Arts and Humanities Databases

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Database Database Description
Academic Search Complete

Multidisciplinary database that indexes journals from a wide range of subject areas, including literature, history, ethnic studies, computer science, engineering, physics, chemistry, and medical sciences. Includes many fulltext articles.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: scholarly articles
Art Index

Index of periodicals, art dissertations, and art reproductions, providing examples of styles and art movements, including works by emerging artists. Includes fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as folk art, photography, film, and architecture.

Dates of coverage: 1984 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Arts & Humanities Citation Index (ISI)

Part of Web of Science, this is a citation index to 1,300 leading arts and humanities journals. Coverage includes selected articles from social science and science journals.  

Dates of coverage: 1997 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Avery Index to Architecture Periodicals

Index of journals related to architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation.

Dates of coverage: 1930 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Humanities International Index

Index of journals, books and reference works, as well as original creative works including poems, fiction, photographs, paintings and illustrations. Coverage includes archaeology, art, film, folklore, gender, philosophy, and religion and theology.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: scholarly articles

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Database Database Description
African American Experience

Fulltext collection of materials covering African American history and culture. Topics covered include music, folklore, biography, education, politics and civil rights. The collection includes primary sources and encyclopedias.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: encyclopedia, primary sources
America: History and Life

Index to articles on all topics of history in the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Coverage includes all key English-language historical journals as well as selected state, local, and international historical journals. 

Dates of coverage: 1954 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
American Indian Experience

Fulltext collection exploring the histories and contemporary cultures of the indigenous peoples of the United States. The collection includes primary sources and encyclopedias and cover Pre-contact to the present day.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: encyclopedia, primary sources
American National Biography

Database of over 17,000 fulltext biographies of people who have shaped the history and development of the United States.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: encyclopedia
Communication & Mass Media Complete

Index of journals in areas related to communication and mass media. Includes many fulltext journals.

Dates of coverage: 1915 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Grove Dictionary of Art

Comprehensive dictionary that covers all aspects of visual art, including artists, art forms, styles, and time periods.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: dictionary, encyclopedia
Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians

Comprehensive dictionary that covers all aspects of music.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: dictionary, encyclopedia
Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective

Index of articles, interviews, and book reviews in the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, economics, psychology and sociology.

Dates of coverage: 1907-1984
Content Type: scholarly articles
Iter (Middle Ages and Renaissance)

Index of journals and monographs pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: scholarly articles
Jstor

Provides access to articles published more than 2 years ago in over 100 scholarly journals.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: scholarly articles
Latino American Experience

A full-text database focusing on the history and culture of Latinos living in the United States. Includes primary documents, images, Spanish-language content, a timeline, and Web sites.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: encyclopedia, primary sources
Project MUSE

Collection of close to 250 full-text journals covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and more.

Dates of coverage: 1994 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
WorldCat (FirstSearch)

Over 35 million records of any type of material owned by libraries throughout the United States and several other countries.

Dates of coverage: All time periods
Content Type: reference source, scholarly articles