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Humanities: Humanities Research

Researching Humanities

This page is dedicated to helping you do research on Humanities topics.

On this page you will find:

  • A link to our library catalog along with some helpful tips and tricks to keep in mind when searching Humanities materials.
  • Preset database searches for Humanities articles.
  • Scholarly books related to the Humanities. 

These resources can also be found on our Library Resources page.

When you are not on campus and try to use the databases, you will be prompted for a username and password. If you do not know these and are a Schoolcraft student, then give the library a call and we will provide you with the information you need. 

Our phone number is:  (734) 462-4440

Catalog Search (w/ Tips and Tricks)

Use the library's catalog to search for Humanities materials.

Tips to keep in mind when searching:

1) Searching for "Humanities" under the Key Word or Subject criteria will not always give you the best results. This is because of how broad the topic of humanities is.

2) Instead, if you are searching for Humanities materials available in our library's collection, then use focused keywords and subjects to narrow your results to the types of Humanities materials you are most interested in. For example, you could use one or more of the of the following Subject Headings:

  • Anthropology 
  • American History
  • American Literature
  • Art History
  • Classical literature
  • English Literature
  • Folklore
  • History of Civilization
  • Human Ecology
  • Linguistics
  • Music History
  • World History

3) As you explore our holdings, you'll discover more specific Subject Headings, such as: 

  • American fiction--19th century
  • Folklore--Europe
  • Civilization, Western

These help narrow the focus of the search and can be helpful if you have a specific topic or genre you're interested in exploring. If you want to know all of the Subject Headings for a particular item in our catalog, then click the Catalog Record tab in the item's record. You can click on one of the Subject Headings and it will bring up a list of all the other items in the library that have the same Subject Heading.

Important Note: Keep in mind that some of these subject searches will return mostly (if not all) ebooks and online resources. If you are only interested in book results, then select BOOK under the "Format" option on the Advanced Search page. This will get rid of all the ebook and online resource results and only provide you a list of books under the selected subject.


Databases (w/ Preset Searches for Humanities-Related Materials)

Humanities Scholarly Materials

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Joseph Miller
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