Humanities Research Guide


What are the Humanities? The Humanities analytically study the human condition and can include subjects from art and music to law and philosophy.

Looking for Books? On the left side of the library website, click on “Search Library Catalog”.  If looking for a specific book, you can search by title, author, call number or even ISBN.    You can also choose “Subject” or “All Fields” to search for books.

Reference Books are a great source of factual material.  Humanities references include

Linguistics: A guide to Reference Literature   P121 .D4 1991                                                             Guide to British Drama Explicaton  Z2014 .D7 D68 1996                                                                              The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of MusicML105 .H38 1996

Electronic resources or “e-books” can be accessed by simply clicking on the link within the books record.  If off campus, you will need to enter your webmail address and password.

Searching for articles?  On the left side of the library website, click on “FDU Online Library”.  Under “Databases by Subject, click on “Arts and Humanities”.    There are databases which include not only scholarly articles but easy reference resources.  These include                            Bloom’s Literary Reference Online                                                                                             Humanities International Complete                                                                                               Oxfod Music Online

What’s on the Web? The Internet is filled with resources which vary greatly in reliability.  To make your search easier, go to “Web Resources” under “Research Tools” in the center of the main Library webpage. Click on “Arts and Humanities” and a list of websites will appear along with a brief explanation of each site.  Under “General Reference” you can also click on “Internet Public Library (ipl2)” and enter your search terms.

 If searching the web on your own, be sure to check the source of the website by looking for a tab that says “About Us” or checking the copyright at the bottom of the page

Always be sure to talk to the Reference Librarian in person, by phone, e-mail or chat to help you find the best references for you!


 Prepared by Paul Dunphy

August 2012

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