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Database Subject: Humanities (General)


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Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) 

A multidisciplinary database with full text content in the arts, social sciences, humanities and sciences.

ACLS Humanities e-Book 

A collection of 1,700 plus full-text titles focused on the humanities. Unlimited multi-user access.

American Doctoral Dissertations (EBSCO)  

(1902-present) Includes more than 153,000 theses and dissertations with links to access the full text, when available, via the Institutional Repository where the thesis or dissertation is housed.


1990 - present.Citations from the table of contents pages of over 11,000 journals in the areas of science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture.

Awesome Public Datasets  

A list of high-quality open datasets organized into broad subject areas, covering biology, economics, medicine, the social sciences and more.

Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) 

BASE is a powerful search engine for academic open access web resources. Approximately 75% of the 40 million documents indexed are available in full text.

Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities 

1990 - present. Access the published literature from significant conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions worldwide. 30% of content is from journals and 70% from books.

Digital Gazetteer of the Song Dynasty 

A database designed to identify the events that transformed the political landscape of the Song Dynasty (960-1276) and developed to support Ruth Mostern's book, Dividing the Realm in Order to Govern: The Spatial Organization of the Song State. Download and utilize the MySQL version of the DGSD for complex or extensive data analysis.

eBooks on EBSCOhost 

EBSCO now hosts ebooks formerly on the NetLibrary platform. Minimum browser requirements: IE 7.0, Firefox 3.0, and Safari 3.0. Adobe Acrobat Reader required for viewing PDF files. Acrobat Reader 8.2 recommended. Single user access. A title become available when a user leaves the ebook page or closes the browser window.


A eBook collection from a variety of academic subject areas. View titles online. Login to use personalized tools such as the bookshelf and highlighting.


This web source is used to evaluate journal titles; it ranks and maps scientific knowledge. Eigenfactor includes Article Influence scores which are calculated based on per article citations and assigns Eigenfactor Scores which are a measure of the journal's value for a year. Use the scientific browser to find key journals in a specific field of study.

eScholarship Repository from the California Digital Library 

A collection of books, journals, working papers, conference proceedings and other scholarly works deposited by academic departments, research units and other centers of the University of California.

Google Scholar 

A search engine providing access to both freely available and subscription based resources including articles, theses, books, preprints, abstracts, conference proceedings and technical reports.

Harvard University Library 

Provides access to visual resource collections that are unique to Harvard University. Includes tens of thousands of images from collections of Chinese Rubbings, Harvard Daguerreotypes, Immigrants to the United States, 19th-Century American Trade Cards, as well as a wide variety of other collections.

Hathi Trust Digital Library (WorldCat Search) 

A digital repository of collections from research libraries including some full-text views. To view complete items, select "Full view only" on the search page.

Heritage of the Printed Book 

Currently unavailable. 1455-1830. Records for books and serials produced in Europe during the hand-press period.

Index Translationum: International Bibliography of Translations 

1979 - present. Database listing books translated and published in languages of about a hundred UNESCO Member States with more than 1,300,000 notices in all disciplines: literature, social, natural and exact sciences, art, and history.

J-STAGE: Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator, Electronic 

A repository of academic journal articles and research papers created and maintained by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JSTA) with the majority available as open access content.


Search by subject or browse full text of more than 500 scholarly journals in social sciences, humanities, and sciences, to their earliest issues. Many titles extend as far back as late 19th or early 20th centuries; most recent 3-5 years not included.

Masterfile Premier (EBSCO) 

Provides full text for more than 1,750 general reference publications with full text dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also includes nearly 500 full text reference books, full text from 86,019 biographics, 105,787 full text primary source documents, and an image collection.