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VIC 223 Signs, Meanings, and Culture

This guide is intended to support VIC 223.

Popular Databases

Research Guides and Subject Guides can help you to identify relevant article-databases for your topic

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1. EBSCO- a compilation of databases including

  • Humanities Abstracts  
  • MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography

2. PROQUEST - includes 126 databases, including:

  • Francis

LLBA (Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts)​​​

Proquest sample search: semiotics and umbrellas

  • browse the range of results in order to see the subject in different contexts
  • You can expand or narrow your focus

Results include entries ranging from the "umbrella movement" to the meaning of umbrellas in literature. For example: 

Comic Umbrellas – literature – meaning

"The umbrella which the "shabby genteel" man used to invade the personal space of upper-class ladies (note the mention of the private carriage), might in fact have been the very item that gave him access to a respectable art gallery in the first place. It represents not just a sexual perversion, but also a perversion of the semiotics of class."

  • Make sure you look at the Works Cited
  • Use the Cite feature
  • You can arrow to Scholarly Articles

3. JSTOR - an interdisciplinary database

4. PROJECT MUSE - an interdisciplinary database focussing on Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts