Thinking Through Improvisation

Fall 2013

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

ProQuest Search Platform
Cross-searches all content from the Library's subscribed ProQuest databases

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.

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.

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.

Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text
Bibliographic and full-text database of film and television articles from scholarly and popular publications. Includes images from the MPTV Image Archive of entertainment photography.

Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)

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

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

Project Muse
Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)


Classical Music Reference Library
A collection of essential reference materials, spanning the entire history of Western classical music, in a unified online database.

Encyclopedia of American Studies
Leading reference work for American Studies, with searchable articles and accompanying bibliographies, related websites, illustrations, and supplemental material.

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

Chicago Manual of Style
Provides answers to style and editing questions.

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 Music Online
Oxford Music online is the access point for Grove Music Online and other Oxford music reference resources.

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.


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

Contemporary World Music
Provides streaming access to world music, with a focus on contemporary genres.

Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM)
Scholarly resource of recordings including New World, Composers Recordings (CRI), Albany Records, Mode, Frog Peak and BMOP.

Jazz Music Library
Streaming jazz recordings. Includes nearly 11,000 titles.

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

Naxos Music Library
Streaming music; listen to songs or the complete CD. Most extensive collection of classical music available, but also includes jazz, world music, spoken word, and more. Adobe Flash Player 10 is required for streaming.

Naxos Music Library Jazz
One of the most comprehensive collections of Jazz music available online.

Naxos Video Library
A performing arts video library that includes operas, ballets, documentaries, live concerts, and musical tours of historic places.

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