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Core Resources

Provides citations to articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations on all aspects of modern literature, language, and linguistics.
Citations to books, articles, and book reviews. English is to be understood in the broadest international sense. ABELL is an excellent complement to the MLA International Bibliography.
Provides full text of biographies, bibliographies, literary criticism, and other resources on authors of all categories and eras.
Literary Reference Center  (Antiquity+)
Broad spectrum of reference information. Full-text database that combines information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources not available anywhere else. Contains detailed information on the most studied authors and their works.
Provides full text of biographies, bibliographies, literary criticism, and other resources on authors of all categories and eras.
Considered the most authoritative and comprehensive English language dictionary in the world. Includes information on the English language, its history, and the social, cultural, and political influences that have shaped the language through the centuries.

Important Resources

Searchable full text access to the complete Cambridge Companions to literature, philosophy, religion, and classics.
Indexes poems in anthologies by title, first line, author, and subject, as well as providing the full text of thousands of poems.
Provides full text of biographies, bibliographies, literary criticism, and other resources on authors of all categories and eras.
Provides full text of biographies, bibliographies, literary criticism, and other resources on authors of all categories and eras.
Access to essays and articles published in collections, with emphasis on works in the humanities and social sciences.
Citations and abstracts to articles in multiple languages in the humanities and social sciences. Online version of Bulletin Signaletique, published by the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S.).
Humanities Full Text  (1984+)  
Indexes articles in the fields of archaeology and classical studies, film, folklore, gender studies, history, journalism, communications, language, literature, literary and political criticism, performing arts, philosophy, religion, etc.
Indexes journals covering all aspects of the study of languages, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.
Literature Compass  (2004+)  
Peer reviewed survey articles in literature.
Covers authors and their works across regions, eras, and genres. Includes biographical and critical overviews, and many interviews of authors. Contains the full text of volumes in Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Literature Criticism 1400-1800, Shakespeare Criticism, Classical & Medieval Literature Criticism, and Drama Criticism.
Covers three major Middle English electronic resources: an electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary, a Bibliography of Middle English prose and verse and other electronic resources, including a large collection of Middle English texts.
Play Index    
Indexes plays written from Antiquity to the present that have been published individually or reprinted in collections and anthologies since 1949. Covers 30,000 plays written in or translated into English, including one-act plays, pageants, plays in verse, radio and television plays, and classic drama. Includes links to the fulltext of plays available on the Web.
Project Muse    
Full-text articles from more than 100 scholarly journals in history and the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences
Full text criticism of Shakespeare’s works and performances; primary source material including the full text annotated editions of The Arden Shakespeare, the Gordon Crosse Theatrical Diaries, and prompt books; reference material related to the social and historical context of Shakespeare’s works; multimedia images, illustrations, and movie stills.
Streaming video resource offering a selection of original productions of dramatic works and theater documentaries spanning several decades, including live television broadcasts, revivals of classic works and experimental performances, and important contemporary dramas. Includes both Broadway and off-Broadway productions of plays.
Indexes 43 Victorian periodicals by author, subject, and book review.
Provides listings for all important books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare and published or produced between 1960 and the present.

Related Resources

Contains nearly 3,000 poems by African-American poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Full-text access to about 10,000 poems from around 70 20th century African American poets.
American Periodicals  (1740-early 20th century.)  
Full-text and page images of several hundred American periodicals of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
American Poetry Database  (1600-1900)  
Full-text access to over 40,000 poems by over 200 poets.
Includes 2000 French-language literary, religious, philosophical, political and scientific works from the 13th to 20th centuries. Includes the Tresor de la Langue Francaise dictionary
Full-text access to over 750 works from over 130 authors (not yet complete).
Early English Books Online  (1475-1700)  
Partially searchable digital images of books printed in England, Scotland, and Ireland, as well as works in English printed elsewhere. Based upon the Pollard and Redgrave Short Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and the Wing Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700).
Early English Prose Fiction  (1500-1700)  
Collection of more than 200 full-text works from the period 1500-1700.
Ebsco Academic Search  (1975+)  
Multi-disciplinary database providing abstract & indexing with select full text for many core scholarly journals as well as popular press periodicals
Partially searchable digital images of books, primarily British, printed in the eighteenth century. Based on the Eighteenth-Century Short-Title Catalogue.
Eighteenth-Century Fiction  (1700-1780)  
Full-text access to a small selection of British prose from 1700-1780.
English Drama  (1280-1915)  
4,000 plays by 1,200 authors.
English Poetry Database  (600-1900)  
Over 160,000 poems by around 1,250 poets.
Imprints before 1800 from Britain and its dependencies.
140 volumes of poetry by 50 poets published by the distinguished 20th century poetry publisher Faber & Faber.
Poetry by Irish women writing between 1768 and 1842.
Searches and displays word-entries from monolingual English dictionaries, bilingual lexicons, technical vocabularies, and other encyclopedic-lexical works, 1480-1702.
Full text of more than 350,000 works of English and American literature and poetry, fiction, drama, from the seventeenth century to the present, as well as works of literary theory from Plato to the present.
Provides full-text access to 250 British novels from 1782-1903.
Full-text of more than 100 dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press
ProQuest Research Library  (Mid 1970s+. (Highly selective earlier coverage))  
Abstracting, indexing, and select full text of many core scholarly journals, magazines and major newspapers for information on a broad range of subjects.
Short Story Index  (1915+)  
Provides citations to short stories written in or translated into English published in short story collections as well as periodicals indexed by the Reader's Guide and the Humanities Index.
Provides full-text access to over 50,000 poems by over 300 American poets.
Brings together over 100,000 of the most important and influential poems representing the full range of movements and traditions in American poetry from 1900 to the present.
Collection of important works from the 20th century from the English-speaking world. Features plays from noted playwrights as well as lesser known dramatists.
Provides full-text access to 598 volumes of poetry by 283 British poets.

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