More Important Than Knowledge: On Imagination and its Uses

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Phyllis Kayten

Getting Started

  1. Use Reference Sources to jumpstart your research, to get ideas, search terms, context, and more.
  2. Find Books, Journal Titles and Media in Stanford's Online Catalog, SearchWorks.
  3. Find Articles in Selected Databases.
    Note: Stanford subscribes to over 1000 Databases that index articles and books on various topics. Since there are so many databases we recommend a select subset of databases which will give you access to articles in a wide variety of subject areas.

  4. Find Resources on your Course Theme. Click the link(s) below.

Soc/Psych Resources

Reference Sources

Suggested Databases for Sociology or Psychology topics:

  • Annual Reviews Social Sciences: Annual Reviews in Psychology and Sociology. Articles provide overviews of current scholarship on key topics.
  • Buros Institute of Mental Measurements online keyword search: Search by Keyword Anywhere for commercially published tests. Results indicate which volume of Mental Measurements Yearbook provide scholarly reviews and summaries of the test.
  • Communication & mass media complete: Offers information from over 600 journals in communication, mass media and related fields
  • Communication Studies: A Sage Full-Text Collection: covers such subjects as Journalism, Public Opinion, Political Communication, Mass Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Cultural Studies / Intercultural Communication, Television / Film Studies, Media Studies, Business Communication, Organizational / Management Communication, Written Communication, Rhetoric, and Literacy Studies
  • PsycINFO: Contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, and technical reports in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business and law
  • Sociological Abstracts: Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Full text available through Find it @ Stanford link.
  • Sociology: Full text of articles on such subjects as Childhood, Contemporary Sociology, Comparative Sociology, Consumer Culture, Classical Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Leisure Studies, Social Theory, Sociology of Sport, and Sociology of Work and Employment (Labor Studies).
  • Social Science Research Network "Tomorrow's Research Today": working papers and open access scholarly articles


Tip: Most resources specific to art will be in the Art and Architecture Library.

Online Reference Resources

Print Reference Resources

Tip: Type the word encyclopedia or dictionary in the SearchWorks search box, and then click on Art & Architecture in the Library list on the left side of the screen.

Subject searching

Many headings follow the pattern "[Topic] in art" e.g.:

Also try: "[Topic] and art;" "[Topic] and architecture"

Suggested Databases

  • Art full text/Art retrospective: Articles on art and related disciplines from periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins published throughout the world. Coverage provided from 1929, with full-text from 1997.
  • Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and Répertoire de la litterature de l'art (RILA): Access these databases, searchable together, which cover European and American visual arts material published between 1975 and 2007.
  • Artbibliographies modern : Abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews. The scope extends from artists and movements beginning with Impressionism in the late 19th century, up to the most recent works and trends in the late 20th century. Photography is covered from its invention in 1839 to the present. A particular emphasis is placed upon adding new and lesser-known artists and on the coverage of foreign-language literature.
  • Avery index to architectural periodicals: Offers a comprehensive listing of journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation. Coverage is from 1934 to the present.
  • JSTOR: Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Political sources

Reference Sources:

Suggested Searchworks subject terms related to Politics and Elections:

Note: you can replace another country for United States and get information unique to that country. or you can omit the country from the search, and get books on elections or politics in general.

Suggested Databases and E-journals for “Politics and/or Elections” topics:

  • PAIS International:Scholarly articles on international public policy and politics
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete: From EBSCO Host, you can search together with Academic Search Premier by selecting an additional Database. This database is great for articles on the rhetoric of candidates and the impact of media on public perception of canditates
  • Political Science
  • Newsbank News File and Access World News: Great source for news from newspapers, television, radio, and websites, going back to the 1980s to current news
  • Polling Databases:
    • Polling the Nations: A database of polls taken on a variety of subjects all over the world. Each record in the database consists of one poll question and the participants' responses. Records are indexed by subject matter, publication year, general and specific location, and survey method.
    • IPoll Databank: comprehensive, up-to-date source for US nationwide public opinion. A full-text retrieval system, the iPoll online database is organized at the question level, providing the tools to sift through nearly a half million questions asked on national public opinion surveys, 1935 to present. Surveys archived in the Roper Catalog were originally gathered by academic, commercial and media survey organizations such as Gallup Organization, Harris Interactive, Pew Research Associates, and many more.
  • America History and Life: for any historical topic - good for getting historical perspective on a political person or issue, or any historic event.
  • Historical Abstracts: same as above but provides perspective outside the Americas
  • Film and Television Literature: For articles on coverage of Elections and Campaigns on televisions and in films: many are articles from Variety and Hollywood Reporter (you will find fulltext by using the "Find it at Stanford" link), but you can limit to Academic Resources, and find scholarly articles from journals like Popular Communication; Television and News Media; Journal of Popular Film & Television; Political Communication; Gender Studies; Media Psychology; Film International, and more

For presidential speeches, check these news databases (available to Stanford users):

Political Journals and Magazines

Politics and Election websites:

Find Images & Photographs

Selected Image & Photograph resources:

History Image Sources

Websites of Interest

  • The history of pop culture, Open Directory Project
  • Blinkx TV: watch Full Episodes of TV Shows Online
  • Visual Resources Center (part of Art & Architecture Library): Digitized collection of the slide library from Stanford's Art & Art History Department; over 300,000 images.
  • Moving Image Archive (from the Internet Archive): This library contains thousands of digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.
  • San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive: Established in 1982, the TV Archive preserves over 4000 hours of newsfilm, documentaries and other programs produced locally in the Bay Area and Northern California between 1939-2005. It is part of SF State Library’s Department of Special Collections.

Suggested Databases for Articles about Performance, Images & Photography