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Academic Search Premier*
A multi-disciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 4,500 journals, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles.
Britannica Academic Edition
Encyclopædia Britannica, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provide a variety of reliable sources to use to conduct thorough research.
Search multiple EBSCO databases simultaneously. Custom select any number of databases from the library’s complete list available through EBSCO.
Films on Demand
A web-based digital video delivery service for streaming over 6000 educational videos from Films Media Group.
Gale Virtual Reference
Electronic books providing reference and analysis in the liberal arts.
Accesses online journals and institutional repository/ self-submitted scholarly articles.
Humanities International Complete*
Provides comprehensive coverage of the humanities with full-text content.
An archive of core scholarly journals in the arts and sciences.
OmniFile Full Text Select
Multidisciplinary full text database.
Oxford Art Online
Comprehensive, authoritative and easily searchable online art resource.
Full-text journals in literature and criticism, history, visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, etc. *As of Jan. 2018, the library has access to free content only.
* = Access provided by BadgerLink
Films on Demand
Multidisciplinary documentary film resource.
Documentaries from Films on Demand:
Art and Design: Insights into the Visual Arts (59:07)
Where do abstract painters and fashion designers find their muses? To what extent does the creative process differ between video artists, sculptors, and fine art embroiderers? How do illustrators and mixed media artists handle the business side of their work? Using capsule interviews with contemporary figures on the U.K. visual arts scene, this program draws viewers into the studio space and immerses them in the hands-on processes and limitless possibilities of art and design. Section one, “Artists and Ideas,” explores sources of inspiration, the foundational importance of drawing, and a variety of functions for sketchbooks and journals. Section two, “Art Practice,” considers contextual referencing in art, the development of ideas, artistic materials and techniques, the relative merits of criticism, and the synergy between artist, environment, and tools. And section three, “Art at Work,” addresses making a living from doing art and the relevance and value of art in public spaces.
Oil on Canvas Series (2:56:12)
This six-part series explains and demonstrates the art and science of painting—how light, distance, and perspective are achieved, and why brushstrokes, composition, and color are important. In each program, a different contemporary artist creates an original finished work. The thinking behind the creativity and skill becomes apparent, as each brushstroke is applied to canvas. The discussion makes frequent use of examples drawn from the masters of world art.
The Arts: Dying, Thriving, or Just Hanging On? Series (58:31)
With the overwhelming demand for technology in the classroom, why should boards of education approve expenditures for fine arts faculty? And with 50-year-old-plus schools in the inner cities, how can municipalities justify building new museums and concert halls? This timely two-part series examines the state of the arts in America in an era of budget-cutting and belt-tightening.
Masterworks of Western Art Series (8:02:01)
Filmed at many of the finest museums on both sides of the Atlantic, this dazzling eight-part series critically examines 48 masterpieces of Western art. Historical information and comparisons to other period paintings promote a deep appreciation and understanding of how styles developed within the major schools of art and how works of art respond to the context of their time. Extreme close-ups reveal the brush strokes invisible in art book illustrations. Detailed enough for high-level course work yet accessible enough for survey classes, each timeless program is an outstanding showcase of artistic virtuosity.
The Evolution of Art (52:57)
For thousands of years, artists were anonymous, yet today they are frequently honored as celebrities. How did this change in perspective come about? This program tracks the cultural evolution of art—from the ancient Greeks to the modern world, where art is big business—and addresses the technological changes that have fueled various artistic revolutions down through the centuries.
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