Humanities Department Collection and State Library Resources

Subject Guides & Databases

Tired of surfing the Internet for hours trying to find information? The Subject Guides and Databases listed below have been compiled by the Humanities Department librarians to provide useful, high-quality resources that you can use for school assignments or personal research. 

Subject Guides

These collections of Websites have been personally selected by the librarians and can be used both inside and outside the Pratt Library. You do not need a Pratt Library card to view any of them. Click on the links below to find resources in the following areas:

Books, Literature, & Writing 


Philosophy, Mythology, & Religion 

Television, Movies, & Theater 


The Pratt Library subscribes to over 100 databases and makes them available free of charge. Databases marked with "CARD ACCESS" are accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card. Those marked with "ALL LIBRARIES" are accessible only in Pratt Library locations, including branches. The following groups of databases contain helpful information for those doing research in the humanities: 

Books, authors, film, poetry, and playsfeaturing 

  • Literature Resource Center: biographies and literary criticism for over 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, playwrights, and screenwriters. Also has searchable Encyclopedia of Literature for information on literary terms and movements, plus a guide to writing a research paper. An excellent resource for your English class assignments or for finding out more about your favorite writer.

  • MLA Bibliography: contains references to scholarly articles and book chapters on literature, language, linguistics, folklore, and film. Not full text, but has broader coverage than the Literature Resource Center. The Pratt Library owns many--but not all--of the journals and books indexed in the MLA Bibliography. 

Magazines and journals, featuring 

  • General Proquest: covers not only general interest magazines, but scholarly journals as well. Journals in the Humanities include The Philosophical Review, Religion and American Culture, English Language and Linguistics, Film Culture, and Theatre History Studies, among others. From the basic search page, you can limit your results by checking the box marked "scholarly journals," or selecting the "Research Library" database within ProQuest. 
  • eLibrary: a 100% full-text database that indexes not just newspapers and magazines, but also newswires, TV, radio and government transcripts, books (including Monarch notes and travel guides), photographs and images, and maps. The "Topic" tab will take you directly to high-quality resources on languages, linguistics, literature, philosophy, and religion. 

Famous people, featuring 

  • Biography Resource Center: an excellent source for biographies on famous people past and present. Includes information on popular actors and writers.