Humanities Research

Reliable Search Engines: Replace your standard Google search and you will find yourself conducting much better research.  These search engines will begin the process of sorting out unreliable sources and provide you with scholarly sources instead.

Google Scholar

Sweet Search

Local Libraries

Dartmouth College Library: We have a wonderful relationship with Dartmouth College that allows our students to get library materials on loan.  Talk to Carter or Spike to get a form that will allow you to borrow. 


The New York Times: A newspaper that enjoys a sterling reputation and the benefit of a long history of articles accessible in their archives.  There is a limit to the number of articles you can access before you require a subscription.

The Washington Post: The newspaper located in the heart of our government, this is the paper that broke the Watergate Scandal and provides very reliable news as well as opinion pieces.

The New Yorker: As far as writing goes, this magazine represents a veritable hall of fame.  Information will be reliable and quite detailed, and most of the articles are available with no subscription, but you will need one if you dig deep into the archives.

National Public Radio: A fantastic source for a very broad smattering of national news, often with audio components that accompany articles.

American Heritage: A remarkable resource for those studying American History, with fully accessible archives dating back to 1954.

Smithsonian Magazine: The institute known as “America’s attic” provides articles on topics ranging from the sciences to world history; this will provide you with far more than Dorothy’s ruby slippers.

The Atlantic: A great resource for current events on a range of topics, but be ready for some opinion mixed into their analysis.  This can help you to better understand some complex topics.


The Gale Cengage Database: One stop shopping for excellent, reliable sources.  The interface can be a little tricky though, so take a look at this tutorial first to avoid any frustration.  This database requires a password, which you can access here.


CNN: A solid news source, but beware of sensationalist fluff on the homepage that could divert you.

MSNBC: Another solid news source but again, watch out for the fluff.

The US Census Bureau: Full of statistics on the demographics of our nation.

TED Talks: A wonderful collection of video lectures on a full range of topics.