Online Databases & Bibliographies

  • FirstSearch Website - FirstSearch is an access point to databases useful in all kinds of research. The first page asks you to accept a disclaimer. The next page gives you buttons to link to a wide range of databases. Click "Arts and Humanities." You will then find a list of bibliographies, including WorldCat, Firstlook and others. You can search by all kinds of keywords. Some programs are in Web form, so results are quick, legible, and easy to navigate. Others are DOS telnet, which are a little more difficult to negotiate.
  • IAC Full-text Database - Follow the links to the Expanded Academic ASAP, a bibliography of scholarly journals, much like the MLA Bibliography, though broader than literature.
  • Periodicals Content Index - PCI Web is an electronic index to the contents of thousands of periodicals in the humanities and social sciences, from 1770 to 1993. Every article is indexed. The scope is international, including journals in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and other Western languages. PCI Web currently indexes over seven million articles in 1,759 journals. Every year, it adds records for more than two million more articles. It will grow to encompass 3,500 journals and fifteen million individual articles.
  • Iter: The Bibliography of Renaissance Europe from 1300-1700 - From the University of Toronto, a wide-ranging bibliography devoted to Late Medieval and Renaissance history, literature, and art. (This is the Guest Database.  A slower but much larger version of this database available only to subscribing institutions can be found on the VMI Preston Library Home Page).
  • Project Muse Database - One of the first ventures of its kind, Project Muse provides worldwide, networked, subscription access to the full text of over 40 scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.