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  • Aluka
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    A digital library containing scholarly resources from and about Africa. The USC Libraries is among the contributors of materials in this database from one of our archival collections relating to the former Portuguese colonies of Mozambique and Angola.
  • Art and Architecture Archive
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    Art and Architecture Archive is a major research resource comprising the digitized backfiles of many of the foremost art and architecture magazines of the twentieth century. Each journal/magazine issue is scanned from cover to cover in high resolution color and has a fully searchable text.
  • Art Full Text (H.W. Wilson)
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    Art Full Textâ„¢ is a comprehensive resource for art information featuring full-text articles from more than 300 periodicals dating back to 1995, high-quality indexing and abstracting of over 600 periodicals dating as far back as 1984, including 280 peer-reviewed journals, as well as indexing and abstracting of over 13,000 art dissertations. Indexing of almost 200,000 art reproductions provides examples of styles and art movements, including works by emerging artists. The database covers fine, decorative and commercial art, folk art, photography, film, and architecture, and also includes a database-specific thesaurus.
    Part of the OmniFile collection.
  • Art Index Retrospective (H.W. Wilson)
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    Art Index Retrospectiveâ„¢: 1929 -1984 provides users access to over half a century of art literature covering fine, decorative, and commercial art. Content includes high-quality indexing of nearly 600 publications, many of which are peer-reviewed, and citations of over 25,000 book reviews.
  • ArtBabble
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    ArtBabble is a collection of high quality videos from numerous museums and libraries (primarily US) including the Indianapolis Museum of Art (the originator), LACMA, the Getty, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and New York Public Library. Included are artist interviews, demonstrations of creating a work of art, curatorial tours, dance performances, etc.N.B. Many can be downloaded to an IPad
  • ARTbibliographies Modern
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    Provides access to abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews. The scope of ARTbibliographies Modern extends from artists and movements beginning with Impressionism in the late 19th century, up to the most recent works and trends in the late 20th century. Photography is covered from its invention in 1839 to the present. Covers all aspects of modern and contemporary art, including performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artists' books, theater arts, crafts, jewelry, illustration, and more, as well as the traditional fine arts of painting, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing.
  • Artes e Historia Mexico
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    Information database, full text reviews, bibliography and images, with links to reference sources and electronic journals on the Internet related to Mexican history and arts.
  • Virtual Catalogue for Art History
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    This international catalogue allows searching of the online catalogs of more than 36 international art libraries, including both academic andmuseum libraries, from Germany to the UK to Australia to the US.Catalogs may be searched separately or all together. As of October 2010 there are over 12 million records, including a high percentage of records for articles in periodicals, conference papers, festschriften,exhibition catalogues, etc., and an increasing percentage of records for archival and photographic materials as well as for online resources. Thesite is hosted by the University Library of Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
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    The Arts & Humanities Citation Index is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. It indexes 1,100 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, as well as covering individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals.

    This database is part of USC's subscription to the Web of Science.

    The AHCI is also available in print in the Doheny Reference Center.

  • Arts & Humanities Full Text
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    This database features hundreds of titles covering Art, Architecture, Design, History, Philosophy, Music, Literature, Theatre and Cultural Studies. It is designed to complement the following indexes: ABM, Avery, BHA, BHI, DAAI, Index Islamicus, MLA, Philosopher's Index and RILM.
  • ARTstor
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    Provides access to over a million high quality images of art and photography, with descriptions and provenance. Also includes images in the fields of anthropology and architecture.
  • Berg Fashion Library
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    Berg Fashion Library provides integrated text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history. Berg includes the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, an extensive E-Book collection, a vast image bank, and links to related reference resources. It is updated several times a year.
  • Biblical Archaeology Society
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    This site provides an full-text online archive of past issues of the journal Biblical Archaeology Review (1975 to present), Bible Review (1985 to 2005 complete) and Archaeology Odyssey (1998 to 2006 complete), Special Collections assembles articles from BAR on each of several topics (e.g., Dead Sea Scrolls, Temple Mount). Clicking on the BAS icon in the upper right brings up news, online-only features, and several e-books published by the Society.
  • CAMIO: Catalog for Art Images Online
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    A premier resource of high-quality art images from around the world contributed and described by leading museums, all rights-cleared for educational use. Every work in CAMIO is represented by at least one high-resolution image and a description. Many have additional views of the work, sound, video and curatorial notes. CAMIO art images span the following categories:
    • Photographs
    • Prints
    • Sculptures
    • Paintings
    • Decorative arts
    • Posters
    • Costumes
    • Utilitarian objects
    • Jewelry
  • Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art
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    The ICAA Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art digital archive provides access to primary sources and critical documents tracing the development of twentieth-century art in Latin America and among Latino populations in the United States. Countries featured in the first phase of this multiyear project include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Latino USA. The digital archive is now available free of charge for students, scholars and the general public. New materials are added regularly.
  • Early Photography of Japan
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    A collection of photographs of late 19th to early 20th centuries Japan from the E. G. Stillman Japanese Collection held by Widener Library and the Fine Arts Library at Harvard University. The collection contains hand-colored souvenir photograph albums by the early Japanese and European photographers and black-and-white snapshots of Japan probably taken by the collector in 1905. Also included is an online version of the 10-volume imperial edition of/Japan: Described and Illustrated by the Japanese/, published by J. B. Millet Company of Boston in 1897-1898.
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
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    This web site provides access to the full-text content of 4,274 e-books purchased by the USC Libraries from netLibrary. The books are searchable by both author and title. In addition, all books included in this collection are accessible through Homer.
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
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    One of the largest resources of rare materials ever collected in microfilm or electronic formats. The collection is an ongoing project based on The English Short Title Catalogue, a union list of the holdings of the British Library, as well as those from more than 1,500 university, private and public libraries worldwide. This collection captures the essence of the Enlightement in Great Britain in multiple academic disciplines, including history, literature, geography, social sciences, fine arts, religion, philosophy, and law.
  • Elements of Style
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    This is the digital version of the classic writing manual from 1918 written by William Strunk. The focus is on rules of usage and most commonly violated composition principles. It is often referred to as Strunk and White. Part of print copies of the 4th ed. (1999/2000) are available at Doheny Reference and Leavey Library.
  • Getty Publications Virtual Library
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    Free full text publications from the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute.
  • Hispanic-American Periodicals Index (HAPI)
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    Locate articles in the humanities and social sciences from and about Latin America and related to Chicano and Latino studies from the Hispanic American Periodicals Index. Some fulltext available.
  • Index of Christian Art
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    The Index provides access to descriptive and bibliographic information on approximately 200,000 photographic reproductions of Christian art in the east and west from early apostolic times up to A.D. 1400. Many records include images. There is a particular emphasis and focus on art of the western world. Seventeen different media are represented in the archive, such as manuscripts, metalwork, sculpture, painting, glass, etc. Continues the work of Charles Rufus Morey
  • Index to 19th Century American Art Periodicals
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    Indexes 42 art journals published in the US during the 19th century.
  • International Bibliography of Art (IBA)
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    The definitive resource for scholarly literature on Western art, IBA is the successor to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA), and retains the editorial policies which made BHA one of the most trusted and frequently consulted sources in the field. The database includes records created by the Getty Research Institute in 2008-09, with new records created by ProQuest using the same thesaurus and authority files.
  • Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
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    Bibliography of articles on medieval and renaissance topics.
  • LexisNexis Academic
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    Database of full text online news, business, financial, legal, medical, biographical, government and domestic and international newspaper resources.
    Please check all license agreements posted on the Lexis/Nexis Website at Failure to follow the Terms & Conditions may result in revocation of the Lexis/Nexis license for the University of Southern California. Furthermore it is expressedly forbidden to write search scripts to search this databases.
  • Luso-Hispanic New World in Early Prints and Photographs
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    Collection of 600 hundred photographs and print images in books and albums, from the 19th to the early 20th centuries, associated with the former New World colonies of Spain and Portugal. Subject terms cover the lands, exploration, architectural heritage, peoples and cultures of Mexico, Central America, South America and the islands of the Caribbean. Searchable and browsable, with a list of the works containing the images.
  • Oxford Art Online
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    Grove Art Online provides web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art (1996, 34 vols.) with annual additions of new material and updates to the text, plus extensive image links and all the sophisticated search advantages possible with an online reference source.
  • Picture Post Historical Archive, 1938-1957
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    Contains every issue (1938-1957) of the pioneering photo-journalism newspaper that was read by an estimated 80% of the British population at its peak.
  • ProQuest Research Library
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    ProQuest Research Library is a multi-disciplinary index suitable for both undergraduates and graduate students. It covers dozens of subject areas and indexes thousands of general and scholarly titles and provides full-text for a significant number of the articles included. It is an excellent starting place for research for a paper, particularly if one isn't sure where to begin their research.
  • Public Art Archive
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    This is a free online database that provides comprehensive information on public art in North America. As of 2014 it includes the following broad categories of work:1. Public artworks commissioned through an official public art commissioning process, or acquired through a standard acquisition process (especially works that are maintained through Public Art funds). 2. Works of art that are commissioned, gifted, or granted by corporations, museums, educational institutions, private parties, and other entities for the purpose of being presented in public spaces for the benefit of the public.
  • TermDoc: Online Dictionaries About Cultural Heritage
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    Search multilingual dictionaries to translate cultural heritage terms. Definitions are not included. Covers French, German, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, and Dutch.
  • USC Digital Library
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    The USC Digital Library (USCDL) is the digital repository for original research materials which have been selected for archiving by the Libraries. Content made available by the USCDL facilitates new and creative opportunities for scholarship and teaching by providing enhanced access to materials which feature and highlight the Libraries' holdings or from non-Library held collections identified in collaboration with members of the USC academic community. Accordingly, the USCDL provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats. These may include, but are not limited to USC theses and dissertations; photographs; rare books, or portions thereof; manuscripts; source documents; sound recordings; moving images; data sets; 'born digital' documents; and digital representations of physical objects. USCDL content can be licensed or sub-licensed to parties outside of USC.
  • Vincent van Gogh's letters (digital edition)
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    The edition, based on fifteen years of research, was edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten and Nienke Bakker of the Van Gogh Museum, in association with the Huygens Institute. For each of the 902 letters the edition gives a transcription of the original Dutch or French text, a translation into English, a full(zoomable) facsimile, comprehensive annotation, and illustrations (about2000 in all) of the works of art discussed in the letters.
  • Vogue Archive
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    A complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month. Every article, cover, photo shoot, illustration and advertisement has been digitized to the highest standard, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by designer and brand names.
  • World Press Photo
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    Sponsor of an annual contest for the best in photojournalism, and now in multimedia as well, this site includes the images of the winners of the most recent 2-3 years of the awards.See the World Press Photo Contest Archive for previous years (