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Otis Magazine Holdings List (for when you actually need the print version...)

Most of these databases do not require you to set up a personal account. WGSN (formerly StyleSight), Grammarly, and lyndaCampus do require personal accounts. Many of the others offer the option so that you can save searches, preferences, documents, and similar functionalities.

Full-Text Journals & Magazines

ebsco logo Full-text articles from 630 art and design magazines, 220 books, and 63,0000 images + 3,100 multidisciplinary periodicals.
ProQuest
General reference multidisciplinary. Full text with graphics. Overall dates of coverage: 1971 - present. Total titles covered: 2,600+
jstor Full text Art & Sciences III, a collection of 150 humanities journals from the fields of literature, music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, art and architecture.
LIB vogue Entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month with photos and ads. All searchable!
ELibrary
Full-text of 1,500 international newspapers and magazines, company profiles, and news transcripts; Encyclopedia Britannica; and topic-based searches.
Opposing Points in Context logo
New Database! Provides information on various sides of today’s foremost social issues. Notice that the database will search just ACADEMIC SOURCES in the search box or list ACADEMIC SOURCES in a box on a regular page. Those are recommended for college papers. Help Sheet
ERIC
Education Resources Information Center indexes education research and information in journal and non-journal literature from 1966 to the present. Not everything is full-text, but the Librarian may be able to help you attain articles you need.

Electronic Books

ebrary
More than 113,000 full-text searchable books aimed at undergraduates. With citation assistance. Optional: You can set up a personal account.
August 2014: New ebrary reader launched.
DPLA The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. Many books and images available.

Encyclopedias,  Dictionaries, & Reference Works

LIB Oxford Art Online
Extensive full-text art encyclopedia. 41,000 articles and links to 100,000 images. Subscription expired on September 30, 2014.
heilbrunn The Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of global art history for students and scholars.
World Folklore and Folklife Includes: Celebrations, Rituals, Food, Drink, Holidays, Festivals, Music, Dance, Religion, Belief, Tales, Myths, Urban Legends, Traditional Arts and Crafts.
Stanford
Open source project by hundreds of philosophers, donating their labor to collaboratively write, referee, and maintain this reference work. (on the free web)

Software Training Videos

Lynda.com
We now have lyndaCampus. You must FIRST register an account here (and then update every 3 months). 7,000+ professionally produced QuickTime video clips to teach software available online 24/7. iOS and Android apps are now available.
Grammarly Writing Support by Grammarly@EDU grammar check tool is now available to all students and faculty. Use your school email to register at Grammarly.com/EDU !

Databases for Products, Images, and Music

Material Connexion
Searchable archive of 5,000 materials including polymers, glass, ceramics, fabrics, cement, natural materials, etc. Optional: To set up a personal account (with Otis email) which will enable you to save materials and searches, click here.
Inventables A database of materials, process, technologies and innovations.
Materia A database of materials, process, technologies and innovations. Free, but you will need to create an account.
WGSN StyleSight August 2014: Stylesight and WGSN have merged. Extensive fashion and style related site. You must first register an account here and update your registration every 90 days.
OtisDID Otis Digital Image Database (OtisDID) for teaching and learning. Focus is on art and design history. (Otis Community only)
Images & Video
Music

Recommended sites to find images, video, and music that is either copyright free or available under CC licensing. Otis-created image databases.


Essay Index

Text Finder
An index to essays, critical and theoretical texts, manifestos, artist statements, and some interviews in books. (A MICA -Otis collaboration.)

College Catalogs

College Source Online
Complete copies of 9,660 college catalogs in original page format. Fully searchable.

Looking for a database that used to be listed above? Otis may no longer subscribe to it. Let us know if you have any suggestions.