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a-n: The Artist Information Company

A-N Magazine ceased publication in 2012. Access is available to articles published between 2000-2012.

Acta Sanctorum

The Acta Sanctorum Database is an electronic version of the complete printed text of Acta Sanctorum, from the edition published in 68 volumes by the Société des Bollandistes in Antwerp and Brussels. It is a collection of documents examining the lives of saints, organised according to each saint's feast day, and runs from the two January volumes published in 1643 to the Propylaeum to December published in 1940. The Acta Sanctorum Database contains the entire Acta Sanctorum, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indices. Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina reference numbers, essential references for scholars, are also included.

Allgemeines Kunstlerlexikon (AKL Online)

The database Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon Online / Artists of the World Online is the world's most contemporary, reliable and extensive reference work on artists. It contains authoritative, up-to-date biographical information on more than 1 million artists.

American Literary Periodicals 1782-1834

This collecton depicts the burgeoning American literary movement and encapsulates the higher forms of literature and literary criticism.  The works of many notable American writers can be found here, including early pieces by Washington irving and Charles Brockden Brown.

Annual Reviews

Annual Reviews publishes authoritative, analytic reviews in 29 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences. Annual Reviews offers publications in print and online to individuals, institutions, and consortia throughout the world.

Archives Hub

The Archives Hub provides a single point of access to descriptions of archives held in UK universities and colleges.

ARCHON Directory

Contact details for record repositories in the United Kingdom and also for institutions elsewhere in the world which have substantial collections of manuscripts noted under the indexes to the National Register of Archives.

ATLA Religion Database

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials is the full text version of the ATLA Religion Database (ATLA). This database is a collection of major religion and theology journals selected by some of the major religion scholars in the United States. Coverage of this database dates back to 1949.

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Bibliography of British and Irish History 

The Bibliography of British and Irish History provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55BC to the present. It is the successor to the Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History, available online from 2002 to 2009.

BHI British Humanities Index

An international abstracting and indexing tool for research in the humanities, BHI indexes over 320 internationally respected humanities journals and weekly magazines, as well as quality newspapers published in the UK and the United States.

Brill Reference Library

Includes various reference works in Classical studies, History, Jewish Studies, Middle East and Islamic Studies and Religious Studies.

British History Online

British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, it aims to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research.

British Library Archival Sound Recordings

The British Library Sound Archive, one of the world's largest sound archives, offers a ground-breaking online digital resource of sound recordings reflecting the broad spectrum of its holdings.   Explore 12,000 selected recordings of music, spoken word, and human and natural environments.

British Periodicals Collections 1 & 2

This database provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the social sciences, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.

Burney Collection: 17th-18th century newspapers

This database provides access to newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney and represent the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media available from the British Library.

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Cambridge Companions Online

Cambridge Collections Online brings together subject or theme-based PDF collections of Cambridge titles. The Complete Cambridge Companions offers access to 282 titles. Sub-collections within this collection include the Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics Collection (173 titles) and The Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture (109 titles).

Carl Giles Digital Archive - British Cartoon Archive

The British Cartoon Archive Digitisation Project funded by JISC through its Digitisation Programme, has digitised the Carl Giles Archive, the single most important archive of British newspaper cartoons, and a key resource for British political and social history that has never before been open to the public. Thanks to this funding, staff, students and researchers at colleges and universities in the UK will be able to access and use the entire Giles Collection of 15,000 cartoon images, with some 5,000 pages of related paperwork, free of charge for educational purposes. The images have been copyright-cleared for educational use, thus avoiding the time consuming copyright permissions process of putting together teaching materials containing cartoon/visual images. Students will also be able to include parts of the material in their assignments and coursework (provided that they have been properly cited).

Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot

The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot gathers for the first time in one place the collected, uncollected, and unpublished prose of one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century. The fully searchable, integrative edition includes all of Eliot's collected essays, reviews, lectures, commentaries from The Criterion, and letters to editors, including more than 700 uncollected and 150 unpublished pieces from 1905 to 1965

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Declassified Documents Reference System (Gale) 

Declassified Documents Reference System provides online access to more than 500,000 pages of previously classified government documents. Covering major international events from the Cold War to the Vietnam War and beyond, this single source enables users to locate key information underpinning studies in international relations, American studies, United States foreign and domestic policy studies, journalism and more.

Dictionary of National Biography (DNB)

An illustrated collection of 50,000 specially written biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the fourth century BC to the year 2000.

Dictionary of Old English Corpus

Searchable online database consisting of at least one copy of every Old English text. Microform version of Dictionary of Old English shelved at: Hallward Library 4/Microforms PE279.D4.

Digital Library of Catholic Reformation

An exhaustive resource for historians, theologians, political scientists, and sociologists studying the religious and social upheavals of the 16th and 17th centuries, the Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation gives researchers Web-based access to an extensive range of seminal works from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras. 

Digitial Library of Classic Protestant Texts (ASP)

An exhaustive resource for historians, theologians, political scientists, and sociologists studying the religious and social upheavals of the 16th and 17th centuries, the Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts gives researchers Web-based access to an extensive range of seminal works from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras.

Digital Theatre Plus

Showcases the best of theatre, music, opera, and dance from leading industry talent and internationally renowned production houses. Watch high quality films of leading theatre productions.  Discover how plays are brought to the stage in interviews with the creative teams.  Also provides study guides and teaching support.

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Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Early English Books Online will contain the full text of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), and the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661).

Early European Books - Collections 1-4

Early European Books provides scholars with new ways of accessing and exploring the printed record of early modern Europe, drawing together a diverse array of printed sources from the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries.

Economist Historical Archive 1843-2003

The Economist Historical Archive 1843-2009 is the fully searchable complete facsimile edition of The Economist.

Eighteenth Century Journals Portal

The Portal to Newspapers and Periodicals c1685-1815 offers seamless, integrated access to Sections I and II of the digital project Eighteenth Century Journals. Users can browse and search across material from both collections simultaneously.

Encyclopedia Judaica Online

Provides an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel, from Rabbinic to modern Yiddish literature, from Kabbalah to "Americana" and from Zionism to the contribution of Jews to world cultures.

Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

Covers 27 key areas of the field, including Language Learning and Teaching, Bilingual and Multilingual Education, Assessment and Testing, Corpus Linguistics, Conversation Analysis, Discourse, Cognitive Second Language Acquisition, Language Policy and Planning, Literacy, and Technology and Language.

Encyclopedia of Literature

The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature comprises individual titles covering key literary genres and periods.

European Views of the Americas

This bibliographic database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples.

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Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports 1974-1996

FBIS Daily Reports consists of translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals and government statements.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library's powerful delivery platform puts your reference content into circulation. Researchers will have the power to Search and share results, Create mark lists, Track research through search history, Share articles using InfoTrac InfoMarks® and more.  Titles include: Encyclopedia of Religion; Encyclopedia of Russian History; Encyclopedia of Modern Asia; Encyclopdia Judaicia.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online is the first comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. More than 9,000 pages of material, combined with entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world.

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Handbook of Pragmatics Online

The Handbook of Pragmatics provides up-to-date information on research in the field of linguistic pragmatics, conceived as the interdisciplinary (cognitive, social, and cultural) science of natural language use. The Handbook of Pragmatics Online is variously searchable and flexible to meet the needs of both beginners and established scholars in the field.

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)

Historical Abstracts is a complete reference guide to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada).

Historical Newspapers: Guardian and Observer

This cross-searchable newspaper database gives archive access to The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003).

Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Times

This cross-searchable newspaper database gives archive access to the LA Times 1881-1991.

Historical Newspapers: New York Times

The New York Times (1851-2011) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

Historical Newspapers: Washington Post

This cross-searchable newspaper database gives archive access to Washington Post from 1877-1996.

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

The 18th, 19th and 20th Century Parliamentary Papers Collection features publications published officially by the House of Commons or the House of Lords from 1688 to 2004, including sessional papers and other material such as Journals and Private Acts.

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IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences)

IBSS is an international resource for social science and interdisciplinary research. It includes over 2 million bibliographic references to journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. Current data is taken from over 2,700 journals. Abstracts are provided for over half of all current journal articles and full text availability is continually increasing.

The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003

The illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003 from Gale allows researchers to access the entire run of this groundbreaking publication in a full searchable digital format. High-quality color facsimile images bring to life more than 150 years of socai, political and cultural history for scholarly and enthusiast researchers. Areas covered include politics, social history, fashion, theatre, media, literature, advertising and graphic design, as well as genealogy. 

Index Islamicus

The Index Islamicus database indexes literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world.

International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest - 1500 to present (Wiley)

This Encyclopedia is a comprehensive resource covering the history of protest and revolution over the past 500 years.

International Film Archive (FIAF)

FIAF Databases Online is a group of databases from the International Federation of Film Archives, bringing together contributions from experts around the world dedicated to film preservation, cataloguing and documentation.

International Historical Studies

International Historical Statistics; 1750-2010.  3-volume set is the latest edition of the most authoritative collection of statistics available. Updated to 2010 wherever possible, it provides key economic and social indicators for the last 260 years, serving as an essential reference source.

International Medieval Bibliography (IMB-Online)

Bibliography of the European Middle Age (c.450-1500).

Irish Women Poets

Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period includes more than 80 volumes of poetry by approximately 50 Irish women writing between 1768 and 1842. Compiled and edited by Stephen Behrendt of the University of Nebraska, the database also offers numerous biographical and critical essays prepared by leading scholars specifically for the project.

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John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera

The John Johnson Collection was assembled by John de Monins Johnson between c.1923 and 1956 and was housed at the Oxford University Press (where it was called The Constance Meade Collection of Ephemeral Printing) until its transfer to the Bodleian Library in 1968. There are over one million items in the original collection.


The JSTOR project is a digital archive of fully searchable back issues of scholarly journals in anthropology, Asian Afro American studies, ecology, economics, education, finance, general science, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, sociology, and statistics.

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Kissinger Transcripts

A Verbatim Record of Kissinger's U.S. Diplomacy, 1969–1977. UoN only has access to the Kissinger Transcripts.

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Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts

Covers all aspects of the study of language, e.g. phonetics, syntax etc.

LION (Literature Online)

Literature Online is a fully searchable library of over 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama, and prose, plus biographies, bibliographies and key secondary sources.

LISA: Library and Information Science Abstracts

LISA: Library and Information Science Abstracts is an international abstracting and indexing tool designed for library professionals and other information specialists. LISA currently abstracts over 440 periodicals from more than 68 countries and in more than 20 different languages. Major areas of coverage include: Artificial intelligence; Book reviews; CD-ROMs; Computer applications; Information centres; Information technology, storage and management; Internet technology; Knowledge management; Librarianship; Libraries and archives; Library management, use and users; Medical information; Online information retrieval; Publishing and bookselling; Records management; Telecommunications and the Web.

Loeb Classical Library

More than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available in a modern and elegant interface, allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease.

London Low Life

London Low Life is a full-text searchable resource, containing colour digital images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 18th, 19th and early 20th century London. In addition to the digital documents, London Low Life contains a wealth of secondary resources, including a chronology, interactive maps, essays, online galleries and links to other useful websites.

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Manchester Medieval Sources Online

Medieval Sources online is a web-based learning resource containing hundreds of original medieval history documents compiled for the teaching and study of history.

Maney Archeology and Heritage Journals Collection

This collection gives both academic and professional perspectives to provide a complete information resource for the archaeology and heritage communities.

Mass Observation Archive

Provides access to a wealth of social research material, particularly the cultural and social history of Britain from 1937 to 1965.

MLA International Bibliography

MLA International Bibliography offers a detailed bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations. Subjects consist of literature, language and linguistics, folklore, literary theory & criticism, and dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing.

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National Archives

The National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom has one of the largest archival collections in the world, spanning 1000 years of British history, from Domesday Book of 1086 to government papers recently released to the public.

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC)

The mission of the NUCMC program is to provide and promote bibliographic access to the United States documentary heritage.

Nielsen Bookdata

Publication details of most in-print English-language books, and addresses for publishers, distributors and suppliers.  Click on the 'Logout' link to end your session.

Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers

This digital resource provides full-text access to 48 national, regional and local newspapers from the 19th century.

Nineteenth Century British Pamphlets

This collection is made up of 7 individual collections held in universities within the UK.  These include: 1. Cowen Tracts (Newcastle University), 2. Earl Grey Pamphlets Collection – (Durham University), 3. Foreign and Commonwealth Office Collection (University of Manchester) 4. Hume Tracts (UCL), 5. Knowsley Pamphlet Collection (Univeristy of Liverpool), 6. Selections (LSE), 7. Selections (University of Bristol).

Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals

19th Century UK Periodicals is a database using content from the British Library, the National Library of Scotland,the National Library of Australia, and many other sources, to make available digitised versions of key 19th Century UK Periodicals.

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Oxford Art Online

The Oxford Art Online provides Web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art with quarterly additions of new material and updates to the text, plus extensive image links and all the sophisticated search advantages possible with an online reference source.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

An illustrated collection of 50,000 specially written biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the fourth century BC to the year 2000.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

The OED Online gives access to the 20-volume Second Edition and 3 Additions Series volumes, plus at least 1,000 new and revised words each quarter.

Oxford Handbooks Online

Access to three modules Archaeology, Classical Studies and History.

Oxford Language Dictionaries

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online provides access to the following bilingual dictionaries: French-English; English-French German-English; English-German Spanish-English; English-Spanish Italian-English; English-Italian.

Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online comprises the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell (London, 2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, edited by Stanley Sadie (London, 1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition, edited by Barry Kernfeld (London, 2002). Articles that have been updated since their appearance in print are date-stamped in the upper right corner of the screen.

Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online includes over 1 million entries across 25 subject areas – everything from architecture to zoology. It offers the very best in quick reference information together with authoritative, in-depth articles by world-famous authors. It also offers excellent functionality, and a wide range of additional material such as maps, illustrations and timelines.

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Parker Library on the Web

A collection of Old English, Anglo-Norman and Middle English texts, including theology, music, medieval travelogues and maps, apocalypses, bestiaries, royal ceremonies, historical chronicles and Bibles.

Parliament Rolls of Medieval England (PROME)

The rolls of parliament were the official records of the meetings of the English parliament from the reign of Edward I (1272 – 1307) until the reign of Henry VII (1485 – 1509), after which they were superseded by the journals of the lords and, somewhat later, of the commons. The rolls, which amount in total to over four million words, were first edited in the eighteenth century and published in 1783 in six folio volumes entitled Rotuli Parliamentorum ( RP) under the general editorship of the Reverend John Strachey.

Patrologia Latina

The Patrologia Latina Database contains 221 volumes and represents a complete electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina (1844-1855 and 1862-1865).

Peridocals Online (Proquest)

This database is a subset of 80 full text journal backfiles in the arts, humanities, and social sciences from the Periodicals Archive Online collection.

Philosopher's Index

References to aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics and the philosophy of various subjects, for example, education, history, and law.


PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. We monitor all sources of research content in philosophy, including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics. We also host the largest open access archive in philosophy. Our index currently contains 2,281,626 entries categorized in 5,266 categories. PhilPapers has over 190,000 registered users.

Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive (PYMCA)

PYMCA (Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive) is an image and research library for global youth culture, lifestyle and music. Access is available free of charge to individuals who can register on the PYMCA website.  The archive comprises over 55,000 photographs sourced from all over the world, documenting the lifestyles, fashions, hairstyles, music and subcultures of young people from the 1940s to the present day. The site also contains essays, interviews, texts, trends & insight reports, magazine back issues, ebooks and links relating to Youth Tribes, Social History, Subcultures and modern Youth Culture.

Picture Post Historical Archive 1938-1957

The Picture Post Historical Archive contains every issue of the pioneering photojournalism newspaper. High-principled yet entertaining, and featuring a whole stable of extraordinarily talented photographers, Picture Post (1938-1957) was read by an estimated 80% of the British population at its peak. It is an essential resource for studying international social and political issues of the day, and how they were brought into popular consciousness.

Post War Europe

An online archive of primary resources which cover the experiences and challenges faced by European refugees in the aftermath of World War II.

Project MUSE

Project MUSE was launched in 1995 by the Johns Hopkins University Press, to offer the full text of JHUP scholarly journals via the world wide web. In 1999, MUSE published online 46 JHUP titles in the humanities, social sciences.

Proquest Dissertations and Theses

This database is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day. Includes citations for dissertations ranging from 1861 to those accepted last semester. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350-word abstracts; master's theses from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Titles available as native or image PDF formats include free twenty-four page previews. More than 600,000 are available in native or image PDF formats for immediate free download to subscribers 

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Religion Past and Present

Religion Past and Present (RPP) Online is the online version of the updated English translation of the 4th edition of the definitive encyclopedia of religion worldwide: the peerless Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (RGG).

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

The premier international database of music scholarship, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature from Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale, covers all areas of music, including historical musicology; ethnomusicology; instruments and voice; librarianship; performance practice and notation; theory and analysis; pedagogy; liturgy; dance; criticism and music therapy. RILM also includes interdisciplinary studies of music and various other fields. The database encompasses all significant writings on music from all types of scholarly works produced worldwide in the last 30 years, such as articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, Festschriften, films and videos, iconographies, critical commentaries to editions, ethnographic recordings, conference proceedings, and book, record and concert reviews. The majority of citations include abstracts written by professional music librarians and music scholars.

Routledge Handbooks Online

Routledge Handbooks Online brings together the world’s leading scholars to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities, while at the same time providing an authoritative guide to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines, and the primary debates of today.

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Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period

Includes works of 47 poets of the Romantic period and contemporary critical reviews.

State Papers Online

State Papers Online, 1509-1714 is a searchable archive of 16th- and 17th-century State Papers Domestic, Foreign, Scotland, Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council for research and teaching projects in politics, government, and social, economic, and religious history.

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Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG)

Contains almost all extant ancient Greek texts from 800 BC to 600 AD, and a large number of texts from 600 to 1453. Contains also the Canon of Greek Authors and Works, a database of all known ancient Greek and Byzantine authors, with bibliographies of existing critical editions of their extant works.

The Times Digital Archive

Researchers can search through the complete digital edition of The Times (London), using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching. Coverage: 1785 - 1985.

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Victorian Popular Culture

The portal to the world of magic and spiritualist séances. It describes popular entertainment in America, Britain and Europe in the period from 1779 to 1930. 

Vogue Archive

A complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world's greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers and is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture and society from the dawn of the modern era to the present day.

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Wilson Art Index (EBSCO)

This database offers indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications—now with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and other non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism.

Wilson Book Review Digest (EBSCO)

This essential library and research tool that brings together book reviews on a wide range of topics, from a variety of sources including newspapers, review journals, and popular magazines.  Unlike reviews on book-sale sites and the open Internet, many of the included reviews are from citable journals, making it an invaluable resource for literary and biographical research.

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