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Humanities Research Guide

Welcome HUM 001 students!

Welcome to your online research guide! This guide will help you:

  • Locate how to get assistance from the Library (both in person and online)
  • Locate resources to support your virtual exhibit / presentations

Here are the slides shown during the in-person library research session:

Selecting a Research Topic

What interests you?

Consider the following as you brainstorm:

  • What is something that interests you?
  • What aspects of the topic interest you?
  • What keywords are associated with this topic?

Looking for topic ideas?

Browse these sample topic lists:

  • The Opposing Viewpoints database provides this Browse Issues list of contemporary Issues
  • The Pew Research Center provides this list of Research Topics that they conduct research on

Finding Images

These websites contain image collections:

  • Library of Congress
    Contains photographs, maps, letters, diaries, newspapers, and more from the Library of Congress collections. Also includes historic sound and film recordings.
  • Smithsonian Learning Lab
    Contains millions of images, recordings, and texts from the Smithsonian collections.
  • Calisphere
    Contains more than one million primary sources such as photographs, documents, newspapers, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, and other cultural artifacts focused on the diverse history and culture of California.
    The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Over 4.4 million images

These library databases contain images:

Other Suggested Resources

These library databases are great for gathering background information on a topic:

These library databases contain text-based resources:

These library databases contain streaming videos: