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ABC-CLIO E-books

A catalog of primary source material, collateral readings, and commentary for understanding the historical, social, and cultural contexts associated with major literary works. Each sourcebook includes timelines, study questions, teaching resources, and glossaries. Formerly Literature in Context.

Arts & Humanities (ProQuest)

Supports STEAM Education Research Cluster. A collection of full-text scholarly articles from across the humanities. Topics include: art and design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theater, and cultural studies. Designed to complement DAAI, MLA International Bibliography, Philosopher’s Index, and RILM Abstracts. Content spans 1973 – Present.

Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections

Provides full-text access to collections of poetry, drama, fiction, and literary criticism from Chadwyck-Healey. Includes access to African American Poetry, American Drama 1714-1915, American Poetry, Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature, 1920- (ABELL), Bibliography of American Literature, Canadian Poetry, Early American Fiction, Early English Prose Fiction, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, English Drama, English Poetry, English Poetry Second Edition, The Faber Poetry Library, King James Bible, Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Twentieth-Century African American Poetry, Twentieth-Century American Poetry, Twentieth-Century Poetry, and Twentieth-Century English Poetry. Collections are cross-searchable through the Literature Online interface.

Dictionary of Literary Biography

Provides access to literary biographies, profiles of past and present authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers, and playwrights. The biographies discuss the lives and careers of the literary figures profiled, along with the critical response to their works. Includes Documentary and Yearbook Series.

Essay and General Literature Index

Cites content contained in collections of essays and miscellaneous works published in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. Focuses on the humanities and social sciences, with topics including economics, political science, history, and criticism of literary works, drama, and film. Content spans: 1983 - Present. Access is limited to 1 user at a time.

Access is limited to 1 user at a time.

Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism

A searchable full-text historical survey of the field’s most important figures, schools and movements, critics and theorists, critical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods. Compiled by specialists from around the world.


Supports multiple Research Clusters. An extensive archive of American and international scholarly journals and books in the humanities, sciences, philosophy, and social sciences.  Provides downloadable PDFs.  Content spans 1800 – 2 years ago.

Literary Criticism Collection

Contains links to critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.

Literature Resource Center

Provides full-text journal articles literary criticism, reviews, biographies of writers in all disciplines from all time periods.

MLA Directory of Periodicals

Provides information published by the Modern Language Association. Topics include literature, literary theory, dramatic arts, folklore, language, linguistics, pedagogy, rhetoric and composition and the history of printing and publishing.

MLA International Bibliography

Provides bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics and folklore published my the Modern Language Association. Content spans 1926 - Present.

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Project MUSE

Supports multiple Research Clusters. Provides access to complete versions of scholarly journals and books from University Presses and scholarly societies, and scholarly open access content. Topics include: humanities and social sciences.

ProQuest Learning: Literature

Full-text works of poetry, prose and drama, and secondary sources such as author biographies, literary criticisms, essays, reviews and interviews. Designed with schools and public libraries in mind.

ProQuest One Literature

Multi-format literature database that contains articles from over 1200 scholarly journals. Coverage is extended by the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL); also contains literary works of poetry, drama and prose from the eighth century to the present day. This new ProQuest database expands on the collections found in Literature Online (LION) with the addition of new content in the literature discipline.

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