Indexes journal articles and other literature supporting critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Some full text. (Modern Languages Association Bibliography) [1926 - present]
Published by the Modern Humanities Research Association, ABELL indexes materials about works originally written in English. Should be searched in conjunction with the MLAIB since the two indexes have only about 60-70% overlap in coverage.
Indexes monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews, collections of essays, and doctoral dissertations related to English language and literature.
Find scholarly articles and scholarly ebooks in the humanities and social sciences. Full text. Good source for current scholarship.
Topics include literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics and many others. Books are available in PDF format, searchable and retrievable to the chapter level, with no restrictions on downloading or printing.
Online bibliography of materials indexed by the Theatre Research Data Center.
Contains the full text of journals, monographs and reference books. Includes indexing of academic journals, magazines, newspapers, dissertations, and monographs from over 125 countries. (International Bibliography of Theatre)
Index of performing arts periodicals. (formerly known as International Index to the Performing Arts) [1864 - present]
Indexes and abstracts scholarly and popular performing arts periodicals, documents, biographical profiles, conference papers, obituaries, interviews, discographies, and reviews. Covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry including dance, film, television, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, broadcast arts, circus performance, comedy, storytelling, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic and more.
HISTORY AND AMERICAN STUDIES: Find journal articles, dissertations, books, conference papers, and magazine articles on American life, history, and culture. Some full text. Good database for American Studies.
Index of journals on the history of the US and Canada from prehistory to the present.
FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES: Find magazine articles, reviews, and scholarly articles on film and media. Some full text. [1976 - present]
Indexes 150 scholarly and popular periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 300 other periodicals selectively for reviews and articles on the topic film and television. Search by keyword, production title and more or browse by some 2000 subject headings.
PSYCHOLOGY: Find scholarly articles and more. Some full text.
Indexes journals, conference proceedings, books, reports, and dissertations in psychology and enriched with literature from psychiatry, education, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work.
Over 1000 alternative press titles focusing on the 60s, 70s and 80s. Includes "little magazines" and literary journals, publications by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Latinos, gays, lesbians and more. [1960 - 2000]
How Do I Find the Best Sources?
-How do I evaluate sources?
-What's the difference between popular and scholarly sources?
-What's the difference between primary and secondary sources?
A peer-reviewed journal is one in which a group of widely acknowledged experts in a field reviews the content for scholarly soundness and academic value.
Peer review may be one measure to help you evaluate an article.
You can limit your search to peer-reviewed articles in many databases.
Where's the PDF?
1. From the article record, look for a “PDF,” “HTML,” or “Full Text” link.
2. If no PDF is available through the database, click the UC-eLinks icon and click through to the linked PDF.
3. If no PDF is available via UC-eLinks, click Request It to get a copy through Interlibrary Loan.
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