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Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS): General HSS resources

Learn about HSS-specific library resources, including librarians, collections, archives, databases, research and data support, and more.

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Social Sciences Librarian

What's new? July 2020

New trial image database, Artstor

We have access to over 300 million, high-quality, rights-free images through Artstor until December 31, 2020. Explore this rich resource for beautiful and educational images to add to your classes, presentations, papers, and any other noncommercial scholarly activity.

Updated ACLS ebooks

The American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book Collection (ACLS HEB) contains new titles this month. Check out the ACLS collection through our catalog or the ACLS site.

ACLS HEB is a digital collection of over 5,500 core humanities and social science titles from over 120 publishers. Books in the collection have been recommended and reviewed by scholars and constituent learned societies of ACLS.

New Cambridge ebooks

Fifty new Humanities and Social Sciences ebooks from Cambridge University Press have been added to the Library collection. A full list of added titles can be browsed here.

COVID-19 Experiences Collection

The Caltech Archives is collecting the experiences of members of the Caltech community on campus and at home and invites you to contribute stories, photographs, videos, and other documents of your experience. Participants can choose whether their contributions are publicly visible on the web or available to researchers only by request.

Library services during COVID-19 campus closure

Please check the Library website and our brief Off-Campus Access Guide for updated information.

General HSS resources

Caltech Archives

The Caltech Archives' unique research collections in the history of science and technology range from the time of Copernicus to today.

Make an appointment today to explore the archives for your research, instruction, or personal interest. 


Textual collections
Audio visual collections
Art and artifact collections


  • CaltechAUTHORS - Publications repository containing 90,000 articles, books, book chapters, technical reports, and conference papers authored by Caltech affiliates, updated continuously.
  • We encourage self-deposits by Caltech faculty and staff. Basic entries with attached content files are accepted; library staff will enhance the records as needed. Susan Vite, HSS Administrative Assistant, x4571, can help deposit materials.



  • CaltechDATA - Campus-wide data repository to preserve Caltech research data and share results with the world.
  • Enables researchers to upload research data, link data with their publications, and assign a permanent DOI so that others can reference the data set.



CaltechTHESIS - growing repository of Ph.D., Engineer, Master's and Bachelor's/Senior theses authored by Caltech students. It is updated continuously as students add new theses, and as library staff scan and add older theses.



Check out our archive of Caltech publications, including:


and much more in CampusPubs.

HSS-related collections @ The Huntington

  • Huntington Library Catalog
  • Learn about their collections
    • Medieval Manuscripts, Early Printed Books, Literature in English
    • Pacific Rim, California, Western American History
    • American History, British History, Hispanic History and Culture
    • History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
    • Architecture
    • Photography, prints, posters and ephemera, maps and atlases


Off-site access to electronic journals and databases

You must have a Huntington Library Reader's Card to access resources remotely.

If you do not have a library account and PIN:

  1. Go to My Library Account and follow the prompts.
  2. Use the name and registration number that appear on your reader card (which must be current). You can skip this step if you previously set up your library account and have a PIN. (If you have forgotten your PIN, just follow the "Forgot your PIN?" link.)
  3. Click on Databases or E-Journals and choose a title, or click on the link embedded in the catalog record for individual titles. You will be asked for your name, registration number, and PIN. Some selected resources may only be accessible on site--these will be clearly marked.

If you have any questions or problems, please email or talk to anyone in Reader Services.

HSS libraries

Learn about the print collections, services, and spaces in each of the libraries that serve HSS:

Help & support

Not finding what you need?

DocuServe - Borrow from another library.

Suggest a purchase - Suggest an item to add to the collection.


Get help

Ask a Librarian - We're here to help with research, writing, data, and your other information needs during our open hours.

Email | Text 626-587-4833 | Phone 626-395-3404

Copyright Services - Fair use, Creative Commons & more.

Open Access - Make your manuscripts openly accessible.

ORCID - Create a unique researcher identifier.

Research data support - Get help with all things data.

Zotero - Use our supported citation management platform.

Authoring and Publishing Services - Get expert assistance at every step along the way.

Copyright Services - Fair use, Creative Commons & more.

Open Access - Make your manuscripts openly accessible.

Thesis support

Writing assistance

Zotero - Use our supported citation management platform.