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Humanities Abstracts (EBSCO) more information
Journal citations and abstracts for archaeology, art, classics, film, folklore, journalism, linguistics, music, the performing arts, philosophy, religion, world history, and world literature.
Project Muse more information

Collection of  humanities and other multidisciplinary journals published by university presses.

JSTOR more information

Provides fulltext access to 450 core scholarly journals in the Arts and Sciences. Coverage begins with the first issue of each journal title. However, JSTOR does not include any articles from the most recent five years. For those you will have to search other sources, such as Art Abstracts.

MLA International Bibliography (ProQuest) more information

The MLA International Bibliography (MLAIB) is the preeminent index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures (including drama), folklore and linguistics, compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.

Art Abstracts (EBSCO) more information
An abstracted index to over 300 titles in art and art history, photography, sculpture, architecture, graphic design, film and television, museum studies, interior design, and related fields.
International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text (EBSCO) more information

A fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated databank of over 60,000 journal articles, books, book articles and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of dance, theatre and other performance areas.

NDEO Dance Education Literature and Research descriptive index (NDEO DELRdi) more information
NDEO Dance Education Literature and Research descriptive index (NDEO DELRdi) contains data from over 3,300 documents (dissertations, theses, articles) written 1926 to the present, consisting of research in dance education.
Music Index (EBSCO) more information

Single most comprehensive subject-author guide to music periodical literature. Online coverage spans from 1976 to the present and contains articles from 775 international music periodicals.

International Index to Music Periodicals more information

An abstracted index of 300 international music periodicals covering music, musical theater, and performance art.

Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) more information

Journal article citations, abstracts and some full text covering the Arts, Cognitive Studies, Film, Humanities, Religious Studies, Science, and Sociology.

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Oxford Art Online more information

Includes Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, and 5,000 images from institutions such as the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art & Architecture more information

Includes every art form, medium, and civilization of the era, tracing the development of the art forms in Classical civilizations.

Encyclopedia of African American Artists more information

Profiles 66 black artists from the African Diaspora who have worked and lived in the United States.

Encyclopedia of Native American Artists more information

Examines the lives and works of approximately 70 Native American artists, including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, mixed media, assemblage art, glass art, fiber art, ceramic art, printmaking, videography, filmmaking, digital art, and performance art.

International Encyclopedia of Dance more information

Includes entries on dance forms, music and costumes, performances, and biographies of dancers, choreographers, and other personalities in musical theater.

Oxford Music Online (includes Grove Music Online) more information

Contains the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online more information

Contains articles, images, maps, and sound files on native/traditional and popular music spanning the globe.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance more information

 Covers dance, opera, radio, film, television, and popular performance.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture more information

Includes more than 2,700 signed essays ranging from 500 to 2,500 words, written by subject experts covering fashion, mass media, the arts, and historic events and trends.

Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion more information

Surveys clothing, body adornment, and examines the origins of clothing, the development of fabrics and technologies, and the social meanings of dress, including information on representative costumes from a wide variety of historical eras.

Berg Fashion Library more information

Provides text, images, and journal content on world dress and fashion, including the ten-volume Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. This database covers all regions of the world, from pre-history to the present day, with content provided by renowned scholars.

Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century more information

Signed articles from the online version of the five volume print encyclopedia.  Search for individuals or musical groups by using the Search tab at the top of the screen.  Includes classical, popular, jazz, blues, and country musicians and composers.

Biography in Context more information
A comprehensive database of biographical information on more that 150,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
Encyclopedia of Popular Music more information

Essays and biographical information on musical groups, individual performers, and genres/styles of popular music from around the world.

Literature Online (LION) (ProQuest) more information

 LION provides texts, and criticism of over 350,000 works of poetry, prose and drama from the 8th to the 21st century including thousands of literary articles, essays, biographies and encyclopedia entries.  Search by your author's name to get biographical and literary information, including critical reviews of their works.

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ARTstor more information

Contains nearly 500,000 images offering an overview of world art, architecture, and visual culture.

Camio: Catalog of Art Museum Images Online more information

Online collection documenting works of art from several prominent museum collections.

AP Images more information

Electronic library containing the current photos and a selection of pictures from the print and negative library of The Associated Press.

Image Quest more information

Includes access to more than two million images organized by subject matter from more than 50 collections, such as the National Portrait Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society, and others. Images can be downloaded, printed, saved in a "Lightbox" or virtual folder, or e-mailed as jpegs.

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Naxos Music Library more information

Library of musical recordings for online listening, including mainly classical, but also some jazz, world, and other musical genres.

Smithsonian Global Sound more information

World music recordings from the Smithsonian Folkways label.

Naxos Music Library Jazz more information

Naxos Music Library Jazz offers streaming music of both jazz legends and contemporary jazz, including over 320 independent labels.  The database includes over 4000 CDs, with new selected titles added each month.

DRAM online more information

An electronic resource of recordings, including CD audio, liner notes and essays from New World, Composers Recordings, and other labels.  (Must have QuickTime player)

National Jukebox: Historical Recordings from the Library of Congress more information

This online music repository from the Library of Congress features streaming versions of recordings made between 1901 and 1925 from Victor Talking Machine Company.  Genres include classical, jazz, blues, country, musical theater, and popular song.


Films on Demand Academic Collection more information

Educational films and documentaries in the humanities and other disciplines.

VAST: Academic Video Online more information

VAST Academic Videos online includes a wide variety of documentaries and performance videos spanning a large number of disciplines. Included are documentaries about composers and music history, performance and masterclass videos, as well as full operas, theatrical productions, and dance performances. Input search terms/names in the main search box and use the limits on the right of the screen to refine your search results.

BBC Shakespeare Plays (Ambrose Video) more information

A streaming video collection of 37 Shakespeare plays produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Note: Requires Adobe Flash browser plug-in

Kanopy more information
Kanopy is a film streaming service, offering over 25,000 streaming films from over 800 producers, with new films added daily. This database includes films from the Criterion Collection, PBS,and the BBC, among others. it includes performance, documentary, and some feature films.
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ebrary Academic Complete more information

An e-book database covering more than 220 academic disciplines, including books covering art, music, dance, and theater.

eBook Collection (EBSCO) more information

Provides a collection of over 4,560 electronic books, including reference books; includes performing and fine arts topics..

Early English Books Online more information

Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 -- many works include illustrations.

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Last revised: January 09, 2015