The core database for this discipline is MLA Bibliography.
An introductory full-text database is Literature Resource Center.
For assistance, contact research specialist Jody Caldwell, x3481.

Name Description Guide
America, History and Life

Journal articles, dissertations and books published since 1964 on US and Canadian history; with abstracts.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index

Search abstracts from arts and humanities journals, 1975-present. Contains some full text of recent articles. Search cited authors and works. Simultaneously search ISI’s science and social science indices.

BBC Shakespeare on Video

The complete collection of all 37 BBC productions of Shakespeare’s plays, in streaming video.

Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry

Identify anthologies and search for poems by poet, subject and text. ” This premiere poetry on-line resource contains 250,000 full text poems and 450,000 citations, as well as poetry commentary, poets’ biographies, and literary glossary terms.”

Contemporary Authors

Biographies and criticism of authors, playwrights, journalists, and scriptwriters published in English from 1900 to today.

Credo Reference

Searchable online reference books such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and quotation books in many subject areas.

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

Encyclopedia covering the 5th to the 15th century.

Historical Abstracts

Index of journal articles, books and dissertations on world history, excluding US and Canadian history, since 1450.

International Medieval Bibliography Online

Indexes scholarly articles, essays and reviews published from 1967 to the present on the Middle Ages, from a variety of disciplines.
(Click ENTER DATABASES button on main page)


Full text database of over 300 journals; generally does not contain most recent materials. Most journals lack the last several years, but holdings are very deep, with many journals running back more than a hundred years.

Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)

Indexes linguistics and related literature.

Literary Reference Center

Contains full text from reference works and literary journals including plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, literary criticism, author biographies, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems and short stories, author interviews, and classic texts.

Literature Criticism Online

Online version of Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC), Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism (NCLC), Drama Criticism and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism sets. Collects critical writing about literary works/authors.

Literature Resource Center

Author biographies, work overviews, literary criticism and bibliographies.

Middle English Dictionary

A comprehensive analysis of Middle English lexicon and usage for the period 1100-1500. (Free website.)

MLA Bibliography (Modern Language Association)

Indexes scholarly materials in journals and essay collections on literature and language, 1926 to present. Core Database for English and Language Studies.

Nineteenth Century Masterfile

Indexes to magazines and books of the 19th century (1800-1899).

Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

350 essays on American literary history from the 1600s to the present; essays on poets, playwrights, essayists, and novelists, major works, literary movements, periods, and themes.

Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

History of literature in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages (Anglo-Saxon, English, Welsh, Scots, Irish, and Latin)– individual authors and particular themes, movements, genres, and institutions.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature

Encyclopedia covering children’s literature, international in scope.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Rhetoric

Classical studies, philosophy, literature, literary theory, cultural studies, speech, and communications on the art of persuasion.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation

Encyclopedia covering the social, political and religious changes of the Reformation and the sixteenth century.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

Current, online version of the definitive dictionary of the English language. Traces the evolution of a word over time.

Project Muse

Articles from over 100 scholarly journals, 1993-present; covers literature, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, and gender studies.

SAGE Online Journals

Online journal source

Theatre in Video

Streaming video of more than 250 definitive performances of the world’s leading plays, plus over 100 film documentaries.

Women Writers Online

Developed by Brown University’s Women Writers Project, this site provides access to a growing collection of texts written by pre-Victorian women.

Web Sites

The core database for this discipline is MLA Bibliography.
An introductory full-text database is Literature Resource Center.
For assistance, contact research specialist Jody Caldwell, x3481.