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The Senses in Motion

Spring 2012

Listed in: Special Seminar, as COLQ-237; Heidi Gilpin (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Michael Kasper.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Citing Sources

Overview

One of the best places to start research is in the Five-College Library Catalog . All books are listed by their AUTHORS, TITLES, and SUBJECTS, and you can also use the KEYWORD function to search.
If you have an exact citation, use AUTHOR or TITLE searching.
To identify books on particular topics, try KEYWORD searching, but keep in mind that, in itself, such a search is not likely to yield a complete, or completely relevant, list of locally-owned books on any particular topic. Start your KEYWORD search by typing in a common language characterization of your topic, say "sense of time", then select titles from the resulting list that interest you, note which official subject headings are assigned to those titles, then click on them to do a more thorough SUBJECT search.
SUBJECT searching, as such, requires that you use the exact words or phrases libraries have chosen to describe your topic; for example, libraries list books about the sense of time under "Time -- Psychological Aspects", "Time Perception", and other formal categories; note that many subject headings are subdivided; it's usually smart to check all relevant subdivisions. Ask at the Reference Desk if you're not sure what words or phrases to start with.
To widen your search for books beyond the Five College libraries, try WorldCat, a union catalog of thousands of libraries' holdings.

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

Art Abstracts (1984 to present)
Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.

Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984)
Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (1934 to present)
Indexes more than 2,000 periodicals on archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation.

FIAF Index to Film Periodicals (1972 to present)
Index of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals.

Historical Abstracts (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

PAIS International (1972 to present)
Coverage of articles, selected books, government documents, research reports, etc., from a wide range of social sciences.

Philosopher's Index (1940 to present)
Contains scholarly research published in journals and books since 1940, including over 680 journals from more than 50 countries with content representing a variety of languages.

PsycInfo (1887 to present)
Covers the academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including psychiatry, sociology, education, and other areas.

PubMed (1966 to present)
Premiere biomedical index, includes MEDLINE and links to molecular biology databases.

Reference

Encyclopedia Britannica Online
Standard general encyclopedia.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Scholarly surveys of all aspects of social sciences.

Oxford Art Online
Oxford Art Online is the access point for Grove Art Online, and other Oxford art reference works covering all forms of the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic and decorative arts, and photography from prehistory to the present.

Oxford Reference Online

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Scholarly entries on all aspects of philosophy.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Scholarly surveys of all aspects of philosophy.

Citing Sources

 

Links to style manuals...the Library's Citing Sources page.