Thinking Through Improvisation

Fall 2012

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-111; Dominic L. Poccia (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Missy Roser.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Media

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Academic OneFile (1980 to present)
Full-text articles from all disciplines.

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

Access World News (Newsbank) (date coverage varies)
Electronic editions of over 2,600 local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers as well as 1,500 international sources. Fully searchable and browsable by map.

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

Arts & Humanities Database
Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.

Communications and Mass Media Collection (Gale)
Journals on advertising, public relations, writing, and other aspects of communications.

Education Database (ProQuest) (1988 to present)
Coverage spans the literature on primary, secondary and higher education as well as special education, home schooling and adult education.

ERIC (1966 to present)
Covers research documents, journal articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials in the field of education.

Film Literature Index (1976-2001)
Index of scholarly and popular journals in film and television from over 30 countries.

GenderWatch (1970 to present)
Full text of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas.

Global Newsstream (ProQuest)
Search the most recent global news, including major US dailies, with archives that stretch back into the 1980s from over 2,700 news sources that include newspapers, newswires, television and radio transcripts, blogs, and more in full-text format.

GreenFILE
Draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.

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

Music Periodicals Database (1874 to present)
Provides indexing and abstracts for more that 425 international music periodicals, plus full text for around 140 journals.

OpinionArchives
Searchable full-text archives for 17 periodicals (Harper's, Commonweal, Dissent, the New Yorker, the National Review, and more) known for commentaries and reviews on politics, culture, and the arts.

Performing Arts Periodical Database (1864 to present)
Covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, opera, film, television and more.

Political Science Database (ProQuest) (1985 to present)
Full-text articles from leading political science and international relations journals.

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.

Social Science Database (ProQuest)
Covers academic literature for disciplines ranging from anthropology, sociology, and political science to communication, education, criminology, demography, economics and more.

ProQuest Search
A metasearch of our 51 ProQuest databases (which aren't included in the Discover books and articles search) across many subject areas

Reference

African American Music Reference
Essays and images for study of all forms of black music: blues, spirituals, jazz, rap, and more.

American National Biography
Information on over 17,400 men and women.

Contemporary Literary Criticism
Extensive collection of critical essays and biographical information on contemporary authors.

Encyclopedia Britannica
Standard general encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Articles surveying all aspects of the black diaspora; strongest on U.S.

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
Provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of Latin American history and culture from prehistoric times to the present.

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

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
Comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples.

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

Literature Resource Center
Full-text critical studies, biographies of authors; covers all genres, all time periods, and all regions.

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
Digitized entries from Oxford's Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias, spanning multiple subject areas.

Harvard Guide to Using Sources
A helpful discussion of what constitutes plagiarism and examples in academic writing.

Amherst Writing Center's Online Resources
Help with all aspects of your writing process, plus links to make appointments and sign up for workshops.

Media

American Music
Nearly 7,000 albums of music from America's past, including civil rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, wars, and more.

ARTstor
Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.

Music & Performing Arts
Cross-searches audio, video, scores, and full-text reference content from all Alexander Street Press music databases.

Smithsonian Global Sound
In partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.

Internet Archive TV News
Searchable captioning and short clips of 350,000 news programs collected over 3 years from national U.S. networks