Research Guides

As a guide to you, we've pulled together documents from the collection highlighting several major themes of research into North Carolina history.

Agriculture in North Carolina

field of corn

Farming and agriculture have been an important part of North Carolina’s economy throughout its history. Today, North Carolina’s agriculture industry, including food, fiber and forestry, contributes around $76 billion to the state’s economy. This guide, while in no way comprehensive, is a compilation of resources for those interested in the industry, history and culture of North Carolina agriculture. Read more

Court Reports

Justice building in Raleigh

Court Reports are the official decisions of the North Carolina Supreme Court, called North Carolina Reports, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals, called North Carolina Court of Appeals Reports. These opinions are broadly cited in legal literature. Read more

Data Resources Guide

North Carolina population chart 1790-2010

The State Library of North Carolina is a Coordinating Agency of the State Data Center. Contact us for assistance with demographic questions regarding North Carolina geographies. Read more

Everything NC

North Carolina state capitol building

This guide is a sampler of resources about North Carolina government that can be found in the NC Government and Heritage Library and online through the State Library’s website, as well as other state government websites and digitized collections created by libraries and cultural institutions around the state. Read more

Financial Publications of North Carolina Government

budget bar chart

North Carolina state government creates a budget, collects revenue from many sources, and spends money on projects and services. These publications open the book on the management of these monies. Read more

NC Department of Transportation

Interstate interchange

This guide provides publications from the Department of Transportation on all aspects of transportation in North Carolina, including highways, aviation, bicycle and pedestrian, and rail, as well as publications from the DMV. Read more

North Carolina Legislative History

North Carolina state capitol building

This guide provides information on researching North Carolina's legislative history, understanding legislative vs. statutory history, how to navigate the laws, and more. Read more

North Carolina Legislative Publications

Painting of North Carolina state capitol building

This guide pulls together information about several important state publications produced by North Carolina's Legislative Branch, including House and Senate journals, session laws, the General Statutes, and the Public Documents of North Carolina. Read more

North Carolina State Budget

North Carolina State Seal

This guide on North Carolina budget publications is intended to help citizens access information on current and past budgets. It is important to remember that the State's fiscal year begins on July 1st and ends on June 30th. Read more

North Carolina's Military History

Military History of North Carolina

North Carolina's military has played a large part in the development of the state, as well as the United States. Troops that originated from and served in North Carolina have taken part in wars ranging from the American Revolution, to the Civil War, to current involvements. Read more

State Publications about African Americans

African Americans in North Carolina

The following guide is not an exhaustive list of all documents that contain information about African Americans in the North Carolina State Government Publications collection. Read more

Women in North Carolina

Women in North Carolina.

The history of North Carolinian women is extensive and varied. This study guide chronicles the changes that have taken place over the years regarding the conditions in the life of women of all races and socioeconomic levels. Read more

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