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Databases by Subject: Literature

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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.

BDSL Online (Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft)

Find German language periodicals, covering all aspects of German language and literature from 1985 to the present.

Bibliography of American Literature

Find citations to American literature from the 18th and 19th centuries, especially including works of American literary writers from the time of the Revolution to 1930.

Books in Print

One of the most comprehensive databases of U.S., Canadian, European, U.K., and Australian books in print. The global edition includes books in many languages (including the former Spanish Books in Print).

Granger's World of Poetry

Access more than 250,000 poems in full text and 450,000 citations. The poems in full text are the most widely-read in the English language, as well as in Spanish, French, German, and Italian.

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

Find citations to articles, books, reviews, catalogues, and conference proceedings about the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Includes links to full text.

Literature Criticism Online

Find full text entries in the Gale Literature Criticism series.

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)

Find references to periodicals, newspapers, books, patents, image archives, and government documents covering all subjects of interest published in the United States and Britain in the 19th century.

ARTFL: Tresor de la langue francaise

Find complete French language texts spanning from the 12th through the 20th centuries. ARTFL-FRANTEXT is the main ARTFL Database which is only available to the UA community. There are other collections that are open to the public.

Black Short Fiction

Full text African and African-Diaspora short stories, folktales, and selected literary magazines.

Book Review Index Online

Explore a comprehensive online index of book reviews from thousands of publications.

Brechts Werke im WWW

Find selected writings of Bertolt Brecht including poetry, drama and major critical writings contained in Ausgewdhlte Werke in sechs Banden.

Cambridge Companions Online

View the 400 volumes of the print Cambridge Companions series online in PDF format, covering literature, classics, philosophy, religion, and culture.

Caribbean Literature

Find an extensive selection of 19th and 20th century works in a variety of languages, including novels, short stories and poetry representing every Caribbean country.

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online

Find full text entries from Gale biographical resources about authors.

Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL)

Free on the web, the Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL) combines the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue and the Scottish National Dictionary in a single, online, searchable database.

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.

English Short Title Catalog

Explore 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.

Essay and General Literature Index

Find essays and miscellaneous works found in books published in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada from 1985 to present.

Goethes Werke im WWW

Find complete text of the 143 volumes of the Weimar Edition of Goethe's collective works, published 1887-1919, including all illustrations, variants, indexes, and commentary.

In the First Person

Find personal narratives in English from around the world, located within scholarly materials that are freely available on the web or in Alexander Street databases. (Note: the library may not subscribe to all databases indexed.)

Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism Online

Searchable guide to key figures, schools, and movements in literary theory and criticism.

Kafkas Werke im WWW

Explore a critical edition of Kafka's complete writings with full text search-ability.

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

Search words in the Middle English Dictionary (MED), find references in the HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse, and full text in the Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse.

Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700

Find primary sources of women's writing in the British Isles from 1500-1700.

Play Index

Find one-act plays, pageants, plays in verse, radio and television plays, classic drama, and monologues.

Schillers Werke im WWW

Access full text from the complete works of Friedrich Schiller, including correspondence.

Shakespeare Collection

Find Shakespeare editions of the complete works, adaptations, other works published during Shakespeare's time, prompt books, the Gordon Crosse Theatrical Diaries, criticism, reviews, and images.

Shakespeare Survey

Find essays, reviews, and textual and critical studies on Shakespeare.

Twentieth Century North American Drama

Find Canadian and American plays, companies, theatres, playwrights, characters.

Women Writers Online

Find texts by women writers, 1400-1850.

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online

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

Worlds of Words

Find books and book reviews from the University of Arizona's International Children’s Literature collection.

Wright American Fiction 1851-1875

Find full text 19th century American fiction based on Lyle H. Wright's bibliography, American Fiction 1851–1875.