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UPK, UK Libraries Provide Online Access to More Than 1,000 Books

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University Press of Kentucky is making more than 1,000 books available online via UK Libraries' UKnowledge.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 31, 2020) — University Press of Kentucky, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 events, is opening access to more than 1,000 UPK books in electronic format through the University of Kentucky Libraries’ UKnowledge.

This resource will enable faculty and students from colleges and universities across the Commonwealth and beyond to utilize these online texts for coursework and research.

“The University Press of Kentucky is committed to sharing the history and culture of our region with our readers,” said UPK Director Ashley Runyon. “We are privileged to be able to offer open access content to students, faculty and Kentuckians during this difficult time.”

The UPK books will be open to anyone who accesses the UKnowledge platform at this link regardless of their institution until June 1, 2020. This includes a wide range of scholarly titles as well as general interest books.

“UK Libraries has a long history of facilitating the open dissemination of scholarship through UKnowledge,” said Dean of Libraries Doug Way. “We are proud to partner with the University Press of Kentucky in supporting students, scholars, teachers and researchers around the world by making these works available during this crisis.”

UKnowledge, a UK Libraries initiative, is home to unique scholarship created by UK faculty, staff, students, departments, research centers and administration. Since 2014, UKnowledge has also served as the primary access point for the research and scholarship published by the press, including many out-of-print titles in Appalachian studies, history, and literary studies; broad selections of American and British literature; and books from UPK’s Studies in Romance Languages.

New titles cover a wide range of academic topics to utilize. See below for a list of recommendations for educators and students, who may use them for remote education, by category. All of the books on this list are meant to be accessible to undergraduate students and will be available through the open access initiative.

Appalachian Studies:

  • “Ecotourism in Appalachia: Marketing the Mountains”
  • “Helen Matthews Lewis: Living Social Justice in Appalachia”
  • “Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia”
  • “Something’s Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal”
  • “Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity, and Community”
  • “Yesterday’s People: Life in Contemporary Appalachia”


  • “The Art of Ellis Wilson”
  • “The Carver's Art: Crafting Meaning from Wood”
  • “A Place Not Forgotten: Landscapes of the South from the Morris Museum of Art”

Environmental Studies:

  • “From the Farm to the Table: What All Americans Need to Know about Agriculture”
  • “Wetland Drainage, Restoration, and Repair”

Film/Media Studies:

  • “Television Histories: Shaping Collective Memory in the Media Age”
  • *Also included in Film/Media Studies are numerous biographies of directors/actors/screenwriters

Gender/Women’s Studies:

  • “The Feminine Reclaimed: The Idea of Woman in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton”
  • “Gender, Class, Race, and Reform in the Progressive Era”
  • “Gender and the Writer's Imagination: From Cooper to Wharton”
  • “Laura Clay and the Woman's Rights Movement”
  • “Women in Kentucky”
  • “You've Come A Long Way, Baby: Women, Politics, and Popular Culture”


  • “A History of Appalachia”
  • “Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol”
  • “It Seems to Me: Selected Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt”
  • “The Civil War in Kentucky”


  • “Home and Beyond: An Anthology of Kentucky Short Stories”
  • “Kentucky Government, Politics, and Public Policy”
  • “The Kentucky River”
  • “A New History of Kentucky, First Edition”
  • “Our Kentucky: A Study of the Bluegrass State”

Literature/Creative Writing:

  • “The American Voice Anthology of Poetry”
  • “Contemporary American Women Writers: Narrative Strategies”
  • “Heroism in the New Black Poetry: Introductions and Interviews”
  • “The Place of Poetry: Two Centuries of an Art in Crisis”
  • “Shakespeare and the Uses of Comedy”
  • “Reading Africa into American Literature: Epics, Fables, and Gothic Tales”
  • “Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English-Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century”


  • “Kentucky Folkmusic: An Annotated Bibliography”
  • “The Women of Country Music: A Reader”

Public Health:

  • “Appalachian Health and Well-Being”
  • “Appalachian Mental Health”
  • “Contemporary Public Health: Principles, Practice, and Policy”

For individual book descriptions, please visit

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