Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA)

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Art Full Text is a bibliographic database that indexes (coverage begins in 1984) and abstracts (coverage begins in 1994) articles from periodicals published throughout the world. Selected full text coverage begins in 1997. Periodical 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.

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A unique resource, Art Index Retrospective helps users find contemporary criticism of art at the time of its debut, track the body of work of an artist or movement, find artists' interviews and other commentary, and much more. Users can research leading English-language sources, as well as others published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. Besides periodicals, users have access to data from important yearbooks and select museum bulletins. Coverage dates are 1929-1984, and results are limited to bibliographic information only. Not full text.

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The International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance represents the most comprehensive multicultural and inter-disciplinary research tool available to theater students, educators and professionals. This resource, founded at Brooklyn College, comprises a fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated databank of over 60,000 journal articles, books, book articles and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries. Contains abstracts as well as full-text articles.

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Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,600 full-text periodicals, including nearly 7,500 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full-text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals.

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This resource indexes journals covering cultural, economic, political & social change. Coverage is international and interdisciplinary. Indexes nearly 300 alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines. The theories and practices of socialism and revolution which this database covers inlcude: Ecology; Democracy and Anarchism; Feminism and Organized Labor; Indigenous Peoples; and Gays & Lesbians.

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International Theatre Resources
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ARTstor features works in the areas of art, architecture, religion, anthropology, literature, and world history, and contains more than one million images. The site allows users to search and browse within multiple categories. Along with full color and black and white images with zoom capability, users can find information on date, repository, and material(s), and can save search results in folders. The database also provides detailed subject guides that include information on featured collections and commonly used search terms.

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Communication & Mass Media Complete provides the most robust, quality research solution in areas related to communication and mass media. Communication & Mass Media Complete offers full text for over 200 titles with coverage dating as far back as 1915 and contains citation coverage for additional sources. In total, several hundred valuable sources are covered.  In addition, CMMC features over 5,400 Author Profiles, providing biographical data and bibliographic information.

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Duke University Press publishes and distributes more than thirty periodicals that span a stimulating range of disciplines within the humanities and sciences--from East Asian cultural studies to French history, from lesbian and gay studies to mathematics and the history of economic thought, from feminism, culture and media studies to medieval and early modern studies.

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Coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. The database provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 380 publications (and selected coverage of 300), as well as full text for more than 120 journals and 100 books. In addition, Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text includes Variety movie reviews from 1914 to present and over 36,300 images from the MPTV Image Archive.

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JSTOR offers full-text access to archival scholarly journals. It offers both multidisciplinary and discipline-specific collections, covering such topics as Art, Business, Language & Literature, Mathematics, Music, Ecology, & Botany. JSTOR includes journal content, primary sources, images, and more across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is approximately a 1-5 year gap between the most recently published journal issue and the content available in the database.

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Project Muse offers nearly 200 journal titles from some 30 scholarly publishers, covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others. Project MUSE provides full-text access to a comprehensive selection of humanities and social sciences journals.

Search Across Multiple Databases

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Save time! Search once for your topic in dozens of research databases.

Databases included: Academic Search Complete, Theatre in Video, Women and Social Movements, ArtSTOR, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Left Index, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Infotrac Custom Newspapers Online, National Newspaper Index, New York State Newspapers, Art Full Text, Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984, Social Sciences Full Text, Project Muse, JSTOR, LexisNexis Academic, Oxford Art Online, Oxford Music Online, Art Index

Journals

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The Directory of Open Access Journals is a website that covers free, full-text, quality-controlled online scientific and scholarly journals in all subjects and languages.

Click on the title to try a search within these journals.

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A tool for identifying which Brooklyn College-owned journals are available in electronic format.

Encyclopedias

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Featuring a broad musical scope covering popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music, the Encyclopedia also offers thousands of additional entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals.
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The Performing Arts Encyclopedia serves as a guide to the collections and resources at the Library of Congress that pertain to music, theater, and dance. Most of these collections and resources can be found in the Music Division, the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, and the American Folklife Center, although there are additional resources available in other divisions of the Library such as the Manuscript Division and the Rare Books Division.

Other Libraries & Library Catalogs

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The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts are a unique resource, providing hands-on access to an extraordinary array of materials. The largest public, circulating performing arts collections in the world, the Library for the Performing Arts meets the needs of people of all ages who want to learn more about the performing arts. From its open stacks, which allow readers to browse and discover materials, to its knowledgeable and friendly staff who offer guidance and information, to its user-friendly layout, the Library serves everyone with an interest in music, theatre, dance, film, and other popular entertainments.

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Combines the catalogs of thousands of libraries in the US and worldwide. Brooklyn College users can use WorldCat to directly request a book on Interlibrary Loan.  There is also a free version at WorldCat.org

Additional Internet Resources

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The self-proclaimed "1st art newspaper on the Net." Artdaily was established in 1996. Contains information on artists, exhibitions,events, feature stories, comments/discussion boards and links to a multitude of web pages.

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Provides access to over 363,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage poster, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.

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The goal of the Prelinger Archives is to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven't been collected elsewhere. Included are films produced by and for many hundreds of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions. 

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UbuWeb is a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts. All materials on UbuWeb are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights belong to the author(s). A great source to view avant-garde film and performance works.

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