Databases & Indexes for the Humanities

Search these databases for articles in the areas of English, history, languages, philosophy, & religion and theology

Academic Search Premier

World's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing full text for more than 4,600 scholarly publications, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed publications.

1975--current | Some full text | More info


America: History and Life

Comprehensive coverage of articles from journals, book reviews, and dissertations published worldwide on the history and culture of the United States and Canada. From pre-history to the present.

1964--current | Abstracts & citations only | More info


Art Index 

This database offers indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications—now with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and other non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism. In addition to articles, this database indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.

1984--current | Indexing & citations only | More info



ATLA/S is the premier scholarly tool for researching theological perspectives on history, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as biblical studies, world religions and church history.

19th century --current | Some full text | More info



OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covers the complete range of expressive forms. (From OCLC FirstSearch)



Index of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities. (From OCLC FirstSearch)


CPLI (Catholic Periodical and Literature Index)

Covers all aspects of the Catholic faith and lifestyle, and includes over 370,000 index citations of articles and reviews published in Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith that are authored by Catholics and/or produced by Catholic publishers.

Citations & abstracts only | More info


DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals

This service covers full text, quality-controlled, scholarly journals. As of August 2008 there were 3614 journals in the directory arranged by subject.

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Expanded Academic ASAP

Gale®’s premier database for research in all the academic disciplines. Provides over 4,000 journal titles many of which are in full text. (from Gale's InfoTrac )

1980--current | Some full text | More info


Harp Week

Includes the full text of Harper's Weekly and provides a continuous record of what happened on a weekly basis from 1857 through 1912. The first segment includes the Civil War Era: 1857-1865. The next two cover Reconstruction: 1866-1871 and 1872-1877. The last six encompass the Gilded Age: 1878-1912. Covers much of the social, political, and economic history of the United States during this period.

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Historical Abstracts 
Index to journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations in the area of world history. Covers topics from 1450-present and includes over 2,100 journals published throughout the world. Search with or without U.S. and Canadian history included.

1964--current | Abstracts & citations only | More info


Google's Art Project

"Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces."



Iter, meaning a journey or a path in Latin, is an index that provides citations for books, journal material (articles, reviews, review articles, bibliographies, catalogues, abstracts and discographies), dissertation abstracts, and essays in books (including entries in conference proceedings, festschriften, encyclopedias and exhibition catalogues) for the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700).

Citations only



Access to more than 100 scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.. We subscribe to the Arts and Sciences 1 package which includes core journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences. This collection also contains titles in ecology, mathematics, and statistics. Overall, there are 119 titles in fifteen disciplines.

19th century--current | Full text


Literature Resource Center

Find up-to-date biographical information, literary criticism, book reviews, as well as full text poems and stories. Covers writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. (from Gale Cengage Learning)

Mostly full text | More Info


Medieval Sourcesonline

From Manchester University Press, Medieval Sourcesonline is a web-based learning resource containing hundreds of original medieval history documents compiled for the teaching and study of history. Choose "Access the texts" to begin.

Full text e-books


MLA International Bibliography

Indexes journals in the fields of literature, linguistics, and folklore from 1920s to the present date. (from EBSCO Host Databases)

1920s--current | Some full text | More info



Provides access to a comprehensive music collection which includes classical music, jazz, world music, folk music, Chinese music, and more all in a streaming format. Includes informational commentary on composers, discussions of classical music and opera, and a pronunciation guide.

15,000 + CD | Listen only no downloads | More info


New Testament Abstracts

"A product of a partnership between ATLA and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, this database has become an indispensable research and bibliographic aid for scholars, librarians, clergy and students of the New Testament and its historical milieu. Contains more than 38,000 article abstracts, 1,200 review abstracts, 13,500 book abstracts, and 50 software abstracts." (from EBSCO Host Database)

1985--current | Abstracts & citations only | More info


New York Times

Full text articles including reviews of artists and performances. (from ProQuest)

1995--current | Full text



Access to over 500 national and international newspapers. Good place to look for reviews. (from ProQuest)

Some full text


Old Testament Abstracts

"A product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Biblical Association, this database features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, philology and much more." (from EBSCO Host Database)

1978 --current | Abstracts & citations only | More info


Philosopher's Index

"Informative, author-written abstracts covering scholarly research in all areas of philosophy. The literature covered goes back to the 1940s and includes journal articles, books, book chapters, and book reviews."

1940 --current | Citations & abstracts only


Project MUSE

Comprehensive source for scholarly journals. Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, religion, gender studies, economics, and many others.

Some full text| More info


RILM Abstracts of Music Literature 

Comprehensive, on-going guide to publications (articles, books, dissertations, reviews, and more) on music from all over the world. Contains some 400,000 entries. (from ProQuest)

Citations & abstracts only | More info


Winona Newspaper Project

Online archive of three late 19th century and early 20th century Winona newspapers. Includes available issues of the Winona Argus, the Winona Daily Republican and the Winona Republican Herald.

Full text

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