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Summon -- searches across a wide range of library content, and not just books! It includes journal and newspaper articles, data, digital audio, video and images, and so much more. Try it and see what you can discover. 
Africana Studies
Black Studies Center Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
Covers the Black experience from ancient Africa to the modern day from perspectives in history, literature, political science, sociology, philosophy, and religion. Also includes the full text backfile (1935 to 1975) of the influential black newspaper The Chicago Defender. 

African American Periodicals (1825-1995) Restricted Resource Some full text available
More than 170 wide-ranging periodicals by and about African Americans. Published in 26 states, the publications include academic and political journals, commercial magazines, institutional newsletters, organizations' bulletins, annual reports and other genres.

Oxford African American Studies Center Restricted Resource Some full text available
African American and African history and culture including biographies, topical entries, primary source documents with commentary, images, maps, charts, tables, and more.
Art
ARTstor Restricted Resource Resource contains images
ARTstor has collections of over 500,000 digital art images and associated data that can be used for noncommercial and scholarly, non-profit educational use.

Art Full Text (1984 to date) Restricted Resource Some full text available
Featuring full-text articles, indexing and abstracts from an international array of publications, this database is a comprehensive resource covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as photography, folk art, film, architecture and much more.
History
America: History and Life Restricted Resource
Index to research on the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Indexes articles and book reviews from more than 1,700 journals published in more than 40 languages. 

Dates of Coverage:  1964 to date



American History in Video Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Digital streaming videos including documentaries, newsreels, archival footage, and public affairs videos, with searchable video transcripts.
 
Language & Literature
MLA International Bibliography Restricted Resource
Index to books, essays, and journal articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore and linguistics. Topics include literary theory, criticism, folk literature and belief systems, linguistics, semantics, translation, dramatic arts, and history of printing and publishing. Covers literature worldwide and includes materials in all genres and in foreign languages.
Dates of Coverage: 1926-


Literature Resource Center Restricted Resource
Full-text database that includes author biographies and work overviews, literary criticism, and indexed books, essays, and articles on world literature. 


Humanities International Complete Restricted Resource Some full text available
Index to journals, books and reference sources in all humanities disciplines, as well as selected original creative works including poems, fiction, photographs, and illustrations, with some content available full-text.

Music
Oxford Music Online Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Contains Grove Music Online, the Oxford Companion to Music, the Oxford Dictionary of Music, and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.

Naxos Music Library Jazz Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains audio
Thousands of streaming titles from the Fantasy catalogue and Naxos Jazz. Search by album or song title, featured artist(s), or catalog number. Includes album covers and liner notes.
Theater & Dance
International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance Restricted Resource Some full text available
Full text of journal articles on all aspects of theater and performance, plus indexing for books, book articles and dissertation abstracts.
 

International Index to Performing Arts Restricted Resource
Indexes over 200 scholarly and popular performing arts periodicals. Also indexes a variety of documents such as biographical profiles, conference papers, obituaries, interviews, discographies, reviews and events. Dates of Coverage: 1864 to date
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News & Newspapers
Ethnic NewsWatch Restricted Resource Some full text available
Provides full-text coverage of newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press in America (some international coverage). Includes more than 400,000 full-text articles from 200 publications.

African American Newspapers (1827-1998) Restricted Resource Some full text available
Provides online access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling the African American experience.
 
Dates of Coverage: 1827-1998
 


Online reference tools
Oxford English Dictionary  Main Reference PE1625.O87 1989 
The accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium - a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. 

Oxford Reference
More than 100 dictionaries and encyclopedias in the humanities and social sciences from Oxford University Press (does not include the OED).

Gale Virtual Reference Library 
More than 100 dictionaries and encyclopedias in the humanities and social sciences from a variety of publishers.  
Print Reference Sources
American Decades  
Main Reference     E169.12 .A419 1994 (11 volumes)

American Eras
Main Reference    E169.1 .A471979 1997 (8 volumes)

Juba to jive : the dictionary of African-American slang
Main Reference    PE3727.N4M34 1994  

Green's Dictionary of Slang
Main Reference     PE3721 .G677 2010 

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life in America
Main Reference    E169.1 .G7553 2009  (4 volumes)

The Twenties in America
Main Reference    E784 .T84 2012  (3 volumes)

The Thirties in America
Main Reference    E169.1 .T475 2011 (3 volumes)

The Forties in America
Main Reference    E169.12 .F676 2011 (3 volumes)

The Fifties in America
Main Reference    E169.12 .F498 2005 (3 volumes)

The Sixties in America
Main Reference    E841 .S55 1999 (3 volumes)

The Seventies in America 
Main Reference    E169.12 .S447 2006 (3 volumes)

The Eighties in America
Main Reference    E876 .E347 2008  (3 volumes)

The Nineties in America
Main Reference    E839 .N56 2009  (3 volumes)

Black talk : words and phrases from the hood to the amen corner 
Main Reserve PE3102.N4 S65 2000 

Green's Dictonary of Slang
Main Reference PE3721 .G677 2010  (3 volumes)

The Oxford companion to African American literature
Main Reference PS153.N5 O96 1997  
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