humanities

EDUC 1820 HUNMT 1101 Course Guide

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Welcome to the Humanities 1101/ Education 1820 Course Guide

This guide is designed to assist you in locating resources such as books, videos, articles, websites for use in the study of the arts and humanities. Start your research by clicking on the information tabs below.

Everything is on the Internet, right? No.

Contrary to popular opinion, there are millions of books and articles whose content is not freely available on the open web.

As we all know the Internet contains an incredible amount of useful information. Conversely, it also has a lot of information that is not credible, reliable or well-informed. Some information on the web are blatant lies, or half-truths published in order to support a particular belief or opinion. (For more information on learning how to distinguish the good, bad and ugly on the Internet, see The CRAP Test.

Using resources available through the Library will save you time and frustration, and undoubtedly will lead you to producing higher-quality work.

Types of Resources:

Reference Materials:

Use reference materials, such as encyclopedias and dictionaries to get background information and a basic understanding of your topic.

Book & Journal Articles:

Books and journal articles provide a more focused examination of the topic. Again, most books and articles found in the Library's databases are written by experts.

  1. Books & Videos
  2. Databases
  3. Websites & Podcasts


Finding Books

Use the COD Library's book catalog to find books & videos. Click on the "keyword" tab to search using multiple search terms and limit your results by material type (book, video), date, or language. You'll need a current library card to check out books.

I-Share

I-Share allows you to borrow books from over 80 Illinois academic libraries. You must have a current COD library card, and create an account to request books from an I-Share library.


E-book Collections

Most books in these collections can also be located and accessed by searching in the Library's book catalog.

  • ebrary
  • Collection contains several books on Philosophy. Many e-books can be viewed from your computer or downloaded to your e-book reader. You need to create an account to download e-books to your device.

  • EBSCO e-book collection
  • Find 100s of Philosophy-related books . NOTE: Books can be viewed by single page on a computer, or, can be downloaded to an e-book reader. You'll be prompted to create an EBSCO account. The loan period for e-books is four hours. Books can be renewed after the initial loan period expires.

  • Humanities (ACLS) E-book Collection
  • This resource includes over 1500 full-text, cross-searchable books in the humanities selected by scholars for their continuing importance for research and teaching. Pages from this collection can be printed and emailed.

Project Gutenberg E-books

Project Gutenberg provides access to a number of primary and secondary-source philosophy e-books. Many can be read online or downloaded to e-book readers.


Reference Works

Reference works, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are useful for learning about background information on a topic, as well as how philosophers have interpreted and understood a topic and its evolution.

Please note that print reference books may be used while in the library only. Online reference books may be accessed from any on or off-campus computer. You'll need a library card to access online books and articles from off-campus.
Click on the links below to access the online book/website or record/description of the print book.


Finding Videos

The Library owns many Philosophy-related films in DVD, VHS and streaming formats. Search the library catalog by keyword or subject term. We have a wide range of Philosophy-related films available for checkout and online streaming.

The Library subscribes to many databases that provide access to thousands of popular and credible, scholarly journals. Many databases provide access to full-text articles, while some provide information about the article only (citation). Request (for free!) through Interlibrary Loan copies of articles to which the Library doesn't have full-text access.

Databases are organized collections of information that you can search on a variety of fields, like title and author's name. iTunes is a database and so is Amazon. Even your contacts list in your phone is a type of mini database. The Library has databases of articles from newspapers, magazines and journals. We also have databases of streaming videos, music and e-books. The difference between our databases and iTunes or Amazon is that our stuff is free for you to use. You can browse the library's databases here: http://codlrc.org/databases

 

Databases - Best Bets

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of academic areas.

  • Academic OneFile
  • Multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of academic areas.

  • JSTOR
  • Excellent source for credible scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. Articles in database were published between the early 1700s and between 1-5 years ago.

  • Project MUSE
  • Project MUSE offers full-text current and archival articles from 500+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.

  • Issues and Controversies
  • Issues and Controversies helps students understand crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture.

  • CQ Researcher
  • The CQ Researcher offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of today's most important issues. Each report is on a single topic more than 12,000 words in text and extensive bibliographies. Each weekly issue provides up-to-date information on controversial subjects reported by CQ's staff of experienced reporters.

  • PhilPapers
  • PhilPapers is an online collection of scholarly materials on philosophy topics. This resource includes articles and reviews from 350 journals. Users can try locating full-text articles using Google Scholar or request articles through Interlibrary Loan.


Websites

  • American Philosophical Association
  • The American Philosophical Association, founded in 1900 is the premiere philosophical professional association. A number of useful resources are located under Web Resources, including Electronic Texts, Guides to Philosophy, Journals (note not all journals are available in full-text, please contact a librarian for assistance).

  • AskPhilosophers
  • AskPhilosophers is a website where the public is invited to submit questions that are answered by philosophy faculty at colleges and universities located throughout the U.S.

  • Contintental Philosophy
  • Complied by University of Central Florida philosophy professor Bruce B. Janz, this directory of websites provides a wide range of resources associated with various aspects of Continental Philosophy.

  • Women Philosophers
  • Created by Kate Lindemann, this site provides links to short articles and biographies of women philosophers organized by time period.


Podcasts

  • History of Philosphy - Without Any Gaps
  • "Peter Adamson, Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at King's College London, takes listeners through the history of Western philosophy, 'without any gaps.' Beginning with the earliest ancient thinkers, the series will look at the ideas and lives of the major philosophers (eventually covering in detail such giants as Plato, Aristotle, Avicenna, Aquinas, Descartes, and Kant) as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition."

Why You Should Study the Humanities

Want to learn about the opportunities that studying subjects within the Humanities provide?

Are you tired of the criticism leveled against studying Humanities, and the critics who complain that there is no place for them in business world? Then check out these resources for a balanced view of the benefits of studying the Humanities, and how your career choices may be enhanced through a well-rounded Liberal Arts education.

  1. Articles - General Sources
  2. Articles - Academic Sources
  3. Career Resources

Articles from General Resources

The following are articles, blog posts, websites and other sources.

"Use Data to Make a Strong Case for the Humanities." By Norman M. Bradburn and Robert B. Townsend, The Chronicle of Higher Education

"Leaders in higher education often ask us how they might make a case for the humanities, when students and parents are so deeply concerned about their economic futures. The answers lie in the very numbers that are so often cited as admonitions against the field."

“11 Reasons To Ignore The Haters And Major In The Humanities” by Max Nisen, Business Insider

This article gives you, as the title suggests, 11 ways the Humanities DO prepare you for the working world. The article also links to other relevant articles from Business Insider and to the recent Georgetown Study on which majors are most employed.

“The Difference Humanities Makes In Business” by Ken Makovsky, Forbes Magazine.

Makovsky, with extensive business experience says, explains how the Humanities are useful in a business career and himself notes: “As I see it, the study of humanities builds the foundation that supports an array of sophisticated public relations skill sets.”

What Can I Do With A Humanities Degree?” by Bruce B. Janz

Janz’ website and the collected information there while focusing primarily on philosophy is applicable to all of the disciplines in the humanities.

“Want Innovative Thinking? Hire from the Humanities” by Tony Golsby-Smith, Harvard Business Review.

Golsby-Smith explains why those trained in the Liberal and in the Humanities may just be what big business needs to tackle more complex problems. Here are just two of the skills he believes studying the Humanities builds: “People trained in the humanities who study Shakespeare’s poetry, or Cezanne’s paintings have learned to play with big concepts, and to apply new ways of thinking to difficult problems that can’t be analyzed in conventional ways.”

"The Economic Case for Saving the Humanities" by Christina H. Paxson, New Republic

President of Brown University, Paxson tackles the question of whether the Humanities are worth it and whether they should be supported. Offering strategies to push back against critics of the value of Humanities, Paxson suggests that, “ A grounding in the humanities will sharpen our answers to the toughest questions we are facing. We don’t want a nation of technical experts in one subject. We want a scintillating civil society in which everyone can talk to everyone.”

“This Is Irrefutable Evidence Of The Value Of A Humanities Education” by Carolyn Gregoire, Huffington Post

From the article: “ As Jordan Weissmann wrote in The Atlantic last week, money is a pretty bad way to measure the value of a college major…” this comment is supported by the later one from The Atlantic which reported that “ humanities and social science majors earn a similar amount as pre-professional majors do over a lifetime.”

Weissmann also explains that there is value in choosing an area of study that you truly care about. "There's something to be said for encouraging students to study something that they enjoy, or have a natural talent for. Namely, they're more likely to stick at it.” And later Weissmann notes, “career-specific skills can often be learned on the job -- whereas critical thinking and problem-solving skills are invaluable benefits of a humanities education …”

“Defining the Humanities: A Work in Progress”

This document compiles various quotes and thoughts about the Humanities put together by the Humanities Council of Washington, DC.
Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of the Indiana Humanities Council gets more to the crux of the problem of define the Humanities when she notes that “It’s not about what the they are, it’s what we do.”

“Helen Small discusses The Value of the Humanities” from the Times Higher Education,” by Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education.

Helen Small’s entire book might be of some interest. Reisz’ review of the book distills Small’s arguments, noting that “Small’s book sets out a taxonomy and assesses the five principal arguments that have been used in relation to the discipline.
The first describes the distinctive features of the humanities such as their “high tolerance of ambiguity” and truth claims based on “coherence” and “rightness” rather than “correctness” and “validity”, builds this into a theory of two or three distinct cultures - and then puts the humanities at the top of the tree.
The other arguments propose that the humanities are “useful” in a purely economic sense or beyond; that they contribute to individual or national happiness; that they are worth studying “for their own sake”; and that they perform a gadfly function in democracy.”

“Defending the Humanties : Practical Value”

by Mike LaBossiere.
Mike LaBossiere takes on the myths of the unemployed and underpaid Humanities major as well as the “uselesslness” of taking Humanities courses. He believes these myths persist because the Humanities may not defend or sell themselves well, the employment rates for their majors are actually higher than those for other disciplines.

“Governor Misses Value of Humanities” from the Chronicle of Higher Education Editorial Board.

The Governor of North Carolina laments that the Humanities are not the bastion of larger universities only. The Editorial Board reminds him that, “Not only does the economy change quickly and unexpectedly, but it also does not exist in a vacuum. In a society that is complex, historical and ever changing, studies in the humanities offer different and equally important perspectives, building communities and producing knowledge in ways that offer benefits beyond the narrow conflation of material worth and value.

Surprise: Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return On Investment by Jeffery Dorfman, Forbes Magazine.

Economist Jeffrey Dorfman looks at the long term earnings potential for those who obtain Humanities degrees, challenging the myth that degrees in humanities are "less useful" and than those in the STEM disciplines. Dorfman researched the impact earning a degree in humanities has on individual lifetime earnings compared to an individual with no college education.

Humanities Research is Groundbreaking, Life-changing… and Ignored - from The Guardian newspaper.

Academic articles from the COD Library databases

    Using the arts and humanities to promote a liberal nursing education: Strengths and weaknesses

    The current university education climate presents obstacles to the promotion of liberal education. Nevertheless, the considerable professional and personal challenges of nursing practice in global terms make such an educational preparation essential. If nursing education to degree level is to commence from 2013, these principal features of liberal education, via these educational standards, must be embedded prominently into new programmes.

    Project Approach in Humanities as a Cognitive Strategy of Modern Engineering Education

    During the studying, future engineers must realise the dependence of professional activity on calls of the times, the state policy, human needs and at the same time understand that technologies change different life aspects both of the human and all biosphere. According to this thesis, the authors pay attention to the problem of cognitive strategies creation which allow forming the social responsibility principles of future engineers during their education. In the work the comparative analysis method is used, i.e. theoretical and experimental researches were being simultaneously conducted in this field. The goal is to form the educational method which will allow students getting a bachelor's degree in technologies to understand that the engineer influences the world by manufactured goods. As a result of applying the project educational method in the Philosophy course, students have received necessary social cultural skills: realizing the anthropocentricity of the engineering profession and engineer's responsibility towards society, understanding basic tendencies of social development and forming the strategic view on reality.

    The status of college students’ critical thinking disposition in humanities

    This survey aimed at measuring students’ critical thinking dispositions in humanities fields. 123 students were randomly selected by stratified sampling method among undergraduate students in the College of Humanities in Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran during academic year of 2010-2011. They completed Ricketts’(2003) Critical Thinking Disposition Questionnaire. Overly, finding showed that all subjects achieved optimal level of critical thinking in the moderated level (p < 0.001,t = 17.56), but not in the strict level (p < 0.001, t = -9.20). Implications for applying active learning and problem solving approaches to enhance students’ critical thinking propositions were proposed.

    Franz Joseph Gall on greatness in the fine arts: A collaboration of multiple cortical faculties of mind

    Although Franz Joseph Gall (1758–1828) is well known for his organology, i.e., his theory of cortical localization of function largely derived from skull features, little has been written about his ideas pertaining to specific faculties other than speech, and even less attention has been drawn to how the individual faculties might work together in specific situations. Our focus shall be on how Franz Joseph Gall viewed the fine arts, with special emphasis on what one must possess to be outstanding in this field, which he associated with perceiving and understanding relationships, and several higher faculties of mind, including color, “constructiveness,” locality, and recognizing people. How these faculties are utilized, he tells us, will vary with whether an artist does portraits, landscapes, historical scenes, still life compositions, etc., as well as with the selected medium (e.g., oil paints, sketching on paper, stones to be carved). To put Gall's thoughts about the fine arts in context, brief mention will be made of his scientific career, his guiding philosophy, the questions he most wanted to answer, what he construed as “evidence,” how he eliminated the soul or “controller” from his system, and how he presented his work to the public. Some comparisons will be made to what he wrote about having a talent for music.

    Medicine: The Greatest of Humanities

    About two months ago, a second-year medical student e-mailed me to ask about the value of humanities courses. As a humanities major in college, he questioned the overwhelming dominance of required medical sciences in his preclinical classes....

Career Resources

    Career & College Information Collection

    The Career & College Information Collection (CCIC) provides information on educational opportunities, occupational choices and job-seeking skills. This multimedia collection can assist you in planning for your educational, career and employment goals.

    Career Databases at COD

    Links to several COD and open access databases that provide information on careers, education requirements, salary ranges and vocational biographies.

    Career Guides

    PDF images of over 50 career guides listing books and reports in the Career & College Information Collection

Literature Criticism Online

https://cod.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/cod_lrc?db=LCO
Description: 

Literature Criticism Online (LCO) contains the full-text of these important reference works: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, and Short Story Criticism. LCO also gives users access to the Literary Index. You can also find more literature and humanities reference materials in Literature Reference Center and Artemis Literary Sources.

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Students, Faculty, and Staff
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Artemis Literary Sources

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Description: 

Artemis is a portal to the content contained in both Literature Online and Literature Resource Center. From Artemis, you can access literary and drama criticism, reviews, topic overviews, author biographies, and so much more.

Off-campus Availability: 
Students, Faculty, and Staff
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Ethnic Film Directors - Indians & Indian-Americans

India

Kamal Amrohi

Pakeezah
Popular Collection DVD

Mukul S. Anand

Agneepath = Path of fire
Popular Collection DVD

Khuda gawah = God is my witness
Note: video ordered

Mahesh Bhatt

Hum hain rahi pyar ke
Popular Collection DVD

Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Mission Kashmir
Popular Collection DVD

Yash Chopra

Trishul
Popular Collection DVD

Gulzar

Aandhi
Popular Collection DVD

Raj Kapoor

Shree 420
Popular Collection DVD

Deepa Mehta

Earth
Note: video ordered

Ketan Mehta

Spices
Popular Collection VHS

Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Abhimaan
Popular Collection DVD

Ravee Nagaich

Mere jeevan saathi
Popular Collection VHS

Mira Nair

11'09"01:September 11:A Film:11 Directors from Different Countries and Cultures
General Location HV6432.7 .E448 2002

Piyush Dinker Pandya

American desi
Popular Collection DVD

Satyajit Ray

Agantuk = The Stranger
Popular Collection VHS

Aparajito = The Unvanquished
Popular Collection VHS

Asani-samketa = Distant Thunder
Popular Collection VHS

Ghare-Baire = The Home and the World
Popular Collection VHS

The World of Apu = Apur Sansar
Popular Collection VHS

Ramesh Sippy

Sholay
Popular Collection VHS

Santosh Sivan

Theeviravaathi = The terrorist
Popular Collection DVD

Jhamu Sughand

Hum dil de chuke sanam
Popular Collection DVD

Bollywood

Vijay Anand

Jewel thief
Popular Collection DVD

Sooraj R. Barjatya

Hum aapke hain koun = Hama ¯apake hain kauna
Popular Collection DVD

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Black
Popular Collection DVD

Vikram Bhatt

Raaz
Popular Collection DVD

Subhash Ghai

Hero
Note: video ordered

Taal = T¯ala
Popular Collection DVD

Ashutosh Gowariker

Lagaan = once upon a time in India
Popular Collection DVD

Karan Johar

Kabhi khushi kabhie gham
Popular Collection DVD

Raj Kapoor

Bobby
Note: video ordered

Farah Khan

Main hoon na
Popular Collection DVD

Deepa Mehta

Fire
Popular Collection DVD

Rajiv Menon

Kandukondain kandukondain = I have found it
Popular Collection DVD

Ismail Merchant

In custody
Popular Collection DVD

Ravee Nagaich

Mere jeevan saathi
Popular Collection VHS

Mira Nair

Monsoon wedding
Popular Collection DVD

Deepak Nayar

Bride and prejudice
Popular Collection DVD

Amol Palekar

Paheli = Pehel¯i
Popular Collection DVD

Satyajit Ray

The Chess Players = Shatranj Ke Khilari
Popular Collection DVD

Revathy

Mitr, my friend
Popular Collection DVD

Rakesh Roshan

Kaho naa--pyaar hai
Popular Collection DVD

Anil Sharma

Gadar : ek prem katha
Popular Collection DVD

Indian-Americans

M. Night Shyamalan

Signs
Popular Collection DVD

Sixth Sense
Popular Collection DVD

Unbreakable
Popular Collection DVD

Village
http://cod.worldcat.org/oclc/56627398
Popular Collection DVD

International Films - Africans

Burkina Faso

Gaston Kabore

Wend kuuni
Popular Film Collection - VHS

Zan Boko
Popular Film Collection - VHS

Idrissa Ouedraogo

11'09"01:September 11:A Film:11 Directors from Different Countries and Cultures
General Collection HV6432.7 .E448 2002 DVD

Tilaï
Popular Film Collection VHS

Cameroon

Huges Nonn

Le grand blanc de Lambaréné = The great white man of Lambaréné VHS
Popular Film Collection VHS

Congo

Mweze Ngangura

Pieces d'identites : = Id
Popular Film Collection VHS

Egypt

Youssef Chahine

11'09"01:September 11:A Film:11 Directors from Different Countries and Cultures
General Collection HV6432.7 .E448 2002 DVD

Guinea-Bissau

Angela Cerveira

Udju Azul di Yonta = The Blue Eyes of Yonta
General PN1995.9.A43 U358 1994

Ana Costa

Udju Azul di Yonta = The Blue Eyes of Yonta
General PN1995.9.A43 U358 1994

Flora Gomes

Mortu Nega = Those Whom Death Refused VHS
General PN1995.9.A43 M678 1998

Mali

Mamadou Kaba

Ta Dona
General PN1995.9.A43 T3 1991 VHS

Cheick Oumar Sissoko

La Genèse
Popular Film Collection DVD
Finzan VHS

Mozambique

Ruy Guerra

Fábula de la Bella Palomera = The Fable of the Beautiful Pigeon Fancier VHS
To Order

Senegal

Djibril Diop Mambety

Hyènes = Hyenas VHS
To Order
Three tales from Senegal:Le Franc
General PN1995.9.A43 T457 1994 VHS

South Africa

Gavin Hood

Tsotsi
Popular Film Collection DVD

Darryell Roodt

Cry the beloved country VHS
To Order
Place of Weeping
Popular Film Collection VHS
Sarafina
Popular Film Collection DVD
Yesterday
Popular Film Collection DVD

Zimbabwe

Tsitsi Dangarembga

Everyone's child
Popular Film Collection VHS

Godwin Mawuru

Neria
Popular Film Collection VHS

Ingrid Sinclair

Flame
Popular Film Collection VHS

Artstor

https://cod.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://library.artstor.org/
Description: 

The Artstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Collections are used for teaching and study in a wide range of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Artstor is more than art: www.artstor.org/subjectguides
Artstor Mobile: www.artstor.org/mobile

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Some areas of Artstor require the user to "double-click" to get to materials.

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Project Muse

https://cod.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://muse.jhu.edu/search

To limit your searches to the journals available through the COD Library, check the "Only content I have full access to" box on the left side of your results page.

Description: 

Project MUSE offers full-text current and archival articles from 500+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.

Off-campus Availability: 
Students, Faculty, and Staff
Full-text Content: 
Includes full-text content
This is a trial: 
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Humanities

Welcome to the Humanities Research Guide

Humanities is the study of human culture through the perspective of a number of academic disciplines, ranging in scope from Art to Theater, with many subject areas in between. Listed below are a number of resources that are helpful for studying the Humanities.

Click on a link on the menu below to take you to that specific section.

Learn how studying the Humanities can help prepare you for the workplace!

Finding Books

Use the COD Library's book catalog to find books & videos. Click on the "keyword" tab to search using multiple search terms and limit your results by material type (book, video), date, or language. You'll need a current library card to check out books.

I-Share

I-Share allows you to borrow books from over 80 Illinois academic libraries. You must have a current COD library card, and create an account to request books from an I-Share library.


E-book Collections

Most books in these collections can also be located and accessed by searching in the Library's book catalog.

  • ebrary
  • Collection contains several books on topics in the Humanities. Many e-books can be viewed from your computer or downloaded to your e-book reader. You need to create an account to download e-books to your device.

  • EBSCO e-book collection
  • Find 100s of Philosophy-related books . NOTE: Books can be viewed by single page on a computer, or, can be downloaded to an e-book reader. You'll be prompted to create an EBSCO account. The loan period for e-books is four hours. Books can be renewed after the initial loan period expires.

  • Humanities (ACLS) E-book Collection
  • This resource includes over 1500 full-text, cross-searchable books in the humanities selected by scholars for their continuing importance for research and teaching. Pages from this collection can be printed and emailed.

Project Gutenberg E-books

Project Gutenberg provides access to a number of humanities-related e-books. Many can be read online or downloaded to e-book readers.

General Reference Works

  • Encyclopedia Britannica - Online
    The online version of the classic Encyclopedia Britannica that also includes web links, select articles and access to Webster's Dictionary.

  • Credo Reference Online
    Credo Reference is a full-text online reference service. The collection includes over three million entries from hundreds of well-regarded titles from some of world's the best reference publishers.

  • Reference Universe
    Reference Universe is a finding aid for reference materials in both the print and electronic collections owned by our Library.

General Databases

The Library subscribes to many databases that provide access to thousands of popular and credible, scholarly journals. Many databases provide access to full-text articles, while some provide information about the article only (citation). Request (for free!) through Interlibrary Loan copies of articles to which the Library doesn't have full-text access.

Databases are organized collections of information that you can search on a variety of fields, like title and author's name. iTunes is a database and so is Amazon. Even your contacts list in your phone is a type of mini database. The Library has databases of articles from newspapers, magazines and journals. We also have databases of streaming videos, music and e-books. The difference between our databases and iTunes or Amazon is that our stuff is free for you to use. You can browse the library's databases here: http://www.codlrc.org/databases

 

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of academic areas.

  • Academic OneFile
  • Multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of academic areas.

  • JSTOR
  • Excellent source for credible scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. Articles in database were published between the early 1700s and between 1-5 years ago.

  • Project MUSE
  • Project MUSE offers full-text current and archival articles from 500+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.

Subject Specific Research Guides

Use these research guides to find resources on specific subjects:

Media for the Humanities

International/ Ethnic Film Directors

Films made by directors associated with the following ethnic/racial groups:

Africans
African-Americans
Asians and Asian-Americans
Indians and Indian-Americans
Middle Easterners and Middle-East-Americans
Native Americans
Latin Americans and Latino-Americans

Other Resources

Dance
Film
  • The African Film Collection
    a collection of films about Africa, containing works by African and non-African filmmakers. The collection contains representative films, documentaries, and music DVDs and contains works from all over Africa. These films are housed at Western Illinois University and are available to be borrowed through InterLibrary Loan.

  • African Film Library
    "The library consists of award-winning works from more than 80 producers including Senegalese Ousmane Sembene and Djibril Mambety, Yousef Chahine from Egypt and Haile Gerima from Ethiopia."

  • Great Performances
    "GREAT PERFORMANCES presents a diverse programming portfolio of classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries."

  • iFilm Connections: Asia & Pacific
    "iFilm Connections: Asia & Pacific seeks to create a deeper awareness and understanding of Asian and Pacific Island film cultures by providing immediate and comprehensive information about contemporary feature films from these areas." Includes an online film festival of independent films touching on globalization.

  • Black Film Research Online
    A University of Chicago guide to film directors, internet resources and other information.

  • British Library: Archival Sound Recordings
    About 7,000 items are currently available for listening.

  • Global Gateway: World Culture and Resources
    A Gateway to online collections about different cultures around the world.

  • Hiphop Archive
    Includes readings, visuals, listening, and short videos.

  • Performing Arts Encyclopedia
    Music, theatre and dance resources from the Library of Congress.

  • Smart History
    "This site is being developed by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the static traditional Western art history textbook."

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