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Scholarly Journals
The University of North Carolina Press
Information Technology Services

Scholarly Journals

The University has published scholarly journals since 1884, when the Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society first appeared.

The following list contains some of the publications currently produced by the University's graduate and professional programs.

American Diplomacy. A journal for commentary, analysis and research on American foreign policy and its practice.

Annali d'Italianistica. The mission of this publication is to promote the study of Italian literature in its cultural context, to foster scholarly excellence, and to select topics of interest to a large number of Italianists.

Carolina Papers in International Health and Development. A series of UNC–Chapel Hill graduate student working papers designed to promote scholarship in the fields of health and development and to raise awareness of such issues among international studies specialists.

Endeavors. Features outstanding research and creative work undertaken by faculty and students at the University. Distributed free, the magazine reaches 8,600 on- and off-campus readers in an effort to engage others in Carolina research.

North Carolina Law Review. Published by the School of Law to stimulate research and publication by faculty and students.

Studies in Romance Languages and Literatures. For 60 years, this publication has supported and disseminated scholarship in the romance literatures.

The University of North Carolina Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures. An internationally renowned monograph series in the field of Germanic studies.

In addition, the University of North Carolina Press publishes the following journals (

Social Forces, one of the best known journals in sociology and related fields.

The High School Journal, for educational practitioners and theorists nationwide.

Studies in Philology, publishing articles on British literature before 1900 and articles on relations between British literature and works in the classical, Romance, and Germanic languages.

Southeastern Geographer, publishing the academic work of geographers and other social and physical scientists since 1961.

Southern Literary Journal, premier publication devoted to the fiction, poetry, and drama of the American South.

Southern Cultures, dedicated to the exploration of what makes the South the South.

Early American Literature, journal of the Division on American Literature to 1800 of the Modern Language Association.

Appalachian Heritage, a leading literary magazine of the southern Appalachian region.

The University of North Carolina Press

The University of North Carolina Press is the primary publishing arm of the University in the scholarly field. In addition to its publication of the journals of research, it carries on a book publishing program of about 80 new titles a year. Although these books are the work of scholars from all parts of the world, the presence in the University of a professionally-staffed book publishing organization, with facilities for the international distribution of works of scholarship, is a stimulus to research and writing by members of the University community. The Press' program is an important contribution to the development of that aspect of the University's service which has to do with the advancement of learning.

Electronic Publications:


The University Libraries

The main humanities and social sciences collections of the Academic Affairs Library are housed in the Walter Royal Davis Library. Davis Library includes more than 900 open and closed carrels for assignment to graduate students, and an additional 1,950 lounge, carrel, and table seats for general use. The building also houses group study rooms, 11 lounges, a computer lab, and a number of special study areas. All students are also welcome to use the Louis Round Wilson Library, home of the University's special collections, as well as the Robert B. House Undergraduate Library and any of the specialized departmental libraries.

The University Libraries hold over 5 million bound volumes and nearly 4.5 million microforms, constituting one of the most important collections in the South. Additional information about the libraries, as well as access to the online catalogs and to many electronic resources, is available at Reference librarians at any of the UNC–Chapel Hill libraries are available to help graduate students locate materials, use print or online library resources, or tackle any question from the most basic to in-depth advice on research projects.

The University Libraries receive more than 100,000 periodicals and other serials annually, including the publications of professional associations and learned societies. The Academic Affairs Library also receives the publications of such organizations as the Smithsonian and Carnegie institutions, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Hispanic Society of America, and the Russell Sage Foundation, and of many universities, including foreign universities and academies.

The government document collections comprise a rich body of resources. The Academic Affairs Library is a regional depository for United States government documents and United Nations publications, as well as selected foreign government documents. Particularly rich are its files of federal and state publications; state legislative journals, laws, collected documents, colonial and state records, and records of constitutional conventions.

The libraries provide access to a wide array of online resources including indexes and abstracts, statistical materials and government data, and full text titles. Many titles may be accessed from home by members of the University community. The Davis Library Information Commons makes available state-of-the-art workstations for library research.

Departmental libraries containing collections for study and research are assigned to Art, Biology (Botany and Zoology), Chemistry, City and Regional Planning, Geological Sciences, Institute of Government, Information and Library Science, Mathematics/Physics, and Music. The Law Library, containing more than 300,000 volumes, is located within the School of Law at Van Hecke-Wettach Hall. It contains material useful to students of history and government.

In addition to the collections available in-house, the libraries provide access to a multitude of external resources. Materials that the libraries do not own may be borrowed through interlibrary borrowing. UNC–Chapel Hill students may obtain a Triangle Research Libraries Network card allowing them to borrow materials from Duke, North Carolina State, and North Carolina Central Universities. The valuable manuscripts of the State Department of Archives and History and the collections of the State Library at Raleigh are also nearby.


Special Collections (Wilson Library)

The North Carolina Collection holds books, pamphlets, maps, newspapers, serials, broadsides, microforms, documents, recordings, and other materials relating to the state and its people, and ranging in date from the 16th century to the present. Two of its prominent collections are the Sir Walter Raleigh Collection, relating to the courtier and the era of Elizabethan exploration, and the Thomas Wolfe Collection of manuscripts and published items by and about the University's well-known literary alumnus. The Photographic Archives provide a visual record of people, places, and events throughout the state in negatives, prints, and postcards, including examples of all formats beginning with daguerreotype of the 1840s. The North Carolina Collection Gallery exhibits artifacts, art, and furnishings related to the history and culture of the state and the University.

The Manuscripts Department consists of several units. The Southern Historical Collection preserves private papers' letters, diaries, account books, broadsides, photographs, taped interviews, video documentation, etc. of individuals, families, and organizations of the region. University Archives houses the official unpublished records of the University created since its charter in 1789. The General and Literary Manuscripts Collection includes documents related to notable British writers and literary enterprises and to American writers from outside the South. The Southern Folklife Collection houses extensive recorded music, field tapes, photographs, movie film, and other materials related to study and research in the field of folklore and popular culture, with emphasis on materials about the region.

The Rare Book Collection includes books, pamphlets, broadsides, medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, and graphic images. Of particular interest are the Estienne Imprint Collection, the Bernard J. Flatow Collection of the Cronistas, the George Harper Collection of W. B. Yeats, the Archibald Henderson Collection of George Bernard Shaw, the William Henry Hoyt Collection of French History, the Bill Morgan Collection of Beat Literature, the William A. Whitaker Collection of Samuel Johnson and His Circle, and an array of collections supporting the study of 19th-century British, Irish, and American literature.

Health Sciences Library

The Health Sciences Library is the primary library for the University of North Carolina Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health, and the University of North Carolina Hospitals. It also serves the health and biomedical information needs of the entire University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) system, and health personnel and researchers throughout the state.


The library has an excellent collection to support curricular, research, and patient care information needs, consisting of more than 300,000 volumes and more than 4,000 serial titles, and more than 3,000 electronic resources. The Health Sciences Library provides a growing collection of computer-based multimedia courseware, CD-ROMs, and customized computer-assisted instruction, and offers electronic reserves. Information about the collection is accessible through the Triangle Research Libraries Network online catalog ( UNC-affiliated users have free access to the majority of the library's collections, wherever and whenever they are needed.


Faculty, students, researchers, and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina Hospitals, as well as area health professionals, receive borrowing privileges upon application. The library provides photocopy services, article delivery service, and an interlibrary loan service for materials not available on campus. Borrowing privileges are also available to any North Carolina resident for a small fee.

Information Services

Librarians are available to aid users in locating information, to instruct in the use of library resources, and to provide additional help. Online search services, with access to MEDLINE and about 100 other databases, are also provided. Direct access to databases and full text journals is offered through the library Web site ( free of charge. From this site, users can search MEDLINE, nursing and allied health literature, international pharmaceutical abstracts, public health community papers, and other databases from their workstations on and off-campus. These and other databases are also available in the library.

The Health Sciences Library coordinates the AHEC Library and Information Services Network. This is a statewide network that supports information services for community-based health professions education. Students, faculty off-campus, and preceptors receive a variety of help through the Information Connection Service.

Help in using the library's services and collections is available online, via e-mail, by telephone, and by appointment. Consultation services can be used to make an appointment with a library staff member to develop a search strategy for a thesis topic, to learn advanced literature search techniques, or to receive any other in-depth help needed. In addition, education services faculty offer a variety of instructional programs, including orientation, workshops, and course lectures, designed to teach information-management skills.

Information Technology Services

UNC–Chapel Hill's campus computing services are organized under a central office: Information Technology Services (ITS). Most graduate students have their main contact with ITS through divisions that manage academic computing, electronic mail (e-mail), public microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, database access, exam scoring, networking, and video and multimedia classroom support. The IT Response Center (ITRC), Carolina's help desk, assists students, staff, and faculty in using IT services across campus. Visit the online help site at for self-help options or to contact the ITRC, or call (919) 962-HELP for assistance.

All enrolled students at UNC–Chapel Hill are eligible for a login ID, called an Onyen (Only Name You'll Ever Need), that can be used for e-mail and other IT services at UNC. After creating an Onyen at, students are able to create personal Web pages, download shareware software, check grades, and set up their computers to access the campus wired or wireless network.

With the Onyen, a number of online services are available, including e-mail, listservs, access to online courses in BlackBoard, and access to MyUNC, Carolina's portal ( Through the portal, students can access their class lists, grades, financial information, and other relevant sites, all with a single login.

Off-campus students may want to consider subscribing to an Internet service provider (ISP) or learn about other ways to remotely access the University networks. Detailed information can be found on the help site at

Public microcomputer labs can be found throughout campus. Each lab has Microsoft Windows machines as well a variety of software applications for student use. Additionally, all lab machines have Internet connections, so students can check their e-mail or access the Web. There are also laser printers for student use in each lab. Lab hours vary according to usage patterns and location; check the help site at for information on lab locations and hours of operation.