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Research Databases

The links below work from computers on-campus.

To access databases from off-campus, choose the Off-Campus link.

A-Z Journal List

A listing of journal titles to which the Decker Library has either print holdings or access in full-text online, plus links to begin reading each full-text journal. Also lists the journal titles that are indexed within each database.

Academic Search Premier

- off-campus access

Scholarly, multi-disciplinary, full-text for 4500 journals, indexing for 8000+. Includes art, education, literature, language, linguistics, social and ethnic studies, computer sciences, engineering, chemistry, physics, and many more.
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ACM Digital Library

- off-campus access

Full text of every article ever published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and bibliographic citations from major publishers in computing.
user guide (PowerPoint file)

AHFS Consumer Medication Information

- off-campus access

A recognized standard for patient drug information, in both English and Spanish. Published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Includes 1000+ drug information monographs written for consumers; updated monthly.

Alexander Street Press - Art & Architecture in Video

- off-campus access

An online collection of streaming video titles, delivering over 500 hours of documentaries and interviews illustrating the theory and practice of a variety of art forms and providing the context necessary for critical analysis.

AP Images

- off-campus access

Primary source images and media for research, available to download for use in design projects. Provides over 4.6 million photographs from 1826 to current; tens of thousands of graphics; more than 4,500 hours of audio files dating from the 1920’s; news stories and headlines dating from 1997. Content is provided by The Associated Press.

Art Museum Image Gallery

- off-campus access

Digital images of 90,000+ artworks from European, American, and Canadian museums. Artwork includes contemporary, Native American and Inuit, ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian, and Japanese and Chinese works.
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Art Source

- off-campus access

Covers a broad range of art and architecture subjects, with 600+ full-text journals, 220+ full-text books, and 63,0000+ images.
Includes all content from Art Full Text and Art Index Retrospective.

ARTstor

Digital images of nearly 1 million artworks from many time periods and cultures, with architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design. Register to download images, and to access from off-campus; visit the ARTstor website to register while on-campus. This allows off-campus access with your user id and password as long as you log-in on-campus every 120 days.
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AskART

- off-campus access

Includes artist biographies, images, auction prices, gallery directory, and more.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

- off-campus access

Indexes the current literature of architecture and design, covering international, scholarly and popular periodical literature, including publications of professional associations; U.S.A. state and regional periodicals; and major serial publications in the architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia.
user guide

Berg Fashion Library

- off-campus access

Searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, and much more.

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)

BHA covers post-classical Western art, architecture, and decorative arts (from late antiquity to the present) with index and abstracts. Includes 1,200+ journals, but includes all articles within its subject scope regardless of the journal's subject focus, so many journals are covered only partially. This portion of BHA is provided by the Getty Research Institute free of charge. Includes: BHA for years 1990-2007; IBA (International Bibliography of the History of Art) for 2008 and part of 2009; and RILA (Répertoire de la litterature de l'art) for 1975–1989.
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Business Source Premier

- off-campus access

Full text for more than 2,300 journals in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.
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Cinema Image Gallery

- off-campus access

Over 150,000 digital still images from movies, television and the entertainment industry, plus over 4,000 posters and other promotional images.
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Credo Reference

- off-campus access

Full text, fully searchable content from hundreds of reference books in a broad range of subjects - this link searches across all titles and subjects.
user guide | Search individual titles, arranged by subject

Design and Applied Arts Index

- off-campus access

Indexes and abstracts 500+ design and craft journals published 1973-present, plus data on over 50,000 designers, craftspeople, studios, workshops, firms etc.
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eBook Academic Collection

- off-campus access

Search and view the full text of ~100,000 eBooks. The books are also available through the Library catalog.
user guide | Download eBooks to a Mac or PC

Education Journals

- off-campus access

Full-text for 400 education journals, indexing/abstracting for more than 600.
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Encyclopedia Britannica On-Line

-off-campus access

"One of the most authoratative information sources in the world." Includes the standard Britannica text, plus many additional resources.

ERIC

- off-campus access

Contains more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information, plus citations and abstracts from 980+ educational and education-related journals.
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European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750

- off-campus access

Containing 32,000+ entries, a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. Based on “European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to The Americas, 1493-1750,” an authoritative bibliography for the subject.

Films on Demand - Art & Architecture Video Collection

- off-campus access

A Web-based digital video delivery service providing streaming videos from Films Media Group. The Art and Architecture collection currently includes over 800 educational video titles.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

- off-campus access

Provides over 25,000 entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Great Buildings

- off-campus access

Resources on architectural structures and designers around the world and across history. Includes 3-D models, photographic images, architectural drawings, bibliographies, web links, and more. The companion book, The Great Buildings Collection with CD-ROM for Windows and Macintosh is available at the Reference Desk. These allow the user to interact with over 700 buildings in 3D, locating buildings by date, location, architect and building material.

GreenFILE

- off-campus access

Scholarly, government and general-interest titles on the human impact on the environment: global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more; provides indexing and abstracts for 384,000+ records, and full text for 4,700+ records.

Grove Art Online

- off-campus access

Full-text access to The Dictionary of Art, with content updated periodically. Now part of Oxford Art Online - see full description below.
user guide (PowerPoint file)

Health Source - Consumer Edition

- off-campus access

Provides consumer health information including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Access to ~80 full text magazines.

Health Source - Nursing/Academic Edition

- off-campus access

Provides ~550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with 4,700+ brand names.

Image Quest

- off-campus access

Provides more than 3 million rights-cleared images from over 50 collections, including Dorling Kindersley Images, Getty Images, the National Portrait Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society, Oxford Scientific, and others.

JSTOR

- off-campus access

Full-text for 300+ scholarly journals.
Arts and Sciences III Collection: History of art and architecture, religion, language and literature, music, film studies, folklore, and performing arts. info
Arts and Sciences IV Collection: Education, psychology, business, law, and public policy and administration. info
Early Journal Content: JSTOR content published prior to 1923 in the U.S.A. and prior to 1870 elsewhere. Includes arts and humanities, economics and politics, mathematics and other sciences -- ~500,000 articles from 200+ journals. info
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Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts

- off-campus access

Indexes 560+ core journals, ~50 priority journals, and ~125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subjects include: librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more, with coverage back to the mid-1960s.

Mango Languages

- off-campus access

An online language-learning system for Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more. Log-in is not required, but you may create a personal profile and log-in each time to track your progress.

MAS Ultra - School Edition

- off-campus access

Contains full text for ~500 popular high school magazines, also providing 360+ full text reference books, 85,670 biographies, 107,000+ primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 510,000+ photos, maps & flags as color PDFs.

MasterFILE Premier

- off-campus access

Full text for ~1,700 periodicals, back to 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, also contains full text for ~500 reference books and 164,400+ primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 592,000+ photos, maps & flags. Updated daily.

Material ConneXion

- off-campus access

This library of advanced, innovative and sustainable materials and processes is a resource for all studio and design disciplines: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design and Packaging, Fashion, Textiles, and more.

An optional free Personal Account is available, offering advanced features, e.g, tagging and saving materials you have researched. Use this link from a computer on-campus to create a personal account; a valid mica.edu email address must be used as a username.

MEDLINE

- off-campus access

Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from 5,400+ current biomedical journals.

Military & Government Collection

- off-campus access

Offers current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, via periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. Full text for ~300 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for 400+ titles.

National Newspapers

-off-campus access

All full-text online - this link searches all titles simultaneously.

Or use these links to search the titles individually:
Baltimore Sun - 1990-current - off-campus access
Christian Science Monitor - 1988-current - off-campus access
New York Times - 1980-current - off-campus access
Wall Street Journal - 1984-current - off-campus access
Washington Post - 1988-current - off-campus access
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Oxford Art Online

- off-campus access

Comprises four resources:
Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms
The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
Grove Art Online
Oxford Companion to Western Art
user guide (PowerPoint file)

Oxford English Dictionary

- off-campus access

Historical dictionary, 2nd ed. of the 20-volume print publication.

Primary Search

- off-campus access

Full text for more 70+ popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990.

Regional Business News

- off-campus access

Full text coverage for regional business publications, incorporating 80+ regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Rhizome

- off-campus access

An online platform for the global new media art community. Read articles, participate in discussions, view projects, or contribute your own work by registering, using your MICA email address.

Science Full Text Select

- off-campus access

Full text for 400+ journals dating as far back as 1994. Includes agriculture & agricultural research, atmospheric science, biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, botany, chemistry, environmental science, geology, marine biology microbiology, physics and more.

Teacher Reference Center

- off-campus access

Indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.

Text Finder

Locates texts collected in books owned by MICA's Decker Library.

Vogue Archive

Every issue of Vogue in full color from 1892 to today. Search the more than 400,000 images including covers, advertisements, features, photographs, and illustrations in their original context.
TRIAL subscription will be active through 10/2/2014.

WorldCat Libraries

Search the holdings of the largest library network in the world.