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humanities research guide

This guide will show you the major databases available at W&L for locating scholarly articles, reviews and more in the humanities. The introductory pages will give you information about each database.

What defines "humanities"? Those branches of knowledge, such as philosophy, literature, and art, that are concerned with human thought and culture; the liberal arts. (from the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, c.2000)

Covering All Disciplines


Project Muse    recent articles only

JSTOR    latest 2-5 years are not included

Academic Search Complete   ca 1900-present

Readers Guide to Periodical Literature 1900-1998 (in print)

Readers Guide Retrospective 1890-1982

LexisNexis Academic ca 1980-present

Humanities International Complete 1910-present

Art and Architecture

Art Full Text    1984-present

Art Retrospective   1929-1984

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)  1973-present

Literature & Language

MLA Bibliography  1926-present

l'Annee Philologique 1949-


Philosopher's Index  1940-present


ATLA Religion   1949-present


America: History and Life    late 1950s-present

Historical Abstracts   1960s-present

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance   varied time periods

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index   1995-present


l'Annee Philologique 1949-


Oxford Music Online

For other sources, use "All Disciplines" category at the top


No specialized database at W&L: use "All Disciplines" category at the top

For complete coverage of online research resources, go to Databases by Subject . This will include links to reference sources, such as encyclopedias.


Do we have the articles you need?

         Many databases have direct links to full-text articles. Look for full text through WebBridge The WebBridge icon in search results will link you to full-text resources when available. However, if no full-text if provided in the database or through WebBridge, you need to use our Interlibrary Loan service to request the desired article.