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Integrative Curriculum

by Lee Twombly Olson last modified Mar 24, 2015 04:01 PM

Amy Gratz is the Subject Librarian for the Integrative Program; she will be glad to answer your questions about research, instruction or the library's collections. You can contact Amy by e-mail or phone, or visit her in person at the Tarver Library.

Integrative Courses by their nature involve a wide variety of subject areas. In addition to this subject guide, I encourage you to use the subject guides on the previous page - there are a lot of great resources out there!

Multi-Disciplinary Databases

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)
This multi-disciplinary full-text database includes more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.


JSTOR is a digital archive of core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Unlike many electronic journal services containing only the most recent years of a publication, JSTOR contains the entire back file. University librarians created this guide to help students using this database.

Research Library (ProQuest)
Provides abstracts and indexing for over 2,600, as well as full text for over 1,700 scholarly journals and general magazines. Research Library is an expansion of, and replacement for, the database titled Periodical Abstracts Research II.

Web of Science (Web of Knowledge/Thomson Reuters)
Provides detailed citations and abstracts for the top scholarly periodicals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Includes the Science Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Covers both domestic and international journals, open access resources, books, patents, proceedings, and Web sites.

Natural Sciences Databases

Science & Technology Collection (EBSCO)
Contains over 800 full-text journals covering relevant aspects of the scientific and technical community. Topics include aeronautics, astrophysics, biology, chemistry, computer technology, geology, aviation, physics, archaeology, marine sciences, and materials science. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 1,700 publications. This collection contains many scholarly journals.

ScienceDirect (Elsevier)
Citations and some full text to high quality science journals published by Elsevier. Access is on a rolling basis so coverage will be for the current 5-7 years depending upon the title.

Social Sciences Databases

Social Science Journals (ProQuest)
Covers many topics including addiction studies, urban studies, family studies, and international relations.

Sociological Collection (EBSCO) — Provides information on all areas of sociology, including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture and social structure.

PsycARTICLES (EBSCO) — Definitive source of searchable full text articles on current issues in psychology.

Humanities Databases

MLA International Bibliography (EBSCO) — Index of literature, languages, linguistics, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, and folklore from over 4,400 journals and serials, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies.

America: History and Life (EBSCO) — Contains journal citations on the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. It includes indexing for 1700 English language historical journals, including selected local history journals. The database also includes citations to dissertations and book reviews in American and Canadian history. Strong English-language journal coverage is balanced by an international perspective on topics and events

Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO) — Provides access to quality research journals and publications in areas related to communication and mass media.

Religion & Philosophy Collection (EBSCO) — With more than 243 full-text journals, this collection covers topics in spiritual, ethical, philosophical, cultural, and historical aspects of the world's major religions.

Fine Arts Databases

ARTstor Digital Library — This resource provides over 1.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Please reference the Terms and Conditions for information on how to responsibly use the images in this collection.

Oxford Art Online — Provides online access to the entire text of the 34-volume Dictionary of Art plus newly-commissioned articles. The database includes over 45,000 articles on every aspect of the visual arts from prehistory through the present. Through an alliance with The Bridgeman Art Library, the database offers access to over 130,000 searchable images.

NAXOS Music Library
Naxos Music Library is a vast online classical music library, offering streaming access to tens of thousands of CDs. The library offers the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues plus the complete catalogues or selected titles from over 378 classical, jazz and world music labels with more labels joining every month. Classic pop and rock music as well as Chinese orchestral music are also represented.

CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online)
Provides online access to high-quality art images from around the world contributed and described by leading museums, all rights-cleared for educational use. Every work in CAMIO is represented by at least one high-resolution image and a description. Many have additional views of the work, sound, video and curatorial notes.

Arts of the United States
Over 4000 images of works important to the study of the history of art in the United States. Pieces include architecture, decorative arts, painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, and stage and costume design as well as Native American art and artifacts.


Looking for articles? Try the databases linked above - they are much easier to use to find articles! If you're interested in browsing recent publications in a field, you may want to look through our print journal collection or our electronic journal collection. For print journals, search the library catalog by journal title.  Electronic journals are located through using the Full Text Electronic Journal List, which you can also browse by subject.


Search the library catalog to find books available in the University Libraries as well as electronic books. Please check to make certain items you want are available at your location; if the item you need is at another location, view this guide on how to request it.

See what new books have been added by viewing New Acquisitions. If you don't see a title in the online catalog, you may request books via Interlibrary Loan, or suggest new or additional titles that the library should purchase.

Reference Sources

On Compiling an Annotated Bibliography
Harner offers useful information on planning research, organizing an annotated bibliography, compiling entries, and editing. While the booklet focuses on the preparation of a comprehensive bibliography on a single literary author, the procedures and techniques are easily adapted to selective or subject bibliographies and to other periods and disciplines.

The Elements of Style 
The only style manual ever to appear on bestseller lists has explained to millions of readers the basic principles of plain English. The book's mantra -- make every word tell -- is still on point. Whether seventeen or seventy, this much-loved classic, now in its fourth edition, will forever be the go-to guide when in need of a hint on how to make a turn of phrase clearer, or a reminder on how to enliven prose with the active voice.

The Sociology Student Writer's Manual 
The most comprehensive book available that deals specifically with writing sociology papers, this updated reference/manual helps users learn how to research and write in sociology, and how to improve their writing ability in general.

The ACS Style Guide (on permanent reserve at the circulation desk)
The essential desk reference for authors, editors, and publishers of scientific research, the ACS Style Guide is a complete stylistic handbook. Lively and practical, this reference will help any chemist communicate effectively.

The Chicago Guide to Communicating Science
This straightforward and accessible guide offers detailed, practical advice on crafting every sort of scientific communication, from research papers and conference talks to review articles, interviews with the media, e-mail messages, and more.

Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences
This comprehensive guide for students writing in biology, zoology, and botany provides detailed instruction on researching, drafting, revising, and documenting papers, reviews, and other forms of writing.

Other reference sources are available at the Swilley Library and the Regional Academic Centers. Please visit these locations to review these materials, as they do not circulate, and must be used in the building.

Useful Web Sites

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material to assist with many writing projects. Check here for information on how to write in different styles or for different purposes, how to cite sources, and much, much more. The OWL is the academic standard for writing information and assistance.

Mercer University Writing Program - Resources for Students
Created by writing instruction faculty at Mercer, this page has links to a wide variety of useful writing resources that contain information on topics ranging from the writing process to avoiding plagiarism.

Nobel Conference Archives
The Nobel Conference convenes annually at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota. Speakers, including Nobel laureates, are invited to discuss a variety of scientific topics such as "The Brain and Being Human," "Making Food Good," and "Heating Up: The Energy Debate." Videos of the presentations are available starting from 2005, and other materials and resources are available online starting from 2000. Information about all past conferences, going back to 1965, can be obtained from the College and Lutheran Church Archives.

Online Book Library
Not all books, but a number of journals as well. Note these links will take you away from the main page and may require a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. On, the best talks and performances from TED and partners are available to the world, for free. More than 900 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so they can be freely shared and reposted. (Description taken from

Course-Specific Resources

Amy Gratz

Amy Gratz

Amy Gratz
Instructional Services Librarian

B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College 2006; M.S.L.I.S Syracuse University 2008

Phone: 478-301-5334

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