NCpedia highlights North Carolina's unique resources, people, and culture to enrich, educate and inform.
It is coordinated and managed by the North Carolina Government & Heritage Library at the State Library of North Carolina, a part of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The encyclopedia contains articles covering a broad spectrum of topics and resources about North Carolina, including: historical time periods, subjects, and events; biographies, including North Carolina’s governors; counties and government; geography and environment; business and economy; historical places and monuments; natural resources and natural heritage; and many others. NCpedia also includes thousands of images.
NCpedia is considered a trusted resource for North Carolina information. Contributors include professional and independent historians, librarians and archivists, museum professionals and many subject specialists. Institutional partners include: North Carolina Museum of History; the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries; the Research Branch at the North Carolina Office of Archives and History and the State Archives of North Carolina; the University of North Carolina Press; the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation; NC (NC Wildlife Information Network Shares); the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program; North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission;North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; North Carolina Aquariums; North Carolina Arts Council; East Carolina University; Appalachian State University; North Carolina State University Libraries; and others.
NCpedia began with a collection of several hundred static HTML pages contributed by a number of partners and collaborators including North Carolina Government & Heritage Library staff; historians at the Research Branch at the North Carolina Office of Archives and History and archivists from the State Archives of North Carolina; curators at the North Carolina Museum of History and contributions from the Museum’s publication Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine; and others. An expansion project began in early 2010’s to integrate content from the University of North Carolina Press's Encyclopedia of North Carolina and Dictionary of North Carolina Biography. This project was funded through a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.
For a short history on the development of NCpedia, visit the "History of NCpedia" page.
NCpedia now contains more than 7,000 articles and more than 7,400 images.
In some cases, two or more articles on the same topic are included in NCpedia. These articles may contain slightly different information or be targeted toward different audiences. For example, articles reprinted from the Tar Heel Junior Historian, have been written for students in grades 4-12 and may supplement other articles on the same subject.
Many articles are reprinted from other sources with permission, and many articles are under copyright from the authors and/or publishers. Please assume that entries are under copyright unless otherwise stated (for example, some authors have shared their content with a Creative Commons license allowing re-use with certain stated permissions; see the individual statements for individual articles with this designation). Requests to reprint or republish may be directed to individual contributors or NCpedia, and NCpedia will help viewers with content information as needed. NCpedia articles span several decades, so please note the publication and copyright date of individual articles.
References for article content are provide along with citations for additional resources. Additional resources often include web links for content available online and, in some cases, include additional and updated information on topics.
For a list of NCpedia contributors and authors, click here.
For a list of print resources that appear in NCpedia, click here.
We strive to keep NCpedia as up-to-date and relevant as possible! If you find an error, typographical or factual, in an NCpedia entry, please let us know. And if you can provide source and page citations, that will help us speed the process of investigating udpates along.
You can let us know by posting a comment on an individual article or by contacting NCpedia staff directly. Visit the "Contact NCpedia" page.
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To learn more about NCpedia's viewer comment guidelines, visit the "Comments" information page.
NCpedia is constantly seeking new content, contributors and partnerships!
Visit our “How to Contribute” page for more information and guidelines.
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Significant content contributions have been provided by the institutions:
North Carolina Atlas Revisited, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries.
North Carolina Museum of History and Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine
NC WINS (NC Wildlife Information Network Shares), includes: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina Aquariums, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, East Carolina University, Appalachian State University.
Research Branch, North Carolina Office of Archives and History
State Archives, North Carolina Office of Archives and History
University of North Carolina Press
North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation
Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina, UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries
NCpedia received the 2011 Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Services.
The April 2013 Choice Reviews Online (CRO3), a subscription-based publication from the American Library Association/Association of College and Research Libraries, lists NCpedia as a "highly recommended" Internet resource in a review written by C. D. Vidas from the University of South Carolina Upstate.
3 April 2014 | Agan, Kelly