisiana between the years of 1718 and 1820 through this easy-to-use, free, public database. Find valuable historical data from over 100,000 descriptions of slaves found in documents in Louisiana between 1718 and 1821 by searching identifiers such as gender, racial designation, or plantation location. Users can even search the origin of the slaves brought to Louisiana in the 18th and 19th centuries to work the New World.
  • Collins C. Diboll Vieux Carré Digital Survey  
    "...An extensive study of the [real estate] properties within the French Quarter referencing essential historical, architectural, legal and sociological data on individual lots and structures from the French colonial period to the present."
  • Digital Sanborn Maps  
    Images of street maps from selected Louisiana cities, including New Orleans, from 1867 to 1970. Indexes by street name can be found on the New Orleans Public Library website here:
  • Digital Sanborn Maps Index
    Indexes for the Sanborn maps by street name can be found on the New Orleans Public Library website.
  • HarpWeek  
    Browsable and searchable full text and images of the magazine Harper's Weekly for 1857 through 1877.
  • Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey
    The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are among the largest and most heavily used in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. The collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and landscape design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types, engineering technologies, and landscapes. This online presentation of the HABS/HAER/HALS collections includes digitized images of measured drawings, black-and-white photographs, color transparencies, photo captions, written history pages, and supplemental materials.
  • Louisiana Digital Media Archive
    The Louisiana Digital Media Archive is the first project in the nation to combine the media collections of a public broadcaster and a state's archives. The ever-expanding archive contains a combined catalog of thousands of hours of media recorded over the past half-century. You'll have a front row seat to Louisiana history through video of historic events, interviews and remote and endangered Louisiana places and cultures.
  • Louisiana Newspaper Access Program  
    Digital versions of Louisiana newspapers, as early as 1794 and as late as 1949.
  • New Orleans Bee
    New Orleans newspaper published from 1827 to 1925. It includes articles primarily French and English, with some Spanish. This site has two time sections: Sept. 1827 through Aug. 1881 and Sept. 1881 to Dec. 1923. No searching for text, only browsing by date.
  • Times-Picayune [New Orleans] 1837-1988  
    Locate articles in the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper by word or date for 1837 through 1988.

Sound Recordings


    Librarian Profile

    Profile Image
    Trish Nugent
    Contact Info
    Special Collections and Archives Coordinator
    Phone: (504) 864-7092
    Send Email

    Librarian Profile

    Profile Image
    Deborah Poole
    Contact Info
    Interim Dean of Libraries
    Phone: (504) 864-7133
    Send Email

    Monroe Library Chat

    JavaScript disabled or chat unavailable.

    Loading  Loading...