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 Arts & Humanities - Online Databases

Academic Search Complete

Subject: Multidisplinary
Content : Full text to more than 8,000 periodicals, including more than 6,000 peer-reviewed journals, across a broad range of subject areas including the social sciences and the humanities

Short online tutorial on using this database

ACLS Humanities E-Book

Subject: Arts & Humanities
Content: A collection of over 3,000 full-text ebooks in the humanities. The collection has been chosen by the American Council of Learned Societies.

American Film Institute Catalog (AFI)

Subject: Arts & Humanities
Content: Covers the history of American cinema comprehensively from 1893 to 1975, with records for selected major films from 1975-.


Subject: Arts & Humanities, History
Content: Over 4 billion names in worldwide historical records, family tree services and genealogy


ATLA Religion Database and ATLASerials

Subject: Religion
Content: The premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion, with coverage from 1949 and retrospective indexing for some journal issues as far back as the nineteenth century

The ATLASerials component provides full text articles within the database.

Bridgeman Education

Subject: Art, Education, History
Content: The online image database of the The Bridgeman Art Library; the world's leading source of fine art, cultural and historical images - offering over 530 digital images of art, history and culture from global museums, galleries, private collections and contemporary artists all copyright cleared for educational use.

Quick Start Guide

Business Source Complete

Subject: Business, Sociology, Law, Administration
Content: Full text access to over 3,500 journals covering management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, human resources, marketing, psychology and sociology

Short online tutorial on using this database

Communication Source

Subject: Arts & Humanities
Content: Full text of 750 journals in the areas of mass media, communications theory, linguistics, organizational communication, phonetics and speech pathology. It also provides abstracting and indexing for over 1000 titles.


Dictionary of Irish Biography

Subject: Multidisciplinary, Reference.
Content: A collaborative project between Cambridge University Press and the Royal Irish Academy. It is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary yet published for Ireland.


Drama Online

Subject: Drama
Content: A collection of over 1000 plays covering a wide range of genres from comedy to tragedy, Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. It includes content from publishers like Faber & Faber, Arden Shakespeare, and Methuen Drama, with images from the V&A Museum’s Theatre.

Early English Books Online - EEBO

Subject: Multidisciplinary, English, Literature
Content: Contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.

Early European Books

Subject: Literature
Content: 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.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

Subject: Archive, Electronic Books, Language & Literature
Content: Contains digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century.

English Short Title Catalogue

Subject: Multidisciplinary, Literature
Content: Provides a description and holding libraries for items printed between 1475-1800 in Britain, Ireland, overseas territories under British colonial rule, and the United States. 

Film Index International

Subject: Arts & Humanities
Content: Film index international is an information resource for entertainment films and personalities produced in collaboration with the British Film Institute. With a scholarly, inclusive approach to all areas of film studies - from the very first silent movies, to art house classics or the latest blockbusters - Film Index International provides truly international coverage, indexing films from over 170 countries.

Film Indexes Online

Subject: Arts & Humanities
Content: Film Indexes Online, allows you to cross search the following three film databases

  • American Film Institute Catalog (AFI) : AFI Catalog is a national filmography documenting the history of American cinema. Cataloguing currently covers the years 1893-1974 comprehensively, with additional records covering selected major films from 1975 onwards
  • International Index to Film Periodicals Plus (FIAF) : Contains over 500,000 article citations from more than 345 periodicals. It offers in-depth coverage of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals.
  • Film Index International : Summary of the Film and Television Database (SIFT)
    collated by the British Film Institute over the past 70 years. It is a comprehensive filmography from 1900 to the present and offers international coverage of over 120,000 films and 735,000 file personalities


Google Scholar

Subject: Multidisciplinary
Content: Google Scholar enables you to search for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. The service can be used to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

Humanities Index

Subject: Arts, Humanities, Current Affairs, Cultural Studies, Law, Politics, Media Studies
Content: From 1962 onwards. Indexes over 300 humanities journals and weekly magazines published in the UK and other English speaking countries, as well as quality newspapers published in the UK.

International Index to Film Periodicals Plus (FIAF)

Subject: Arts & Humanities
Content: : Over 500,000 article citations from more than 345 periodicals. It offers in-depth coverage of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals.


Subject: History, Politics, Philosophy, Education, Social Sciences
Content: An archive of the full text of nearly 1,800 of the core research journals in the fields of humanities, social sciences and science. Current journal issues are not included.

LION - Literature Online

Subject: English & American poetry, prose & drama
Content: Runs from the 8th Century to the 21st Century and includes 340,000 works of poetry, 6,000 works of Drama, 2,250 works of prose as well as 180+ journals. LION can be used to cross search the MLA International Bibliography and Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL)

LISA - Library and Information Science Abstracts

Subject: Librarianship, online information retrieval & information management
Content: Provides abstracts of over 440 periodicals from more than 68 countries and in more than 20 different languages designed for library professionals and other information specialists.

LISTA - Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts

Subject: Librarianship, online information retrieval & information management
Content: Indexing and abstracts of more than 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s for some publications.

Music Database

Subject: Arts & Humanities, Music
Content: Abstracts and selected full text from a comprehensive range of music journals, covering the scholarly to the popular. Coverage ranges from 1874 to the most recent issue


Naxos Music Library

Subject: Arts & Humanities, Dance
Content: Over 250,000 tracks of music – classical, jazz, folk and rock.


Oxford Art Online

Subject: Art, Art History, Architecture & Design, Reference
Content: Full text of encyclopedia of Grove Art Online. It also includes The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics and Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art.

Oxford Dictionaries Pro

Subject: Reference
Content: With up-to-date online dictionaries, thesauruses, and language reference content based on the largest language research programme in the world, Oxford Dictionaries Pro is an extensive, integrated, smart-linked English language resource. It offers quick search access to definitions of words, phrases, and idioms, with expert guidance on style and usage, grammar, and spelling; plus specialist guides for legal and technical writing.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online

Subject: Reference
Content: Biographies of over 50,000 people who shaped the history of Ireland and the UK

Oxford English Dictionary Online

Subject: Reference
Content: Charts the meaning and evolution of over 600,000 words in the English language

Oxford Journals Online

Subject: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science
Content: Over 200 online journals from arts, social science, scientific, technical, medical, professional and humanities disciplines.

Oxford Music Online

Subject: Arts & Humanities, Reference
Content: Includes Grove Music Online, The Oxford Companion to Music, The Oxford Dictionary of Music and Encyclopedia of Popular Music.

Oxford Reference Online

Subject: Reference
Content: Dictionaries, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press


PAIS International and Archive

Subject: Public Administration, Law, Sociology, Developmental Studies, International Affairs
Content: Summaries of books, institutional reports, journal articles and websites

Patrologia Latina

Subject: Arts and Humanities
Content: 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)

Performing Arts Database

Subject: Arts & Humanities
Content: Database designed specifically for the performing arts, with records from as early as 1864. It covers every angle of the performing arts, and contains articles on dance, film, drama, theatre, stagecraft, musical theatre, performance art, circus, performance, storytelling, opera, pantomime, puppetry and magic, amongst others.


Project Muse

Subject: Arts & Humanities
Content: Covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science and gender studies, Project Muse offers over 500 full text titles from over 60 scholarly publishers.

Sage Journals Online

Subject: Humanities, Social Science, Science, Business, Technology and Medicine
Content: Full text of over 500 journals in the fields of business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology and medicine


Subject: Science, medicine, social sciences, arts & humanities
Content: Scopus is Elsevier's abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources with over 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 publishers.

Sociological Abstracts

Subject: Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities
Content: Summaries of journal articles on social structure, inequality, social change, social problems


Subject: History
Content: A National Library of Ireland database for Irish research, contains the indexes to Irish Manuscripts (from earliest times) and Irish Periodicals (1785 - 1970s).

These sources are also available in the printed indexes edited by Richard J. Hayes: “Manuscript Sources for the History of Irish Civilisation” and “Sources for the History of Irish Civilisation: Articles in Irish Periodicals”


Subject: All subjects
Content: Full text of nearly 2000 journals from Springer-Verlag

Taylor & Francis Online

Subject: Humanities, Social Sciences
Content: Full text of Taylor & Francis humanities and social science journals.

U.K. Parliamentary Papers (formerly House of Commons Parliamentary Papers)

Subject: Arts & Humanities, History, Law
Content:  Bills and Acts 1801-2005; Command Papers 1833-2005; House of Commons Papers 1801-2005; Hansard 1803-2005.


Subject: Art & Architecture, History
Content: Online resource for the visual arts

W.B. Yeats Collection

Subject: Arts & Humanities, Language & Literature
Content: The major works of W.B. Yeats in all genres, including poerty, plays, criticism and fiction, collected in 22 volumes.


Web of Science

Subject: Multidisciplinary, Science, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities
Content: A multi-disciplinary citation database covering over 10,000 of the world's highest impact research journals. It consists of the three databases: the Science Citation Index Expanded (1945-present), the Social Sciences Citation Index (1956-present) and Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present).). It also provides cited reference searching.

Wiley Online Library

Subject: Multidisciplinary, Science, Informatics, Engineering, Business, Social Sciences
Content: Summaries of journal articles

Wilson Omnifile - (OmniFILE Full Text Mega)

Subject: Multidisciplinary
Content: With the full text of articles from over 2,500 publications, and indexing and abstracts from nearly 3,600 publications, this database provides invaluable support for research in all core undergraduate subjects and for cross-disciplinary work.

Women Writers Online

Subject: Arts & Humanities
Content: The Brown University Women Writers Project provides access to texts by pre-Victorian women writers and covers a period from 1400 to 1850.

World Book

Subject: Multidisciplinary, Reference
Content: Through Scoilnet, World Book offers a comprehensive range of age-appropriate resources

 Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

Subject: Politics & Public Admin
Content: Provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration / policy


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