Pathfinder: Humanities Resources



How to Find Books in the WPCC Library

Clip art of two silhouettes acting in a playUse our library catalog, found at one of our catalog terminals near the library entrance or online here. By default, the catalog opens to a simple keyword search. If you want to search by a specific title or author, choose the browse search mode under the “search” key at top of page. Try different keywords if you first search does not bring up any relevant results. There is great value in browsing the shelf area where you have found a relevant book.

Selected Reference Books

  • Architecture of the United States (REF NA 705 .S578)
    Approximately 1,000 entries separated into three volumes:  New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, the South and the Midwest, and the Plains states and Far West.
  • The Critical Survey Series, including:Critical Survey of Short Fiction (REF PN 3451.C7)Critical Survey of Drama (REF PR 623 .C75 1985)Critical Survey of Poetry (REF PR 502 .C85 1992)Critical Survey of Long Fiction (REF PR 821 .C7 1991)These series, organized by author’s last name, provide some general information about the author and the works of that author, including some critical analysis.
  • A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques (REF N 33 .M36)
    Covers a large number of terms about the study and practice of visual art, notably the specific materials used.
  • Dictionary of the Performing Arts (REF PN 1579 .M66 1999)
    Gives brief definitions to words of the world of stage art (music, dance, theater, etc.), including many slang and jargon words.
  • Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (REF BJ 63 .E44 1998)
    Reference for applied ethics.  For example: environmental ethics, ethics in education, and medical ethics.
  • The Encyclopedia of American Religious History (REF BL 2525.Q44 1996)
    Includes entries on individuals, traditions, trends, political context, and key words in the study of religion.
  • Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy (REF B 163 .E53 1996)
    Covers Greek and Roman thought from the sixth century B.C.E. through the sixth century C.E.
  • Encyclopedia of Ethics (REF BJ 63 .E45 1992)
    Includes articles on ethical, social, political, and legal theory.
  • The Encyclopedia of Religion (REF BL 31 .E46 1987)
    Entries are cross-referenced, and bibliographies of further reading are included.
  • Mythology: Tales of Ancient Civilizations (REF BL 311 .R55 1997)
    A beautifully illustrated reference to Classical, Norse, Celtic, and Eastern mythology.
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (REF ML 100 .N48)
    Fairly extensive entries on composers, performers, musical terms, etc., including non-Western and folk music.
  • New International Illustrated Encyclopedia of Art (REF N 31 .N4)
    Entries in this 24-volume set include artist biographies, descriptions of artistic movements, the art of particular geographical areas, and types of media.


Where to Look for Periodical Articles

IMPORTANT: If you want to access these resources off campus, you will use the same username and password  you use to log in to any campus computer.

Thompson Gale Academic OneFile Database

Academic OneFile provides access to citations, abstracts, and full text articles relating to a wide variety of disciplines.


NCLIVE provides access to more than 60 databases.  Some are general, covering a wide range of material, and some are subject-specific. When looking for magazines and journals, use the “Articles” link,  then pick the relevant database – Proquest Central is recommended.  Remember to choose “Full Text” under the “Limit your Results” section.

WPCC Print Periodical Subscriptions

The library has a collection of over 70 current periodicals in print.  The current issues are located in the Periodical Reading area, and back issues can be obtained by contacting any library staff member.

Where to Look on the Internet

NOTE: Extreme care must be taken when using sources off the World Wide Web for a research paper. Critically evaluate all the sites you are considering, looking for reputable authorship, a date of publication, and authority.

  • Edsitement! – the National Endowment for the Humanities website that covers all aspects of the humanities including additional websites and student resources.
  • Stratford Humanities – Stratford University’s Humanities website that includes links to their most recommended humanities websites with many full text references sources.
  • HyperHistory – Here’s an expanding scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic (simultaneously presented and viewable) lifelines, timelines, and maps.
  • Guide to Philosophy on the Internet – a comprehensive, peer-reviewed resource of collected links to scholarly works, Websites, and texts of philosophers that are online.
  • Artcyclopedia – extensive and effective guide to fine art on the Internet. You can search by artist, art movement and museums.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Net Online is a site that has the objective of advancing teaching and research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Perseus Hopper – an evolving digital library of resources for the study of the humanities from Tufts University.
  • Encyclopedia Mythica – an encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, legends, from all over the world.


updated 10/2017

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