Arts, Culture and Humanities

  • America: History and Life (Ebsco) (Current NU Only)
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    Search for books and articles on the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With selective indexing for 1,700 journals. (1964-present)
  • American Periodicals Series Online (Proquest) (Current NU Only)
    Digitized images of the pages of 1000 American magazines and journals published between 1741 and 1900. Titles include Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine, the first American professional journals, and several consumer magazines still in publication, such as Vanity Fair, Harper's Magazine, and Ladies' Home Journal. The search interface allows you to search the complete text, including tables of contents. Articles are downloadable in PDF format. Updated daily.
  • Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL/LiON) (Current NU plus alumni)
    Note: Maximum of 4 users at a time
    Indexes scholarly publications on English, American and Commonwealthliterature, English literature bibliography, and English language andculture. Indexes books, articles, book reviews, essays, published andunpublished dissertations, with some full-text.
    Covers 1920 to the present. [More Info]
  • Art and Architecture Complete (Current NU Only)
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    Art and Architecture complete offers full-text coverage of 380 periodicals and more than 220 books, plus indexing and abstracts for more than 780 academic journals, magazines and trade publications, as well as for over 230 books. Includes an image Collection of over 63,000 images provided by Picture Desk and others. [More Info]
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Current NU Only)
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    Citations and abstracts from over 1,160 of the world's leading journals in archeology, architecture, dance, music, film and theater, history, humanities, literature, and religion. Cited reference searching allows you to track prior research, see who is citing your work, measure the influence of someone's work, and navigate forward, backward and through the literature of your discipline. Linked to EndNoteWeb.
    Covers 1993-present
  • ARTstor (Current NU Only)
    ARTstor is a digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, photography, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images. See system requirements for optimal use.
  • ATLA Religion Database (EbscoHost) (Current NU Only)
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    Provides information on topics such as biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religion in social issues. [More Info]
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (Ebsco) (Current NU Only)
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    Offers a comprehensive listing of journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation.
  • Black Thought and Culture (Alexander Street) (Current NU Only)
    A primary source database for essays, articles, speeches, books, and interviews written by leaders within the black community from the earliest times to the present. Includes unique, fugitive, and never-before-published materials.
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Select (CLC) (Current NU Only)
    Excerpted criticism on works of selected novelists, poets, critics, dramatists, short story writers, and other creative writers now living or who died after 1959. Each entry contains a short biography, critical introduction, and excerpts from essays and book reviews taken from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers, and scholarly journals, and, if available, interviews with the author. Excellent starting place, but not exhaustive.
  • DRAM: Database of Recorded American Music (Current NU Only)
    Diverse American recorded music, from folk to opera, Native American to jazz, 19th century classical to early rock, musical theater, contemporary, electronic and beyond, available for streaming.
  • Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans (1639-1800) (Boston Public Library Card required for access.)
    Based on the renowned American Bibliography by Charles Evans, this collection provides full-text primary source material covering every aspect of life in 17th- and 18th-century America. Upon completion, the collection will consist of more than 36,000 works and 2,400,000 images.
    Access courtesy of Boston Public Library.
  • Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker: 1801-1819 (Boston Public Library Card required for access.)
    Based on the authoritative bibliography by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker and supplemented by thousands of new items,this collection covers every aspect of American life during the early nineteenth century with full-text access to the 36,000 American books, pamphlets and broadsides. Search full text or browse within sixteen indexed subject categories. Coverage: 1801-1819.
    . Access courtesy of Boston Public Library.
  • Early English Books Online (Current NU Only)
    Virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700, with digital facsimile page images.
  • Empire Online (Current NU plus Alumni)
    Empire Online is a collection of original primary source documents relating to Empire Studies, from libraries and archives around the world. [More Info]
  • Ethnic Newswatch (Proquest) (Current NU Only)
    Interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Designed to provide the "other side of the story," ENW titles offer additional viewpoints from those proffered by the mainstream press.
  • Expanded Academic ASAP Plus (Gale Cengage) (Current NU Only)
    Note: Available courtesy of the Massachusetts Board of Library Comissioners.
    Journal articles in a variety of disciplines, including popular, professional, and scholarly.
  • Film Literature Index (Free web resource)
    150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 200 other periodicals selectively for articles on film and television. Covers 1976-2001, for more recent articles, use FIAF.
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (Current NU Only)
    Music research about all the world's peoples. More than 9,000 pages of material, combined with entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world.

    This encyclopedia does not contain any actual music. Use Music Online to locate music tracks alongside the encyclopedia entries.
  • Genderwatch (Proquest) (Current NU Only)
    Reprints full articles from women's studies magazines and newsletters (including some that are hard to find in print), as well as some scholarly journals. Some articles go back to the 1970's. You can browse a list of subjects or search by key words.
  • Grove Art Online (part of: Oxford Art Online) (Current NU plus Alumni)
    Note: Maximum of 8 users at a time
    Now a part of Oxford Art Online, Grove Art Online is a scholarly art encyclopedia covering all aspects of Western and non-Western visual art. It includes the full text of The Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner, and images of the most frequently studied works.
  • Historical Abstracts (Ebsco) (Current NU Only)
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    Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more. Indexing/abstracting of more than 1,700 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955 with links to full text where available.
  • History Cooperative (Current NU plus alumni)
    A partnership between the AHA (American Historical Association) and the OAH (Organization of American Historians), this site supplies academic research articles in history. [More Info]
  • Humanities International Complete (Current NU Only)
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    Full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources, including all data from Humanities International Index (over 2,000 titles and 2 million records) plus unique full text content.
  • Index to Jewish Periodicals (Current NU Only)
    English-language articles and book reviews on Jewish history, activity and thought in more than 220 journals devoted to Jewish affairs. For students of Jewish thought and others interested in contemporary Jewish and Middle Eastern studies. Journal coverage dates back as far as 1988.
    Also search with Jewish Studies Source
  • Jazz Music Library (Current NU Only)
    Streaming jazz recordings from Alexander Street press. [More Info]
  • Jewish Studies Source (Current NU Only)
    A multidisciplinary view into the study of Jewish civilization from its historical origins to the present. Content within the collection is meant to cover all facets of Judaism and multiple areas of study. Over 350 full-text titles including academic journals, abstracts of monographs, newspapers and periodicals, including complete Jewish Telegraphic Agency wire service articles from 1922 to the present.
    Also search with Index to Jewish Periodicals
  • Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (Current NU plus Alumni)
    Review articles on literary theories, movements, and critics. Extensively revised in 2004 and updated annually.
  • JSTOR (Current NU Only)
    Note: Arts and Sciences IV courtesy of NU School of Law
    A trusted digital archive of academic journals and other scholarly content. Most journals include extended historic backfiles and not current issues. Arts and Sciences collections 1 thru IX are available, plus the Life Sciences collection, and Business III. [More Info]
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (Proquest) (Current NU Only)
    Abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. Includes phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Covers various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,500 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, and dissertations.
  • LiOn (Literature Online) (Current NU plus alumni)
    Note: Maximum of 4 users at a time
    A searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 192 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources.
  • Literature Resource Center (Current NU Only)
    Provides biographical and critical overviews of most authors, together with critical reactions to their works and bibliographies for further research. Includes cross-search of Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Excellent starting place, but not exhaustive.
  • LitFinder (Gale) (Current NU Only)
    Note: Courtesy of the Boston Regional Library System.
    LitFinder contains a wealth of literary works including over 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays.
  • Metapress (Current NU Only)
    Selected articles from a variety of academic publishers and scholarly societies.
  • MLA Bibliography (Current NU Only)
    A core index for the study of literature, folklore, language, and linguistics, with good coverage of many additional cultural forms like film, music, and theater. Contains over 2 million citations to journal articles, books, proceedings, book chapters, and dissertations, dating from 1926 to present. [More Info]
  • Music Online (Alexander Street) (Current NU Only)
    Search Jazz Music Library and Smithsonian Global Sound together for an international collection of streaming music.
  • Naxos Music Library (Current NU plus alumni)
    Note: Maximum of 15 users at a time
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    Over 85,000 tracks, emphasizing classical, but also including world music, jazz, folk, and more, available for streaming. [More Info]
  • New Grove Dictionary of Music (Oxford Music Online) (Current NU plus alumni)
    Note: Maximum of 8 users at a time
    The full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell (London, 2001), plus numerous other Grove Music Dictionaries (Opera, Jazz), now all part of Oxford Music Online. [More Info]
  • North American Women's Letters and Diaries (Current NU Only)
    Rich primary source database with over 150,000 pages of diaries and letters from 1,325 women. Keyword-searchable and with some pre-selected sub-collections of primary sources arranged around important historical events. Also includes author biographies and bibliographies for further research.
  • Oxford Art Online (Current NU plus Alumni)
    Note: Maximum of 8 users at a time
    Formerly "Grove Art Online" this resource includes images, definitions, and analysis from Grove Art Online, the Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
  • Oxford Music Online (Current NU plus Alumni)
    Note: Maximum of 8 users at a time
    Comprises the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell (London, 2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, edited by Stanley Sadie (London, 1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition, edited by Barry Kernfeld (London, 2002) plus additional resources. [More Info]
  • Oxford University Press Journals Online (Current NU Only)
    Note: Selected titles only
  • Philosopher's Index (EbscoHost) (Current NU Only)
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    A bibliographic database with informative author-written abstracts covering scholarly research in the fifteen fields of philosophy, published in journals and books since 1940.
  • Project MUSE (Current NU plus alumni)
    Project Muse allows searching of articles from journals in the humanities, including religion, literature, philosophy, cultural studies, women's studies, film and the arts. Coverage is generally from about 1994 to the present, depending on the journal.
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection (Current NU Only)
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    Journal articles in world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. 300 full text journals, including more than 250 peer-reviewed titles.
  • Responsa Project (Current NU plus alumni)
    Note: Note: Maximum of 5 users at a time
    Online Torah literature from Bar Ilan University. Contains the Bible and its principal commentaries, the Talmud Bavli and Talmud Yerushalmi with commentaries, Midrash, Zohar, Halachic Law (Rambam, Shulchan Aruch with commentaries), a large Responsa collection of questions and answers ('Shut' in Hebrew), and the Talmudic Encyclopedia. In Hebrew.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Current NU Only)
    Note: Limit of 1 user at a time
    RILM Abstracts of Music Literature offers citations and abstracts of articles on international subjects including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, instruments, voice, dance, music therapy.
    RILM covers all document types including articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, Festschriften, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings, conference proceedings, electronic resources, reviews, and more. Covers 1969 – present.
  • Smithsonian Global Sound (Current NU Only)
    An international network of music audio archives grounded in the mission of the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Offers access to the "smaller voices" of people all over the world via digital downloads. Aims to heighten communication among and about people and cultures, accomplished principally through the culturally potent, meaning-laden medium of music, accompanied by informative notes, images, videos, educational features, and lesson plans.
  • Women Writers Online (Current NU plus alumni)
    Early modern women's writings from 1400 to 1850. Includes searchable full-text of books, poetry, and speeches as well as browse by date, author, and title. Exhibits and teaching tools also available. [More Info]
  • World Shakespeare Bibliography (Current NU plus alumni)
    Annotated citations for all important books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare and published or produced between 1960 and 2011. The scope is international, with coverage extending to more than 120 languages. Updated quarterly.
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