Monday, January 16, 2012

Spotlight on the Collection - Five New Resources!

During the winter break, the libraries acquired access to several resources that will be of interest to you:

American National Biography
(added to the English & American Lit subject guide)
Preeminent scholarly biographical source for noteworthy deceased Americans. Contains links to entries in the Oxford Companion to United States History, providing historical context to the biographical essay. When available, cross-links to the person's biography in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
(added to the English & American Lit subject guide)
Preeminent British biographical source. Scholarly essays about deceased, noteworthy persons from the earliest times to the present who were born and lived in the British Isles or its territories or who visited or settled in the British Isles for significant periods. Also provides access to essays in the  Dictionary of National Biography, published in the late 19th/early 20th century. When available, cross-links to the person's biography in the American National Biography.

International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance
Major research tool for the study of theatre and the performing arts, initiated by the American Society for Theatre Research. Indexes journals, books, book chapters, and dissertations on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries. Many citations have full-text attached. Coverage: 1960s-present.

Play Index
(added to the English & American Lit subject guide)
Find plays (written or translated into English) published in anthologies, collections, or discretely from 1949-present. Coverage includes plays in collections and single plays, one-act plays, radio, television, and Broadway productions.

Vogue Archive
Searchable database of the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. While obviously of central importance to the history of fashion,  it is also a rich source for other areas of modern culture. It  provides a record of  changing social tastes and mores, and encompasses literary works by Kate Chopin, Evelyn Waugh, Vladimir Nabokov and Carson McCullers, articles by Winston Churchill and Bertrand Russell, wartime photojournalism by Lee Miller, features on popular cultural figures of the day from Marlene Dietrich and the Beatles to Nicole Kidman and BeyoncĂ©, and on prominent American women from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama.

All databases are in the Find Articles & More list.
All are licensed databases and use of Ezproxy or VPN client is necessary to access them from off-campus.