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This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for a multitude of journals, including many which are peer-reviewed.
Citations for 270 popular and scholarly journals.
Citations for 400 popular and scholarly journals
A comprehensive database designed specifically for high school level students that contains full text for more than 500 popular, high school magazines.

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An online database of digitised materials including correspondence, photographs, early release fliers, full issues of rare periodicals, 250 digitized Academy publications, sheet music, selections from the Alfred Hitchcock papers and the Cecil B. DeMille photographs, annual Academy Awards programs, and movie star ephemera.
Provides definitions of a wide variety of acronyms, initialisms, abbreviations and similar contractions, translating them into their full names or meanings. Terms from subject areas such as associations, education, the Internet, medicine and others are included.
Journal, newspaper, and magazine articles from alternative, radical, and left periodicals.
The history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.
Anthropology Plus is a focused index of bibliographic materials covering the fields of anthropology, archaeology, and interdisciplinary studies
Profiles of more than 9,000 authors who have written books for, about, or who are from British Columbia.
BNNA contains more than 141,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada.
Art bibliography covering European and American visual arts from late antiquity to the present.
Full-text database containing major daily Canadian newspapers including the Globe & Mail, the National Post, the Vancouver Sun, & several Okanagan newspapers.
This dictionary combines coverage of international English with information on English as it is particularly used in Canada.
A comprehensive Canadian database covering current events, policy, business, social issues, science, the arts, and Canadian academic information
An essential guide for anyone interested in film. provides accessible coverage of a comprehensive range of genres, movements, theories and production terms, including CGI, Convergence, Cult cinema, Digital cinema/Post-digital cinema, 3D technology, and more.
Provides coverage in the fields of communication, mass media, journalism, linguistics and speech.
The most complete international survey of sociology in a single volume. Includes 800+ entries from the whole breadth of the discipline.
Indexing and access to Canadian and international journals,magazines and reference content
An encyclopedic dictionary that covers almost 400 important philosophical, literary, and political terms that defy easy translation between languages and cultures. Includes terms from more than a dozen languages, and is based on the concept that one cannot always translate a foreign concept in one word, but one can always explain it.
Provides access to over 800 e-books, with a comprehensive business collection.
Ebrary is a collection of thousands of online full text books and other materials in a variety of subject areas.
Examines the philosophical and ethical issues underlying contemporary and historical environmental issues, policies, and debates. Covers topics such as global warming, animal rights, environmental movements, alternative energy, green chemistry, industrial ecology, and eco-sabotage.
Information on China's people, politics, economics, religion, philosophy, traditions, art, and literature from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day.
Traces the evolution of political theories, concepts, research frameworks, and political practices from across the world. It examines the interplay of political ideas and processes to convey the vitality and excitement of politics in practice.
400+ entries across three volumes, exploring social and political movements and related collective phenomena throughout the world. Topics include the French revolution, the global women's movement, Martin Luther King and the American civil rights movement, environmentalism, and the Arab Spring.
Lists and describes more than 1,500 cultures
Provides the largest, most comprehensive resource for the study of human culture and behaviour. It contains more than 750 hours and 1,000 films. Essential for study in the areas of politics, economics, history, psychology, environmental studies, religion, area studies, linguistics, and geography.
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Classic and contemporary documentaries, unpublished footage from renowned anthropological archives, field recordings, and more. Volume II features content from Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), ZED, and Documentary Educational Resources (DER).
Online reference work covering political and economic information on over 250 countries and territories.
References articles in film and television journals and magazines from 1976 - 2001
Award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more.
Provides a cross-cultural survey of the major types and methods of inquiry in folklore to define the identity of every culture in the world.
Introduces food culture from numerous countries and cultures around the world, including some from remote and unexpected peoples and places.
Annually updated online encyclopedia with 25,000+ records covering an array of topics.
Access to online specialized subject encyclopedias and other reference works
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.
A 10.3 million-word collection of the impertinent, vile, censored, hip, witty, and fascinating slang words of the English language. Covers five centuries of innovation in all English-speaking regions of the world, the Dictionary is the most authoritative, scholarly approach to slang ever attempted. Over 100,000 words defined; each word authenticated by full-referenced citations.
Academic e-book titles in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. These e-books are available for download.
A resource that covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada), with a focus on the 15th century forward.
A guide to the legend and lore behind the traditions, rituals, foods, games, animals, and other symbols and activities associated with holidays and holy days, feasts and fasts, and other celebrations, covering ancient, calendar, religious, historic, folkloric, national, promotional, and sporting events, as observed in the US and around the world.
Includes coverage of the world's leading scholarly journals and yearbooks in political science.
A multi-disciplinary database of archived scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Coverage of the foods and recipes from 70 representative countries and culture groups worldwide.
A series of literary criticism titles representing a range of views on authors and their works. Includes literary commentary from a wide range of sources.
Contains biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines
Offers a detailed bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations. Covers the subjects of language, literature, literary theory and criticism, linguistics, printing and publishing.
Access to ebooks with subject coverage in the areas of psychology, language and literature, religion, philosophy, & sociology, and collections of e-books that include the SALT Modern Poetry collection.
Watch hundreds of NFB films online, including documentaries, animation and alternative dramas. Users must create a profile to access subscribed content.
Watch hundreds of NFB films online, including documentaries, animation and alternative dramas.
Public version. Limited to free content available, no PPR.
A survey of the history of Western thought and culture, presented through 700 alphabetically arranged entries.
Full access to 23 years of CBC News video and audio archives, as well as the latest 2013-14 editions.
Internet browsers Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer v. 9 or higher are recommended for viewing videos.
New York Public Library's image database, developed to provide free online access to hundreds of thousands of images from original and rare holdings. The Digital Gallery offers digital images of drawings, illuminated manuscripts, maps, photographs, posters, prints, rare illustrated books, and more. Encompassing and representing the applied sciences, fine and decorative arts, history, performing arts, and social sciences.
Provides free access to a growing collection of peer-reviewed e-book titles in the humanities and social sciences.
A lucid, stimulating, and authoritative guide to Shakespeare's plays and poems, and their interpretation around the world over the last four centuries. Special feature entries on every play are included.
Covers all information about 'the book', broadly conceived, throughout the world from ancient to modern times. It includes traditional subjects such as bibliography, palaeography, the history of printing, editorial theory and practice, textual criticism, book collecting, and libraries, but it also engages with newer disciplines such as the history of the book and the electronic book. It pays particular attention to how different societies shape books and how books shape societies.
Coverage of Western Art with entries on artists and their works, styles and movements, art forms and art terms, combined with more modern methodologies, focused on patronage, taste, theory, and criticism, and the scientific examination of materials and techniques. Critical appreciation and factual information on over 1700 artists from classical times to the 20th century.
Provides a careful balance of fact and critical appraisal on to the art of the Western world. Topics range from painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts from classical times to the present.
up-to-date, comprehensive, authoritative, and balanced series of reference works for biblical researchers. Encyclopedia contains almost 120 in-depth entries on each of the canonical books of the Bible, major apocryphal books of the New and Old Testaments, important noncanonical texts, and thematic essays on topics such as canonicity, textual criticism, and translations.
Coverage of words from across the English speaking world. Provides etymological analysis, variant spellings, and pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
Online dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks & other reference works in subjects areas such as science, nursing, psychology, sociology and other social sciences, business and languages.
Citations and abstracts for over 190 scholarly journals published by OUP, covering the fields of science, technical, professional, medical, humanities, arts and social sciences.
Authoritative reference on all aspects of poetry and poetics, including history, movements, genres, prosody, rhetorical devices, and critical terms.
A comprehensive selection of arts, humanities and social sciences journals and e-books. Also includes two Native American and Indigenous Studies e-book collections.
Scholarly journals from the American Psychological Association and 4 allied organizations. All journals in PsycARTICLES are also available in PsycINFO.
The most comprehensive database for finding full-text, peer-reviewed, literature in the field psychology and other related disciplines.
Citations and abstracts for 300+ popular magazines and book reviews.
Provides comprehensive, global coverage of religion, emphasizing larger religious communities without neglecting the world's smaller religious outposts.
9300+ original comic strips published in Canadian newspapers between 1952 and the present
Covering the latest concepts, theories and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences, this full-text resource provides access to a wide assortment of the most important English-language social science journals.
A comprehensive and high quality sociology research database that provides access to abstracts and citations.
More than 3,036 signed essays covering topics and persons in major areas of popular culture.
Full text Canadian theses and dissertations published from 1998 onward.
A weekly literary review that offers comprehensive coverage on the latest and most important publications, in every subject. Access 16 years’ worth of TLS content, in an easily searchable and usable format. Also included is access to the TLS blogs, Poem of the Week, and more.