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  • Art Abstracts

    Allows one user access at a time.  Please try again later if you are not able to access this resource.

    Art Abstracts provides comprehensive indexing and abstracts for more than 450 international art publications, including periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins.  [Details]

  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index

    Arts & Humanities Citation Index is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities.  [Details]

  • Communication & Mass Media Complete

    Communication & Mass Media Complete provides content in areas related to communication and mass media. CMMC incorporates the content of CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association) and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Penn State) along with numerous other journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study to create a research and reference resource encompassing the breadth of the communication discipline.  [Details]

  • Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective

    Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective offers a broad range of subject coverage in the humanities and social sciences—including anthropology, archaeology, art, family studies, law, music, performing arts and much more.  [Details]

  • JSTOR

    Archive of selected scholarly journals in ecology, economics, history, mathematics, music, political science, statistics, and other humanities and social sciences.  [Details]

  • Literature Resource Center

    Updated interface.

    Presents industry-leading literature content, including criticism, biographies, reference articles, reviews, primary sources, plot analysis, explication, and multimedia. Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Literature Resource Center includes selected author biographies from Contemporary Authors Online, the Dictionary of Literary Biography Online (except documentary volumes), selected author biographies, work and topic overviews from Contemporary Literary Criticism Online.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Gale Literature Resource Center (Basic Searching)

  • MLA International Bibliography

    Subjects within the MLA International Bibliography consist of literature, language and linguistics, folklore, film, literary theory & criticism, dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing. Listings on rhetoric and composition and the history, theory and practice of teaching language and literature are also included.  [Details]

  • Play Index

    Allows one user access at a time.  Please try again later if you are not able to access this resource.

    Play Index enables users to search some 44,000 plays published individually or in collections from 1949 to the present. The database covers a wide range of plays written or translated into English, including one-act plays, pageants, radio and television plays, and classic drama.  [Details]

  • Project MUSE

    Project MUSE is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers providing 100% full-text, to high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from scholarly publishers.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Project Muse Advanced Search

  • ProQuest Central

    Off-campus Mac users: You may experience errors when accessing ProQuest databases. Our software vendor is working on a fix. If you are experiencing problems try a different browser, or contact us for other workarounds.

    This database serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels. Covering more than 160 subjects areas, ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated database of periodical content. This award-winning online reference resource features a highly-respected, diversified mix of content including scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, reports and videos. Comparable to EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete.  [Details]

  • Theatre in Video

    Theatre in Video contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all. This release contains 60 titles, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.  [Details]

  • Art Abstracts

    Allows one user access at a time.  Please try again later if you are not able to access this resource.

    Art Abstracts provides comprehensive indexing and abstracts for more than 450 international art publications, including periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins.  [Details]

  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index

    Arts & Humanities Citation Index is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities.  [Details]

  • Communication & Mass Media Complete

    Communication & Mass Media Complete provides content in areas related to communication and mass media. CMMC incorporates the content of CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association) and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Penn State) along with numerous other journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study to create a research and reference resource encompassing the breadth of the communication discipline.  [Details]

  • Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective

    Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective offers a broad range of subject coverage in the humanities and social sciences—including anthropology, archaeology, art, family studies, law, music, performing arts and much more.  [Details]

  • JSTOR

    Archive of selected scholarly journals in ecology, economics, history, mathematics, music, political science, statistics, and other humanities and social sciences.  [Details]

  • Literature Resource Center

    Updated interface.

    Presents industry-leading literature content, including criticism, biographies, reference articles, reviews, primary sources, plot analysis, explication, and multimedia. Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Literature Resource Center includes selected author biographies from Contemporary Authors Online, the Dictionary of Literary Biography Online (except documentary volumes), selected author biographies, work and topic overviews from Contemporary Literary Criticism Online.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Gale Literature Resource Center (Basic Searching)

  • MLA International Bibliography

    Subjects within the MLA International Bibliography consist of literature, language and linguistics, folklore, film, literary theory & criticism, dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing. Listings on rhetoric and composition and the history, theory and practice of teaching language and literature are also included.  [Details]

  • Play Index

    Allows one user access at a time.  Please try again later if you are not able to access this resource.

    Play Index enables users to search some 44,000 plays published individually or in collections from 1949 to the present. The database covers a wide range of plays written or translated into English, including one-act plays, pageants, radio and television plays, and classic drama.  [Details]

  • Project MUSE

    Project MUSE is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers providing 100% full-text, to high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from scholarly publishers.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Project Muse Advanced Search

  • ProQuest Central

    Off-campus Mac users: You may experience errors when accessing ProQuest databases. Our software vendor is working on a fix. If you are experiencing problems try a different browser, or contact us for other workarounds.

    This database serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels. Covering more than 160 subjects areas, ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated database of periodical content. This award-winning online reference resource features a highly-respected, diversified mix of content including scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, reports and videos. Comparable to EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete.  [Details]

  • Theatre in Video

    Theatre in Video contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all. This release contains 60 titles, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.  [Details]

  • Cambridge Journals Online

    Cambridge Journals Online is the online Cambridge University Press’s collection of several journals across the sciences, social sciences and humanities.   [Details]

  • CAMIO - Catalog of Art Museum Images Online

    This database offers images, text and multimedia representing a broad range of works of art from the collections of prominent museums. It highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covers the complete range of expressive forms.  [Details]

  • Electronic Journal Service (EJS)

    Search through EBSCO's database of scholarly e-journals.  [Details]

  • LexisNexis Academic

    News, business, legal and reference information.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   LexisNexis YouTube Channel

  • Newspaper Source Plus

    Starting January 1, 2015 this database will be replaced by​ ProQuest Newsstand and InfoTrac Newsstand. Please visit 2015 Database Changes for more information.

     [Details]

  • Readers' Guide Retrospective 1890-1982

    Readers' Guide Retrospective is a database containing comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America.This resource offers a wide range of researchers access to information about history, culture, science and seminal developments across nearly a century.  [Details]

  • Academic Search Complete

    Starting January 1, 2015 this database will be replaced by​ ProQuest Central. Please visit 2015 Database Changes for more information.

     [Details]

  • America: History & Life

    Allows six users access at a time.  Please try again later if you are not able to access this resource.

    America: History & Life provides a robust source of information focusing on the history and life of the United States and Canada. Selective indexing includes over a thousand journals dating back over 55 years.  [Details]

  • ARTstor Digital Library

    Registered users can download individual images from the ARTstor Digital Library so remember to register for a free user account.

    The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research.   [Details]

    Tutorial:   Teaching and Studying with ARTstor

  • Drama Online

    This database is available on-campus only for a short trial period. Please fill out this Database Trial Evaluation form to let us know your opinion, especially if you would like us to subscribe to it.

    The award-winning Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. Includes online full text of over 1000 plays.  [Details]

  • Historical Abstracts

    Allows six users access at a time.  Please try again later if you are not able to access this resource.

    Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) focusing on the 15th century forward, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more.  [Details]

  • Literary Reference Center Plus

    Starting January 1, 2015 this database will be replaced by​ Literature Resource Center. Please visit 2015 Database Changes for more information.

     [Details]

  • MasterFILE Complete

    Starting January 1, 2015 this database will be replaced by​ ProQuest CentralProQuest Newsstand, and InfoTrac Newsstand. Please visit 2015 Database Changes for more information.

     [Details]

  • Opera in Video

    This database is available on-campus only for a short trial period. Please fill out this Database Trial Evaluation form to let us know your opinion, especially if you would like us to subscribe to it.

    Opera in Video is a comprehensive collection of operatic performances covering the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes. The collection contains 500 hours of video comprising 288 operatic works.  [Details]

  • PBS Video Collection

    You can now view nearly 250 quality PBS programs covering a wide variety of topics. These videos are viewable from any computer running Flash Player version 9 or higher with a relatively good Internet connection (at least 175 Kbps). Unfortunately, it will not be possible to view the videos over a dial-up Internet line.  [Details]

  • WorldCat [FirstSearch Interface]

    Books and other materials in libraries worldwide.  [Details]


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