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  • 16+ Source Guides

    Guides on various topics in media studies (directors, genres, themes, etc.) listing key writings with brief annotations.

  • A-V Online

    A database of distribution sources for educational media in video, film, audio, and other formats.

  • Academic OneFile

    Provides indexing for over 8,000 scholarly journals, industry periodicals, general interest magazines and newspapers.

  • Access World News [NewsBank]

    Full text of 600+ U.S. newspapers and 260+ English-language newspapers from other countries worldwide.

  • AFI (American Film Institute) Catalog

    Detailed descriptions of American films from 1893-1975, with full or short records for films from 1976-present.

  • Agricultural & Environmental Science Database

    A multidisciplinary database providing comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences.

  • Alexander Street Video

    Thousands of streaming videos including documentaries, news and historical events, opera, dance and drama performances.

  • All Movie Guide

    A database of films, videotapes, and DVDs featuring extensive factual and descriptive data, including ratings and many subject headings ...

  • American Film Scripts Online

    Contains full-text of over 1,000 authorized versions of screenplays.

  • American Music

    Provides streaming access to more than 600,000 audio tracks of American music.

  • Los Angeles Times, 1881-1990

    Searchable access to the backfile of the Los Angeles Times in full page images digitized from microfilm.

  • Archive Finder

    A database listing over 200,000 manuscript and other special collections at thousands of repositories in the U.S., U.K. and Ireland.

  • ArchiveGrid

    A guide to historical records, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world. Contains nearly a million ...

  • Art and Architecture in Video

    A collection of documentaries and interviews illustrating the history, theory and practice of art, design and architecture.

  • Art Index Retrospective

    Indexes older years of key international English-language arts publications, including periodicals, yearbooks, museum bulletins, etc.

  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science)

    Index of 1,600 arts and humanities journals that allows searching for articles that cite a known author or work.

  • Arts: Search

    Arts: Search consists of three online databases: Design Abstracts Retrospective – a restrospective indexing and abstracting service of ...

  • ARTstor

    The ARTstor Digital Library provides over 1.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences.

  • Associated Press Images Collection

    Online access to over 12 million photos with detailed captions from the AP news wire, plus audio clips & graphics.

  • Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection

    Over 240 dramatic works in streaming audio.

  • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians since 1990

    An A-Z biographical reference that focuses on individual artists and groups in all popular styles active from 1990 to the present.

  • BBC Shakespeare Plays

    Streaming video of all the plays of Shakespeare. Originally broadcast on BBC2 between 1978 and 1985.

  • Berg Fashion Library

    Cross-searchable access to Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, and more.

  • Bibliography of the History of Art

    Combined access to two databases providing indexing of articles and books on the history of art.

  • Black Drama

    Contains full text of 1,200 English plays ca. 1850-present by more than 100 playwrights from North America, Africa, and the Caribbean.

  • Bridgeman Education

    300,000 art images from 2,000 sources, 8,000 locations and 30,000 artists

  • British Periodicals

    ProQuest's British Periodicals Collections I and II

  • British Periodicals

    ProQuest's British Periodicals Collections I and II

  • British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture

    Digital archive of primary sources related to the arts in the Victorian era.

  • Cambridge Core

    Database providing electronic access to journals and books published by Cambridge University Press.


    OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online - is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, ...

  • Classical Music in Video

    A collection of 1100 videos of classical music performances and masterclasses.

  • Classical Music Library

    Classical Music Library offers a multi-label collection of music recordings, featuring performances from independent and major labels.

  • Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre

    Contains entries on theatrical styles, dramatists, performers, directors, technical topics, and more.

  • Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music

    Derived from the classic Oxford Dictionary of Music, this concise edition has over 14,000 entries on musical terms from allegro to zingaro.


    CumInCAD is a cumulative index of publications about computer aided architectural design. It includes bibliographic information about ...

  • Dance in Video

    Contains nearly 500 hours of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century.

  • Dictionary of Opera Characters

    Contains over 2,500 entries on operatic characters, with information on the creator of the role and notable performances.

  • Digital Concert Hall

    Provides streaming access to hundreds of concerts from the Berlin Philharmonic.

  • Documents of 20th Century Latin American and Latino Art

    Provides access to primary sources and critical documents tracing the development of twentieth-century art in Latin America and among Latino

  • DRAM

    Provides CD-quality streaming access to more than 4000 albums from 42 independent record labels.

  • eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

    A collection of over 28,000 electronic books on all topics, mostly published between 1990 and 2005.

  • Ecology Abstracts

    Covers relevant papers on evolutionary biology, economics, and systems analysis as they relate to ecosystems or the environment.

  • Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare (Chadwyck-Healey version)

    Contains eleven major editions from the First Folio of 1623 to the Cambridge edition of 1863–66.

  • Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

    An encyclopedic work on Islam

  • Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition

    The electronic version of the Encyclopaedia of Islam, volumes I - XII.

  • Encyclopedia of African American Music

    Showcases all facets of African American music including folk, religious, concert and popular styles.

  • Environmental Impact Statements: Digests

    Summaries and key issues from government-released environmental impact statements, including project descriptions, positive impacts, ...

  • FIAF Directory

    Detailed directory listings for all FIAF Affiliates--institutions that are members of the FIAF (Federation Internationale des Archives ...

  • FIAF Documentation Collections

    Contains comprehensive information about the world's foremost archives, libraries, and educational institutions dedicated to the ...

  • FIAF FilmArchive Database

    Combined access to four different online research tools created by the FIAF: 1) Index to Film Periodicals, covering more than 400,000 ...

  • FIAF Members' Publications

    This database allows you to find detailed information on books, pamphlets, programs, and other materials published since 1966 by more ...

  • FIAF Treasures from Film Archives

    Contains credits and holdings information for more than 40,500 silent-era films (both features and short films, and both documentaries ...

  • Film Index International

    filmography that gives fully international coverage of around 118,000 films and 685,000 film personalities from over 170 countries. Its ...

  • Film Indexes Online

    Combined access to the American Film Institute (AFI) Catalog, Film Index International (FII), and the FIAF International Index to Film ...

  • Film Industry Data

    This database contains Nielsen data from 2000 to the present, including rankings, box office sales, and unit sales in all formats.

  • Film Literature Index

    Annually indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 200 other periodicals selectively for ...

  • Gale Literary Databases

    Simultaneous search of three resources: Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, and Dictionary of Literary Biography

  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

    A comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples.

  • General Reference Center Gold

    Provides indexing for 1,100 general interest magazines, newspapers, business and industry journals, and reference books, with full text ...

  • GeoRef

    Index to journal articles, books and some theses in the earth sciences. Topics include: all aspects of geology, solid-earth geophysics, ...

  • Google Scholar @ U-M (with U-M Ann Arbor MGet It Links)

    Searches for scholarly documents on the World Wide Web, with the added feature of "Availability at UMichigan" links.

  • Greenwire

    Reports on U.S. environmental, energy & natural resources issues as they are addressed by government & media.

  • Grove Book of Opera Singers

    Offers an alphabetically arranged collection of authoritative biographies of opera singers.

  • Grove Book of Operas

    The Grove Book of Operas is a collection of synopses and descriptions of over 250 operas.

  • The Grove Dictionary of American Music

    Contains more than 9000 entries providing extensive coverage of music and music-making in the United States.

  • The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments

    Provides extensive coverage on worldwide musical instruments, instrument makers, and the cultural roles of instruments.

  • HathiTrust Digital Library

    Searchable access to 13.5 million+ volumes, with full text access to 5.1 million+ volumes.

  • History of the American Cinema, Volume 1 ( -1907)

    This 10-volume series considers the film industry from its early roots in the 19th century through the 1980s. It examines the ...

  • History of the American Cinema, Volume 10 (1980-1989)

    This 10-volume series considers the film industry from its early roots in the 19th century through the 1980s. It examines the ...

  • History of the American Cinema, Volume 2 (1907-1915)

    This 10-volume series considers the film industry from its early roots in the 19th century through the 1980s. It examines the ...

  • History of the American Cinema, Volume 3 (1915-1928)

    This 10-volume series considers the film industry from its early roots in the 19th century through the 1980s. It examines the ...

  • History of the American Cinema, Volume 4 (1926-1931)

    This 10-volume series considers the film industry from its early roots in the 19th century through the 1980s. It examines the ...

  • History of the American Cinema, Volume 5 (1930-1939)

    This 10-volume series considers the film industry from its early roots in the 19th century through the 1980s. It examines the ...

  • History of the American Cinema, Volume 6 (1940-1949)

    This 10-volume series considers the film industry from its early roots in the 19th century through the 1980s. It examines the ...

  • History of the American Cinema, Volume 8 (1960-1969)

    This 10-volume series considers the film industry from its early roots in the 19th century through the 1980s. It examines the ...

  • History of the American Cinema, Volume 9 (1970-1979)

    This 10-volume series considers the film industry from its early roots in the 19th century through the 1980s. It examines the ...

  • Humanities Abstracts (with Full Text)

    Covers 700 periodicals in art, film, journalism, linguistics, music, performing arts, philosophy, religion, history, literature, etc.

  • Image Services Collections

    Collections of digitized images of artworks, cultural and historical artefacts, etc., from museums and other sources maintained by the ...

  • Index of Medieval Art

    Provides subject and iconographic access to over 200,000 images and data from early apostolic times through the 16th c

  • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers

    Detailed profiles with critical and evaluative essays on major or representative films and film personalities of all periods from Asia, ...

  • International Movie Industry

    Brief histories of the national cinemas of 19 different countries worldwide written by experts.

  • Internet Movie Database

    The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, movie stars, television shows, television stars ...

  • IPA Source

    Contains more than 11,000 International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts.

  • Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

    Includes index to citations from more than 1,600 scholarly journals in all areas of Medieval and Renaissance studies (400-1700). Also ...

  • Jazz Music Library

    Streaming audio of over 130,000 recordings of every jazz genre and time period, featuring jazz artists from around the world.


    Provides full-text access to the archives of core scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences.

  • Kanopy Streaming Video

    Kanopy Streaming offers over 9,000 documentary and feature films from an array of producers and distributors, accessible by unlimited users.

  • LexisNexis Academic

    Provides full-text access to a wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information, including hundreds of U.S. and foreign ...

  • The Listener Historical Archive, 1929-1991

    A weekly publication, established by the BBC in 1929 as the medium for reproducing radio (and later, television) programmes in print.

  • Local Color: Art on Campus

    A collection of art on display on the campus of the University of Michigan.

  • MAD CAD: Building Codes Online

    Comprehensive, cross-referenced collection of building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire, and maintenance codes from BOCA, SBCCI, ...

  • Material ConneXion Database

    Material ConneXion offers access to an eclectic and constantly growing collection of over 7,000 innovative materials and processes.

  • Met Opera on Demand

    Provides streaming access to more than 500 full-length Metropolitan Opera performances.

  • MLA International Bibliography

    Indexes books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and film.

  • MLibrary Digital Collections

    Access to over 250 text, image, and finding aid collections that provide access to over a million digital objects.

  • Monterey Jazz Festival Collection

    A database documenting nearly 9,000 jazz pieces, interviews, and other events representing over 1,000 hours of audio and video.

  • Moving Image Archive [Internet Archive]

    An archive of high-quality downloadable movie data files free of most use restrictions, many licensed with Creative Commons Licenses. ...

  • MRQE: Movie Review Query Engine

    Movie Review Query Engine (acronym: MRQE) is one of the largest indices of movie reviews available online. It includes reviews from ...

  • Municipal Codes

    This site allows one to access over 1,000 local municipal codes from almost all states. Seach by state and locale.

  • Music and Performing Arts (Alexander Street Press)

    A cross-searchable portal of audio and video products from Alexander Street Press.

  • Music Index (EBSCO)

    Music Index is a comprehensive guide to music periodicals and other literature, featuring digitized content from 1970 to the present.

  • Music Industry Data

    A database of historical and current chart data from Billboard, Official Chart Company, and other reporting agencies from over 30 countries.


    Provides performing arts news and databases of contact information.


    An index to musical theater songs allowing searching by voice type, range, character ago, tempo, and other parameters.

  • National Film Registry

    The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in ...

  • Nature Online

    Online access to the journal Nature and its sister publications in Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Medicine, ...

  • Naxos Music Library

    Naxos Music Library offers streaming audio of more than a million tracks of classical music covering all time periods.

  • New York Times, 1851-2013

    Searchable access to the backfile of the New York Times (Late Eastern Edition), in full page images digitized from microfilm.

  • Nihon rekishi chimei taikei

    Online version of Nihon rekishi chimei taikei, published by Heibonsha.

  • North American Theatre Online

    A major initiative to provide detailed reference information for theatrical figures, plays, theatres, and more.

  • OAIster

    Uses the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) protocol to gather millions of free digital resources of all kinds from 1,100+ institutions.

  • OmniFile Full Text Select

    Provides full text of articles from 2,700+ journals and periodicals from across all disciplines and fields.

  • Opera in Video

    Opera in Video contains 300 opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.

  • Orchestral Music Online

    Orchestral Music Online is an online version of David Daniels's classic reference work providing basic information on thousands of works.

  • Oxford Art Online

    Online version of the comprehensive art reference work covering all forms of the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, ...

  • Oxford Companion to American Theatre

    An up-to-date guide to the American stage from its beginnings to the present. Includes people, plays, dramatic movements, and more.

  • Oxford Companion to Music

    Includes articles that range from clear, concise definitions of musical ideas and terms to extended surveys of forms and styles.

  • Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

    An authoritative guide to Shakespeare's plays and poems and their interpretation around the world over the last four centuries.

  • Oxford Dictionary of Dance

    The Oxford Dictionary of Dance offers wide coverage of dancers, choreographers, teachers, composers, technical terms, major works, ...

  • Oxford Dictionary of Music

    Provides over 12,000 entries and covers musical subjects of all kinds in an authoritative and accessible way.

  • Oxford Music Online

    The authoritative standard for English-language music dictionaries, providing biographies, definitions of terms, works lists, etc.


    PASCAL and FRANCIS bibliographic databases in exact, human and social sciences, produced by the Inist-CNRS since 1972.

  • Performing Arts Periodicals Database

    Indexes articles in 400 scholarly and popular periodicals covering dance, film, TV, drama, and theater.

  • Periodicals Index Online

    Indexes over 7,000 arts, humanities & social science journals, from their first issues through 2000.

  • Play Index

    Covers more than 31,000 plays published individually or in collections from 1949 to the present, written in or translated into English.

  • Pollution Abstracts

    Provides access to environmental information concerning scientific research and government policies on atmosphere, emissions and more.

  • Project MUSE

    Full-text access to scholarly journals & e-books published by over 120 scholarly societies & university presses.

  • ProQuest

    Combined access to all ProQuest databases, covering many different fields and full text articles.

  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

    Descriptions, sometimes with full text, of doctoral dissertations & master theses from US, UK, Canada, Ireland, etc.

  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers

    Custom ProQuest cross-search of full-text backfiles of 27 U.S. and 32 international English-language newspapers.

  • ProQuest Research Library

    Indexes over 5,000 journals and magazines, academic and popular, with full text included for over 3,600.

  • Readers Guide Abstracts (with Full Text)

    Indexes 450+ popular periodicals published in the U.S. & Canada, with full text from 270 of them.

  • Readers Guide Retrospective

    Indexes older articles from 240 periodicals published in the U.S. & Canada, 1890-1982.

  • RIBA Library

    Citations to over 2000 periodicals and 135,000 books held by the Royal Institute of British Architects Library. In addition to ...

  • RIPM e-Library of Music Periodicals

    A supplement to the RIPM Index and Online Archive; a collection of 35 full-text music periodicals from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

  • RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (EBSCO)

    International annotated bibliography of writings on musical history and culture, found in music periodicals published from 1800-1950.

  • RISM International Inventory of Musical Sources

    The most comprehensive index to music manuscripts produced after 1600; also indexes pre-1800 musical editions.

  • RSMeans CostWorks

    Institutional login & password required.Online access to the complete RSMeans Library including over 85,000 unit prices, 25,000 ...

  • Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970

    Sanborn maps are large-scale plans of urban areas. Maps of over 12,000 US cities and towns.

  • Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film

    Provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to film and film studies, covering such aspects as production, national ...

  • SCIPIO: Art and Rare Book Sales Catalogs

    Describes art auction and rare book catalogs for sales from the late sixteenth century to scheduled auctions not yet held, from all ...

  • Silent Film Online

    Classic films from the silent era, in streaming video.

  • Silent Film Still Archive

    An archive of original photos, advertising, and other memorabilia from silent films, and a few early sound films (especially those ...

  • SimplyAnalytics

    SimplyMap allows you to create thematic maps and reports using demographic, business and marketing data. Log in required for access.

  • Smithsonian Collections Online

    Archive of Smithsonian Magazine (1970-2010) and Air & Space Magazine (1986-2010)

  • Smithsonian Global Sound

    Streaming audio of 50,000 tracks of ethnic music from around the world, including the catalog of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

  • Theatre in Video

    Provides streaming video access to original productions of plays, along with film documentaries on the subject of theater.

  • Theatre in Video: Volume II

    Classic and contemporary plays and documentaries in streaming video

  • Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, 1902-2008

    Full digital version of the Times Literary Supplement from 1902 through 2008.

  • ToxLine

    Covers journal articles, monographs, technical reports, theses, and other literature in all areas of toxicology.


    Toxicology data, citations and abstracts for the toxicology literature, Toxic Release Information and chemical information.

  • Universal Database of Russian Newspapers

    Provides full text of over 40 of the major newspapers or serials published in Russia, the Soviet Union, or its successor states.

  • Very Short Introductions Online

    Short ebooks that provide introductions to hundreds of subjects.

  • Victorian Popular Culture: Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema

    Books, journals and ephermera documenting the pre- and early-cinematic years

  • Water Resources Abstracts

    Provides comprehensive coverage of water resources issues, including groundwater, lakes, estuaries, water supply, desalination, water ...

  • Web of Science (All Databases)

    Cross-search access to: Web of Science, BIOSIS, Zoological Record, MEDLINE, etc.

  • The Women's Wear Daily Archive

    Searchable archive of Women's Wear Daily from first issue in 1910 to within past year: every page, article, advertisement and cover

  • World Shakespeare Bibliography Online

    Provides annotated entries for all scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare and published or produced between 1960 and 2013.

  • WorldCat

    Combined catalog of 360+ million items of all kinds (books, periodicals, videos, maps, etc.) in 25,000+ libraries worldwide.