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The history of Art is long and varied, spanning tens of thousands of years from ancient paintings on the walls of caves to the glow of computer-generated images on the screens of the 21st century.
Introduction to Art: Design, Context, and Meaning-Open Textbook Library
Offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of Art with up-to-date original scholarship. It includes over 400 high-quality images illustrating the history of art, its technical applications, and its many uses.
Combining the best elements of both a traditional textbook and a reader, it introduces such issues in art as its meaning and purpose; its meaning and purpose; its structure, material, and form; and its diverse effects on our lives.
Open Music History-Hybrid Pedagogy Publishing.
An open-source, interactive, online “text”book for college-level music theory courses. Supports active student engagement with music in the theory classroom. That means that this text is meant to take a back seat to student music making (and breaking).
Sound Reasoning: A New Way to Listen-Open Stax
Designed to help students listen. This course encourages students to be self-reliant--to get up close to the music, without mediation or interference.
Music Appreciation: Its Language, History and Culture-Open Stax
Introduction to works representative of a variety of music traditions. These include the repertoires of Western Europe from the Middle Ages through the present; of the United States, including art music, jazz, folk, rock, musical theater; and from at least two non-Western world areas.
Understanding Basic Music Theory- Open Stax
Explores basic music theory so thoroughly that the interested student will then be able to easily pick up whatever further theory is wanted. Music history and the physics of sound are included to the extent that they shed light on music theory.
The Basic Elements of Music-Open Stax
Explanations (suitable for any age) of the basic elements of music, with suggested activities for introducing the each concept to children at early elementary school level. The course may be used by instructors not trained in music; all necessary definitions and explanations are included.
Becoming Human: How Evolution Made Us-OER Commons
Becoming Human is a fast-paced, irreverent introduction to evolutionary theory, especially human origins. The book discusses traces of evolution in our bodies, basic evolutionary theory from Darwin to the genomic revolution, sexual selection and reproduction, and how human brain development affects our evolution, including into the future.
Ancient Civilization-Independence Hall Association
This online text comprehensively addresses all major ancient civilization including Egypt, Greece, Rome, Africa, and China.
Stafford Library Databases
Stafford Library has databases with articles, e-books, images, videos, and music. Please contact us if you need assistance.
Academic Search Complete
A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with full-text periodicals, including peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for journals and publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.
Humanities International Complete
Peer-reviewed, full-text articles for the humanities including literature, history, religion, philosophy, communication, cultures, and the visual and performing arts. Both full text articles and abstracts
History, sociology, business, economics, ecology, education, language & literature, mathematics, music, political science, population studies and finance. The library subscribes to the Arts & Sciences I, II, III, and VIII collections. Entirely full text.
MLA International Bibliography
Accessed through the MLA International Bibliography database, this is a comprehensive directory to modern literature periodicals. It provides information on journals currently indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.
Covers literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, etc. Contains current full text scholarly journals which cover these fields and a significant collection of recent scholarly books.
Naxos Music Library
The Naxos Music Library is an on-line library from the catalog of Naxos, a classical music label, and selected additional labels. Naxos Music Library also includes world music, jazz, and national anthems. In addition, Naxos offers a number of text resources including overviews of music history, program notes for recordings, and the complete libretti of operas available.