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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

Alexander Street Video

Over 65,000 films to stream

Contains more than 65,000 full video titles, organized into channels by topic and producer.

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


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.

Bloomsbury Drama Online Playtext

  • Core Collection: over 1700 plays by the world's leading dramatists
  • Auora Metro Books: a highly contemporary list of new drama with a focus on drama by women and by Black and Asian writers
  • Nick Hern Books Modern Plays: a varied range of award-winning plays from many of the UK and Ireland’s preeminent playwrights
  • Oberon Books: 500 plays from a publisher with a reputation for challenging and compelling works
  • Playwrights Canada Press: 175 plays from notable and award-winning authors

Bloomsbury Music & Sound (formerly Bloomsbury Popular Music)

Provides cutting edge scholarship on popular music from acid house to zydeco as well as on sound in general. Includes the 33 1/3 Series of short books on classic albums.

This database houses the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, all 170+ 33 1/3 book series with each volume providing in-depth analysis of influential albums, the new global 33 1/3 series focusing on popular music from around the world, and an expanding range of scholarly books with a minimum of 5 titles being added annually. It also includes wide ranging, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary scholarly content in the study of sound. Subject areas covered include art, aesthetics, architecture, contemporary music, history, philosophy, technology, and cultural studies and the growing literature of sonic and auditory theory, methodology, and practice.

Bridgeman Images in Credo Reference

Hundreds of thousands images of artwork from leading institutional collections

The Bridgeman collections include images of paintings, photographs, sculptures, antiques, furniture and artifacts ranging from ancient history to present day. The works are arranged by type and region.

See the Credo: Primary Sources in Academic Core: Artworks guide for more information.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Renowned news source for university faculty, staff, and administrators. Create an account using your UArts email for full access.

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


Comics, manga, and graphic novels. Sign in with your UArts email. Use the app for extra convenience: Apple, Android

"ComicsPlus, powered by LibraryPass, is a digital platform offering thousands of digital comics, graphic novels and manga to readers through school, public, and academic libraries. You can access titles using a smartphone, tablet, or web browser, and can be downloaded to multiple devices. There is never a wait to read, all titles are unlimited access simultaneous use."

Credo Reference

Hundreds of full-text encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles

Credo is an easy-to-use tool for starting research. Gather background information on your topic from hundreds of full-text encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos.

Digital Theatre+

Digital Theatre+ offers 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

Ebook Central (formerly ebrary)

E-books individually selected by the UArts Libraries. -- login required

Ebook Central 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


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

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

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 — Free Open Access
  • 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

Drama Online: Shakespeare's Globe On Screen (2008-2015)

Full length performances from the reconstructed Jacobian theater

Drama Online: Shakespeare's Globe On Screen 2 (2016-2018)

More full length performances from the reconstructed Jacobian theater

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


Millions of rights-cleared images

"The Bridgeman Art Gallery, Getty Images, the Science Photo Library, Ingram Publishing, the National Geographic Society, and other trusted image sources have joined with Britannica to provide the best and broadest offering of curriculum-relevant imagery and clip art materials (infographics, signs and symbols, graphic concepts, and cool vector illustrations), all rights-cleared for educational, non-commercial use."

International Encyclopedia of 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

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

Scroll down to the Search within work box to look up specific topics.

Search within work

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.

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

LIFE Magazine in Google Books

Free online access to issues of LIFE Magazine from 1935-1972, including original ads
Google offers free online access to issues of LIFE Magazine from 1935-1972. Known for its pioneering photojournalism, users can browse, search, and view photos in the LIFE archive. The resource allows users to share, print, and post images for personal use.

Musical Theater Songs

Search for songs by voice type, tempo, & more; then link to sheet music in the Libraries' collection.

With over 20 different search options, this index hopes to help you find that perfect musical theater song. Search options include voice type, voice range, character age, time signature, original key, ease for accompanist, descriptive characteristics, and more. This index does not include any actual sheet music, but rather helps you build a list you could then bring into the library to find the actual songs. When applicable, also included is the option to buy the music from pay sites, but please always visit the library first, and if you still can't find it check with your librarian!

New Play Exchange

The world’s largest digital library of scripts by contemporary writers.

Search by plays cast size, gender, age level, race, genre, sexual identity, and more! You can also search for people and organizations. Many of these plays will have the full script available for download, while some will have just a summary of the play. Use this resource to find monologues for auditions, scenes for classroom study, as writing inspiration, or just to read something new.

Please note: institutional access does not allow individual users to write recommendations, record private notes, or create reading lists, but you can always bookmark urls in lieu of creating reading lists. Personal accounts can be created for between $10.00-$18.00 a year directly through New Play Exchange. Please contact for more information.

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 follow this link to sign up for a New York Times account using your UArts email address. Once registered, you may sign in directly at, as well as download and use their smartphone app. Registrations last for a year, and can be renewed annually.


Open-access digital resources
  • 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

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.

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.

Full-length films of contemporary performances

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. … 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


  • 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

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

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

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

From ancient Greek theatre to the latest productions
  • 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

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


  • 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

Performance Design Archive Online

Covers all aspects of theater production design, from the 17th century to the present

"Performance Design Archive Online is the first comprehensive, international collection that covers all aspects of theater production design, from the 17th century through to the present day, including scenic and set design, lighting design, sound design, costume design, and makeup. Bringing together essential books and periodicals, archival material, and specially commissioned instructional videos, the collection will cover design concepts for a broad range of performance types, including dance, theatre, opera, and music."

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.

Educational videos on counseling and psychology, including art therapy and LGBTQIA+ issues

The 51 films available to the UArts Community via have been curated by University of the Arts librarians and faculty.

" is committed to producing and publishing the best training videos in the fields of psychotherapy, counseling, and addiction treatment. We are proud of our selection and spend a good deal of time (and yes, money) screening, developing and producing new videos that you will find relevant, useful, educational and enjoyable to watch."

Qwest TV

The world's first video-on-demand streaming service dedicated to jazz and related music.

In addition to streaming concerts from artists ranging from the Art Ensemble of Chicago to Sun Ra, and documentaries covering everything from Blue Note to Greg Osby, QwestTV is growing to include articles by international jazz journalists and experts, album reviews, quizzes, interviews, and more.


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.

Rock's Backpages

The online library of pop music journalism

Over 30,000 articles with weekly updates by music journalists collected over the last 50 years, covering all popular music genres from rock to rockabilly, jazz to hip hop. Rock's Backpages also includes streaming audio interviews with artists ranging from Afrika Bambaataa to Lemmy to The Zombies, curated from the 70s to today.

Shakespeare's Globe On Screen

Full length performances from the reconstructed Jacobean theater

Theatre in Context Collection

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


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

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.


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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