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More than 3,100 full-text titles covering business and economic conditions, corporate strategies, management techniques, as well as competitive and product information.Includes journals, trade journals, newspapers, dissertations, and more.
Contains 8,000 academic journals, the majority in full-text, as well as hundreds of podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN, and the CBC.
Academic Search Premier
Full text coverage of social sciences, humanities, business, general science, and education.
A collection of American newspapers, magazines, and other primary source materials, mostly from the 19th century, but with some 18th century items. Newspapers and magazines include The Liberator, the Virginia Gazette, Pennsylvania Gazette, Godey's Lady's Book, and a selection of African American newspapers. Books include a collection of county histories, Civil War memoirs and regimental histories, and more.
Monitors advertising expenditures across 11 different media. AdSpender is limited to 3 simultaneous users.
- Advertising Redbooks
Contains information about national and international agencies and advertisers, such as business classification, agency of record, media expenditures, to which brands are owned by what company, client lists, and billings.
Alternative Press Index
Alternative Press Index & Archive is a bibliographic database of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles from hundreds of international alternative, radical, and left periodicals. Born of the New Left, the API was launched in 1969 to provide access to the emerging theories and practices of radical social change. API coverage is both international and interdisciplinary. The API is considered the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to alternative sources of information available. 1969-present
- American Film Institute Catalog
The AFI Catalog, the premier, authoritative resource of American film information, covers the history of American cinema comprehensively from 1893 to 1975, with full or short records for films from 1976-2011. New records are added each year by the AFI's editorial team.
American Filmscripts Online
Over 1000 film scripts with searchable information on scenes, characters, and people. 1903-2002
Contains hundreds of thousands of photos and graphics from the Associated Press, most taken since 1995, plus historical images dating back to the 1800s.
The stylebook contains AP’s rules for abbreviations, capitalization, numerals, punctuation, word usage and other issues regarding language and customs for print, online and broadcast journalists. It also has guides on legal issues, social media and pronunciation. Limited to 25 simultaneous users.
A rich digital library of more than 500,000 images covering art, architecture and archeology, which can be viewed online at full resolution and downloaded at reduced size for projects and presentations.
A film and television database of facts, analysis, statistics, news, contacts, and trends. Available only on Library PCs, See Reference Librarian for login, Limited to one user at a time
Berg Fashion Library
The Berg Fashion Library is a collection of full-text resources on fashion, costume, culture and history including sources such as the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, and more. Students and scholars in disciplines as diverse as anthropology, art history, history, sociology, geography, folklore, museum studies, theatre, and cultural studies as well as fashion and textiles will find the Berg Fashion Library a treasury of fascinating insights into people and cultures all over the world.
Biblioboard Ebook Library
BiblioBoard® contains primary source materials including books, images, maps, articles, audio and video from leading publishers and archives around the world as well as a growing library of traditional publisher content including, fiction, graphic novels, comics, children's books and university press books.
Biography Resource Center
A comprehensive database of biographical information, including articles from magazines and newspapers.
- Books in Print - Professional
All books currently in print in the U.S., with selected reviews. Use BooksinPrint.com for a more user-friendly approach to this same data.
Boston Business Journal
A full-text edition of the weekly Boston Business Journal and annual Book of Lists, as well as access to the Business Journals and Books of lists of over 40 other metropolitan centers in the United States. Provided by Fenway Libraries Online. 1996
Full-text searchable articles from The Boston Globe. 1980
Boston Globe Historical
The Boston Globe (1872-1979) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. Materials through 1979 are in PDF format, for articles from 1980-present please use the Boston Globe database. 1872-1979
- Boston Herald
Indexed articles from the Boston Herald through 5/31/11. New provider being sought as of 7/11.
A hypertext link-enhanced version of the print encyclopedia. Includes over 72,000 articles.
Business Insights: Essentials
A wide variety of global business information, including business case studies, business trends, emerging technology reports and consumer marketing data. 1980
Chicago Manual of Style
The Chicago Manual of Style Online includes the popular Chicago Style Q&A, a resource that is fully searchable along with the content of The Chicago Manual of Style. Note: if you have trouble opening this database, try using Private or Incognito mode.
- Cision Point Media/PR Directory
Formerly the print Bacon's directories for print media, TV, and radio, Cision provides contact and content notes for media figures around the world. Training & tutorials here. Available only on Library PCs, See Reference Librarian for login, Limited to one user at a time
- Columbia-Granger's World of Poetry
This premiere poetry on-line resource contains 250,000 full text poems and 450,000 citations, as well as poetry commentary, poets' biographies, and literary glossary terms.
Abstracts of more than 80 core communication journals.
Books, articles, dissertations, institutions, scholars, and web resources relating to Communication Disorders.
Identifies scholarly articles about all aspects of communication. 1977 to present 1977
Communication and Mass Media Complete
Provides citations and full text in communication and mass media.
Communication Studies: A SAGE Full-text Collection
Provides the full text of articles from 16 major scholarly journals on communication.
Contemporary Literary Criticism
Critical essays on contemporary authors.
Contemporary Women's Issues
Provides full-text access to global information on women in over 150 countries.
Information, statistics, and news on the 192 recognized countries of the world.
Weekly reports on topics of current interest, with pro and con arguments.
General reference database with over 3 million entries from 300+ reference books in a variety of subjects.
Dissertations from ProQuest
ProQuest Central includes a limited selection of doctoral amd master's dissertations from public colleges. The Boston Public Library has a far larger collection of dissertations available in its Dissertation database. Note: select Dissertations from the "Publication type:" dropdown.
Drama Online Library
Drama Online offers texts of classic and modern plays and additionally scholarly notes, annotated texts, critical analysis and contextual information. Critical interpretations, theatre history surveys and major reference works on authors, movements, practitioners, periods and genres are included alongside performance practitioner texts, and acting and backstage guides. Includes tools for identifying monologues and plays for production. Please note: performance rights to these plays are not provided.
EBL Ebook Library
A collection of over 80,000 books available in convenient ebook format. To download chapters or portions, Adobe Digital Editions is required. All books also listed in the library catalog. This resource is on trial, and sponsored by the Fenway Libraries Online. Please provide any feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Searchable collection of over 75,000 ebooks in 16 subject areas from a variety of academic publishers. You can download the ebrary reader onto your computer for advanced features.
Ebsco Research Databases
Combine searches from several full-text and citation databases, including Academic Search Premier, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Medline, MLA International Bibliography, and others.
eMarketer - TRIAL Access
By arrangement with the publisher, Emerson College has trial access to E-Marketer through August 2015. Market research information related to e-business, online marketing,social media and emerging technologies. eMarketer aggregates and analyzes e-business research from over 1,700 sources. Research is presented in analyst reports and an "eStat Database" feature which is a comprehensive compilation of up-to-date e-business and online marketing statistics.
Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive
Key magazines from the history of the film and entertainment industries, covering the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000. Core US and UK trade magazines covering film, music, broadcasting and theater are all included, together with film fan magazines and music press titles. Magazines have been scanned cover-to-cover in high-resolution color, and include covers, ads and reviews.
Index and abstracts for education and child development. There is also a Free ERIC version for off campus users.
Full-text articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press.
Euromonitor provides a array of international market intelligence on industries, countries and consumers as statistics and narrative reports. Euromonitor covers business, trade and advertising in these regions: Western Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and AustralAsia.
Expanded Academic ASAP
Humanities, social sciences, science, and communications. Includes some full text. 1980
The gateway to statistics from over 100 United States federal agencies.
Online version of the International Index to Film Periodicals which contains more than 260,000 article references from over 300 academic and popular film periodicals. 1972
Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text
Provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 300 film and television publications, and selected coverage of 300 more.
Film Index International
Provides indexing of over 121,600 films. Coverage starts with the first silent movies and continues until the present day. Includes biographical information for more than 737,000 personalities. Also includes coverage of international film awards and prizes as well as searchable plot summaries and full cast and crew lists. 1900
- Film Literature Index
Contains over half a million citations covering 150 film and television journals.
- Filmakers Library Online
Filmakers Library Online provides award-winning documentaries as streaming video on a variety or topics - race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide.
- Films on Demand
Online access to a collection of 3800 television documentaries and feature-length films from Films Media Group and films for the Humanities and Sciences. Videos are available in Flash format.
Dozens of databases covering current events, science, technology, arts, and humanities. Available only on Library PCs, See Reference Librarian for login, Limited to one user at a time
Gale provides the following databases: Academic OneFile, General OneFile, Expanded Academic ASAP, General BusinessFile ASAP, Business and Company Resource Center, Health Reference Center Academic, General Reference Center Gold, Virtual Reference Library, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Biography Resource Center and Marquis Who's Who.
Gale Directory Library
Full text access to a small collection of trade and research directories - including Brands and Their Companies, Tradeshows Worldwide, and the Encyclopedia of Associations.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Searchable encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research in the arts and sciences.
GenderWatch is a repository of scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books, booklets and NGO, government and special reports on the evolution of the women's movement and the changes in gender roles.
General BusinessFile ASAP
Business trends, technologies, products, and company profiles. Includes some full text.
General Reference Center Gold
Popular culture, current events, arts and sciences, sports, etc. Includes some full text.
GreenFILE offers information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
Greenwood Daily Life Online
Chronological and thematic reference, including primary documents, of daily life in different cultures from prehistory to the present.
Health Reference Center Academic
Public health information, including medicine and fitness. Includes some full text.
- Hoover's Online
Company and industry information, including financial data, company histories, news, and analysis.
In the First Person
Indexing of more than 2,500 collections of oral history from around the world, including more than 260,000 pages of full text. Please Note: Subscription Required material is unavailable to Emerson users.
A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics, including: business, current events, education, environmental issues, health care, literature and art, science, social sciences, sports, and many general interest topics. 1980
International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance
This database was initiated by the American Society for Theatre Research, and since 1984, the Theatre Research Data Center (TRDC) at Brooklyn College has published 14 volumes of the IBTD. These volumes comprise a fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated databank of over 60,000 journal articles, books, book chapters and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries. Includes fulltext from over 200 sources.
International Encyclopedia of Communication
Published in association with the International Communication Association, this encyclopedia spans the breadth of communication studies, including coverage of theories, media and communication phenomena, research methods, problems, concepts, and geographical areas.
International Index to Music Periodicals
IIMP provides abstracts for more than 440 international music periodicals, plus full text for 130 journals covering music and musicians of all genres.
International Index to the Performing Arts
All aspects of the performing arts from over 200 international periodicals. Includes some full text.
Issues and Controversies
Current in-depth information on the most prominent and hotly debated issues of the day.
- Journalism and Mass Communication Abstracts
Abstracts of dissertations and theses accepted for graduate degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Complete full-text back issues of hundreds of core journals in the Arts and Sciences. (Arts & Sciences, 1 and 3)
- Kanopy Streaming Media
Providing streaming access to portions of the California Newsreel Collection, the Criterion Collection, and the Kino-Lorber collection of feature films and documentaries from around the world.
- Leadership Media Directory
Leadership's Media Directory provides complete contact information for over 38,000 reporters, writers, editors, and producers in the leading national news media, with detailed breakdowns of media organizations by news desks, departments, bureaus, and sections. Here find accurate listings from nine types of media outlets: news services, newspapers, networks, television stations, radio stations, programs, periodicals, non-U.S. media, and publishers.
Limited to one user at a time
Newspaper articles, wire services, legal, broadcast, and business news.
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)
LISTA provides indexing & abstracts for more than 600 periodicals, books, research reports, and proceedings on Library Science.
- Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
Abstracts on all aspects of the study of language.
Literature Resource Center
Provides information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes, including plot summaries, literary criticism articles, author biographies, and the full text of literary journals, short poems, stories, novels, and author interviews.
Los Angeles Times
Full text coverage from 1985 to present. 1985
- Massachusetts Special Collections Directory
Directory of 650 special collections in the Commonwealth. Includes searching by Institution, Repository, and Location.
- Mediamark Reporter (MRI+)
Demographic and marketing information based on a national survey of product usage and media exposure. Data not current - 2-3 year gap. You must register with your Emerson email address to use this. Mediamark Reporter tutorial.
Index to journals in communication disorders and medicine. There is also a Pub Med free version for off campus users.
Merriam-Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
Look up words by language of origin, date of first use, or part of speech. Find examples of words used in context. Or use the "reverse" dictionary: look up words when you remember what a word means, but not the word itself.
Military and Government Collection
A database of news and current events magazines. Includes some communication journals. Selected full text.
Mintel Academic Reports
Mintel Reports offers product and industry market research reports covering US and International marketplaces. Reports provide data and analysis of the competitive landscape, supply chain, market-share size and trends, and consumer profiles. Use requires creating a personal account using an emerson.edu email address.
MLA Directory of Periodicals
Detailed information on more than 7,000 scholarly journals.
MLA International Bibliography
Index to language, linguistics, and literature.
Search a broad collection of databases - Academic OneFile, JSTOR, General BusinessFile, ProQuest Central, and more - all at once, through the Ebsco interface.
A collection of 4,000 public domain books and about 3,400 recently published scholarly e-books available for very brief checkout.
New York Times
New York Times Historical Archive
Full-text images of the New York Times from its earliest issues.
- Nielsen Answers
See Qualitap and Tapscan. Nielsen Scarborough (formerly Arbitron) is a media and marketing research firm serving the media—radio, television, cable and out-of-home—as well as advertisers and advertising agencies - by measuring network and local-market radio audiences across the United States; surveying the retail, media and product patterns of local market consumers; and providing application software used for analyzing media audience and marketing information data. Access via TapScan. Nielsen Scarborough - 2014. Available only on Library PCs, See Reference Librarian for login
NoodleBib is a fully-integrated note-taking and documentation program which helps users create MLA- and APA-style bibliographies. Create an account to begin creating citations for your bibliography.
- North American Theatre Online
A comprehensive reference work covering all aspects of the Canadian and American Theatre, including books, people, theatres, productions, and production companies. Some full text.
- On the Boards TV
The mission of On the Boards is to introduce audiences to international innovators in contemporary dance, theater and music while developing and presenting new work by promising performing artists in the region. Streaming videos of performances are available in high def and standard video.
Opposing Viewpoints Reference Center
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center provides issue-based information on controversial or timely topics: pro and con viewpoint articles, reference articles for context, full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, primary source documents, government and organizational statistics, and more.
Oxford Art Online
Covers all aspects of the visual arts from prehistory to the present with links to images. Includes 4 fulltext art resources: Grove Art Online, the Oxford Companion to Western Art the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. Limited to 5 simultaneous users.
Oxford English Dictionary Online
Authoritative dictionary that traces the evolution of more than 600,000 words over the last 1500 years through 2.5 million quotations.
OxResearch® delivers succinct articles analyzing economic and political developments worldwide, and evaluates issues within a coherent political, social, and economic framework. The objective, multidisciplinary articles are compiled by an international network of over 1,000 faculty members at Oxford and other leading universities, as well as think-tanks and other institutions.
The Philosopher’s Index, produced by the Philosopher’s Information Center, is a current and comprehensive bibliographic database covering scholarly research in all major fields of philosophy. The Philosopher’s Index contains research published since 1940 including over 680 journals from more than 50 countries and is considered the most thorough index of journal literature on the subject, featuring author-written abstracts covering scholarly research published in journals and books, including contributions to anthologies and book reviews. 1940-present
- Play Index
Indexing of over 30,000 plays written from Antiquity to the present and published from 1949 to the present. Play Index covers a wide range of plays written in or translated into English. Search for plays by title; author; subject; style; genre; or cast type.
Polling the Nations
Compiles the results of over 12,000 surveys on a variety of topics. Online guide available.
Pop Culture Universe
Provides access to the full text of nearly 300 volumes of reference works on people, events, and developments in American and world popular culture from the 1920s to today, in a simple and intuitive interface. Includes historical, biographical, and cultural analysis information on media, consumer goods, advertising, literature, sports and more.
Full text of over 100 journals in classics, culture, education, film, performing arts, history, literature, religion, and theater.
A collection of several business resources - ABI/Inform, the Snapshot Series, and Hoovers - providing access to industrial, financial and trade information across a variety of industries and fields.
A collection of databases providing access to over 8,000 titles in full-text. Subjects covered extensively include business and economics, health and medical, news and world affairs, technology, social sciences and more.
Proquest provides the following databases: Ethnic Newswatch, Bost. Globe & NY Times Historical Archives, the Wall St. Journal, ABI/Inform, Nursing & Allied Health Source, Biology Journals, ComDisDome, Computing, Education Journals, Health Management, Psychology Journals, Science Journals, and Social Sciences Journals.
ProQuest Health & Medicine Collection
Fulltext access from the following health and medical databases: Nursing & Allied Health Source, Evidence-Based Resources from the Joanna Briggs Institute, ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source, ProQuest Health and Medical Complete, and ProQuest Health Management.
Provides fulltext of newspapers and transcripts from the following Proquest databases: Ethnic Newswatch, ProQuest Newsstand, ProQuest National Newspapers, and others. Includes the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, LA Times and hundreds more.
Full text of 42 journals from the American Psychological Association.
Index and abstracts in psychology and related disciplines.
Scarborough data on media outlets, lifestyles, and shopping habits for the Boston area. Available only on Library PCs, See Reference Librarian for login, Limited to one user at a time
RDS Business Suite
A collection of 3 databases - TableBase (statistics), Business and Industry (marketing & industry information), and Business & Management Practices (case studies, management decisionmaking processes). Provided by the Boston Regional Library System.
- Reader's Guide Retrospective
Comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States.
Reference Universe provides an online version of the indexes of thousands of books in the Iwasaki Library. Click "Begin Searching" to access the search function.
Rock's Backpages is a collection of articles, interviews and reviews published in large and small music magazines from 1955 onward.
The Snapshot International Group Series of 9,000 reports is designed to provide an instant overview of a market, with data is supplied in both graphical and tabular format for ease of interpretation and analysis. Reports include market size, market segmentation, market share, market forecast, socioeconomic data, and company websites for main players.
- SRDS Online
Advertising rates and contact information for publications, radio, and online services.
is a statistics portal that provides data on over 80,000 topics from more than 10,000 different sources including agriculture, advertising, health, hospitality, consumer goods, and much more. The content is geared towards business and marketing statistical needs, with a focus on current (not historical) statistics.
Tabular data including market shares, sales, rankings, statistics, and demographics. A part of RDS Business Suite.
Radio ratings and demographics for the Boston market. Available only on Library PCs, See Reference Librarian for login, Limited to one user at a time
- Theatre in Video
Contains performances of the world's leading plays and film documentaries on the subject of theater in streaming video. Some plays presented in multiple productions exemplifying various interpretations of the text, and technical and cultural differences among the presentations. Includes footage and interviews with playwrights and directors.
Twentieth Century Literary Criticism
Excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers, & other creative writers who died between 1900 & 1999.
- Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory
Information about periodicals and serials published in the United States and throughout the world.
- Vanderbilt TV News Archive
Index of more than 900,000 evening news broadcasts from the major U.S. national broadcast networks, and more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming including ABC's Nightline since 1989. NBC Evening News since 1968 and CNN broadcasts from October 1995 can be viewed online.
Wall Street Journal
Full-text searchable articles from The Wall Street Journal 1984
A full text database with over 12,000 case studies from major companies and advertising agencies, articles from leading advertising journals, and unpublished papers. Covers all areas of marketing communications. Includes adspend statistics, and demographic and economic data. Includes fulltext coverage of AdMap and Market Leader.
40 million records describing materials owned by libraries in the U.S.and around the world, available to all. Limited user access is also available to the subscription interface of Worldcat by clicking here.