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J-Term Jewels: Library Databases to Explore

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Stimulate your mind, body and soul with these J-Term Jewels from Smith Libraries!


Did you know you can stream movies with your Smith OneCard?

  • Swank Digital Campus - See feature & documentary films from major Hollywood studios.
  • Kanopy - Classic, educational, documentary films (think BBC and Criterion Collection).
  • BBC Television Shakespeare - For Shakespeare lovers - this database has a production of every Shakespeare play!
  • Naxos Video Library - Are you a classical music aficionados? Stream opera, ballet, live concerts & documentaries.
  • Medici TV - More classical music video broadcasts: live concerts, programs, documentaries, and master classes from the greatest concert halls in the world.
  • Dance in Video - Love dance? Dance in Video features video of ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental & improvisational dance.


Are you more of an audiophile? Check out these great streaming music options!


Prefer to curl up with some high quality writing?

  • North American Women's Drama - 1,500 plays by American and Canadian women playwrights, from colonial times to the present.
  • African Writers Series - Essays, short stories, and poetry by the likes of Nelson Mandela, Chinua Achebe, Tayeb Salih, Steve Biko, Nadine Gordimer, and more.
  • Asian American Drama - Features 252 plays from the late 19th century to present.
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette - Smith’s subscription to Northampton’s award-winning local newspaper.
  • PressReader - Go international with current editions of over 4,000 newspapers & magazines from more than 100 countries in 60 languages.
  • Flipster - For more popular news and articles from magazines such as Bon Appetit, Ebony, Mother Jones, New Yorker and Rolling Stone and much, much more!


See beautiful still images without ever leaving your house!

  • Associated Press Image Collection (AP Images) - Features 750,000+ images from the 1840s to the present.
  • ARTstor - Contains more than two million images from the fields of Art, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, History, Fashion & Costume, Literature, Religion, Theater, World History, and more!

Feel: Fashion

Are you a fashionista? Or perhaps you are studying theatre and want to get some great costume ideas?

  • Berg Fashion Library - The authority on world dress!
  • Vogue Archive - Check out current and former fashion trends! This database showcases the work of the greatest designers, photographers, stylists & illustrators of the 20th & 21st centuries.

Other Cool Stuff...

Not satisfied with mere “Googling” around? Check out some of these other cool databases we have on tap at Smith Libraries!

  • Biography in Context - Want to know more about your favorite singer, actor or writer? (kind of like People Magazine but way better!).
  • Ancestry - Find out who you are! Discover your family history and genealogy using this resource.
  • Gallup Analytics - For those interested in social data? This resource contains 100 years of US data & historical trends at the country, state & city levels.
  • Archives of Sexuality and Gender - A primary source collection on social, political, health & legal issues relevant to LGBTQ History & Culture since 1940.
  • Counseling and Therapy in Video - If you’re about going into social work, watch these videos of consultations, counseling sessions, demos, interviews, lectures, personal narratives & dramatizations to help you decide.

Where to find all these wonderful media sensations? It’s easy. Just go to the Smith College Libraries page, click on “Research Tools” and then “Library Databases.” All of the above resources are listed in alphabetical order!