Arts, Literature and Entertainment

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center is one of UAPL’s hidden gems when it comes to the resources available to our patrons.

Covering all sorts of crafts, hobbies and forms of recreation, you can search hundreds of books, magazines and videos to find information on what interests you.

Find and print new sewing patterns, get ideas for making jewelry, learn what it takes to brew your own beer, get tips on the gear you would need for rock climbing, and much, much more.

Check out Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center! There is sure to be something of interest to you.

Click here for a list of all of the valuable subscription databases available to UAPL patrons.

NoveList Plus

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The Summer Reading Program isn’t just for kids! It’s also a perfect time for adults to read more and discover the fantastic resources UAPL has to offer. (And you might just win a prize too!) Go to src.ualibrary.org to find out more!

Once you’re signed up, knock out one activity by checking out UAPL’s research database, NoveList Plus. One of our most popular databases, NoveList helps people find that “next great read” in a variety of ways.

Search by genre or plot to find something you’re interested in, or enter your favorite books for spot-on recommendations (“Read-alikes”) on what you should check out next.

Find out what the next title is in that great series you are reading.

Get a list of every book that won a particular award, such as the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

You can do all this, plus more, with NoveList. Check it out today, and don't forget to fill out your Summer Reading activity slip when you do!

Click here for a list of UAPL's Research Databases related to Arts, Literature and Entertainment.

Artemis Literary Sources

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stack of booksAre you a student who needs literary criticisms for your paper on Moby Dick? Perhaps you want to impress your book club with insightful reviews of Gone Girl and biographical information on Gillian Flynn. Were you curious to learn more about the genre magic realism after reading Mark Helprin's A Winter's Tale? Artemis Literary Sources is for you!

While incredibly useful for students, anyone who loves books and literature will appreciate the wealth of information accessible through Artemis Literary Sources. Named after the Greek goddess of the hunt, Artemis allows you to search across multiple resources to easily find relevant and interesting content.

You can also find and download the entire text of literary works from all over the world, covering all time periods. Find and read Mark Twain's novels, Shakespeare's plays, poetry by Langston Hughes, speeches by US presidents from Washington to Obama, and much, much more!

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Check out Artemis today! You can also find much more information provided by the library on this topic by taking a look at UAPL's Language and Literature Subject Guide

 

Oxford Music Online

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Oxford Music Online provides access to a variety of musical information. Learn about everyone from Beethoven to Beyonce in this informative database. Also enjoy the newly added Grove Dictionary of American Music, second edition, to learn the particulars of American artists, composers, and traditions in music. Discover topical guides for different music periods, and learn about the history of opera, or how music was changing in the Renaissance. Additionally, music theory is covered with Sibelius-enabled examples which will allow you to listen to and learn about different concepts.  

If you want to learn more about musicians, check out Gale Biography in Context. To learn more about popular music, take a look at the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. To learn more about music, click on these librarian recommended websites.  

 

Oxford Art Online

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Discover paintings, sculptures, photography and fashion in Oxford Art Online.

This resource has detailed biographies of artists, as well as images of their works. Enjoy the paintings of Frida Kahlo, Vasily Kandinsky or Edgar Degas.

In addition to artists, Oxford Art Online has a dictionary of terms relevant in the art world, as well as thematic guides explaining impressionism, dada, cubism, architecture, and more to the beginning art enthusiast. Timelines of world art from the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia are also available, as are MoMA and Grove Art's resources for educators who want to bring more art in to the classroom.

Oxford Art Online is just one of our valuable Arts, Literature and Entertainment databases. Check them out along with the rest of UAPL's online resources on our Online Reference Databases page.

Mango Languages

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Start learning a new language today, or brush up on your conversation skills in your tongue of choice with Mango Languages.

Mango Languages offers free interactive courses through a unique method of engaging the user in realistic conversations in the native language. Take lessons in over 45 foreign languages and 15 ESL courses.

Mango has courses on everything from Arabic to Vietnamese to Ancient Hebrew, all available to you at home or on the go with their free mobile app. So if you have always wanted to learn a new language but never had the time, Mango lets you work at your own pace.

Try it today by clicking on the Mango button above, or find it on UAPL's Online Reference Databases page.

Novelist Plus

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Wondering what to read next? Find your next favorite book or author with Novelist Plus!

NoveList Plus is an online reader’s advisory resource that helps find books that deliver a satisfying reading experience based on your interests.

Long a staple of our electronic collection, NoveList Plus can help find that “next great read” in a variety of ways, including searching or browsing by title, author, plot or genre. You will also find featured content such as Book Discussion Guides, Book Talks, Recommended Reads and more.

For kids and teens, we also offer NoveList K-8, featuring fiction and non-fiction titles in an easy to use interface designed with young readers in mind.

You can find both NoveList products in our Research Database page, which includes many more useful resources related to Arts, Literature and Entertainment

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

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Are you a knitting enthusiast looking for new patterns to try? Or are you interested in trying a new pastime, like gardening or rock climbing?

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center is a full-text database that has articles from over 740 magazines, books and videos covering over 140 different crafts and hobbies.

In this unique resource you can find information on everything from beading to home brewing. Articles are available in high-quality PDF format. You can search by category or browse resources in your area of interest.

It is available from our Online Databases page. While you're there, be sure to check out our other helpful Consumer or Arts and Entertainment resources.

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