Literature Databases

Database Name Description
Searches all of the following databases simultaneously: Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1903-1982 (H.W. Wilson), Essay & General Literature Index, Humanities International Index, MLA International Bibliography, America: History & Life, Historical Abstracts, Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984, Humanities Full Text.
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PIO indexes hundreds of humanities, science, and social science journals from different countries in several languages. Many full-text articles are included. Coverage for some journals begins in the 17th century. Especially useful for scholarly book reviews. How to Search This Database
Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present)Part of ISI Web of Science, the Arts and Humanities Citation Index is a broad multidisciplinary index to journals published since 1975 in the fields of art, architecture, history, literature, music, film, philosophy, dance, religion, etc. Complete bibliographies are included for each citation allowing for cited reference searching.A good place to start if you want to know which writers are citing a particular author.  How to Search This Database
Contemporary Literary Criticism (shortened version of the print source)The online version of Contemporary Literary Criticism provides full text access to more than 11,000 critical essays on 20th and 21st century authors. It also provides bibliographic citations for each author's principal works. For more information consult the printed version of Contemporary Literary Criticism at call number Ref PN94 .C6 in the reference area on the 2nd floor of McDermott Library. For additional sources of criticism, ask for a copy of our Literary Criticism guide at the McDermott Library reference desk.
The Twentieth-Century Poetry database consists of two collections: "American Poetry" includes the full text of 50,000 poems drawn from 750 volumes by over 300 poets, including Adrienne Rich, Andrei Codrescu, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Denise Levertov, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton, and Cathy Song.
"English Poetry" includes the full text of more than 600 volumes of poetry by 283 poets, including W.B. Yeats, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, Wilfred Owen, T. S. Eliot, Thom Gunn, Fleur Adcock, Tony Harrison, Ted Hughes, Wendy Cope, and Carol Ann Duffy; it also incorporates the works in The Faber Poetry Library.  How to Search This Database
Dictionary of Literary Biography (shortened version of the print resource)   Provides nearly 10,000 full-text biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of influential literary figures from all eras and genres.  How to Search This Database
L'Année Philologique, published by the Societé Internationale de Bibliographie Classique, is a database of scholarly works relating to all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Its subjects are Greek and Latin literature, history, philosophy, art, mythology, music, and science. L'Année provides citations and abstracts to over 10,000 journal articles and books.
International Index to Performing Arts Full Text Indexes hundreds of performing arts journals and as well as biographical information, conference papers, obituaries, interviews, discographies, and reviews. Subjects include film, television, theater, ballet, opera, musical theater, puppetry, mime, rodeos, circuses, etc. Some material is full-text. This is a good place to begin researching film and television studies. Abstracts span back to 1998, and indexing begins as far back as 1864. How to Search This Database
World Shakespeare Bibliography OnlineWorld Shakespeare Bibliography Online provides citations to Shakespeare-related books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, multimedia, and other scholarly and popular materials published or produced between 1960 and 2014.
Short Story IndexDetailed index of more than 76,500 stories from more than 4,025 collections, either written in English or translated into English. It is searchable by subject, author, date, title, keyword, and source alone or by any combination. Subjects include narrative technique or device, locale, theme, and genre. This reference database grows by 4,000 records each year, and includes coverage dating back to 1984. Although primarily an index, it links to full text if available.  How to Search This Database
Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama, and FictionContains approximately 380 plays and over 67,500 pages of prose and poetry by Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican and other Latin writers working in the United States. LALI also includes full-color images of book jackets, brochures and flyers. Documents are available in English, Spanish, and Italian. Coverage ranges from 1872 to present.  How to Search This Database
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This multilingual, multidisciplinary database is especially useful for the humanities and social sciences. Francis covers thousands of journals, books, and conference papers in many languages. How to Search This Database
The Vogue ArchiveThis database is a searchable archive of Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world's commercial artists, stylists, and photographers and is a unique record of fashion, culture, advertising, and society from the dawn of the twentieth-century to the present day. It is also a rich source for other areas of modern culture, providing a record of changing social tastes and mores, encompassing literary works by Kate Chopin, Evelyn Waugh, Vladimir Nabokov, and Carson McCullers, articles by Winston Churchill and Bertrand Russell, wartime photojournalism by Lee Miller, features on popular cultural figures of the day from Marlene Dietrich and the Beatles to Nicole Kidman and Beyoncé, and on prominent American women from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama.
Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors. LRC also has access to full-text critical essays on major authors from more than 260 journals. Other products available in LRC are explications and overviews of prominent literary works; links to websites focusing on major authors and their works; timeline events to help place literature in its historical and social context, including author portraits; and a guide to writing a Modern Language Association-style research paper.  How to Search This Database
The Times Literary Supplement (TLS) Historical Archive (1902-2005) contains every page of every copy of the TLS published from 1902 through 2006. Since 1902, The Times Literary Supplement has scrutinized and reviewed the work of leading writers and thinkers. It offers comprehensive coverage of the latest and most important publications in every subject and in several languages. It also reviews current theatre, cinema, music, and exhibitions. The TLS's authority is acknowledged world-wide, and its writers and reviewers include Italo Calvino, Milan Kundera, Mario Vargas Llosa, Orhan Pamuk, and Julian Barnes. In all areas, the TLS, as Le Monde put it, "has no rivals".
Artemis: Literary SourcesArtemis: Literary Sources is a research tool that allows researchers to cross-search multiple literary criticism databases using a single search box. A:LS includes the following databases: Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resources Center, LitFinder, LitFinder for Schools, Scribner Writers Series, Twayne’s Authors Series, and Gale Virtual Reference Library. Each database can also be searched individually by using the Advanced Search.

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