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Art and Design: Articles and Databases

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Recommended Databases for Art and Design

Interdisciplinary Databases

Streaming Media


ACLS Humanities E-Book Provides full-text and full-page-image access to titles in most humanities disciplines and in area studies. The books included have been recommended by scholars as significant contributions to their respective fields. Offered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) in collaboration with ten learned societies and nearly 80 contributing publishers.

Ebook Central includes more than 70,000 individual texts covering a broad array of academic disciplines. The database boasts a distinguished set of publishers including such university presses as Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard, etc. The content of the database is well paired with an advanced set of tools that allows for expansive searching capabilities, and manipulation and storage of text.

eBook Collection offers access to digitized books, including all of the titles produced by the Gutenberg Project. In addition, the University Libraries offers full-text access to some 1,500 titles in business, computer science, and general reference.

Database Search Tips

infographic of tips as described below

ALT Text: A search for “blended learning” will contain results with blended and learning beside each other. A search for wom?n will include results like woman, women, and womyn. A search for academ* will contain results with different endings like academic, academics, academy. A search for creative N2 thinking will include test with creative and thinking within 2 words of each other.