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Databases by Subject: English 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.

Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Find digital page images of virtually every work printed in English from 1473-1700, including works from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, British North America, and elsewhere.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

Find full-text English-language and foreign-language titles covering multiple disciplines printed in Great Britain from 1701 to 1800.

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.

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.

English Drama

A searchable database of more than 3,900 full-text plays in verse and prose tracing the development of drama in English from the medieval mystery cycles to the comedies of Oscar Wilde, covering 1300 to 1900.

English Short Title Catalog

A database of catalog records of early books, serials, newspapers and selected ephemera printed before 1801 in Britain, Ireland, overseas territories under British colonial rule, and the United States.

Literature Online

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

Middle English Compendium

Offers easy access and interconnectivity between the Middle English Dictionary (MED), a HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse, based on the MED bibliographies,and the Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse.

Shakespeare Collection

Full-text database of the most recent Arden Shakespeare editions of the complete works, as well as editions and adaptations of Shakespeare's works, other works published during Shakespeare's time, prompt books, the Gordon Crosse Theatrical Diaries, criticism, reviews, and images.

Shakespeare Survey

A searchable database of the Shakespeare Survey, a yearbook of Shakespeare studies and production. Each volume is devoted to a theme, or play, or group of plays and reviews of the year's textual and critical studies, and major British performances. From 1948 to present.

Something About the Author

Provides comprehensive online access to all volumes of the Something About the Author series, from 1971 to present. Includes detailed biographies and autobiographies of authors and illustrators for children and young adults.

Twentieth Century North American Drama

Searchable and browsable database of over 1,500 major American and Canadian plays from the 20th century, together with information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.

Women Writers Online

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

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online

Find Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide between 1960 and the present time.