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There are numerous databases available to you which provide access to high-quality information you won't find on Google.
Most of the databases enable you to find full-text journal articles and references, but we also have newspaper, image and
media databases that you can use.
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online encyclopaedia of British film and television featuring hundreds of hours of film and television clips from the vast collections of the BFI National Archive, and several hours of recorded interviews with film and TV personalities.
Black and white movies
provides access to free-to-view classic film genres, many out of copyright.
Box of Broadcasts (BOB)
Online streaming service covering all the major Freeview channels and Radio stations. Updated daily.
Learning on Screen
Online streaming service covering all the major Freeview channels and Radio stations. Updated daily
The following databases / journal collections will be useful for your area of study:
Art Full Text (EBSCOhost)
Features full-text articles covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as photography, folk art, film, architecture and much more.
a-n Artists Information Company
offers fast routes into an information-rich resource that’s relevant to all engaged in the visual arts.(Not included in Summon)
ARTbibliographies Modern (Proquest)
Covers all art forms, including fine art, digital art, crafts, design and photography. Features full abstracts and indexing from art journals published from the late 1960s onwards. Also incorporates book records, including those drawn from the collections of the Tate Library and the Bibliothèque Dominique Bozo, Musée LAM.
Arts & Humanities Database (Proquest)
Art Full Text reflects the full interdisciplinary of contemporary study in arts and humanities, with the inclusion of selected titles from related fields that are also covered by these indexes, such as ethnic and area studies, politics, economics and women’s studies
Arts Premium Collection (Proquest)
Cross search current publications related to the arts subject areas include art, design, architecture, humanities, film/screen studies, music, performing arts, and more. With international coverage, and access to the definitive indexes in these fields, the Arts Premium Collection supports academic inquiry and is a rich source for comprehensive arts literature reviews.
BHA: Bibliography of the History of Art (Getty Research Institute)
BHA and RILA cover European and American visual arts material including articles from over 1,200 journals. These citation databases, searchable together, cover material published between 1975 and 2007
Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI)
Proquest Design and Arts covers both new designers and the development of design and the applied arts since the mid-19th century, surveying disciplines including ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, metal smithing, graphic design, fashion and clothing, textiles, furniture, interior design, architecture, computer aided design, Web design, computer-generated graphics, animation, product design, industrial design, garden design, and landscape architecture
International Bibliography of Art (IBA)
Proquest provide a definitive resource for scholarly literature on western art
JSTOR Arts & Sciences
full-text journal articles covering a wide range of subject areas. JSTOR is an archive database so does not include current content. Coverage includes: 19th & 20th century American Art, archaeology, art & art history, classics, economics, film, folklore, history, history of art, language & literature, music, performing arts, philosophy, political science, religion, social sciences, sociology, women's studies
Oxford Art Online
offers access to the most authoritative, inclusive, and easily searchable online art resources available today with over 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, and 40,000 links to images. Includes Grove Art Online- a scholarly art encyclopaedia, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art and The Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics.
Wiley-Blackwell Journals (Frontfile Content)
hosts the world's broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It delivers seamless integrated access to over 4 million articles from 1500 journals, over 11,500 online books, and hundreds of reference works, laboratory protocols and databases.