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Databases

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Online BAC Library Remote Research

These first 6 databases provide ebooks, full text articles, images, or films for your research. Scroll down for more databases and in-depth descriptions.



Art Full Text
(High percentage of full text journal articles)
Archaeology, architecture, landscape architecture, fine arts, art history, and humanities

Bloomsbury Architecture Design & Practice Online (eBooks)
Over 200 eBooks on architecture, theory, urban design, materials, sustainability, historic preservation, drawing, and professional practice.


JSTOR (Full text journal articles)
JSTOR contains over 1,000 leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.

Artstor (High resolution images)
Images of architecture, floor plans, sections, elevations, interior architecture, paintings, sculpture, and landscape architecture within the BAC collections.

Kanopy (Streaming films)
Documentaries, international films, and classic iconic films

US Major Dailies (High percentage of full text newspaper articles)
Includes The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal.

Databases

Ebooks, Journals, and Newspaper Indexes           

A journal index will help you find articles. An index shows you in which journal and in which issue an article appears.

Academic Search Premier [Some Full Text, Citations, Abstracts, and Images]
Dates: 1965 - present.
Subjects: Broad range of subjects. Social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medicine, and ethnic studies.
Sources: Over 8,450 journals - scholarly as well as popular. Updated daily.

Art Full Text [Some Full Text, Citations, Abstracts, and Images]
Dates: 1984 - present.
Subjects: Archaeology, architecture, landscape architecture, fine arts, art history, and humanities.
Sources: more than 600 international art publications. Updated daily.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals [Citations, Abstracts]
Dates: 1930s - present; selective coverage dating back to 1741.
Subjects: Architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, urban design and planning, historic preservation, and archaeology.
Sources: More than 2,800 U.S. and foreign journals. Updated weekly.

Bloomsbury Architecture Library [eBooks, Images]
Subjects: Architecture, architectural history, theory, design, urbanism, landscape, and interiors. Fully-searchable text and image content.
Sources: Sir Banister Fletcher's Global History of Architecture and The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design. Publishers Taylor & Francis and Bloomsbury Publishing.

Bloomsbury Architecture Design & Practice Online 
[eBooks]
Dates: 2000 - present
Subjects: Architecture, theory, urban design, materials, sustainability, historic preservation, drawing, and professional practice.
Sources: Publishers Taylor & Francis and Bloomsbury Publishing.

Bloomsbury Fairchild Books Interior Design Library [eBooks] - NEW - added August 2020
Dates: 2005 - present
Subjects: History, theory and culture of the interior through to practical design guidance in a range of contexts including retail design, exhibition design, and domestic interiors.
Sources: Publishers Fairchild Books and Bloomsbury Publishing.


Boston Globe [Abstracts, Full Text]
Dates: 1980 - present.
Subjects: Local and regional news. Updated daily.
Sources: a Massachusetts based newspaper.

CMCH Database of Research produced by Boston Children's Hospital [Citations, Abstracts]
Dates: 1950 - present.
Subjects: Evidence-based material with regard to youth (broken down by age group), health, and media. Material comes from a variety of disciplines including medicine, education, sociology, computer science, psychology, gender studies, and communication.
Sources: Over 3,500 citations as of 2014.

CumInCad [Citations, Abstracts, Full Text]
Index of the 50 most frequently used individual search words 
Dates: 1985 - present.
Subjects: Computer aided architectural design and conference proceedings.
Sources: ACADIA, eCAADe, SIGRADI, CAADFutures, and additional CAD-related organizations. Updated weekly.

Environment Complete [Some Full Text, Citations, Abstracts]
Dates: coverage varies per journal, 1911 - Present
Subjects: Agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, public policy, sustainability and other related subjects.
Sources: More than 1,200 full-text journals and monographs. Indexing for more than 2,200 domestic and international journals.

Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index [Some Full Text, Citations, and Abstracts]
Dates: selective coverage dating back to 1971.
Subjects: Horticulture, botany, garden and landscape design and history, ecology, plant and garden conservation, garden management, and horticultural therapy.
Sources: More than 500 journal titles.

GreenFILE [Some Full Text, Citations, and Abstracts]
Dates: 1964 - present.
Subjects: Environmental science, agriculture, biology, and public and environmental affairs.
Sources: More than 750 journal titles.

Gale Databases [Over 30 databases that can be searched simultaneously. Some Full Text, Citations, Abstracts, Images, Transcripts, and Audio]
Visualize your Gale database search using Topic Finder
Dates: 1980 - present.
Subjects: Covers physical sciences, environmental issues, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, and other subjects.
Sources: Newspaper and journal articles; over 6,000 titles More than 11 databases which are cross-searchable. Includes the New York Times. Updated daily.

Journal of Green Building [Some Full Text, Citations, Abstracts, and Images]
Dates: 2006 - present.
Subjects: Environmental science, building and construction, and sustainability.

JSTOR [Full Text, Citations, Abstracts, Images, Bibliographies, Notes and References]
Arts & Sciences Collection I: 118 titles
Arts & Sciences Collection II: 128 titles

Arts & Sciences Collection III: 151 titles
Arts & Sciences Collection V: 120 titles
Arts & Sciences Collection XI: 221 titles

Biological Sciences: 129 titles
Dates: mid-1800s - present. JSTOR holds complete back issue runs of journals starting with first issues. However, the most recently published issues of a journal may not be available for several years due to licensing agreements with publishers.
Subjects: Covers architecture, archaeology, art history, classics, ecology and evolutionary biology, plant and animal sciences, economics, history, mathematics, music, Middle Eastern and Slavic studies, political science, philosophy, statistics, and sociology as well as other key fields in the humanities and social sciences.
Sources: JSTOR consists of 35 database collections [the BAC subscribes to 6 collections]. JSTOR contains over 1,000 leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.

PubMed Central [Full Text, Citations, Abstracts/Summaries]
Dates: coverage varies per journal; 1809 - present.
Subjects: Covers biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine.
Sources: Over 2,500 journal titles. In addition, there are selected articles from a set of journals through an arrangment with publisher programs.

Sustainability Reference Center [Full Text, Citations, Abstracts/Summaries]
Dates: Dates: coverage varies per journal, 1919 - Present
Subjects: Covers corporate social responsibility, envrironmental stewardship, federal, state, and local regulations, renewable energy, LEED, waste reduction, and other related subjects. 
Sources: More than 500 full-text journals.

US Major Dailies [Full Text, Citations, Abstracts]
Dates: coverage varies per newspaper; 1980 - present
Subjects: Local, regional, and global events. 
Sources: The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. Both print and online articles are available. Current content is available by 8 AM U.S. Eastern time.

Reference Databases

Artstor  [Digital images]
NOTE: Use the Chrome web browser for best results.
Dates: ancient - present.
Subjects: Architecture, floor plans, sections, elevations, interior architecture, painting, sculpture, drawings, furniture, textiles, landscape architecture, and gardens.
Types of digital files: Still images (jpgs and pdf documents), audio, and panoramas.
Sources: Museums, books, journals, archives, vendors, and donations. Updated daily.

Building Green Suite [Full Text, Images, Illustrations, Bibliographies, and a Blog]
Dates: coverage varies per database; Environmental Building News: 1992 - present.
Subjects: Sustainable design products and practices
Sources: Online access to the GreenSpec directory of green building products, case studies from the High Performance Buildings database, and online access to all of the archives of Environmental Building News. Real-time event coverage is available through a blog.

Chicago Manual of Style
Dates: 2003 - 2010 [15th and 16th editions].
Subjects: Authoritative guidance for creating citations, scope has been expanded to include electronic publications and web-based content.
Sources: Fully searchable text of the printed 15th and 16th printed editions with added features including a quick citation guide.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online Academic Edition [Full Text, Images, Maps, Bibliographies, and Video Clips]
Dates: ancient to present.
Subjects: General reference encyclopedia, dictionary, and yearbook.
Sources: Includes the complete print version of the Encyclopedia Britannica Intermediate as well as Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. It is updated weekly.

FIMo Fire Insurance Maps Online [Maps]
Dates: 1867-1970.
Subjects: Collection of high resolution, full-color fire insurance maps of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut towns and counties (4 states) searchable by location. Includes street patterns, lot lines, property uses, and height.
Sources: Fire insurance maps from the Sanborn Map Company and other publishers such as Perris and Bromley, real estate atlases, and other historical maps.

Fire insurance maps from Library of Congress [Maps]
Dates: 1844 - 1957
Subjects: Collection of high resolution, full-color fire insurance maps of United States counties and cities (46 states).
Sources: Fire insurance maps from the Sanborn Map Company.

Kanopy Streaming [Streaming Films]
Dates: Documentary films from the 1950's to the present.
Subjects: Architecture, design, visual art, and environmental sciences.
Sources: Independent film companies and PBS (Public Broadcasting Service)

Material Order
[Images, External links, Properties, Composition, and Abstracts]
Dates: ca. mid-2000's to present
Subjects: Materials searchable by various properties or elements of composition.
Sources: Derived from the individual materials collections of Harvard University (Frances Loeb Library), Parsons School of Design (Donghia Healthier Materials Library), and the Rhode Island School of Design (Fleet Library).


Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary
Dates: Originally published in 2008 (updated 4 times since). Updates do not occur on a regular schedule.
Subjects: Explains words, definitions, and gives pronounciations with English language learner in mind. Includes practice exercises.

Oxford Art Online [Full Text, Images, Illustrations, and Bibliographies]
Dates: ancient to present.
Subjects: Art, architecture, and landscape architecture.
Sources: Scholarly print-based art encyclopedia [Grove Art Online] covering all aspects of Western and non-Western visual art and architecture. It includes the full text of The Dictionary of Art, biographical links to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and the Oxford Companion to Western Art. There are 3 update periods per year.

PolicyMap [Maps and Geospatial Data]
Dates: vary by individual data source, 2000 - present. Data directory
Subjects: Social sciences, economics, education, and political science.
Downloadable U.S. demographic, economic and social data by city, state, zip code, county, or census tract. Data exists for crime, home sale statistics, mortgage trends, health, education, and labor data.
Sources: Derived from public and proprietary sources that provide more than 10,000 indicators.

Research Companion [Text and Videos]
Subject: Information Literacy
Videos to assist in effective scholarly research and to support educators as they teach the core information literacy principles of finding, evaluating, and using information.
Sources: Aligned both to ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) Information Literacy and Common Core English Language Arts standards.

Real Capital Analytics [Property Transaction Data for Massachusetts] - as of 11/05/2019
To use this database, you must be currently enrolled and attending the REA3013 Real Estate Finance course. For more information, please contact the Director of the Real Estate Development Program.
Dates: Real time data.
Subjects: Commercial property transactions ($2.5 million or greater in the U.S.) covering office, apartment, retail, hotel, industrial, and development sites. Certain RCA products within modules are available: Sales Transaction Search, Capital Tracker, Investor Universe, Holdings Search, Trends and Trades, and TrendTracker.
Sources: Brokers, lenders, and originators. The database vendor partners with unique global firms (such as Dodge Data & Analytics).