Language and Literature Databases

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Christina Martinez
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Language and Literature Databases

MLA International Bibliography EBSCOhost  1926-
MLA International Bibliography is a database of journal articles, books and dissertations. Produced by the Modern Language Association, the electronic version of the Bibliography dates back to 1926 and contains over 1.8 million citations from more than 4,400 journals and series and 1,000 book publishers.

Contemporary Literary Criticism Select Gale years vary
Coverage of more than 120,000 U.S. and international authors including biographical information, literary criticism, and annotated bibliographies of sources for further study.

Project MUSE John Hopkins University years vary
Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, and many others.

JSTOR  years vary
Full-text of core journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Coverage includes the entirety of each journal with the exception of the current five years.

Asia Studies Humanities  years vary
This database brings together full-text articles and papers on Asia and the Pacific covering topics in the arts, culture, history, language, literature, philosophy and religion.

Biographical and Reference Databases

Oxford English Dictionary  
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a historical dictionary of the English language. It is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words-past and present-from across the English-speaking world.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography  4th century BCE - 2000 CE
An illustrated collection of 50,000 specially written biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the fourth century BC to the year 2000.

Contemporary Authors Gale current
Biographic details on 100,000 20th century novelists, playwrights, poets, nonfiction writers, journalists and scriptwriters from around the world.

Oxford Reference Online  years vary
A multidisciplinary online reference collection containing over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works including a broad range of titles from the Oxford Companion Series published by Oxford University Press. The entire collection is fully-indexed and cross-searchable.

Oxford Bibliographies Online  years vary
Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) is a research tool for the social sciences and humanities that helps researchers find reliable sources of information by directing them to the right chapter, book, website, archive, or data set they need for their research area. It has excellent bibliographies in criminal justice and social work areas.

Salem Literature  years vary
Searchable database containing reference works of literary criticism and biographical information on authors that is available in the Salem Press set such as the Critical Survey of Long Fiction.

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations  10th ed.
A collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs trace to their sources in ancient and modern literature. Based on the tenth edition, 1911.

NoveList EBSCO years vary
NoveList allows you to search or browse book recommendations. This database includes feature articles, book reviews, and book discussion guides.

American National Biography Oxford 
American National Biography offers portraits of more than 19,000 men & women - from all eras and walks of life - whose lives have shaped the nation. 

Primary Sources

Defining Gender 1450-1910 Adam Matthew 1450-1910
Defining Gender provides access to a vast body of original source material from a wide range of original sources including ephemera, pamphlets, commonplace books, diaries, periodicals, letters, ledgers, manuscript journals, poetry, receipt books and conduct and advice literature. Topics covered include conduct and politeness, domesticity and the family, consumption and leisure, education and sensibility and the body.

Eighteenth Century Journals I-IV Adam Matthew years vary
Collection of 17th, 18th, and 19th century newspapers and periodicals from the Hope Collection at the Bodleian Library (Section I), the Harry Ransom Research Center (Section II), the British Library Newspapers (Section III) and the newspaper and periodical collections from the Chetham's Library, Manchester and the Brotherton Library and University of Leeds (Section IV). Topics covered include Literature, the Theatre, the origins and rise of Romanticism, Politics, Revolution and Rebellion, Social issues, Gender, Society Life, Religion and the influence of the Press.

Empire Online Adam Matthew Digital years vary
Contains primary sources spanning five centuries from a translation of Columbus's 1492 voyage to 21st Century works on Imperialism"; thousands of images of unique source material including maps, manuscripts, pamphlets, paintings, drawings and rare books. All items are included in their entirety and the sources encourage multiple viewpoints. Includes detailed indexing that enables the sources to be explored in a variety of ways (by period, by date, by person and subject).

Everyday Life and Women in America Adam Matthew Digital years vary
Resource for the study of American social, cultural, and popular history, providing access to rare primary source material from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History, Duke University and The New York Public Library. It comprises thousands of fully searchable images (alongside transcriptions) of monographs, pamphlets, periodicals and broadsides addressing 19th and early 20th century political, social and gender issues, religion, race, education, employment, marriage, sexuality, home and family life, health, and pastimes. The collection is especially rich in conduct of life and domestic management literature, offering vivid insights into the daily lives of women and men, as well as emphasizing contrasts in regional, urban and rural cultures.

Shakespeare in Performance Adam Matthew 
Shakespeare in Performance showcases rare and unique prompt books from the world-famous Folger Shakespeare Library. These prompt books tell the story of Shakespeare's plays as they were performed in theatres throughout Great Britain, the United States and internationally, between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries.

Times London Digital Archive 1785-2006 Gale  1785-2006
First published in 1785, The Times of London has over 200 years of historical news content that can be easily searched.

Women Writers Online Northeastern University 1400-1850
An online text database of the Women Writers Project and Northeastern University. Coverage includes texts written between 1400 and 1850.

Selected General Databases

Academic OneFile Gale/InfoTrac 1980-
Contains peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources in the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995.

Academic Search Premier EBSCOhost years vary
Provides full text for more than 3,430 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. This database is updated on a daily basis.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson) EBSCOhost 1982-
This general database includes articles that cover a wide range of topics in education, general science, humanities, and the social sciences. Formerly known as WilsonWeb, OmniFile Full Text Mega Edition contains the full text of articles from over 2,500 publications and abstracts from nearly 3,600 publications.