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Research Databases: Literature

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Literary Criticism Articles select to expand list

  • Literature Resource Center  
    (Gale Cengage Learning) Includes journal articles, critical essays, work overviews & summaries, and author biographies.
  • Literary Reference Center
    (EBSCO) Criticisms, synopses, and reviews of authors and their works, full text poems, short stories, and classic novels, as well as full text from over 400 literary journals.
  • JSTOR  
    (JSTOR) Complete historical full text of all issues of peer-reviewed journals in a wide range of humanities and social science fields.
  • Project MUSE  
    (Johns Hopkins University Press)  Full text of 285 journals in literature, history, international/cultural studies and other humanities and social science fields.
  • Academic Search Complete
    (EBSCO) Multi-disciplinary database; full text of articles from over 5,300 journals, magazines and newspapers, plus image collections.

Reference & Overviews select to expand list

  • Literary Sources
    (Gale Cengage Learning)  New search interface to access Gale Literature Resource Center, Twayne’s Authors Series, and Scribner Writers.
  • Bloom's Literature
    (Facts on File) Essays and criticism examining the lives of great authors and their works throughout history.
  • Credo Reference
    (Credo) Includes materials from over 650 reference books on a variety of topics in higher education, including art, business, history, languages, literature, science, criminal justice, and political science.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    (Gale Cengage Learning) Includes full-text, searchable reference sets in literature such as Short Stories for Students, Novels for Students, Poetry for Students, and Drama for Students.
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
    (Gale Cengage Learning) Collection of critical essays on contemporary literature.
  • Digital Theatre + (LSC-Kingwood)
    (Digital Theatre Plus). Go behind the scenes of theater productions worldwide with additional commentary, interviews, and production notes linked to full-length videos of plays, opera, dance, and other performances.

Biographiesselect to expand list

  • Contemporary Authors
    (Gale Cengage Learning) Biographies of over 100,000 novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists, and other writers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
    (Gale Cengage Learning) Biographies of authors with bibliographies of their works.
  • Twayne's Authors Series
    (Gale Cengage Learning) Includes the content of the 600 books that make up Twayne's US Authors, English Authors and World Authors.

Literary Texts & Indexesselect to expand list

  • Play Index
    (EBSCO/H.W. Wilson) Thousands of plays and over 600 monologues written or translated since antiquity and published from 1949 to present.
  • Short Story Index
    (EBSCO/H.W. Wilson) Indexes some 117,000+ stories in over 4,200 collections and anthologies, including full text for almost 5,000 stories back to 1984.
  • Twentieth Century American Poetry
    (ProQuest/Chadwyck) Over 50,000 complete poems by over 300 different American poets since 1900.
  • Twentieth Century English Poetry
    (ProQuest/Chadwyck) Tens of thousands of complete poems by over 280 different English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and Commonwealth poets since 1900.

E-Booksselect to expand list

  • Ebook Central
    (ProQuest) Over 100,000 ebook titles covering a full range of academic topics. General reference works are also included.
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  • EBSCO eBook Collection
    (EBSCO) Search complete electronic books. Set up a free account to download to your device.
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Videosselect to expand list

  • Academic Video Online: Premium
    (Alexander Street Press) Full-length videos on various topics, documentaries, instructional materials and limited historical news reports.
  • Films on Demand 
    (Films Media Group) High-quality, educational streaming video from companies such as Films for the Humanities, BBC, and PBS.
  • Digital Theatre + (LSC-Kingwood)
    (Digital Theatre Plus). Go behind the scenes of theater productions worldwide with additional commentary, interviews, and production notes linked to full-length videos of plays, opera, dance, and other performances.
  • Kanopy
    (Kanopy) Classic cinema, independent films, and top documentaries in streaming video. Includes Media Education Foundation Collection.
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TexShare databases Selected databases are funded, in part, through TexShare, a division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, utilizing grant funds provided by the US Institute of Museum and Library Services.