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Thinking Through Improvisation

Fall 2011

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

Questions about research in this course? Contact Missy Roser.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Full Text
  • 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.

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

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

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

Political Science Abstracts (1975 to present)
Covers international journals in political science and its complementary fields.

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

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1967 to present)
Covers literature on music from all over the world.

Sociological Abstracts (1952 to present)
Covers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines.

ProQuest Search (beta)
A metasearch of our 51 ProQuest databases across many subject areas.

Reference

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

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 Latin American History and Culture

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.

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.

Full Text Collections

Ethnic NewsWatch (1959 to present)
News and analysis from ethnic popular and scholarly publications.

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chinese Newspaper Collection, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, New York Times, Times of India, and Washington Post.

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

LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe (date coverage varies)
Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers and business information.

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

Media

Aluka
Digital resources and data in three major content areas: African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes, The African Plants Initiative and Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa.

American Song
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.

Contemporary World Music

Database of Recorded American Music
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 Online
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.

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