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Contemporary Arts

This is selected list of key databases for SFU Contemporary Arts programs. For more specific recommendations by subject areas, see the more detailed pages for Dance, Film, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. For further help in finding information on your topic, contact Sylvia Roberts, Liaison Librarian for Contemporary Arts at or (778)782-3681 / 5043.

Top Resources

  1. One thousand film scripts are indexed and organized to allow searching by scene, by character, by director, and more.
  2. All aspects and periods of art.
  3. SFU Library's Art Images is a collection of online images documenting a broad range of art in support of teaching, learning, and research at SFU. Currently the collection is composed of over 2000 images with an emphasis on the history of Western Art.
  4. Primary source. Over 1,200 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 150 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries.
  5. All aspects of musical activity in Canada
  6. Classical and contemporary music online.
  7. Classical music scores and manuscripts. Many pieces have associated audio tracks in Classical Music Library.
  8. Streaming video of dance productions & documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century.
  9. Database of digital installation art
  10. DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) provides high-quality streaming access to recordings by New World Records, CRI and other important labels. Includes folk, opera, jazz, musical theatre, contemporary and electronic music.
  11. References articles in film and television journals and magazines.
  12. Comprehensive reference source on all aspects of music.
  13. Index to journal articles and reviews on all aspects of music and related subjects.
  14. Naxos Music Library [NML] is the world's largest online classical music library.
  15. Comprehensive reference work covering all aspects of Canadian and American Theatre. Includes records to thousands of plays, people, theatres, productions, and companies, with access to some full text plays. Includes every production company, from Colonial times to the present, in both Canada and the United States.
  16. Online music from around the world. Includes sound effects and spoken word recordings.
  17. A database of sound tracks on all royalty free Sound Effects CDs produced by Sound Ideas.
  18. Primary source. Online streaming video of more than 250 plays and over 100 documentaries.
  19. Primary source. Contains over 1,000 plays, together with detailed information on theaters, production companies, and more. Also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.

Other Resources

  1. Multidisciplinary index to academic & popular journals.
  2. A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the arts and humanities. Some of the disciplines covered include: Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Asian Studies, Classics, Dance, Folklore, History, Language, Linguistics, Literary Reviews, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Poetry, Radio, Television, & Film, Religion, Theatre.
  3. A repository of over one million digital images and related data.
  4. Details on Canadian organizations and international groups including industry, commercial and professional associations, registered charities, and special interest organizations.
  5. Art bibliography covering European and American visual arts from late antiquity to the present.
  6. Index to literature on design and craft
  7. Index to high-quality, peer-reviewed publications of regional importance and in emerging scientific fields.
  8. Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text is the definitive online tool for film and television research.
  9. Search specifically for scholarly literature.
    Should you encounter an error message, you can also obtain full text links to SFU Library resources, by going to Google Scholar and clicking on More - Settings - Library links. Then type and select Simon Fraser University - Where can I Get This? and Save.
    OR use the Off Campus and Wireless Access Bookmarklet to gain access to the full text on publisher sites.
  10. Searchable, archival collection of core academic articles, books, and primary sources in arts, humanities and social sciences.
  11. Watch hundreds of NFB films online, including documentaries, animation and alternative dramas.

    Authorized Users may access the Website and the Content outside of the premises of Subscriber’s educational institution solely for bona fide educational and research purposes, including presentations by student teachers conducted as part of a practicum.

  12. Primary source. 1,500 plays by women from the US and Canada.
  13. Reference resources on all aspects of visual arts. Sources include Grove Art Online, Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics & Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
  14. Multidisciplinary index to journals for the performing arts (drama, theater, dance, film, television).
  15. Humanities and social science ebooks and journals.
  16. Annotated entries for all important books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare and published or produced between 1964 and early 2005.
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