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Collection Overview - Humanities: Databases

A guide to conducting research in the arts and humanities at Miami Dade College (MDC), including faculty resources, information about MDC’s humanities collection, and links to Web-based resources.


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Different databases may look different but they can all be used in similar ways. Go to a database’s Help function for instructions on search features. And remember: Don't reinvent the wheel! Search your article database for items from the bibliographies that occur at the end of journal articles or in books that you've already found on your topic.

Adapted from the UC Santa Cruz University Library research guide "Start Your Research." Used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license.

MDC Databases


Check out the following research databases to find high-quality, professor-approved sources or click here to find more databases.

ACADEMIC ONEFILE contains peer-reviewed, full-text articles for academic libraries from the world's leading journals. A comprehensive resource that covers the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, technology, literature, and many other subjects. (Gale) Log on to Academic OneFile with your borrower ID and PIN.

ACADEMIC SEARCH COMPLETE supports high-level research in the key areas of academic study by providing journals, periodicals, reports, books and more. (EBSCO) Log on to Academic Search Complete with your Borrower ID and PIN.

ART & ARCHITECTURE SOURCE is the largest full-text art research database covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design. With strong international coverage, it offers hundreds of full-text art journals, magazines and books, plus detailed indexing and abstracts and thousands of images. (EBSCO) Log on to Art & Architecture Source with your borrower ID and PIN.

THE ARTSTOR DIGITAL LIBRARY features a wide range of multidisciplinary content from some of the world’s top museums, artists, libraries, scholars, and photo archives, including rare collections not accessible anywhere else. (Artstor) Log on to the Artstor digital library with your borrower ID and PIN.

CAMIO—the Catalog of Art Museum Images Online—is a premiere resource of works of art from around the world contributed and described by leading museums. Showcasing a wide range of fine and decorative art, CAMIO provides high-quality art images for education, research and enjoyment. All content is rights-cleared for educational use. (CAMIO) Log on to the Catalog of Art Museum Images Online with your borrower ID and PIN.

HUMANITIES SOURCE is a valuable full-text database covering literary, scholarly and creative thought. It provides full text, indexing and abstracts for the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities. (EBSCO) Log on to Humanities Source with your borrower ID and PIN.

JSTOR provides access to more than 10 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines. (JSTOR) Log on to JSTOR with your borrower ID and PIN.

MUSIC ONLINE provides is the most comprehensive and highest quality streaming audio collection to support the teaching and research of music. It currently provides academic libraries with streaming access to over 10 million tracks, and is growing monthly as new recordings are added. (Alexander Street) Log on to Music Online: Listening with your borrower ID and PIN.

OAISTER VIA FIRSTSEARCH is a union catalog of more than 19 million digital resources from over 1,000 organizations developed by the University of Michigan harvested using OAI-PMH (the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting). (OCLC) Log on to OAIster via FirstSearch with your borrower ID and PIN.

OXFORD ART ONLINE is the gateway to Oxford’s art reference works, including the peer-reviewed, regularly updated Grove® Dictionary of Art and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists. Oxford Art Online includes over 200,000 articles that span ancient to contemporary art and architecture, as well as over 19,000 images of works of art, structures, plans, and artist signatures. (Oxford University Press) Log on to Oxford Art Online with your borrower ID and PIN.

SAGE is the world's 5th largest journals publisher. SAGE's portfolio includes more than 1000 journals spanning the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology, and Medicine, and more than 400 are published on behalf of learned societies and institutions. (SAGE Publishing) Log on to SAGE Journals with your borrower ID and PIN.

HUMANITIES FULL TEXT provides full text, abstracts and bibliographic indexing of the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities, as well as specialized magazines. (EBSCO) Log on to Humanities Full Text with your borrower ID and PIN.

THE SPRINGER E-JOURNAL COLLECTION includes more than 2,500 English-language and close to 200 German-language journals. Springer is also home to the largest portfolio of open access journals, including the journals from BioMed Central and the SpringerOpen portfolio. (Springer) Log on to the Springer eJournal Collection with your borrower ID and PIN.

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Citation Tools


In most databases, you can find MLA- and APA-formatted citations under headings like "Tools" and "Page Tools." Click the following links to learn more about MLA citation and APA citation formats.

Avoiding Plagiarism


Learn more about plagiarism—including its more nuanced varities—by visiting the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) guide to Avoiding Plagiarism.

Borrower ID and PIN/Password

Follow these steps to access the research databases shown on this page.

  • Enter your current MDC student or employee number in the box labeled “Borrower ID”

  • Enter the last four digits of your current MDC student or employee number in the box labeled “PIN/Password”

This LibGuide was designed and created and is maintained by Michael Moore. User suggestions and comments are welcome.

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