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Research Databases: Literature

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Most Useful:

  • Academic Video Online: Premium 
    (Alexander Street Press) Full-length videos on various topics, documentaries, instructional materials and limited historical news reports.
  • Bloom's Literature (LSCS Libraries)
    (Facts on File) Essays and criticism examining the lives of great authors and their works throughout history.
  • EBSCO eBook Collection
    (EBSCO) Search complete electronic books. Set up a free account and download to your PC, Mac, Nook, Sony, Android, iPhone, or iPad.
  • Films on Demand (LSCS Libraries)
    (Films Media Group) High-quality, educational streaming video from companies such as Films for the Humanities, BBC, and PBS. 
  • JSTOR (LSCS Libraries)
    (JSTOR) Complete historical full text of all issues of peer-reviewed journals in a wide range of humanities and social science fields.
  • Literature Resource Center (LSCS Libraries)
    (Gale Cengage Learning) Includes journal articles, critical essays, work overviews & summaries, and author biographies from authoritative sources.  
  • 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.
  • Project MUSE (LSCS Libraries)
    (Johns Hopkins University Press)  Full text of 285 journals in literature, history, international/cultural studies and other humanities and social science fields.

Also Try:

  • Academic Search Complete
    (EBSCO) Multi-disciplinary database; full text of articles from over 5,300 journals, magazines and newspapers, plus image collections.
  • Contemporary Authors
    (Gale Cengage Learning) Biographies of over 100,000 novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists, and other writers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Select
    (Gale Cengage Learning) Collection of critical essays on contemporary literature.
  • 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.
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
    (Gale Cengage Learning) Biographies of authors with bibliographies of their works.
  • E-Libro Premium
    (ProQuest) Over 100,000 ebook titles covering a full range of academic topics. General reference works are also included.
  • Gale Artemis: Literary Sources
    (Gale Cengage Learning)  New search interface to access Gale Literature Resource Center, Twayne’s Authors Series, and Scribner Writers.
  • Gale Literary Databases (LSCS Libraries)
    (Gale Cengage Learning) Search Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, and Dictionary of Literary Biography simultaneously.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (LSCS Libraries)
    (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.
  • NoveList (LSC-CyFair, LSC-Tomball, & HCPL)
    (EBSCO) Find fiction by author, genre, or even search for books that are similar to a particular novel you have liked.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.

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