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Arts and Humanities

Please explore these databases for full-text articles and other information about subjects related to the arts and humanities.

General Arts & Humanities Subjects

  • Academic Search Premier: This multidisciplinary database provides full text articles for nearly 4,500 journals, including more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or earlier are available for well over 100 journals and searchable cited references are provided for 1,000 titles. This database is updated daily.
  • Britannica Online: Explore this updated online encyclopedia from Encyclopaedia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, and more.
  • Humanities Full Text: This database contains abstracting and indexing coverage for 500 periodicals included in Humanities Index as well as the full text articles for over 160 periodicals. It provides instant access to information from publications including American Journalism Review; American Poetry Review; Art Journal; Asian Folklore Studies; Canadian Journal of History; Central European History; Contemporary Review; Dance Magazine; Film Criticism; Journal of Popular Culture; Opera News; Perspectives of New Music; Scandinavian Studies; and World Literature Today, among others. Subjects matter includes archeology; art; communications; drama; film; folklore; history; humanities; language; literature; music; philosophy; photography; and religion.
  • JSTOR: This is a not-for-profit organization with a dual mission to create and maintain a trusted archive of important scholarly journals and to provide public access to these journals as widely as possible. Content in JSTOR spans many disciplines in the humanities and sciences.
  • MLA International Bibliography: The MLA International Bibliography provides citations for articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics.
  • Literature Resource Center (Gale): This database contains current 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. The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.
  • Project Muse: Project MUSE is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers providing 100 percent full-text, affordable and user-friendly online access to over 300 high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from 60 scholarly publishers. Project MUSE is managed by the Johns Hopkins University Press, in collaboration with the participating publishers and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at the Johns Hopkins University, to offer the full text of JHUP scholarly journals via the Web.


  • Art Full Text: This bibliographic database indexes and abstracts articles from periodicals published throughout the world. Full-text coverage for selected periodicals is also included. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Indexing coverage begins 1984; abstracting coverage begins with January 1994. The abstracts range from 50 to 300 words and describe the content and scope of the source articles. Full-text coverage begins in 1997.
  • Art Index Retrospective: 1929–1984 (EBSCO):  An invaluable, in-depth record of contemporary art history, this database allows users to search 55 years of art journalism. Users can research leading English-language sources, plus others published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. Besides periodicals, users have access to data from important yearbooks and select museum bulletins. A unique resource, Art Index Retrospective helps users find contemporary criticism of art at the time of its debut, track the body of work of an artist or movement, find artist interviews and other commentary, and much more.
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index: Part of the Web of Science database on Intellectual Property and Science by Thomson Reuters, this multidisciplinary index includes arts and humanities journal literature.
  •  ARTbibliographies Modern (ProQuest): ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM) provides full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art, with approximately 12-13,000 new entries being added each year. Entries date back as far as the late 1960s. It includes abstracts of English and foreign-language material on famous and lesser-known artists, movements, and trends. The wide-ranging subject matter includes performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artists' books, theatre arts, conservation, crafts, ceramic and glass art, ethnic arts, graphic and museum design, fashion, and calligraphy, as well as traditional media including illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing.
  • ARTstor: ARTstor provides curated collections of art images and associated data for noncommercial and scholarly, non-profit educational use. The Charter Collection provides students, faculty, curators, and staff with access to a large and expanding resource of digital images and data for teaching and research in art history, as well as in the humanities and other disciplines.
  • Oxford Art Online: Oxford Art Online provides Web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art with quarterly additions of new material and updates to the text, plus extensive image links and all the sophisticated search advantages possible with an online reference source.
  • International Index to the Performing Arts: This performing arts journal resource contains nearly 350,000 indexed articles, plus detailed abstracts and full text from 1864 to the present day, covering film, theatre and dance.
  • PhotoGraphic Libraries: This unique directory provides a broad range of visual solutions to enhance the creative process.


  • Biography In Context (Gale): This online biographical reference database covers the fields of literature, science, business, entertainment, politics, sports, history, current events and the arts. Biographical information  is provided on over one million people throughout history, around the world.

Communication & Speech

  • ComAbstracts (CIOS): The ComAbstracts database contains abstracts of articles published in the primary professional literature of the communication(s) field.

  • Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO): This resource provides robust, quality research in areas related to communication and mass media. This database originated with the acquisition and subsequent merging of two popular databases in the fields of communication and mass media studies: CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association or NCA), and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Pennsylvania State University). It provides an invaluable resource for students, researchers, and educators interested in any and all aspects of communication and mass media.

Current Events

  • Ethnic News Watch (ProQuest): An interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of newspapers, magazines, and journals from ethnic, minority, and native presses. Coverage begins in 1990.
  • Gender Watch: An authoritative source of historical and current perspectives on the evolution of gender roles. Gender Watch supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) studies; family studies; gender studies, and women's studies with a unique interdisciplinary approach. Combining more than 200 academic, gray, and popular literature titles, Gender Watch provides researchers with more than 100,000 articles on wide-ranging topics like sexuality, religion, societal roles, feminism, eating disorders, day care, and the workplace.


  • Bibliography of the History of Art: This database covers current international literature on the history of art in Europe and the New World. It surveys the visual arts and material culture from late antiquity to the present. Included are both fine arts (architecture, sculpture, painting, drawing and prints) and decorative and applied arts (popular art, folk art). BHA indexes and abstracts 1,400 journals, as well as books, conference proceedings, essays, exhibition catalogues, selected art dealers' catalogues, doctoral dissertations and microform publications. Abstracts are in either French or English and the thesaurus for data from 1990 is in both languages. BHA incorporates the complete contents of International Repertory of the Literature of Art (RILA) and Repertoire d'Art et d'Archeologie (RAA).
  • Historical Abstracts: This database is a complete reference to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada).