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Bloomsbury Drama Online

Drama Online is a one stop shop for anyone with an interest in drama. This award winning database features over 1,200 classic and contemporary play texts, including the complete works of Shakespeare. Background to the plays are provided through critical scholarly works, theory and practical 'how-to' guides. There is also streaming video of live performances from Shakespeare's Globe and professional audio recordings from L.A. Theatre Works. Search for and sort plays and monologues using cast size, gender, roles, genre, period, author, setting and theme filters. There is plenty here to discover.

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Vogue Archive

The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition) from 1892 to the present day, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. More than 400,000 pages are included, constituting a treasure trove of the work from the greatest designers, photographers, stylists and illustrators of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Vogue Archive is an essential primary source for the study of fashion, gender and modern social history - past, present and future - with the most recent issue added without embargo period because of Proquest's relationship with Condé Nast. Best of all, it's easy to search using simple and advanced search options to reveal results in all the captions, text and titles throughout the magazine, including advertisements, covers and fold-outs.

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Oxford Art Online

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Oxford Art Online has more than 45,000 encyclopaedia-style articles on the visual arts, including more than 21,000 biographies of artists and craftsmen, and over 5,000 searchable art images, drawings and maps, with links to over 40,000 others. The content covers painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, photography and more. While it is particularly strong on European art up to the 20th century, other cultures, countries, and regions are represented from pre-history to today.
It includes the full text of The Dictionary of Art (Grove, 1996, 34 vols), along with The Oxford Companion to Western Art (2001), The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, and Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (1998, 4 vols).

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ProQuest Research Library

Features a diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers. Nearly 4,000 titles, over 2,800 in full text. Art related titles include African Arts, American Theatre, Antiques & Collecting Magazine, The Architectural Review, Asian Theatre Journal, British Journal of Aesthetics, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Ceramics, Art and Perception, Dance Teacher, Film Quarterly, Oxford Art Journal, Theatre Research International, and many more.

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Biography in Context

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This comprehensive database contains biographical information on more than 185,000 people including artists and musicians from throughout history, around the world, and across all subject areas. It combines award-winning biographies from respected Gale Group sources and also includes full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. You can search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

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RBDigital eMagazines

RBDigital provides magazines which can be read on computers and mobile devices, with titles such as Art New Zealand, Architectural Review Asia Pacific and ARTnews Check out the Art & Photo Magazines.

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The Arts on EBSCO

There are a number of full text magazines covering art, architecture, design, dance, film, and theatre, available through the MasterFile Complete and Australia and NZ Reference Centre databases, including those listed below.

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Other useful sites

These are sites that don't require a login (freely available online sites), that you may also find useful:

New Zealand Artists Database

This database is an index to material held in Wellington City Libraries on New Zealand artists. At present that means mainly painters, photographers, sculptors, and mixed media and installation artists, but as the database is expanded craft artists, jewellers, potters and architects will gradually be included. The aim of the database is to be a useful resource for the general interested reader and students at secondary and tertiary levels. This means we have not indexed every passing reference to an artist, but have aimed to include articles that are of reasonable length and have good images. (Serious researchers can find extra material, including theses, on INNZ - Index New Zealand).

As well as articles in magazines and newspapers, you will be able to find which books hold material and/or images of artists and art works you are interested in.

Please note that entering all New Zealand artists and keeping entries up to date is a huge task, so if there is no entry on a particular artist it doesn't necessarily mean we hold no material on them. Please make enquiries from a librarian.

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Internet Movie Database

This comprehensive database provides information on movies, directors, actors and what's happening in the film industry. There are links to reviews for most movies and extensive filmographies for many people.

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Wellington City Libraries Arts page

Keep up with the latest arts & design books in our collections, as well as links to exhibitions and other happenings in the Arts. Popular Topics: Art