This subject covers: the historical, theoretical and critical studies of national literatures in their interrelations and in their relations to other disciplines; the characteristics of and relationship between genres, themes and motifs; international literary movements.
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Article Databases and Indexes
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Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes
Art Full Text, produced by The HW Wilson Company, is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from periodicals published throughout the world. There is full-text coverage for selected periodicals. Coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Indexing coverage begins 1984; abstracting coverage begins with January 1994. The abstracts range from 50 to 300 words and describe the content and scope of the source articles. Full-text coverage begins in 1997.
Art Index Retrospective covers 55 years (from 1929-1984)of art journalism, criticism and research from leading sources. The publications covered focus on advertising art, antiques, archaeology, architecture and architectural history, art history, computers in art, crafts, decorative arts, fashion, folk art, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, motion pictures, museology, painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, television, textiles, and video.
Index and abstracts of articles from periodical articles, books, exhibition catalogs, and index entries for dissertations. Covers all aspects of late 19th and 20th century art, including decorative and applied art, with particular reference to photography and three-dimensional design.
This database can be used to find research articles on film studies' topics. Aspects covered include theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, reviews (back to 1914) and more. The database allows full searching of more than 270 publications and selected coverage of 300 more. Articles are available for more than 80 journals and texts from nearly 50 books. If the article you are interested in is not available online, click the Find It-button to see if the article is available in another library database, or to see if the library has the article in print.
Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective searches nearly 1200 of the most important journals in these subject areas. Updated, uniform subject headings facilitate your search, with the original subject headings also provided. Subjects Covered Include: Addiction Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Community Health & Medical Care, Corrections, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Dance, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Family Studies, Film, Folklore, Gender Studies, Geography, Gerontology, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Literary & Social Criticism Literature, Minority Studies, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Planning & Public Administration, Policy Sciences, Political Science, Psychiatry, Psychology, Public Welfare, Religion and Theology, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies.
Full texts of articles in academic journals covering the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides backruns from the date of each journal's initial publication to recent issues. In some cases there may be a backlog of several years. JSTOR also increasingly offers the full texts of complete monographs, including books on music.
Index to full-text collection of journals in literary theory, classics, history and cultural studies, philosophy, film, theater and performing arts, political science, and mathematics. From Johns Hopkins University Press. The full text of a limited number of individual monographs is also available for titles that the Libraries have purchased. Users can limit their search results to include only the full text content that the University of Minnesota has access to.
Indexes over 11,000 international journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Titles of the print equivalent are: Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Book Citation, Science Citation Index, and Social Sciences Citation Index. Coverage runs from 1975 to the present. Basic truncation symbol is the asterisk(*).
Catalogs and Bibliographies
Provides descriptions of English-language materials produced before 1801, primarily books and other printed materials (books, pamphlets, broadsides, songs, advertisements, etc). The records include information about the libraries holding an item.
The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 5 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.
Provides bibliographic citations of books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films and machine-readable data files published worldwide. Provides holdings information for nearly 30,000 libraries. Producer/Publisher is OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 65 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.
General Reference Sources
Contemporary Authors provides complete biographical and bibliographical information and references for approximately 100,000 authors from around the world. Check MNCAT for various related sections of the Contemporary Authors series. To search this title separately:
- Click on "Advanced Search".
- Enter the author's name in the search interface.
- Click to highlight "Contemporary Authors" from the Database list.
- Click on "Search".
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.
Dissertations and Theses
Dissertations and theses from over 1000 universities. Doctoral dissertations are indexed for almost all North American graduate schools and many European universities. Masters theses from selected schools only. Provides bibliographic citations for older titles. Abstracts are included for dissertations since 1980 and for masters theses since 1988. Some dissertations, beginning with 1997 publication dates, are available digitally. These include the University of Minnesota and other CIC member universities:
The AFI Catalog contains information on American films made between 1893 to 1970. A great subject index makes it possible to find films on various topics, such as urban life, homosexuality, or food, etc. Can also be used to look up filmmakers, cast and production credits, plot summaries, historical and source notes.
General Reference Works
The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism provides 226 alphabetically arranged entries on individual critics and theorists, critical and theoretical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods. Each entry includes a selective primary and secondary bibliography with extensive cross-referencing with hyperlinks.
Handbooks and Manuals
Gateways & Megasites
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.
Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions
Primary Source Materials
Search some 3,400 finding aids to collections of archival material at the University of Minnesota Archives and Special Collections. A finding aid is a guide and inventory list to a collection of archival materials, personal papers, or manuscripts. For more information about this resource, please see the Finding Aid FAQ or contact the Libraries.
Style Manuals and Writing Guides
RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).
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Related U of M Web Sites
The Electronic Text Research Center at the University of Minnesota Libraries is no longer in operation. The materials that were digitized through the ETRC's projects are still available from the University of Minnesota Libraries E-Text website at: http://etrc.lib.umn.edu/books/ . Some of the CD-ROM based and other texts formerly housed in the ETRC are available for use in 180 Wilson Library. Others have become part of the circulating collection.