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WRIT 3381W: Writing and Modern Cultural Movements

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  • Oxford Art Online Authentication Required
    "The most comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day."
  • New Dictionary of the History of Ideas Authentication Required
    Expanding on the original Dictionary of the History of Ideas (1974), edited by Philip Wiener, the New Dictionary has a broader scope introducing global- and gender-neutral perspectives not present in the earlier print edition. In 700 accessible articles, alphabetically arranged, a distinguished team of international scholars explore new thinking in areas previously covered (communism, linguistics, physics) and present cross-cultural perspectives on more recent topics such as postmodernism, deconstruction and post-colonialism.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Authentication Required
    Concise as well as scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects. Also includes links to related Internet resources, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Search tip: When combining words in search, capitalize AND. For example: revolution AND 1848
Finding Primary Materials
Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons. These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past, and when they are used along with previous interpretations by historians, they provide the resources necessary for historical research. (From:
  • ARTstor Authentication Required
    ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database. It offers collections of approximately 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline. How to use ARTstor:
  • Oxford Art Online Authentication Required
    "The most comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day."
  • African American Newspapers (Accessible Archives) Authentication Required
    Digital collections of African-American newspapers are part of a collection about cultural life and history during the 1800s. It also contains large numbers of early biographies, vital statistics, essays and editorials, poetry and prose, and advertisements, all of which embody the African-American experience. Titles include:
    • The Christian Recorder (1861–1902)
    • The Colored American (1837–1841)
    • Douglass Monthly (1859-1863)
    • Frederick Douglass' Paper (1851–1855)
    • Freedom's Journal (1827–1829)
    • The National Era (1847–1860)
    • The North Star (1847–1851)
    • Provincial Freeman (1854–1857)
    • Weekly Advocate (1837–1837)
  • Ethnic NewsWatch Authentication Required
    Full-text articles from over 300 American ethnic and minority newspapers including Asian-American, Jewish, African-American, Native-American, Arab-American, Eastern-European, and other multi-ethnic communities. Coverage dates back to 1990.
  • Givens Collection of African American Literature
    Web site for the collection which contains African American literature, biography, social science, art, notes, manuscripts, and inscriptions available to students, scholars and public at the University of Minnesota's Special Collections Department of the Elmer L. Andersen Library, on the West Bank Minneapolis campus.
Finding Seconary Sources--Including Analysis
A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. These sources are one or more steps removed from the event. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them. Examples of secondary sources are journal/magazine articles which interprets or reviews previous findings, a textbook, a book about the effects of a movement, etc.
  • America: History and Life Authentication Required
    This index provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present with over 2,000 journals including all key English-language historical journals.
  • JSTOR Authentication Required
    Index to JSTOR, full text academic journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a date defined, on a publisher by publisher basis, by a "moving wall". The moving wall is a fixed period of time ranging, in most cases, from 2 to 5 years, that defines the gap between the most recently published issue and the date of the most recent issues available in JSTOR.
  • American Social Leaders From Colonial times To the Present
    This book profiles 350 American men and women from colonial times to the present who have been leaders of the social and intellectual movements that have significantly affected American life and thought.
    • Location(s): WILSON Reference Quarto HN65.M38 1993
    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
  • Social Movements & Culture: A Resource Site
    From the University of Washington, "this site provides a space for the study of social movements in the U.S., including those movements as linked to transnational and global movements. Our emphasis is on recent and contemporary movements, but we also aim to provide materials on earlier movements. We seek to bring together the best insights of sociology, political science, anthropology, history, cultural studies, American studies, ethnic studies, women's studies, and other fields of social movement analysis, as well as the insights of movement activists inside and outside of academia."
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts Authentication Required
    CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts is building on the merged backfiles of Political Science Abstracts, published by IFI / Plenum, 1975-2000, and ABC POL SCI, published by ABC-CLIO, 1984-2000. The database provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration & public policy.
  • Left Index Authentication Required
    Provides access to the diversity of literature on the left, with a primary emphasis on politically and culturally engaged scholarship inside and outside the academy and a secondary emphasis on significant but little known sources of news and ideas. Topics covered include politics, economics, the labor movement, ecology and environment, women's studies, race and ethnicity, social and cultural theory, sociology, art and aesthetics, philosophy, history, education, law, and globalization.
  • Timeline of Art History, The
    The Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated especially by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. The Museum's curatorial, conservation, and education staff, perhaps the largest single core of art experts anywhere in the world, research and write the Timeline, which is an invaluable reference and research tool for students, educators, scholars, and anyone interested in the study of art history and related subjects. First launched in 2000, the Timeline now extends from prehistory to 1600 A.D., and will continue to expand in scope and depth. The Timeline will span art history up to the present day by the fall of 2004.
Related Library Guides
  • Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
    This subject covers: the historical, theoretical and critical studies of national literature in their interrelations and in their relations to other disciplines; the characteristics of and relationship between genres, themes and motifs; international literary movements.
  • Art and Art History
    This guide is a selected list of reference tools covering the visual arts, art history, aesthetics, photography, applied arts, and museum studies. Some of these reference tools will also be useful for research in architectural history, performing arts and stage and theater design. This guide includes both print and electronic resources.
  • Journalism
    The subject of journalism covers the collection, preparation, and distribution of news and related commentary and feature materials through old and new media.
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