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Databases by Subject: American Literature

Major Indexes

ABELL

Database of citations to books, journal articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews and collections of essays published anywhere in the world from 1920 onwards.

Bibliography of American Literature

Citations to materials on American literature from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, especially including American literary writers from the time of the Revolution to 1930.

Granger's World of Poetry

The Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry contains over 250,000 poems in full text and 450,000 citations. The full text poems are the most widely-read in the English language, as well as in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and other languages. Also includes several full-text books of and about poetry published by Columbia University Press.

Humanities International Complete

Find full text articles from journals, books and other published sources covering all aspects of the humanities, 1909 to present.

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Bibliography of more than one million records of material pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Includes indexing to Early English Books Online and provides a link to the material through the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership

Literature Criticism Online

Provides online access to full text entries for ten of the Gale Literature Criticism series, including: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Classical & Medieval Literature Criticism, Shakespearean Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Drama Criticism, Children's Literature Review

Literature Resource Center

Full-text of biographies, bibliographies, and literary criticism of authors from all time periods covering novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers from antiquity-present.

MLA International Bibliography (literature, language, linguistics)

Find journal articles, books and dissertations published worldwide from the 1920s on literature, language and linguistics.

Additional Indexes

19th Century Masterfile (Poole's Plus)

Database of magazines and periodical literature covering all subjects of interest published in the U.S. and Britain in the nineteenth century from 1802 to 1906.

ARTFL: Trésor de la langue française

Complete texts from the 17th-20th centuries in French literature, philosophy, arts and sciences including novels, verse, theater, journalism, essays, correspondence, and treatises.

Black Short Fiction

Full-text African and African-Diaspora short stories and folktales from 1950 to present with additional special units of French and Portuguese literature from the African continent.

Book Review Index Online

A comprehensive online index to over 5 million book reviews from thousands of publications going back to 1965.

Cambridge Companions Online

Cambridge Collections Online includes 400 PDF volumes of the print Cambridge Companions series in the areas of literature, classics, philosophy, religion, and culture.

Essay and General Literature Index

Database of essays and miscellaneous works found in books published in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. From 1985 to present.

Literature Online

Find works on English and American poetry, drama and prose, full-text literature journal articles, and other key criticism and reference resources.

North American Indian Drama

Database of full-text plays that are browsable and searchable. Also includes the Native Playwrights' Newsletter, containing original essays, articles, photographs, interviews, reviews, and production information related to the plays. From early 1900s to the present.

North American Women's Drama

Full-text plays that are browsable and searchable. Also includes playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays. From colonial times to the present.

Women Writers Online

Provides access to electronic encoded texts by early modern women writers from 1400 to 1850. .

Wright American Fiction 1851-1875

Searchable and browsable collection of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography.