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Humanities Subject Guide


This guide will introduce you to the best resources for doing research in the Humanities, both in the library and online. Depending on your topic, you may find additional useful resources on the subject guides for ClassicsFine Arts, HistoryPhilosophy,  or Theology. If you need in-depth assistance or have questions about any of the resources mentioned in the guide, please visit the Reference Desk or Ask a Librarian.


Reference Resources

These sources can provide a starting point for your research. For example, encyclopedias can help you identify interesting topics to research, while providing the background information that will get you started.

Ancient Writers:  Greece and Rome
     Ref PA3002.A5 (2 volumes)

Arts & Humanities Through the Eras
     Ref NX440 .A787 (5 volumes)

Civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean World
     Ref DE59 .C55 (3 volumes)

Dictionary of the Middle Ages
     Ref D114.D5 (14 volumes)

Encyclopedia of Christianity
     Ref BR95 .E8913 (5 volumes)

Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature
     Ref PN669.E53

Encyclopedia of Philosophy
     Available through Gale Virtual Reference Library

Encyclopedia of Religion
     Available through Gale Virtual Reference Library

Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment
     Ref B802 .E53 (print version, 4 volumes)

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
     Ref D114.E53 (print version, 2 volumes)

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance
     Ref CB361.E52 (6 volumes)

Europe — 1450 to 1789:  An Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World
     Available through Gale Virtual Reference Library

European Writers
     Ref PN501.E9 (14 volumes)

New Catholic Encyclopedia
     Ref BX841.N44 (print version, 15 volumes)

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
     Ref CB9 .N49 (print version, 6 volumes)

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
     Ref ML100.N48 (20 volumes)

Oxford Art Online (includes The Dictionary of Art)
     Ref N31 .D5 (print version, 34 volumes)

Oxford Classical Dictionary
     Ref DE5.O9 (print version)

Oxford Companion to Christian Thought
     Ref BR95 .O94

Oxford Companion to Classical Literature
     Ref PA31.H69

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome
     From Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online
This database enables you to search within over 200 reference works, including the Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization and Oxford Companion to Philosophy.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
     Ref B51.R68 (print version, 10 volumes)


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Journal Articles


CrossSearch  Humanities

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Search the following databases to locate journal articles in the field of the Humanities. In some cases, the database will provide links to the full text of articles. If you see a WebBridge button next to an article of interest, click it to determine whether the journal is available in the Geisel Library or in full text via another electronic database. WebBridge will also help you place Interlibrary Loan requests for articles that are not available through our library.

Academic Search Premier
This multi-disciplinary database is an excellent starting point for finding scholarly journal articles and popular magazine articles on a wide range of topics.

APh:  L'Annee Philologique
This classical studies database provides citations and abstracts to scholarly journal articles and other publications on the history of ancient Greece and Rome. The interface is difficult to use, so please consult our User Guide.

ATLA Religion Database
Start here for research topics related to theology and religion. ATLA provides citations and abstracts for journal articles, books, book chapters, and book reviews.

Catholic Periodical & Literature Index
Search this index for topics related to the Catholic faith, Church doctrine and history, and the saints. It provides citations to journal articles, books, and book reviews.

International Medieval Bibliography   (On Campus Only)
This searchable online version of the IMB provides comprehensive indexing of scholarly journals and conference proceedings in the interdisciplinary field of medieval studies.
To open the database, click on the "Enter Databases" button and then on the link for International Medieval Bibliography.

This bibliography pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400–1700) consists of citations for journal articles, books, reviews, and more. It also offers recent full-text articles of several important journals.    User Guide

Search here for full-text articles from major journals in the humanities, social sciences, and life sciences. Coverage is generally from the beginning of publication to within five years of the current issue.    User Guide

MLA International Bibliography
As the premier research resource for literary studies, this database contains citations to journal articles, books, and dissertations related to literature, language, and literary criticism.

Philosopher's Index
This database is the best starting point for philosophical research, with citations and abstracts for scholarly journal articles and books on all subfields of philosophy.

Project MUSE
This database offers full-text articles from over 100 peer-reviewed journals, plus citations and abstracts to about 300 other journals.


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Geisel Library catalog
Search the catalog to locate books in Geisel Library. Search by Keyword to find books on specific topics; for example, Augustine AND (sin OR evil). As you locate useful books in the catalog, click on their Subject Headings to run Subject searches, which often yield a higher percentage of relevant results.

Use WorldCat to search the collections of libraries worldwide. If you find a book in this database that is not owned by Geisel Library, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan by clicking on the "Request via Interlibrary Loan" link in the book's catalog record.

This online library contains thousands of e-books spanning across all scholarly disciplines. Run a Simple Search to look for books that mention your search terms anywhere in the text, or do an Advanced search to limit to book title or subject terms. Books can either be opened in a QuickView or in the Ebrary Reader, a downloadable plug-in that includes a variety of features that enhance the reading experience.


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Selected Websites

These websites were handpicked for their quality and relevance. You may also want to conduct keyword searching on your topics in a search engine such as Google, but be sure to look for indications that the websites you find are authoritative, objective and reliable. For help with this, see our guide to Evaluating Websites.

A searchable database of over a half-million digital images, covering many time periods and cultures. Users can search, view, and download images.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library
This free digital library is comprised of hundreds of classic works of Christian spirituality and theology, including writings of the Church Fathers and commentaries.

Google Book Project
Google has digitized large portions of several major university library collections and made them accessible through their search engine. Books not under copyright (including most published before 1922, and many books published in other countries) can be read in their entirety.

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook
Internet Medieval History Sourcebook
Internet Modern History Sourcebook
These sourcebooks of primary source texts are generally arranged by period and topic for easy browsing. A vast resource for teaching and researching world history.

Internet Classics Archive
This site offers web versions of nearly 500 works of classical literature in English translation. Most of these were produced in ancient Greece and Rome, but a handful of ancient Chinese and Persian works are also included.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Browse or search peer-reviewed essays on philosophers and philosophical topics.

Intute:  Humanities
An annotated guide to the best Humanities resources on the Web, which you can either search by keyword or browse using a subject directory.

Perseus Digital Library
This massive digital library maintained at Tufts University includes primary and secondary sources for the study of ancient Greece and Rome and the English Renaissance.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Entries on philosophers and philosophical concepts, which are written and maintained by scholars.

Voice of the Shuttle
A well-maintained gateway to humanities web resources, organized by subject area.

Web Gallery of Art
This "virtual museum" offers digital images of European artwork spanning the 12th to mid-19th centuries. You can search by artist or title, and click on the thumbnail images to view large browser-filling versions of each painting or sculpture.


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Citing Sources

See the library's Citing Sources guide for resources on how to properly cite research materials. Always confirm the style required by your instructor.


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