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Introduction to Information Research

Subjects and Disciplines

Subjects and disciplines are commonly divided into the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. The humanities deal primarily with the arts and the creative results of human thinking. The social sciences include subjects that deal with human interaction and commerce. The sciences deal with the external world and the studies that are necessary to understand and manipulate it.

Below, you will find a partial list of these subjects and disciplines. Keep in mind that these distinctions are not hard and fast, because many subjects are interdisciplinary. This means that they fit partly in one category, and partly in another. For example, the field of counseling involves learning intervention techniques (a psychological subject) and also involves the use of statistics (a scientific subject). Our databases are arranged by subject.

Subjects and Disciplines


Architecture, Art, Journalism, Classical Studies, Film, Literature, Music, Poetry, Philosophy, History, Religion


Accounting, Marketing, Management, Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Human Resources


Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Education, Geography, Government, Insurance, Law, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sports, Sociology


Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Energy, Engineering, Forensic Science, Environment, Health, Mathematics, Medicine, Physics

To avoid confusion, we placed each discipline within only one subject area.  However, many of the disciplines could be listed in more than one subject.  History, for example, is often listed under the Humanities subject area.