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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.
America: History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.
Historical Abstracts (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).
AnthroSource (1988 to present)
Developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), AnthroSource indexes 100 years of anthropological material.
Arts & Humanities Full Text
Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (1934 to present)
Indexes more than 2,000 periodicals on archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation.
MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.
Social Science Journals (ProQuest)
Covers academic literature for disciplines ranging from anthropology, sociology, and political science to communication, education, criminology, demography, economics and more.
Discovery searches (aka academic Google):
Discover: Start here for books, articles & more
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.
ProQuest Search Platform
An aggregated search of all 21 ProQuest databases (which aren't included in Discover).
Encyclopedia Britannica Online
Standard general encyclopedia.
Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Articles surveying all aspects of the black diaspora; strongest on U.S.
Encyclopedia of American Studies
Leading reference work for American Studies, with searchable articles and accompanying bibliographies, related websites, illustrations, and supplemental material.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.
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.
Primary-source collection descriptions from WorldCat records and archival finding aids.
Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post.
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.
Full text for over 1,300 local, regional and national newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, and more.
Digital resources from Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections.
Digital collections from the Library of Congress.
Amherst Library Primary Sources topic guide
Answers to all your questions about what a primary source is and how to find them in the catalog and in the wild.