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External Resources

Here are some hyperlinks that students of the humanities may find interesting. They are no more than a selection from the many excellent websites that exist. Check out the AU History Website for another list of valuable sites.

General Links

  • H-Net, Humanities & Social Sciences Online
    “H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web.” — H-Net web site

Historical Sources

Ancient Civilizations

  • Indus Valley is a media spigot to South Asia's past.
    The objective is archaeological: literally in the case of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, metaphorically in the excavations of early modern media from the Raj period.” ( – About Us)
  • Canadian Archaeological Association
    “The Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA) was founded in 1968. Membership includes professional, avocational and student archaeologists, as well as individuals of the general public of any country, who are interested in furthering the objectives of the Association.”
    (CAA – About Us)

The Classical World


  • The Jesus Seminar
    “Launched in 1985, the Seminar was organized to discover and report a scholarly consensus on the historical authenticity of the sayings.. and events...attributed to Jesus in the gospels. A third phase of the Jesus Seminar resulted in profiles of Jesus drawn by individual scholars using the the results of the first two phases on the sayings and deeds of Jesus.”
  • New Catholic Enyclopedia
  • Ecole Initiative
    “The Early Church On-Line Encyclopedia (Ecole) Initiative is a cooperative effort on the part of scholars across the internet to establish a hypertext encyclopedia of early Church history (to the Reformation) on the World-Wide Web.” (Ecole Initiative – About)
    *This site has been archived and is not maintained.

The Middle Ages

Renaissance & Reformation

  • Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
    “The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS) is a research and teaching centre with a library devoted to the study of the period from approximately 1350 to 1700. The CRRS supervises an undergraduate program in Renaissance Studies, organizes lectures and seminars, and maintains an active series of publications.” (CRRS – About)


  • Internet Encylcopedia of Philosophy
    The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP) was founded in 1995 as a non-profit organization to provide open access to detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy. The Encyclopedia receives no funding, and operates through the volunteer work of the staff, which consists of editors, authors, volunteers, and technical advisers.” (IEP – About)

Fine Arts

  • Web Gallery of Art
    “The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism periods (1000-1850)....”

Western Art Music

Canadian Music

  • Canadian Music Periodical Index
    The “CMPI is an index of articles from Canadian music periodicals. CMPI is a free service provided by the Library and Archives Canada. Texts of articles are not available from this site, but can be obtained through interlibrary loan at your local library.

    The CMPI database includes over 37 000 entries on articles dating from the late-19th century to the present day. 630 Canadian music journals, newsletters and magazines are represented here, almost 200 of which are currently active and continue to be indexed.” (CMPI – web site)
  • National Library of Canada: The Virtual Gramophone
    “The Virtual Gramophone database contains information and images for more than 15,000 78-rpm and cylinder recordings released in Canada, as well as foreign recordings featuring Canadian artists and/or compositions.”
    (The Virtual Gramophone web site, hosted by Collections Canada)

Traditional and Popular Music

Updated February 12 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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