HUM 132: Introduction to Humanities

Professor: Tenhula

The Last Supper- Leonardo da Vinci

This guide is designed to help you research Humanities topics. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
  • RCC Library Home Page: Most materials found in this research guide are available at the library's home page.
  • William Hoag: Please contact me if you have any questions concerning this guide or research.



The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.
Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes Boston Public Library)

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

Renaissance Period, 1400-1600- Terms
  • Renaissance
  • Renaissance art, music, literature, thought etc.
  • 16th century art, music, literature, thought etc.
  • Individual persons or ideas, example: "Leonardo da Vinci"

Baroque Period, 1600-1750- Terms
  • Baroque
  • Baroque art, music, literature, thought etc.
  • 17th century art, music, literature, thought etc.
  • Individual persons or ideas, example: "Annibale Carracci"
Classical Period, 1750-1800- Terms
  • Classical Era (music)
  • Enlightenment
  • Enlightenment art, music, literature, thought etc
  • 18th century art, music, literature, thought etc.
  • Individual persons or ideas, example: "Voltaire"

Romantic Period, 1800-1890- Terms
  • Romanticism
  • Romanticism art, music, literature, thought etc
  • 19th century art, music, literature, thought etc.
  • Individual persons or ideas, example: "William Blake"


Humanism and the Renaissance : CB361 .H846 2002

The Renaissance: D203 .J64 2000

Janson's basic history of western art: N5300 .J29 2009

Reference Books

Classical music: Ref. MT6 .C564 2005
Lives and works in the arts : from the Renaissance to the 20th century: Ref. NX449.5 .L58 1997
Understanding art : a reference guide to painting, sculpture, and architecture in the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque periods: Ref. N5940 .A7813 2000

Reference ebooks
The Bloomsbury Guide to Art (Credo reference)
Hutchinson Encyclopedia of the Renaissance (ebrary)
The Encyclopaedia of the Renaissance (Credo Reference)

Electronic Books

The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about [insert topic]
  • ArtNews
  • National Geographic


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

World History in Context

Comprehensive collection of award-winning reference, full-text articles from leading scholarly publications, an array of primary sources, and images, maps and charts which provide expansive geographic and chronlogic research materials for the study of world history.

Modern World History Online

Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history—from mid-15th century to the present. Includes timelines, biographies, primary sources and audio/video files.

Credo Reference

Through the Credo Reference database, RCC students can gain access to any of a possible 2,977,685 entries, from 284 titles and 57 publishers .


The ARTstor Digital Library offers more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including Humanities.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.
An Introduction to the Italian Renaissance ( 29:00 minutes)
The lively discussion between Master Vasari and his apprentice reveals the innovations of Giotto, Ghiberti, Donatello, Uccello, Masaccio, della Francesca, Botticelli, Leonardo, Raffaello, and Michelangelo. Images of selected masterpieces illustrate the Roman influence on Renaissance art and reinforce the concepts of perspective, balance, chiaroscuro, composition, and realism.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Retreat to Romanticism (25:00 minutes)
The life, personality, and thought of the 18th-century political philosopher and essayist are examined in this outstanding program. Emphasis is on Rousseau’s critique of the inequities and shallowness of French society, and the new values system he developed which promoted individual rights and a return to nature.

Web sites

There are many good Humanities web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley Universityhas a very good guide.

Search Engines

Web sites

Renaissance Period, 1400-1600

EuroDocs: History of Medieval & Renaissance Europe: Primary Documents
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art: European Art in the Renaissance
The Online Medieval & Classical Library
Voices of the Shuttle: Renaissance & 17th Century

Baroque Period, 1600-1750
Baroque Music
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art: European Art in the 17th & 18th Centuries

Classical Period, 1750-1800
Eighteenth-Century Resources
Enlightenment- Fordham University

Romantic Period, 1800-1890

Romantic Circles
Voices of the Shuttle: Romantics

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style TutorialDuke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works CitedLaguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation styleThe Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style GuideThe Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 11/07/11 by Wiliam Hoag: