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Researching Current Issues in North Carolina: Home




The North Carolina Collection provides access to a variety of types of information pertaining to current events or issues in North Carolina. Staff members can assist students in locating information. Additionally, if you need ideas for selecting a topic for a presentation or paper, or need help in using any of the resources listed below, then please ask for assistance at our service desk, call us at (252) 328-6601, or send an e-mail to:

To study a topic such as the controversy concerning coastal development in our state:

Getting started:

Joyner Library's online catalog

This will lead you to books, periodicals, and documents in paper and on microfiche

subject keyword search: coast or beaches North Carolina


North Carolina Periodicals Index

This is an index of nearly fifty periodical pertaining to North Carolina. It can bee accessed from any of the public workstations in the library:

search -- for a keyword, a phrase, or keywords connected by and:


coast changes

coastal ecology and outer banks

Search full-text newspaper databases

LexisNexis Academic

Newsbank: North Carolina Newspapers

Newspaper Source Plus

Other Newspaper Resources


LexisNexis Academic and other Legal Materials

General Statues and court cases are available through Joyner Library's Electronic Resource page, click on Legal Research and the either State Codes for Statutes or State Case Law for court cases. For more information see the guide North Carolina Legal Research or contact the staff of the North Carolina Collection.

North Carolina Collection Clipping File

Our staff has clipped articles from the Raleigh News and Observer and the Greenville Daily Reflector. We made an effort to clip articles that pertain to important or controversial topics of interest to undergraduate students. Ask for assistance at the Services Desk to find clippings under such headings as: Building laws--Coastal areas; Coastal areas--Population; Land use--Coastal areas--Planning. Clipping file coverage ends with 2005.