a-n The Artists Information Company is a not-for-profit company that highlights the role of visual artists in society and supports them and their employers by widening access to professional information. Covering applied art, art history, cultural policy, fine arts, and public art. This resource contains critical and practical resources which are well suited to both vocational and academic students.
Students can get a free student membership, giving them access to a-n Current Jobs and Opportunities listings. Just enter the promotion code listed on the password page when you sign up at http://www.abminiaturehorses.com//register-student.
The website offers a range of ways to receive and contribute information. Each year they produce over 1,000 items of editorial content, receive over 6,000 member contributions and 20,000 images. This member-driven intelligence feeds into editorial, publishing and programme planning.
The core of the online resources are practical guides and toolkits to support artists at every career stage covering all areas of visual arts practice, managing a professional career, catering for practicing artists, students, HEI course leaders and tutors, including:
Signpost - a-n’s new graduate guide designed to provide recent visual and applied arts graduates with the kind of information and advice users need to get off to a good start. Offering valuable insights into the diverse array of professional development support systems.
Professional development resources including interactive toolkits for contracts and artists’ fees, profiles on artist role models and livelihood strategies. Plus practical guides on topics such as improving a users chances of getting work, applying for grants, proposal writing, putting on exhibitions, approaching galleries and agreeing a contract, becoming self-employed, getting legal advice, fees and payment for artists.
Extensive archive of published materials since 2000, including collections, good practice publications and learning resources, in text and pdf format. New research section with index of over 400 sectoral research papers giving easy access to facts and figures and qualitative evidence of the value of artists, the visual arts and culture.
From missionaries to musicians, social workers to statisticians, cowboys to chemists, and Vikings to astronauts, the portraits in the American National Biography Online (the ANB) reflect the rich diversity of American life from pre-colonial times to the present day.
Featuring thousands of illustrations, and tens of thousands of hyperlinked cross-references and links to other (select) websites, the ANB is a powerful research tool for all levels of study.
BoB is an off-air recording and broadcast media archive service available to Higher Education Institutions providing access to TV and radio programmes from over 65 'free-to-air' channels using a programme guide and a search option.
It includes a permanent archive of all broadcast content from nine channels: BBC1 London / BBC2 / BBC4 / ITV London / Channel 4 / More4 / Channel 5 / BBC Radio 4 / BBC Radio 4 Extra.
There is an option to schedule recordings up to seven days in advance and request programmes broadcast over the previous 30 days.
Orbis Bank Focus is a new database of banks worldwide. The information is sourced by Bureau van Dijk from a combination of annual reports, information providers and regulatory sources.
Orbis Bank Focus currently contains detailed information on 42,000 institutions with financials (30,000 US [Banks & Credit Unions] and 12,000 Non-US), including 5 years’ history for listed banks and 3 years’ for unlisted.
SocINDEX with Full Text is a full-text research database covering sociology and related disciplines. It features hundreds of full-text journals and millions of records with subject headings from a sociological thesaurus. Subjects covered include gender studies, criminal justice, social psychology, religion, racial studies and social work.
In addition to full-text journals, SocINDEX with Full Text contains informative abstracts for core coverage journals dating as far back as 1895. Complete with extensive indexing for books, monographs, conference papers and other non-periodical content sources, the database also includes searchable cited references.
The Oxford Very Short Introduction series is a great way to explore a new topic. Started in 1995, this Oxford University Press series provides short (120-140 pages) overviews of hundreds of topics and disciplines. Expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable.