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Reference materials help you find background information on a topic, and are a great place to begin your research.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    More than 90,000 reference articles from subject-specific encyclopedias across all major disciplines.
  • Oxford Art Online
    Features articles, biographies, images, timelines of world art, and access to the full-text of leading art encyclopedias.
  • Naxos Music Library
    Contains full musical recordings from over 7,000 composers and 15,000 CDs from multiple genres.
  • African American Experience
    This reference database covers the experiences of African Americans from their arrival in the Americas through to the present day, including history, biographies, literature, arts, music, popular culture, folklore, business, slavery, the struggle for civil rights, politics, sports, education, science, and other themes with overview essays on a variety of topics and peer-reviewed essays about complex questions.
  • Latino American Experience
    This reference database explores the rich heritage and current culture of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Guatemalans, Cubans, Dominicans, Colombians, Ecuadorians, and other Hispanic cultures in the United States with overview essays on a variety of topics and peer-reviewed essays about complex questions.
  • American Indian Experience
    This reference database provides in-depth historical accounts and cultural information about the indigenous peoples of North America with overview essays on a variety of topics and peer-reviewed essays about complex questions.
  • Daily Life through History
    This reference database is a cross-disciplinary resource for researching historical topics such as American food and cooking, celebrations, clothes, romance, work, religion, housing, language, and social customs.
  • Pop Culture Universe
    This reference database features overview essays on major events and trends in pop culture from the 1900s to the present and peer-reviewed essays that answer today's most complex questions.
  • Gale Biography In Context
    Search for people by name, occupation and other criteria. Also includes full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals.
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Books & Videos

Books about the humanities will have a range of call numbers. Art begins with N; music begins with M; literature begins with P; photography begins with TR. This video will help you find books on the shelves that are organized by the Library of Congress classification system.


These databases help you find articles from newspapers, magazines, professional and trade publications, and scholarly journals.

  • Academic Search Complete
    Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.
  • ProQuest Research Library: The Arts
    This subset of the ProQuest Research Library covers music, theatre, film, TV, dance, architecture, art and design.
  • JSTOR Arts & Sciences
    JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a digital archive of hundreds of academic journals and other scholarly content.
  • Google Scholar
    Search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
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  • View a complete list of databases

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