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ACLS Humanities E-Books

Collection of over 4,000 full-text ebooks from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) about varioius world cultures, religions, history, and more.

American Decades

This encyclopedia set analyzes periods of contemporary American social history (1900-1999).

Artstor

The Artstor Digital Library is a database of images available for educational use from the world's leading museums, photo archives, and artists in one easily-navigated repository.

Berg Fashion Library

Includes the Berg Fashion Library, e-books, reference works, images, and current research in disciplines as diverse as anthropology, art history, history, sociology, geography, folklore, museum studies, theatre, and cultural studies as well as fashion and textiles.

CQ Press Encyclopedia of Religion in America

Covers the significant denominations and movements that have originated or flourished in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, from the beginning of European settlement to the present.

Credo Reference - All Subjects Search

Contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Basic introduction to over 75,000 different topics, including encyclopedia articles, maps, news, definitions, and statistics. Includes a dictionary/thesaurus, (media (photographs and selected audio/video files), famous quotations, country profiles, selected websites and news articles.

Encyclopedia of Gender in Media

Offers critical examinations of the role of the print and electronic media in enabling, facilitating, or challenging the social construction of masculinity and femininity in our society, and introduces media and feminist theorists in the social sciences, humanities, and visual studies (including cinema studies and new media).

Encyclopaedia Judaica GVRL

More than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion, written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists.

FactsonFile World Almanac Online

Provides current facts and information about: Economy, Business, and Energy, Crime, Military Affairs, Health and Vital Statistics, Personalities, Arts, and Media, Science and Technology, Consumer Information, Nations of the World, World History and Culture, U.S. Facts and History, U.S. Government, U.S. Cities, States, and Population, and Sports, as well as a chronology of events, featured stories, notable facts, and historical anniversaries for 2006 through 2012.

Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia EBSCO

Database contains over 25,000 records with full text and various images in many subject areas.

Grove Art Online Oxford

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

Humanities International Complete via EBSCO

Contains original creative works including poems, fiction, photographs, paintings and illustrations.

Literary Reference Center Plus EBSCO

Literary Reference Center Plus contains the full text of articles/essays of literary criticism, author biographies, literary journals, author interviews, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, classic and contemporary short stories, classic texts, and plot summaries, synopses and work overviews as well as ebook versions of the Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Beacham's Research Guide to Biography and Criticism, The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature, The Columbia Companion to the 20th Century American Short Story, and all of MagillOnLiterature Plus.

Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World

Provides a comprehensive overview of today's women in global terms covering women's issues and events from 2000 to the present organized into 15 categories:  Activism in Theory and Practice, Arts, Business/Commerce/Economy, Countries, Education, Environment, Government/Law and Justice, Health: Mental and Physical, Media and Popular Culture, Religion, Science and Technology, Sports and Recreation, Sexualities, War and Conflict, and Women's Lives.

Oxford Islamic Studies

Includes the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, primary source documents, translations of the Qur'an,with links to an online version of A Concordance of the Qur'an by Hanna Kassis. Timelines covering major events in the Islamic world and images and maps are provided.

Saskia Art Images Collection

Contains 30,000 digital images of paintings, sculpture and architecture, as well as archaeological sites.

Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) is maintained and kept up to date by experts in the field and all entries are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public. Fixed editions that are created on a quarterly basis and stored in the Archives can be cited.

Women and Social Movements ASP

Provides a searchable online collection of books, images, documents, scholarly essays, commentaries, and bibliographies that document women's activism in American public life.