Library guide for English and literature.
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2014
Databases covering a wide variety of English language and literature subjects.
- MLA International Bibliography
The standard source for information on articles about English, literature, and literary criticism. WARNING: most articles are not full-text.
An excellent source for articles on literature and literary criticism, among other fields. A good place to find articles older than 1980.
- Project Muse
A selective database including some of the most prestigious journals in the area of literary criticism, among others.
- Literary Reference Center
An excellent resource for background information on authors and their works.
- Literature Online
Also known as LION; a good source for literary criticism and the full texts of some poems, plays, and prose.
- Oxford English Dictionary
Also known as the OED; the most comprehensive dictionary and word history resource for the English language.
- Short Stories for Students
Provides critical overviews of short stories from all cultures and time periods. Includes discussions of plot, characters, themes, and structure as well as the story's cultural and historical significance.
Databases specialized in pre-1800 English resources.
- American Poetry
Poems by American poets from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries with criticism and biographical information. Part of Literature Online (LION).
- African American Poetry
Poems by African American poets 1800-present. Part of Literature Online.
Searchable subject terms, reviews, and notes for over 135,000 fiction titles.
- Short Story Index (H.W. Wilson)
Detailed indexing for over 100,000 short stories, with full text for thousands of them.