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Humanities & Social Sciences Databases
Start with these databases to find articles about your topic. Not finding anything? Check the subject guides for other databases or the A-Z list.
Music Periodicals Database
This database provides indexing, abstracts and some full-text, for international music periodicals from many countries. Content covers the full spectrum of subjects and all aspects of music, including music education, performance, ethnomusicology, musical theatre, theory, popular music forms and composition.
Humanities International Complete
Provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world.
Performing Arts Periodicals Database
Provides indexing, abstracts and some full-text, for international periodicals. Covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film, television and more.
Indexes literature in the areas of social, cultural, physical and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture and interdisciplinary studies.
Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.
America: History & Life
Covers article abstracts, book and media reviews, and dissertations on the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.
Focuses on the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life)
Below are some specialized databases focusing on different cultures.
Covering newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press
Bibliography of Asian Studies
All subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present.
A unique collection of scholarly academic journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain.
If your article is not available at Collins Library, you've got another option to getting it. Use Tipasa, our interlibrary loan service.
Once you have an account, either go directly to Tipasa and manually enter the information, or, if you're using a database, look for a shortcut link to automatically fill out the form.
Allow at least a week for the article to come. If your article is delivered in electronic format, you'll receive an email with a link to follow as soon as it's arrived. If it's delivered in paper, you'll receive it right in your campus mailbox.
When searching databases, try these search strategies.
Use OR to broaden your search. Ex. k-pop OR Korean popular music
Use quote marks when searching phrases. Ex. "Chinese Opera"
Use AND to search two different concepts. Ex. Africa AND blues
Below is a list of general databases covering a wide range of topics, including music. Here you'll find a mix of popular and scholarly sources.
A high-quality, interdisciplinary journal archive.
Academic Search Premier
This is a multi-disciplinary database containing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles.
Research Library (ProQuest)
Features the full text of a diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines and newspapers covering all academic subject areas.
Covers popular press sources in a wide range of topics
A collection of full text, scholarly, humanities, arts and social sciences journals
Provides cover-to-cover full text for national (U.S.) newspapers, including The Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post and The Washington Times. The database also contains selective full text for regional (U.S.) newspapers. Also includes international news sources including The Times (London), The Toronto Star and others.
Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic)
Access to news, business, governmental and legal sources.