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Why Conduct Background Research
To gain familiarity with your topic.
To narrow your topic by finding specific aspects on which to focus.
To provide historical and social context about your artist and/or artwork.
To identify experts related to the topic.
Art & Art History Databases
Art Full Text This link opens in a new window
Features full-text articles, indexing and abstracts on a variety of topics from fine, decorative and commercial art to photography, folk art, film and architecture.
Artstor Digital Library This link opens in a new window
A nonprofit resource that provides more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Our community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates.
Arts & Humanities Database This link opens in a new window
Features hundreds of titles covering Art, Architecture, Design, History, Philosophy, Music, Literature, Theatre and Cultural Studies. *This is a Traveler resource. The Traveler Statewide Resource project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Biography (Gale in Context) This link opens in a new window
Offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure that students have access to the very latest information.
Biography Reference Bank This link opens in a new window
Offers comprehensive in-depth, original biographical profiles from the Current Biography and World Authors series, the thorough periodical coverage of Biography Index, and the specialist biographical content of Junior Authors & Illustrators, this database contains biographical full text articles, page images and abstracts from today’s leading magazines and journals—providing the most current coverage of an individual’s life and work.
General Reference (Encyclopedias)
Britannica Academic This link opens in a new window
Delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. The rich combination of the insightful Encyclopædia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that students need to consult when conducting thorough research—all from one resource.
Credo Reference This link opens in a new window
Covers every major subject, from art to medicine, psychology to history, and technology to literature. The award-winning titles in Credo Reference include general and subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, bibliographies, chronologies, handbooks, atlases, and more. Credo's collections are continuously updated to reflect the most relevant, up-to-date content.
Salem Press Online This link opens in a new window
Selected e-books in literature, history, science & health. All books in this collection are also available in print in the Library.
Academic Journal Databases
JSTOR Arts & Sciences I & V This link opens in a new window
Provides access to the highest-quality academic journals, books, and primary sources in art and art history, classical studies, history, language and literature, music, philosophy, and political science. Collections on JSTOR include the complete archival record of each journal. Coverage begins at the first volume and issue of the journal ever published, and extends up to a publication date usually set in the past three to five years.
New York Times
New York Times This link opens in a new window
Find breaking news, multimedia, reviews & opinion on Washington, business, sports, movies, travel, books, jobs, education, real estate and more. One can also access New York Times archives all the back to 1851. Register with your nwacc.edu email address on campus for access to the app.
New York Times Historical This link opens in a new window
Provides scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. The database offers searchable full text, full page, and article-level images from The New York Times from 1851 to 2010.
(Note: New York Times content from 1985 to present is available by creating an account in the New York Times listed on the list of databases, or in Academic OneFile, Biography in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, U.S. History in Context, and World History in Context. Content from 1980 to present is also accessible through LexisNexis Academic.) *This is a Traveler resource. The Traveler Statewide Resource project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
New York TimesMachine This link opens in a new window
Over 150 years of New York Times journalism, as it originally appeared. Browse the newspaper archives, from Volume 1, Number 1 through 2002. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit subscribers; access requires a New York Times account created with an NWACC email address. See the New York Times database for details on how to create an account.
You must log on to nytimes.com with your NWACC.edu account BEFORE searching TimesMachine.
Electronic Books (Ebooks)
The following electronic book databases are best for detailed, in-depth analysis and discussion covering a variety of academic topics.
- For reference ebooks, please select Reference Databases in the dropdown menu under the Research Databases tab above.
- For print books, access the Books & Media to search through the library's catalog.
Ebook Central This link opens in a new window
Provides authoritative, full-text e-books in a wide range of subject areas along with powerful tools to find, use, and manage the information. *This is a Traveler resource. The Traveler Statewide Resource project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
eBook Collection This link opens in a new window
There are more than 130,000 eBooks in this collection, including titles from leading university presses such as Oxford University Press, MIT Press, State University of New York Press, Cambridge University Press, University of California Press, McGill-Queen's University Press, Harvard University Press and many others. Additional academic publishers include Elsevier Ltd.; Ashgate Publishing Ltd; Taylor & Francis Ltd; Sage Publications, Ltd. and John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Gale eBooks This link opens in a new window
Offers a wide variety of full-text interdisciplinary content on virtually any subject area to tackle assignments, papers, projects and presentations. The database includes thousands of full-text proprietary titles from Gale and more than 80 strategic publishing partners, including the complete contents of Drama for Students, Epics for Students, Novels for Students, Poetry for Students, and Short Stories for Students.