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Freegal - Free Music Downloads  Download your favorite songs and keep them forever!

Arts and Humanities Through the Eras [Five Volumes]  Profiling milestones and movements in the arts, literature, music and religion from a specific period, each volume in this set helps students and researchers understand the various disciplines of the humanities in relation to each other, as well as to history and culture. An overview of the period and a chronology of major world events begin each volume.

Art

Art & Artists - Topic Pages  Topic Pages are a dynamic “one stop shop” where you can find much of what your library has on Art. Topic Pages aggregate information from Credo Reference, your other library databases and the open web, all on one

Understanding Manga and Anime  Everything you need to know about manga and anime.

Art - Medieval

Medieval Art  This dictionary focuses on the medieval period and the distinctive ways in which the subjects and symbols referenced in the work evolved and developed during the Middle Ages.

Art - Visual Arts

ArtCyclopedia  Need to know about artwork, artists, or art in general? This is a great place to start!

Arts - Visual  Whether you're browsing for the sake of discovery or have a specific research goal, the Library's collection offers a rich variety of materials on the visual arts. Below you will also find links to local art resources and worthwhile web sites.

Arts Connected  Sponsored by the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Walker Art Center, this has art information, images, art tools, and fun activities.

Artists

Authors and Artists for Young Adults  Discover fascinating and entertaining facts about the writers, artists, film directors, graphic novelists, and other creative personalities.

Dance

Dance - Topic Page & Other Entries  Topic Pages are a dynamic “one stop shop” where you can find much of what your library has on Dance. Topic Pages aggregate information from Credo Reference, your other library databases and the open web, all on one screen.

Ballet - Topic Page  Covers the history of Ballet and by clicking the Gale Virtual Reference Library find biographies on ballet dancers and Choreographers.

First Position: A Century of Ballet Artists  Dance is an ever changing art. And although some elements of the art form and what defines excellence never change, other aspects have changed enormously.

Social Dancing in America: A History and Reference, Volume 1, Fair Terpsichore to the Ghost Dance, 1607-1900  A History of American Social Dancing, is the most comprehensive collection of American social dance from the first settlements in 1607 through the birth of the nation in 1776 and into the beginning of the 21st century. This two-volume companion set provides a history of American social dances including the Virginia Reel, Square Dancing, the Lindy Hop, Rock n' Roll, the Twist, Disco, Breakdancing, and Hip Hop.

Social Dancing in America: A History and Reference, Volume 2, Lindy Hop to Hip Hop, 1901-2000  A History of American Social Dancing, is the most comprehensive collection of American social dance from the first settlements in 1607 through the birth of the nation in 1776 and into the beginning of the 21st century. This two-volume companion set provides a history of American social dances including the Virginia Reel, Square Dancing, the Lindy Hop, Rock n' Roll, the Twist, Disco, Breakdancing, and Hip Hop.

Museums & Galleries

Metropolitan Museum of Art  "The Met" is the mecca of classical art. Visit the web page to see a featured work daily, and to see the Met.

National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian  "Generations of remarkable Americans are kept in the company of their fellow citizens at the National Portrait Gallery. " Visit the Portrait Gallery, and see their amazing exhibits!

Sister Wendy  Sister Wendy Beckett has a PBS show about art. She has a great eye, and a wonderful way of introducing art. This is the sister (no pun intended) website to the TV show.

Music

Music & Musicans - Topic Pages  Topic Pages are a dynamic “one stop shop” where you can find much of what your library has on Music and Musicians. Topic Pages aggregate information from Credo Reference, your other library databases and the open web, all on one screen.

Encyclopedia of Punk Music and Culture  The Punk Encyclopedia is the first comprehensive reference work to examine punk rock and its evolution through the decades.

Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip Hop Culture  A complete guide to the history, development, people, events, and ideas of Hip Hop music and culture.

Music & Musicans  Looking for free music, information about a musician or the history of music? This guide provides great library music resources including 5 free song downloads every week with your library card.

Music - History

100 Albums That Changed Popular Music   From country and R&B to rock and hip-hop, 100 Albums That Changed Popular Music: A Reference Guide tells the stories behind the most groundbreaking, influential, and often controversial albums ever recorded.

Music of the Gilded Age  Church music, marching bands, musicals, and opera are just some of the forms of music from America's Gilded Age that are examined in this volume.

Music of the World War II Era  Big bands and swing music of the World War II era reflected the themes of war, loss, home, and future hopes, along with other emerging musical genres.

The Story Behind the Song  Offers a guide to historically significant songs that helped chronicle the twentieth century. Explains the story behind each song's creation and how it reflected political, economic, and social events of the time.

Music - Jazz

Jazz  Focuses on the music's development that resulted in different styles and approaches to jazz improvisation being created in different cities and areas of the country.

Musicians

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians [6 Vols]  Covers all musical genres, with new entries written by a distinguished group of area specialists as well as the original articles by Nicolas Slonimsky. This work continues the tradition of offering the most comprehensive and authoritative information on musicians, along with interesting and insightful evaluations of their contributions to the musical world.

Icons of Hip Hop [Two Volumes]: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and Culture  From Run DMC to Eminem, this encyclopedia uncoves the histories of important artists both inside and outside the hip-hop mainstream, all while examining the varied and ever-changing forms of the music.

Icons of R&B and Soul [Two Volumes]: An Encyclopedia of the Artists Who Revolutionized Rhythm  Through substantial entries on the chief architects and innovators, Icons of R&B and Soul offers a vibrant overview of the music's impact in American culture and how it reflected contemporary society's politics, trends, and social issues.

Musicians - Biography InContext  

Television

Movies Made for Television   Comprehensive listing of movies made for television from 1964-1979. Entries cite each film's original network, airdate, and length of broadcast. Along with a brief summary, each entry also includes extensive production credits (director, writer, producer, composer, director of photography, and editor) and a complete cast (and character) listing.

The Movies

Film and Television  Learn about the history of film and television and biographies of actors, directors, writers and more.

Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film  This reference provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to film and film studies, covering such aspects as production, national traditions, studios, genres, critical theory and film history.

VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever, 2013  Reviews movies that are available on DVD or tape. Each entry includes title, alternate title, one-to four-bone rating, year released, MPAA rating, brief review, length, format, country of origin, cast, technical personnel, awards and made-for-television/cable/video designations.

The Movies - History

An Evening's Entertainment  Chronicles how theatrical feature films dominated newly developed movie palaces, how expressive film faces became household names, and how Hollywood became the center of film as a major growth industry.

Boom and Bust  Covers the period of 1939-1949, when the film industry came to grips with the development of the documentary, a shift to independent production, renewed government antitrust activity, and the emergence of television as a competitor.

The Columbia Companion to American History on Film  A reference guide for newcomers to film studies. Advanced scholars will also benefit from the historical analyses and interpretations of film texts.

The Emergence of Cinema  Provides an overview of the beginnings of cinema through the first boom in the specialized moving-picture theaters known as nickelodeons, looking at the initial years of projected motion pictures and their aural accompaniment from 1895 to the fall of 1907. Early American cinema is examined as an industry and as an influential cultural practice in the context of a centuries-long history of projected images.

The Grand Design  Studies the advent of color, big musicals, the studio system and the beginning of institutionalized censorship which made the thirties the defining decade for Hollywood, the decade that ended with "The Greatest Year in Motion Pictures" - the year of "Gone With the Wind", "The Wizard of Oz", "Mr Smith Goes to Washington" and other classics.

The Talkies  Chronicles the film industry's transition from silent films to sound cinema as it takes a critical step on its way to becoming the modern business enterprise of the 1930s.

Theater

Theatre, Drama and Dance  Learn about the origins of the theatre, drama and dance including famous actors and dancers.