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ACLS Humanities E-Book

E-books recommended and reviewed by scholars

The American Council of Learned Societies, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Library, offers over 3,700 high quality e-books in the Humanities, recommended and reviewed by scholars.

AFI Catalog

From the American Film Institute, the history of American cinema

"The AFI Catalog, the premier, authoritative resource of American film information, covers the history of American cinema comprehensively from 1893 to 1975, with full or short records for films from 1976-2014. New records are added each year by the AFI's editorial team."
--from the publisher

American Film Scripts Online

Full-text scripts with additional information on scenes, characters & more

Includes authoritative versions of feature films that have won a major award and have historical or sociological significance. Provides access to the full-text of the script at the scene or character level and the means to view scenes in all scripts by subject.

American Memory from the Library of Congress

Documents the American experience from written words to sheet music to images

Provides free online access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. Materials from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America.

AP Images

Over 160 years of Associated Press news photographs — On campus only

AP (Associated Press) Images provides photographs, audio sound bites, graphics and text spanning over 160 years of history. It contains over one million photographs dating back to 1826 and as current as a few moments ago, tens of thousands of graphics, audio files dating from the 1920's, and news stories dating from 1997.

Artemis Literary Sources

Large collection of literary criticism

(formerly Literature Criticism Online)

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Drama Criticism
  • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism

"The largest curated online collection of literary criticism in the world, Literature Criticism Online brings together ... acclaimed multidisciplinary series representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres. Multiple search options are combined with an engaging format that matches the look and feel of the print originals." --Gale/Cengage Learning

Arts: Search

Three databases focused on art, architecture, & design
  • Art+Architecture Profiles (AAP): profiles of contemporary designers, architects & craftspeople covered in DAR
  • Design Abstracts Retrospective (DAR): index of select international 20th C. design journals
  • ReView: scanned images of select 19th & 20th C. design journals.

ARTstor

Very high quality images of art from museums around the world

The ARTstor Digital Library provides more than one million images with tools for teaching and research. Its collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates from all over the world. The collections encompass a wide variety of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Renowned news source for university faculty and administrators

"The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators."

Classical Music Reference Library

Authoritative info on Western classical music & composers
  • Comprehensive classical music reference database comprising over 47,000 pages of text
  • Contains popular music reference texts Baker’s Dictionary of Music, Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Baker’s Student Encyclopedia of Music
  • Spans the entire history of Western classical music from the Medieval period to the 21st century including coverage of all classical genres, definitions of musical terms, and biographical information on the major composers and artists
  • Provides coverage of a wide range of material types, including biographies, chronologies, primary source readings, and critical texts

Classical Scores Library

Contains full, study, piano, and vocal scores
  • Provides access to more than one million pages of classical scores
  • All major time periods represented from medieval to contemporary
  • Diverse genres including choral works, symphonies, operas, and the avant-garde
  • All major score types: full score, study score, piano score, and vocal score
  • Major composers’ repertoires in all genres
  • In-copyright editions from well-known publishers

Daily Life Through History

About day-to-day life in historical eras

Includes full-text information from reference works, primary documents, illustrations, and maps related to the day-to-day lives of average Americans past and present.

Database of Recorded American Music

CD-quality audio with original liner notes from independent record labels and archives
  • audio database and listening service that provides audio, liner notes and essays from the diverse catalogue of recordings by New World Records
  • collection includes folk to opera; Native American to jazz; 19th century classical to early rock; also musical theater, contemporary, electronic and beyond
  • browse by composer, artist, ensemble, genre, instrument or label
  • listen online to over 7500 selections through web streaming using QuickTime Player (6.5.2 or later)
  • check HELP for troubleshooting about streaming, technical requirements, etc.

Digital Theatre Plus

Full length video of plays from London's West End and beyond

Offers high-quality streaming video of British theatre productions and interviews with people involved in all aspects of theatre.

  • free full-text articles from peer-reviewed journals browsable by title or subject
  • scientific and scholarly subjects
  • article searching for over 1,000 journals

ebrary

E-books individually selected by the UArts Libraries.

ebrary contains e-books individually selected by the University Libraries.

EBSCO eBook Academic Collection

Large collection of ebooks covering a wide variety of topics

EBSCO eBook Academic Collection offers over 120,000 full-text titles in the following subject areas:

  • Children's & Young Adult Fiction
  • Children's & Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Arts & Architecture
  • Biographies & Memoirs
  • Business & Economics
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Fiction
  • General Nonfiction
  • Health & Medicine
  • History
  • Law
  • Literature & Criticism
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Reference
  • Religion
  • Sciences
  • Self-Help & Family
  • Social Sciences
  • Study Aids & Language Learning

EBSCOhost

The classic version of EBSCO's article search. Try OneSearch for more results.
EBSCOhost provides access to the following databases from a single interface:
  • Academic Search Elite (covering the sciences, humanities, and more): contains full text for more than 2,100 journals, Nearly 150 journals have PDF images dating back to 1985.
  • Art Source (Art Abstracts, Art Full Text, Art Index, Art Index Retrospective, and 63,000 images): covers a broad range of related subjects, from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design. It provides over 600 full-text journals and more than 220 full-text books.
  • Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text: provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 380 publications (and selected coverage of 300), as well as full text for more than 120 journals, and 100 books. In addition, it includes Variety movie reviews from 1914 to the present and over 36,300 images from the MPTV Image Archive.
  • Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982: provides indexing of over three million articles from more than 550 leading magazines, including full coverage of the original print volumes of Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature™.

Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment

Extensive reference coverage of the “long” Enlightenment
  • 700 full-text articles by leading scholars
  • coverage of the Enlightenment extends from the rise of Descartes' disciples in 1670 to the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1815
  • includes not only Western Europe but also North America, Brazil, and Iberian, Russian, Jewish, and Eastern European cultures
  • signed articles with extensive bibliographies
  • information on how-to-cite at the end of each entry
  • published by Oxford University Press
  • edited by Alan Charles Kors, Professor of History since 1968 at the University of Pennsylvania

SEARCH TIPS
You may either BROWSE contents or TYPE a search term in the box. Entries have 'see-also' links to related information.

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

Concise articles on all aspects of the Middle Ages from art to theology
  • 3,000 full-text articles by leading scholars
  • coverage on all aspects of the period from the 5th to the 15th Century
  • explores art, architecture, religion, law, science, language, philosophy, and theology, as well as cultural, religious, intellectual, social and political history
  • signed articles with extensive bibliographies
  • information on how-to-cite at the end of each entry
  • published by Oxford University Press
  • edited by Andre Vauchez, Director of the French School in Rome

SEARCH TIPS
You may either BROWSE contents or TYPE a search term in the box. Entries have 'see-also' links to related information.

ERIC - Educational Resources Information Center

The nation's leading source for education research
  • published by the U. S. Department of Education
  • contains more than one million citations to a broad collection of education-related resources
  • includes journal articles, government reports, conference proceedings, curriculum guides, bibliographies, etc.
  • provides links to the full-text of selected non-journal documents
  • ERIC Thesaurus lists subject headings that the database uses as descriptors.

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

A great resource for reference articles on music from all corners of the globe
  • More than 9,000 pages of material and 300 audio recordings, combined with entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world
  • Comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world’s peoples
  • Full-text of the ten-volume print encyclopedia (more than 700 articles)
  • Musical illustrations, photographs, and drawings
  • Song texts and score examples
  • Charts and maps of world regions

Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments

A comprehensive source on instruments from around the world and their builders

"[The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments] provides greatly expanded coverage of instruments from around the world and their builders, with special attention to electronic and experimental instruments, the human body as an instrument, the history and techniques of instrument design and manufacture, performance practice, and the scholars whose work has shaped our current understanding of musical instruments."
--Oxford University Press

Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

Covers all aspects and time frames of American art and architecture

For description, see OXFORD ART ONLINE

International Encyclopedia of the Dance

“Covers the full spectrum of dance;” from theatrical to ritual dance to biographies of dancers and choreographers
  • 2,000 full-text articles by leading scholars
  • coverage includes theatrical, ritual, dance-drama, folk, traditional, ethnic, and social dance
  • cultural and national overviews are accompanied by entries on dance forms, music and costumes, performances, and biographies of dancers and choreographers
  • signed articles with extensive bibliographies
  • information on how-to-cite at the end of each entry
  • published by Oxford University Press
  • edited by Selma Jeanne Cohen

SEARCH TIPS
You may either BROWSE contents or TYPE a search term in the box. Entries have 'see-also' links to related information.

International Music Score Library Project

Free public domain musical scores

IMSLP contains free public domain musical scores including full scores and parts.

JSTOR - The Scholarly Journal Archive

Scholarly articles in full text
  • database of back runs of core scholarly journals, some dating back to the 1600s
  • contains full text articles that can be printed or downloaded
  • UArts subscribes to JSTORs 'Arts & Sciences III, IV, V, and VIII' collection, which indexes a total of 1208 journals in the arts & humanities, including language and literature, as well as important titles in the fields of music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, and the history and study of art and architecture

Search Tips
Choice of 3 search types: Basic, Advanced, and Article Locator. Use Advanced for greater control over search; use Article Locator for citation searching.
Browse Journal titles to select from entire run.

Kanopy Streaming

High-quality videos featuring documentaries and feature films

Offers high-quality streaming video of feature films, documentaries, and educational programming from thousands of producers, including: The Criterion Collection, BBC, PBS, Kino Lorber, and A & E.

Latino Literature

Poetry, fiction, and plays by Latino authors

Contains full-text poetry, fiction and drama written in English and Spanish by Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican and other Latin writers working in the United States. The vast majority of the materials are from the Chicano Renaissance to the present. About 30% of the database is previously unpublished or rare materials.

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs

A rich cross-section of still pictures curated by the Library of Congress
  • online catalog provides access to records from the Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress
  • many of the records include digital images, about one million in all
  • information provided on downloading or obtaining copies from the Library's Photoduplication Service
  • excellent resource for the researcher
  • Note: not all images in the public domain

LexisNexis Academic

Worldwide current & archived news sources, all full-text
  • database of wide-ranging news, business, legal and reference information
  • contains full text documents from over 5,900 publications including newspapers, journals, newsletters, broadcast transcripts, wire services, financial reports, and other medical and legal sources
  • source lists available by clicking icon next to publication types
  • results can be printed, saved or e-mailed - be sure to e-mail full text from full text display

Search Tips
Refer to both 'Help or Tutorials to get started.
Use the Narrow Search feature to reduce your results.
View search results as lists, KWIC (KeyWord In Context) and full-text.
See the LexisNexis list of Smartindexing terms.

Use 'Power Search' for more ways to search including limiting to a particular publication title.
To quickly judge relevancy, display your results in KWIC (KeyWord In Context) format that shows only sentences containing your search terms.

Literature Criticism Online

"The largest curated online collection of literary criticism in the world"
Contains:
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Drama Criticism
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism

"The largest curated online collection of literary criticism in the world, Literature Criticism Online brings together ... acclaimed multidisciplinary series representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres. Multiple search options are combined with an engaging format that matches the look and feel of the print originals." --Gale/Cengage Learning

Material Connexion

Database of materials, processes, and products from variety of industries
  • database of over 1400 new raw materials, processes and products
  • drawn from a large spectrum of industries
  • results include thumbnail images
  • can search by product name, application, country, etc.

SEARCH TIPS
Searching is limited to one field at a time; for e.g., you cannot search upholstery in the United States. However, you can pull up all upholstery results and limit by country.

Music Online (Alexander Street Press)

Streaming audio from jazz to classical to pop to world

Music Online provides a single place to access the entire suite of Alexander Street Press music products that UArts Libraries subscribes to. This includes over 550,000 albums as well as related content from Academic Video Online and reference sources. Includes:

Naxos Music Library

Streaming audio of classical and contemporary classical music
  • audio database and listening service of classical music from the entire Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues
  • collection includes classical, jazz, world, folk and Chinese
  • listen online to over 165,000 selections
  • includes documentation from original disc issues
  • browse by artist, genre, composer, year of composition, period or instrument
  • includes custom playlist capability

Naxos Music Library Jazz

Streaming jazz music
  • audio database and listening service of classical music from the entire Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues
  • collection includes classical, jazz, world, folk and Chinese
  • listen online to over 165,000 selections
  • includes documentation from original disc issues
  • browse by artist, genre, composer, year of composition, period or instrument
  • includes custom playlist capability

Naxos Music Library World

Listen to streaming audio of world music from any device
  • audio database and listening service of world music from Naxos World Music and numerous additional labels
  • includes the complete Smithsonian Folkways catalogue
  • listen online to over 5,280 albums (47,700 tracks) with new albums added weekly
  • browse by title, artist, language, instrument, cultural group, geographic area, and more

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more from The NYPL's collections

NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera and more.

New York Times

Unlimited access to the NYT website. Sign up now!

Members of the UArts community may register a New York Times account for access to the nytimes.com website and smartphone app. Follow this link to sign up. Once registered, you may sign in directly at nytimes.com. Registrations last for a year and may be renewed once they are up.

North American Theater Online PLUS

Reference work covering all aspects of theatre, including images, playbills, postcards, scrapbooks, and more

Includes:

  • Black Drama
  • Twentieth Century North American Drama
  • Asian American Drama
  • North American Women's Drama
  • Latino Drama
  • North American Indian Drama

OAIster

Unlimited access to the NYT website. Sign up now!
  • union catalog of digital resources created by the University of Michigan
  • provides access to records and files of digital images, audio and video from 900 contributing institutions
  • users can search by TITLE, CREATOR or SUBJECT
  • Most of the images are freely available for educational use
  • Note: check the Rights information for each record for details on permitted usage

Omnimusic

Production music for use in film, television, theater, and multimedia projects

Omnimusic offers tens of thousands of production music tracks for use in film, television, theater, and multimedia projects. Tracks are sorted by style, mood, and tempo and may be downloaded as mp3 or wav files.

OneSearch (EBSCO)

EBSCOhost and more. Our largest article database. Searches for books, videos, and audio too.

Powered by Ebsco Discovery Service, OneSearch searches almost all of our articles, books, videos, and audio, regardless of the database that provides them. From your OneSearch results, you can directly access EBSCOhost items or link to items in other databases or the lib.

Tip!
OneSearch often returns a huge number of search results. Use the limiters in the left-hand column to focus on the items you're interested in.

OntheBoards.tv

Full-length films of contemporary performances — On campus only

A website that delivers full-length, high quality contemporary performance films to your TV, desktop or mobile device. [On the Boards] are one of the first contemporary performance organizations to begin filming works by top caliber artists with multiple high-definition cameras, collaboratively editing the films with the artists, and delivering feature-length performance films to audiences around the globe.

"Founded by artists in 1978, [they] work to introduce audiences to artistic innovators who are defining the future of dance, theater and music whether on our stage in Seattle or on the global screen. … OntheBoards.tv provides access to works by the leading voices from the field of contemporary performance, some of which will never be performed again.
--On the Boards Theater

Oxford Art Online

The most comprehensive online reference resource for visual arts

Contains:

  • Grove Art Online
  • The Benezit Dictionary of Artists
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms
  • Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
  • The Oxford Companion to Western Art
  • the most comprehensive online reference resource for visual arts
  • continually updated worldwide coverage from prehistory to the present day
  • includes: painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts, photography
  • signed articles with bibliographies
  • includes Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms
  • image search includes 5,000 images from MOMA, the Met, AICT, and The Artists Rights Society; over 40,000 images from selected gallery and museum websites link to subject entries

SEARCH TIPS
If you are looking for images, note that the IMAGE SEARCH on the first screen includes only selected images; for more images, locate the text information on your topic, and click on the IMAGES tab on this screen to get related images

The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales (2 ed.)

Reference source for the genre of the fairy tale

"This Companion is an authoritative reference source for the complex and captivating genre of the fairy tale. It provides full coverage of stories and characters, from Ali Baba, Aladdin, and Cinderella, to Hansel and Gretel, the Moomins, and Tom Thumb, along with the writers who wrote and reworked them, such as Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll, J. R. R. Tolkien, A. S. Byatt, and Gabriel García Márquez, and the artists who illustrated them, including Quentin Blake, Raymond Briggs, and Maurice Sendak. The Companion also examines related topics such as Disney, film, opera, science fiction, music, even advertising. Special survey articles explore the development of the fairy-tale tradition in individual countries, focusing particularly on the European and North American traditions."
--Oxford Reference

The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

Full-text entries covering all aspects of the Renaissance in 14th to 17th Century Europe
  • 4,000 full-text entries nearly half biographical
  • coverage on all aspects of the Renaissance in 14th to 17th Century Europe
  • includes comprehensive coverage of the art, literature, science, culture, philosophy, religion, economics, history, and conflict of the period
  • most entries contain bibliographies
  • information on how-to-cite at the end of each entry
  • edited by Gordon Campbell, Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Leicester

SEARCH TIPS
You may either BROWSE contents or TYPE a search term in the box. Entries have 'see-also' links to related information.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation

Full-text articles covering the entire range of changes that altered 16th Century Europe
  • 1,200 full-text articles by leading scholars
  • definitive source for information about the entire range of religious and social changes that altered Europe in the 16th Century
  • explores church polity, theology, developments in politics, economics, demographics, art and literature
  • signed articles with extensive bibliographies
  • information on how-to-cite at the end of each entry
  • edited by Hans J. Hillerbrand, Professor of Religion at Duke University

SEARCH TIPS
You may either BROWSE contents or TYPE a search term in the box. Entries have 'see-also' links to related information.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

Production music for use in film, television, theater, and multimedia projects
  • 4,300 full-text articles by specialist contributors
  • coverage extends from ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments
  • includes dance, opera, radio, film, television, and popular performance, including carnivals, circus, and public executions
  • signed articles with bibliographies
  • information on how-to-cite at the end of each entry
  • edited by Dennis Kennedy, Samuel Beckett Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies, and head of the School of Drama, at Trinity College

SEARCH TIPS
You may either BROWSE contents or TYPE a search term in the box. Entries have 'see-also' links to related information.

Oxford English Dictionary Online

The premier English dictionary

"The definitive record of the English language."

Oxford Music Online

Articles covering everything from composers to performers, instruments to notation

Contains:

  • Grove Music Online
  • The Oxford Campanion to Music
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Music
  • extensive online music reference resource
  • continually updated worldwide coverage
  • signed articles, selected bibliographies
  • includes Grove Music Online, The Oxford Companion to Music, and The Oxford Dictionary of Music
  • music timelines and topical guides provided
  • articles link to related content

Play Index

Plays and monologues covering ancient Greek theatre to the present
  • over 30,000 plays and 500 monologues written or translated into English
  • coverage extends from ancient Greek theatre to the present
  • search for plays by title, author, subject (sisters, culture conflict, marriage), style (symbolism, experimental theater), genre (comedy, melodrama, musical), cast type
  • provides the full publication details needed to locate the play in its published manifestations including plays published as single volumes and also plays in anthologies and collections

SEARCH TIPS
To find printed plays, either select 'search for a book' on the main search screen or choose link 'Find this play in a book' in the Master record.
Easy to get LOST among citations: use 'Master record' link to return to your search.

Poetry Foundation

An excellent resource for profiles of poets, as well as to search and read poetry

"The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience."

ProQuest: The Arts

Best for music & the perfoming arts, film, and television

ProQuest: The Arts offers a combined interface for searching Art Bibliographies Modern, Design and Applied Arts Index, International Index to Music Periodicals, and International Index to Performing Arts. Many articles include full-text.

Rhizome

An online archive of new media art

Sign up with your UArts email for full access.
Founded in 1999, the Rhizome ArtBase is an online archive of new media art containing some 2174 art works, and growing. The ArtBase encompasses a vast range of projects by artists all over the world that employ materials such as software, code, websites, moving images, games and browsers to aesthetics and critical ends.

RILM: Abstracts of Musical Literature (with Full-Text)

Extensive listings of music articles from around the world

A guide to publications on music from all over the world, includes over 620,000 records.

Short Story Index

An index to collections and anthologies of short stories covering all genres

This product’s aim is to index all the important collections and anthologies of short stories that are published each year. All literary genres are covered. Approximately 200+ monographs are captured per year, with approximately 3,000-4,000 analytics (chapters/stories).

UArts Visual Resources Collection in ARTstor

UArts Libraries’ self-curated collection of images

A digital image database created by the Visual Resources Library at the University of the Arts, hosted by ARTstor. Contains images not availabe from the main ARTstor collection.

WorldCat

Simultaneously search thousands of libraries around the world

The world's largest network of library content and services, WorldCat allows you to simultaneously search thousands of libraries around the world. Use WorldCat to request items via interlibrary loan.

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