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Academic Search Premier Star
A good starting point: articles from key journals in many scholarly disciplines, with some trade journals and magazines, 1975-present.
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MLA International Bibliography Star
An index to journal articles and other scholarly literature on literature, literary theory and criticism, linguistics, folklore, and (since 1996) film, 1920s -
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Literature Online Star
About 350,000 literary works in English: British and American poetry, drama and prose, plus some journals and literature reference sources.
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Literature Resource Center Star
A large collection of literature reference material, including criticism and author biographies.
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Oxford English Dictionary Star
Online version of the irreplaceable OED, for word definitions, usage, and etymologies.
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Additional Databases in Languages & Literatures > English

African American Biographical Database
A source for information on 19th and early 20th century African American lives and culture, a digitized collection of books published 1790-1950.
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African American Newspapers
Seven nineteenth-century African American newspapers in full text, including advertising, 1827-1902.
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America: History and Life Full Text
Journal articles, dissertations, and book reviews, many in full text, relating to United States and Canadian history and prehistory, 1954-present.
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American National Biography Online
Two- to three-page biographies of 17,500 Americans from earliest history to current day, with occupation and birthplace searching and some pictures, 1600-present.
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Arts and Humanities Citation Index
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Provides a search by cited reference, topic, author, and more for articles in almost all important English-language arts and humanities journals, 1975-present.
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Black Women Writers
A growing collection of literary works by about 77 African, African American, and Afro-Caribbean women.
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Book Citation Indexes
Provides cited references in 40,000+ science, social sciences and humanities books published since 2005.
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Book Review Digest
Citations, abstracts and excerpts of reviews of English-language books, as published in periodicals, 1905-present.
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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
A comprehensive catalog of children's books, searchable by genre, age group, and subject, 1993-present.
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Children's Literature Review
Biographical and critical essays on major children's writers and their work. Part of Literature Criticism Online.
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Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
Excerpts of both early and modern commentary on the major Greek and Roman writers. Part of Literature Criticism Online.
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Contemporary Literary Criticism
Biographies and a range of critical response to major contemporary authors. Part of Literature Criticism Online.
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Dictionary of American Regional English
US regional word usage, derived from published sources and a 1965-70 survey. Definitions include audio.
Also known as: DARE
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Drama Criticism
Biographies of major playwrights and critical responses to their works. Part of Literature Criticism Online.
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Drama Online
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Texts of over 1,000 plays. Browse or search by title, playwright, genre or period. Also includes some criticism.
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Early English Books Online
The 125,000 earliest books published in English, as listed in Short Title Catalogs of Pollard & Redgrave (Ref Z 2002 P77) and Wing (Ref Z 2002 U587), 1475-1700.
Also known as: EEBO
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Ebsco EBook Collection
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Scholarly and popular books online, in full text, various dates.
Also known as: NetLibrary
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Eighteenth Century Collections Online
Every significant book or pamphlet printed in the UK, and English-language titles printed in America, between 1701 and 1800.
Also known as: ECCO
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Film Literature Index
Citations to articles appearing in popular and scholarly film periodicals journals from 130 countries, 1976-2001.
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Films On Demand
Streaming collection of educational videos and historical newsreels . To create playlists and link to course pages, see FAQ.
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Grants and Awards Available to American Writers
Directory of support for writers from the literary organization PEN America.
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Academic library partnership providing searching and downloading of public-domain books and specialized services for text mining projects.
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Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI)
Articles from scholarly journals on Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, the US -Mexico border area, and US Hispanics, 1970-present.
Also known as: HAPI (Hispanic American Periodical Index)
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Humanities International Complete
Journal articles in archaeology, classics, cultural studies, arts, philosophy, history, linguistics, and literature, plus literary magazines, 1975-present.
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Index Translationum
A project of the United Nations that traces books published in translation worldwide from 2001 to present. Print version at Z6514.T7 I4 covers 1934-1986.
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International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text: IIPA
Articles in journals covering theater, dance, film, and puppetry, 1864-present.
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International Medieval Bibliography
Citations to journal articles, books and book chapters in all European languages, on medieval studies. Citations 1967-present on the historical period 400-1500.
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Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism
Entries on critics and theorists, critical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods.
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Core scholarly journals from a range of disciplines, dating from the earliest issue of each journal to a few years before present.
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Lexicons of Early Modern English
A collection of dictionaries and other word lists printed in English before 1700. Useful for etymologies.
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Library of Latin Texts
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Digital version of the majority of extant Latin texts, searchable by author, word(s) in text, period, and more. Before 200 B.C.E.�1965.
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Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800
Contains both early and modern critical interpretations of the greatest writers of the late Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Restoration. Part of Literature Criticism Online.
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Literature Criticism Online
Biographies and substantial excerpts from critical responses over time, on the works of a huge number of authors from classical time to the present.
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MLA Directory of Periodicals
A list of the periodicals indexed by the Modern Language Association International Bibliography.
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Nineteenth Century Collections Online
A growing collection of primary sources and literature, mainly British so far.
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Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
Part of Literature Criticism Online, NCLC contains biographical information and two centuries of criticism of the major writers of 1800 through 1899.
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North American Women's Letters and Diaries
Primary source material for life as it was lived by 1,000 women in North America, 1675-1950.
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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
United Kingdom's national biographical dictionary, containing 50,000 biographies from earliest times to the present.
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Oxford Reference Online
Entries from over 100 Oxford University Press subject and language dictionaries, guides, and concise companions.
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Poetry Criticism
Biographies and critical essays, arranged chronologically, about poets and poetry. Part of Literature Criticism Online.
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Project Muse
Scholarly journals and books in the humanities and social sciences published by university presses; searchable by journal issue, author, and keyword, 1996-present.
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Readers' Guide Abstracts
Citations and abstracts for articles from popular periodicals from the U.S. and Canada, 1890-present.
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Routledge Performance Archive
Video of theater and dance performances, interviews with practioners, definitions, and critical commentary.
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ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst
A repository for the research and scholarly output of members of the UMass Amherst community. Call Marilyn Billings at 545-6891 for information.
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Shakespearean Criticism
Contains critical interpretations written from the 17th century to the present on Shakespeare's work. Part of Literature Criticism Online.
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Short Story Criticism
Biographies and critical essays, arranged chronologically, on short stories and their authors. Part of Literature Criticism Online.
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Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
Contains biographies and critical essays on the major writers of 1900 to 1999. Part of Literature Criticism Online.
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Underground and Independent Comics
Thousands comic books and graphic novels in printable pdf, from 1943 to present.
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Women Writers Project
Literary works by women writers, 1600-1800.
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World Shakespeare Bibliography
References to Shakespeare books, articles, dissertations, theatrical productions, audiovisual materials, and media, 1962-present.
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