Creative Resources

Online Databases

Digital Commons Network – Arts & Humanities

  • The BEPress Digital Commons Network is an open source institutional repository which makes the scholarly output of several universities and institutions freely available
  • The arts and humanities subject field contains over 64,000 works from 241 institutions
  • A tutorial on using the Digital Commons Network can be found here

Digital Public Library of America

  • Brings together free resources from America’s archives libraries, archives, and museums
  • Striving to contain the full breadth of human expression, this portal currently provide access to over 5,000,000 resources
  • Use the bookshelf tab or the search bar to navigate to the search interface or find resources on a particular topic

Directory of Open-Access Journals

  • “The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact”
  • Thousands of open access journals with full text articles covering art, art history, architecture, music, performing arts and visual arts

Google Scholar

  • “Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.”
  • Since not all resources on Google Scholar are free, look for items that have a PDF link on the right hand side of the page, which indicate they are available for free immediate viewing

Internet Public Library – Arts & Humanities

  • “ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment”
  • “Merged collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians’ Internet Index (LII) websites”
  • Provides a variety of online resources including some access to full-text articles and digital archives