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Begun in 2006, this partnership between the Penn State Alumni Association and the University Libraries gives you access to Penn State Libraries’ Digitized Collections. As a Penn State Alumni Association member, you will have access to a selection of online databases not available to the general public. Databases include: Ebsco's Academic Search, JSTOR, Project MUSE, ProQuest API, and ProQuest National Newspapers. Additional databases added in April, 2015: Mergent Archives, Mergent Intellect, Mergent Key Business Ratios, Mergent Online, and Hoover's

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Special Note: As a resident of the Commonwealth, you can obtain and use your Penn State Libraries' card at Penn State locations throughout the state to borrow from our collection of more than 6 million books.

Business databases now available through the Alumni Library

Thanks to the generosity of Mergent Inc., a leading provider of company and industry information, Penn State Alumni Association members have access to five business databases: Hoover’s, Mergent Archives, Mergent Intellect, Mergent Key Business Ratios, and Mergent Online. Mergent has afforded alumni access to these products as part of the University Libraries’ annual subscriptions to these databases.

Hoover’s provides company profiles, lists of competitors, financial information, SEC filings (including the 10-K), and more. Mergent Archives is useful for historical research as it provides access to a collection of corporate and industry related documents, including corporate annual reports. The Mergent Archives product also includes the Mergent Patent Archives, which consists of 9.2 million patents in PDF format, including utility, design, and plant patents. Some patents go back to the mid-1800s. Mergent Intellect is a database that profiles over 100 million active companies; it is Mergent’s premier database for private company information. Mergent Key Business Ratios provides access to industry financial norms and averages. Mergent Online provides in-depth financial data for U.S. and international companies.

See our Members Services page for database descriptions and links to each database and other “Members Only Research Tools.”

The Jack Rabin Collection on Alabama Civil Rights and Southern Activists

When we think of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s-1960s, the images of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the other African American male ministers and activists of CORE, SNCC, and SCLC immediately come to mind. However, the movement was too diverse to be linked to one person or organization. Largely overlooked, besides Rosa Parks, are the legions of women—black and white, young and old—who risked their lives and livelihoods alongside their male compatriots in demanding their civil and voting rights in America. The Jack Rabin Collection on Alabama Civil Rights and Southern Activists includes primary sources on such activists as Virginia Durr.

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Anne Braden - Southern Conference Education Fund conference in Birmingham, Alabama, 1962


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