National Geographic Virtual Library: National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1995-Current

National Geographic 2014 Adolescent elephants tussle amiably. Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. Photographer: Michael Nichols
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Enjoy the second century of the iconic magazine's exploration of the people, places, and natural wonders of the planet we share.

National Geographic magazine brings the world of geography — in its broadest sense — to some 60 million readers around the globe each month. With comprehensive, timely articles and legendary photographs and maps, the magazine documents life on our planet and beyond, and interprets the world's sweeping changes through the lens of personal experience. National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1995-Current includes every article of National Geographic magazine from the mid-1990s through the current issues.

Offer your users an unparalleled National Geographic experience by subscribing to all parts of the National Geographic Virtual Library — search the vivid photographs and historic articles the same time as engaging videos and detailed maps.

Students, researchers and general readers will find the National Geographic stories that gained acclaim and made headlines since 1995. Examples include:

  • Sita the tiger, who appeared on the cover illustrating an article about the lives of Bengal tigers;
  • Inspiring images from the Hubble Space Telescope, beaming home dispatches from deep space decades after the satellite’s launch;
  • The remarkably preserved “Ice Maiden” mummy of Peru;
  • And many more

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Subjects Covered
  • Social Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • U.S. History
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization

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Reviews & Testimonials

“The content of the National Geographic Magazine Archive is phenomenal. The scanned issues are of great quality and the browsing and searching interfaces are quite good. One-time purchase costs may even be manageable for many institutions. The archive is recommended for public libraries, as well as school libraries and some academic institutions.”

Library Journal, October 2012

“This wonderful database will be of use to libraries with space shortages, a need to access back issues frequently, or both...Summing Up: Recommended. All libraries; lower-division undergraduates through professionals, and general readers.”

CHOICE, November 2012