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Gale's Literary Index

Gale's Literary Index is a master index to the major literature products published by Gale. It combines and cross-references over 152,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and listings for over 202,000 titles into one source. Gale's Literary Index provides quick and easy access to author and title listings from over 130 literature products from Gale and the imprints Charles Scribner's Sons, St. James Press, and Twayne Publishers. The referenced products themselves will contain complete biographies on authors and critical essays on their writings. You can use Gale's Literary Index as a starting point to locate authors and titles covered in any volumes of the following products that were published through December, 2005.

Major products indexed include: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Poetry Criticism.

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Globe on Screen

Globe on Screen, available from Drama Online, includes a selection of critically acclaimed performances at Shakespeare’s Globe, founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker. Dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work and the theatre for which he wrote, Globe on Screen video collection contains 21 stunning stage productions representing over 55 hours of content. Recorded live on the Globe stage in high definition and surround sound, the videos feature performances from leading actors including Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, and Roger Allam’s Olivier award-winning role as Falstaff in Henry IV.

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Gnomon Online

The Gnomon Online database database indexes articles, monograph studies, anthologies, and reviews, sourced from the journal "Gnomon" (since 1928) and the quarterly bibliographic appendix to "Gnomon" from 1990 onwards. The collection is augmented by the inclusion of the holdings of the Library of Eichstätt University in Classics, and, in addition, holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich with its unique collection of books published in Classical Studies.  It is available in both English and German.

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Google Scholar
Google Scholar (with MAC ID login)

To get links to full-text from your Google Scholar results, set up your preferences in Google Scholar:

  1. from the Google Scholar home page, click Settings
  2. select Library links on the Scholar Settings page
  3. in the Library Links box, type mcmaster
  4. on the results list select McMaster University Library - get it @ Mac
  5. click Save

Your search results in Google Scholar will now have find it @ Mac and/or get it @ Mac links that you can click to get to the full-text in the library's electronic collection.

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. 

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Grove Music Online

Includes the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.

Articles that have been updated since their appearance in print are date-stamped in the upper right corner of the screen.

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Heritage: Canada's Archival Collections

Heritage is a growing collection of digitized Canadian primary source documents, chronicling the country and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s.  Featured collections include:

  • Aboriginal History: Documenting the government's management of aboriginal affairs from the late 1700s to the mid 1900s, exploring issues of land ownership, law, finances, health, and community development
  • Military History: Documenting the riots, rebellions, and wars in Canadian history, as well as the administrative and service records of military institutions in times of peace
  • Genealogy: Files, indexes, and other records chronicling the rich texture of settlement, land ownership, family history, and community life in early Canada
  • Government Documents: Records from Canada's departments, crown corporations, and government agencies, created during times of intense industrial, political, and social change
  • Landmark Private Papers: From the individuals and organizations that have shaped Canada's history.  Politics, arts and literature, labour, social jsutice, and women's history are particular areas of strength
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Historical Census Browser

The data and terminology presented in the Historical Census Browser are drawn directly from historical volumes of the U.S. Census of Population and Housing.

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History in Focus

Provides original articles, book reviews, and links to historical resources.

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House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (Great Britain)
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (Great Britain) New interface
Coverage:1801-

HCPP provides a vital historical record of Britain, its former Colonies and the wider world, providing detailed primary sources for the history of the past two centuries.  The database includes House of Commons parliamentary papers from 1803 onwards, Hansard (Commons and Lords), Diplomatic and Consular Reports (1887-1916), and more.

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Humanities Abstracts
Coverage:1984 to present

Broad coverage of all humanities disciplines including scholarly articles, book reviews, reviews of motion pictures, plays, and radio and television programs. Searchable abstracts of 643,000+ articles from 500 English-language periodicals covering the areas of archaeology, classical studies, art, performing arts, philosophy, history, music, linguistics, literature, and religion, with 36,000+ new records added annually.

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Images Canada

Provides a central point to start a cross-collection search through more than 75,000 images held by participating Canadian museums, archives, and libraries. Search by keyword or browse by topic. Includes photo essays and educational resources.

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Index Islamicus
Coverage:1906 - Current

Index Islamicus is the premiere indexing database for publications on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world, covering almost 100 years of publication. It is produced by an editorial team working at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, established to transmit knowledge about Islamic and Middle East studies. Material cited in the Index Islamicus includes not only work written about the Middle East, but also about the other main Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, plus Muslim minorities elsewhere. Over 3,000 journals are monitored for inclusion in the database, together with conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews.

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Index of Medieval Art
Coverage:Early apostolic times up to A.D. 1400

Provides access to 60,000+ color and black and white photographic reproductions of Christian medieval art searchable by subject, work of art and bibliography. Records have textual information and bibliographies about the images and may also include a published image of the work. Some restriction of images occurs due to copyright restrictions, however bibliography references to published images are usually provided. Covers Western and Eastern Orthodox Christianity primarily, but the term Christian is broadly interpreted and includes Jewish, Islamic, and non-ecclesiastical subjects as well, and is without geographical limitations. The art is diverse in theme, media, and motif.

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Indigenous Peoples: North America

Provides original materials on the political, social, and cultural history of Native Peoples from the 16th century well into the 20th century, including rare books and monographs, periodicals, newspapers, manuscripts, census records, legal documents, maps, drawings and sketches, oral histories, photos, and videos from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Major contributors include the University of Alberta, U.S. National Archives, Library of Congress, Princeton University, Moravian Archives, and Gonzaga University.  Titles in this database are also listed in the library catalogue.

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Iter - Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Coverage:400-1700 A.D.

An online bibliography and index to journal articles, essays, books and reviews pertaining to the Renaissance and Medieval periods in Europe from 400 to 1700. Coverage includes over 1,330 journal titles published since 1784, selected essays from 2,300 scholarly collections published since 1982, selected reviews from over 250 scholarly journal titles published since 1885, and over 66,880 books, a total of more than 688,000 items in all.

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Jacoby Online: Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker

Contains Felix Jacoby's monumental collection of Greek historians whose work is preserved incompletely, i.e. in fragments.  The New Jacoby (1st and 2nd editions) includes new critical commentary, a brief entry about each historian's life and works, and select bibliographies for further research.

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Jewish Underground Resistance: The David Diamant Collection
Coverage:1939-1944

Digitized from originals held by the Library's Research Collections.  David Diamant is the pseudonym of David Erlich, a Jewish communist and committed member of the underground resistance during World War II. This collection consists of original documents collected by Diamant over a period of approximately 30 years dealing primarily with the Jewish segment of the French underground resistance; many of the documents originate with communist groups, and some deal with Polish groups. Most of the documents are in French, while some are in Yiddish.

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Journals @ Scholars Portal

The Scholars Portal e-journals database contains over 50 million articles from over 20,000 full text journals covering many disciplines. Allows you to

  • search and access full text articles from a range of academic publishers
  • browse journals by subject
  • subscribe to RSS feeds for journal updates
  • search for figures and tables within articles
  • link to cited and citing references
  • print, email and download records
  • save citations to bibliographic management software
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Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama, and Fiction

Latino Literature brings together more than 100,000 pages of poetry, fiction, and drama written in English and Spanish by hundreds of Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and other Latin authors working in the United States. Among the gems of the collection are nearly 800 items (poems, novels, and plays) that have never been published before. Researchers will also find numerous Chicano folk tales and audio files of selected poems and plays.  This resource also contains over 106,000 pages of poetry.

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LGBT Life with Fulltext

LGBT Life provides indexing and abstracts for more than 190 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-specific core periodicals, with fulltext for 120  of the most important and historically significant journals, magazines and regional newspapers. In addition, it contains more than 330 LGBT-specific core books and reference works, grey literature, including newsletters, case studies, speeches, etc. and a specialized LGBT thesaurus containing over 6,400 terms. Disciplines covered by LGBT Life include civil liberties, culture, employment, family, history, politics, psychology, religion, sociology and more.

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Libris Canadiana
Coverage:1867 to 1978, coverage varies by title
The Libris database provides word, title, author and subject access to material published in a number of Canadian periodicals of historical significance, including Maclean's Magazine, The Financial Post, The Monetary Times of Canada, Massey's Magazine, The Canadian Bookman, The Canadian Magazine, Saturday Night and The University Magazine.
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Lincoln/Net

Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project. Sponsored in part by the Illinois State Library

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Literature Online (LION)
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A fully searchable library of more than 260,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, plus biographies, bibliographies and key secondary sources. Includes English poetry from 600 to the present, American and African-American poetry from 1603 to the present, The Faber Poetry Library, English fiction from the sixteenth century, and English drama from 1280 to 1915, including Shakespeare. Secondary sources include LIFT, a literary journal index with full text of many articles, Webster's Dictionary, the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature, the King James Bible and other versions of the English Bible from the tenth to the twentieth century, links to other Web resources, and biographical information and lists of works for over 1,000 of the most studied authors. Also includes Canadian poetry, a database of more than 12,000 English language Canadian poems published from the 17th century to the early 20th century

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Literature Resource Center

Gale's Literature Resource Center provides critical analyses, biographies, and bibliographies for authors from every age and literary discipline. The database covers more than 130,000 novelists, essayist, poets, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of the most-studied authors.  Content is pulled from several well-known print reference series including the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and Contermporary Authors.

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lynda.com - Only accessible to users affiliated with the DeGroote School of Business
Note:lynda.com is funded by the DeGroote School of Business.

lynda.com is an online training resource providing access to thousands of high-quality instructional videos on a broad range of topics in the areas of business, education, design, photography, programming, animation, video, audio and music. 

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MagazinePlus (Web/Nichigai Assist)

MagazinePlus is the largest multi-disciplinary indexing database of academic periodicals and articles in Japan.  It includes

  • Zasshi Kiji Sakuin: Japanese Journal index (1975- )
  • Festchrifte (1945-2003)
  • Symposia & Speeches (1945-2003)
  • Bulletins, transactions, proceedings (1945-2002)
  • Popular magazines (1981- )

 

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Medieval Travel Writing
Coverage:1200-1500

This primary sources database presents manuscripts of some of the most important works of European travel writing from the later medieval period. The chief focus is on journeys to central Asia and the Far East, including accounts of travel to Mongolia, Persia, India, China and South-East Asia; it also includes accounts of travel to and through the Holy Land.

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MLA Directory of Periodicals
Coverage:current

Contains all information available on journals and series on the Bibliography's Master List. Includes any regularly-published journal available to libraries or universities that prints articles on language, literature, or folklore, regardless of the frequency of the series. The Directory lists over 3700 journals and book series.

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MLA International Bibliography
Coverage:1926 to the present

Includes over 2 million citations covering literature, language, film, linguistics and folklore. Provides access to scholarly articles in over 4,400 journals; also covers relevant books, dissertations, working papers, proceedings and bibliographies. The database also has an identifiable subset of more than 77,000 records that constitute the JSTOR subfile. This consists of citation records for documents in JSTOR's Language and Literature Collection. The documents date back as far as 1881 and contain direct links to the full-text articles on the JSTOR website.

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National Film Board View films
National Film Board Register to create playlists

The National Film Board (NFB) Campus database features streaming videos of films, clips and trailers from the NFB collection, including NFB world-renowned documentaries, films that chronicle key moments in the lives of Canadians and works that take a stand on issues of global importance: the environment, human rights, international conflict and more. It also features acclaimed Canadian dramatic features, documentaries, animated films, and experimental works.

 

Register to activate your Campus account and gain access to:

  • Over 3,000 high-quality, trusted films  and Interactive Productions including award winners, new releases and exclusive content in English and in French
  • Educational descriptions by Canadian educators
  • A unique chaptering tool that allows you to customize films to meet your needs
  • A playlist tool that allows you to prepare for your class or presentation in advance
  • Educator’s Guides and Educational Resources

 

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New Testament Abstracts
More than 38,000 article abstracts, 1,200 review abstracts, 13,500 book abstracts, and 50 software abstracts related to the New Testament and its historical milieu. Each year an additional 2,100 articles from more than 500 periodicals in numerous languages are added. In addition, approximately 800 current books are also summarized annually. Article coverage in the database dates back to 1985. New Testament Abstracts Online is a product of a partnership between ATLA and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology.
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Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) - Parts I-IV

Nineteenth Century Collections Online provides full-text, fully searchable content from a wide range of primary sources. Archives published in the program include works in Western as well as non-Western languages and are sourced from rare collections at libraries and other venerable institutions from around the globe.

McMaster currently has access to four collections:

Part I: Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange features a range of primary source collections related to international relations between Asian countries and the West during the 19th century. Documents include government reports, diplomatic correspondence, periodicals, newspapers, treaties, trade agreements, NGO papers, and more, offering a detailed look at the inner workings of international relations.

Part II: British Politics and Society includes tens of thousands of primary sources related to the political climate in Great Britain during the “long” nineteenth century.

Part III: British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture features a wide range of primary sources related to the arts in the Victorian era, from playbills and scripts to operas and complete scores. These rare documents, many of them never before available, were sourced from the British Library and other renowned institutions, and curated by experts in British arts history.

Part IV: European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection includes the full-text of more than 9,500 English, French and German titles. The collection is sourced from the remarkable library of Victor Amadeus, whose Castle Corvey collection was one of the most spectacular discoveries of the late 1970s. The Corvey Collection comprises one of the most important collections of Romantic era writing in existence anywhere – including fiction, short prose, dramatic works, poetry and more – with a focus on especially difficult-to-find works by lesser-known, historically neglected writers.

 

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North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories
Coverage:1840 to present

Contemporaneous letters and diaries, oral histories, interviews, and other personal narratives provide a unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada between 1800 and 1950. Includes 2,162 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of information, and in selected cases, the actual audio voices of the immigrants.

Time period: 1840 to the present, focusing heavily on the period from 1920 to 1980.

Scope: People from many countries are represented, including more recent waves of immigrants from Latin America and Asia; includes several thousand pages of Ellis Island Oral History interviews.

Disciplines: Labour historians will benefit from details describing work in restaurants, meat packing plants, mines, railroads, and factories. Sociologists will find lengthy passages describing immigrant schooling, social life, domestic life, and community rituals. Students of literature will find descriptions of the events that inspired Upton Sinclair and Theodore Dreiser.

Content: Provides perspectives both on North America and on the immigrants

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North American Indian Thought and Culture

Contains over 119,000 pages of text and images. Included are biographies, auto-biographies, personal narratives, speeches, diaries, letters, and oral histories. When complete North American Indian Thought and Culture will include 123,000 pages of text and images. Full-length reference works also are included to give background and context to the narratives.

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North American Theatre Online

North American Theatre Online (NATO) is a comprehensive reference work covering all aspects of the Canadian and American Theatre. Its goal is to provide detailed reference information for every theatrical figure, every play, every theatre, every major production, and every production company, from Colonial times to the present, in both Canada and the United States.
To date it includes some 40,000 pages of major reference materials, together with records to more than 30,000 plays, over 57,000 people, 5,400 theatres, nearly 22,000 productions and 2,500 production companies. Each year the publisher will be adding more than 20,000 new records to these files. The file also includes some 10,500 images, playbills, postcards, scrapbooks and other resources.
North American Theatre Online also serves as a tool to cross-search the other Alexander Street full-text drama databases: American Film Scripts Online, Asian American Drama, North American Women's Drama, and Twentieth Century North American Drama. All the results will be seamlessly integrated into one search result.

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North American Women's Drama
Coverage:19th century to the present

This edition of North American Women's Drama contains 1,517 plays by 330 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more.
More than 30% of the plays in the collection have never been published before. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.
The collection will be of particular interest to students of feminism and for women and gender studies.

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North American Women's Letters and Diaries: Colonial to 1950.

The largest collection of women's diaries and correspondence ever assembled, spanning more than 300 years, and bringing the personal experiences of some 1,325 women to researchers, students, and general readers.

Subjects include what women wore, the conditions under which they worked, what they ate, what they read, and how they amused themselves; how frequently they attended church, how they viewed their connection to God, and how they prayed; their relationships with lovers, family and friends.

Contains 150,000 pages of published letters and diaries from individuals writing from Colonial times to 1950, more than 6,000 pages of previously unpublished materials, drawn from more than 600 sources, including journal articles, pamphlets, newsletters, monographs, and conference proceedings, and 300 biographies. All age groups, life stages, and ethnicities, many geographical regions, the famous and the not so famous are represented.

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Old Testament Abstracts
Abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies, with content from over 450 journals back to 1978. All abstracts are in English, regardless of the language of the original work. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, philology and much more. Old Testament Abstracts is a product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Biblical Association.
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Open Access Theses and Dissertations
Coverage:1990s to current

The site indexes and provides access to over 1.6 million electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) freely available from over 800 institutions worldwide. Search for keywords from titles, author names, abstracts, subjects, university/publisher and more. Use More search options to limit searches to a particular field, language, and date range. The search results will include links to full-text theses/dissertations residing on the original hosting site, usually the institutional repository of the school that granted the degree.

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Oral History Online

Oral History Online is a landmark database of English language oral histories. It contains at present more than 30,000 pages of full-text content that is available nowhere else in electronic format, much of which is available nowhere else in any format. This full-text material includes Ellis Island oral history narratives, exclusive Black Panther Party interviews, and other oral histories. With each quarterly update of Oral History Online, the publisher will add more of such proprietary (in-copyright) full-text interviews.

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Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles From the Beginning to the Present

Orlando documents the part women have played in the development of literature and includes biographical and writing career entries on over 1,200 writers, more than eight hundred and fifty of them British women. It also includes selected non-British or international women writers, and British and international men, whose writing was an important, sometimes a shaping, element in a particular writing climate. Entries are contextualized with thirty thousand dated items representing events and processes (in the accounts of these writers, but also in the areas of history, science, medicine, economics, the law, and other contexts).

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Our Roots: Canada's Local Histories Online

Our Roots is a library, archive, museum and school all in one. Check the collection to find Canadian local histories in French and English. Check Educational Resources for learning packages for students and teachers.

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Outdoor Advertising Association of America Archives
Coverage:1885-1990s

Contains more than 16,000 images of outdoor advertisements (i.e., billboards, shelter ads, wall murals, posters, etc.) and other scenes from the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. Browse or search the collection by company name, product, date, place of coverage, subject, tone and medium.

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Oxford Art Online / Grove Dictionary of Art
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Includes Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

Grove Art Online contains 45,000 articles on every aspect of the visual arts - painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts and photography - from prehistory to the present day. Compiled over a period of 15 years, it represents the work of more than 6,800 scholars from around the world, each writing on his or her own specialist field of study. There are ongoing additions of new and updated articles, over 3,000 thumbnail art images and line drawings displayed in the text of articles, extensive image links, and sophisticated search and navigation tools.

Based on the print titles: The Dictionary of Art, ed. Jane Turner (1996, 34 vols. MILLS Reference 3rd floor N31.D5 1996) and The Oxford Companion to Western Art, ed. Hugh Brigstocke (2001. MILLS Reference 3rd floor N 33 .O923 2001).

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Papers Past

Papers Past showcases selected 19th century New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The site currently contains digital images of over 300,000 pages from 20 publications. Papers Past has been created as part of the digital collections of the National Library of New Zealand. The aim of these collections is to present more of New Zealand's heritage online. Click on Maori in the navigation bar on any page of Papers Past to browse the site in Maori.

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Patriotes aux Armes! (Patriots to Arms!): The Underground Resistance in France, Belgium, Holland, and Italy, 1939-1945
Coverage:1939-1945

Digitized from originals held by the Library's Research Collections.  This primary source collection consists of newspapers and periodicals; broadsides; leaflets; and books and pamphlets and other documents produced by or relating to the underground resistance in France, Belgium, Holland, and Italy.

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Philosopher's Index
Coverage:1940 to the present

Indexes and abstracts over 550 journals from more than 40 countries; over 239,000 references, including journal articles, books, book chapters such as contributions to an anthology, and book reviews. Covers ethics, aesthetics, social philosophy, political philosophy, epistemology, metaphysic logic, philosophy of law, religion, science, history, education, and language. Includes citations to book reviews from 1985 to the present. Coverage is from 1940 to the present for U.S. materials, and 1967 to the present for non-U.S. references.

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Philosophy Online (formerly: Poiesis)

Full text access to over 45 Philosophy journals:  Augustinian Studies / Canadian Journal of Philosophy / Dialogue / Idealistic Studies / International Philosophical Quarterly / Journal of Philosophical Research / Leibniz Review / The Monist / New Nietzsche Studies / The Owl of Minerva / Philosophical Topics / Philosophiques / Philosophy and Phenomenological Research / Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association / Radical Philosophy Today / Review of Metaphysics / Southern Journal of Philosophpy / Teaching Philosophy / Theoria.

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PhilPapers: Philosophical Research Online

PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. Using advanced trawling techniques and large scale crowdsourcing, PhilPapers monitors many sources of research content in philosophy, including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics.
 

McMaster supports PhilPapers through an institutional subscription.  By registering as an individual, you can identify McMaster University as your affiliation.  This enables 'GetIt' linking and facilitates direct access to licensed content.

 

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Photographic Portraits of American Artists

This unique group of 4,700 photographs records a broad range of artists working in the United States during the first three quarters of the twentieth century. Created by the fine art photography firm Peter A. Juley & Son (active 1896-1975). Highlights of the collection include portraits of Thomas Hart Benton, Selma Burke, Alexander Calder, Edward Hopper, Frida Kahlo, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, Barnett Newman, Diego Rivera and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Many of the images show artists in their studios or at home with their families and offer interesting glimpses into the artistic and social climate in which they worked. The collection also contains hundreds of group photographs documenting activities at the National Academy of Design and Art Students League in New York City as well as the summer art colonies at Provincetown, Old Lyme, Woodstock, and Ogunquit.

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