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Sherlock combines the Whitman Library Catalog, Summit and many of our electronic journal subscriptions into one searchable interface.
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Catalog of books and other materials held in libraries worldwide.
Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography This link opens in a new window
Literature, languages, linguistics, folklore, drama and film (1963-)
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This database features hundreds of titles covering Art, Architecture, Design, History, Philosophy, Music, Literature, Theatre and Cultural Studies.
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Includes scholarship published in over one thousand of the highest-quality academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
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Full text of current content from scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.
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Journal literature covering world history, excluding the United States and Canada (1955- )
Art, Design, and Architecture This link opens in a new window
Art, Design and Architecture Collection is a comprehensive survey of current publications in the fields of visual and applied arts. This collection includes the specialist indexes ARTbibliographies Modern (covering modern and contemporary art), Design and Applied Arts Index (for all aspects of design and crafts) and the International Bibliography of Art (covering scholarship on Western art history), together with Arts and Humanities Full Text.
Art Index Retrospective This link opens in a new window
Covering content for more than 55 years of art journalism, this retrospective resource includes articles, interviews, reviews and much more from over 600 publications. (1929-1984).
FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Plus This link opens in a new window
FIAF Index to Film Periodicals Plus is a bibliographic resource covering the foremost academic and popular film journals up to the present day. Many of these key titles are available here in full text.
Philosophers Index This link opens in a new window
A current and comprehensive bibliographic database covering scholarly research in all major fields of philosophy. It contains research published since 1940
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