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Top Literature Databases

  • Literature Resource Center

    Provides biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline.  Also contains content from Contemporary Authors Online, Dictionary of Literary Biography and Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature, featuring definitions of literary terms.

  • MLA - Modern Language Association International Bibliography (Literature)

    The MLA International Bibliography is the fundamental research tool for the humanities. The database indexes international scholarly materials on modern language, literature, linguistics, and folklore.

  • Literature Criticism Online

    Literature Criticism Online brings together:  Children's Literature Review, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400–1800, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Short Story Criticism, and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism.

Additional Literature Databases (alphabetical)

  • Anne Philologique (LAnne Philologique)

    Année Philologique is an index of publications related to the history, language, literature and civilization of ancient Greece and Rome.

  • Bloom's Literary Reference Online

    Biographies of writers, overviews of works, and information on characters and literary themes and movements.  Also includes videos of select theater performances.  Besides keyword you can search by author, author’s nationality, range of birth and death dates, type of writer, genre, or range of publication date.

  • Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online

    Provides biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.  Comprised of Dictionary of Literary Biography, Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook, and Dictionary of Literary Biography Documentary Series.

  • Dissertations and Theses

    Contains citations,abstracts and possibly full text for over 2 million dissertations and theses. The database accepts over 90 percent of doctoral dissertations in North America.

  • Gale's Literary Index

    Use to locate authors and titles covered in many of the Gale literature series.

  • Humanities Source

    Coverage of noted scholarly sources and specialized magazines in the humanities and performing arts. Find feature articles and reviews.

  • International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance with Full Text

    Research tool for the study of theatre and the performing arts

  • Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period

    Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period includes more than 80 volumes of poetry by approximately 50 Irish women writing between 1768 and 1842. The database also offers numerous biographical and critical essays prepared by leading scholars specifically for the project.

  • Iter Bibliography

    Citations for scholarship pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400 - 1700).  Journal articles, essays in books, books, disserations, and exhibition catalogues are indexed.

    To see if we have the materials, search our Ejournals and library catalog.


    Full-text of back issues of more than 100 scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Issues are entered on-line after having been published for 2-5 years.

  • Literary Reference Center

    Full text database with plot summaries and work overviews; literary criticism; author biographies; book reviews; and literary works.

  • Loeb Classical Library Online

     Epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory; the great medical writers and mathematicians; those Church Fathers who made particular use of pagan culture—in short, our entire Greek and Latin Classical heritage is represented here with up-to-date texts and accurate English translations. More than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease.

  • Masterplots

    Contains short summaries of fiction (short stories and novels), non-fiction, drama, and poetry.

  • North American Theatre Online

    Covers all aspects of the Canadian and American Theatre. It includes some 40,000 pages of major reference materials, together with records to approximately 30,000 plays, 57,000 people, 5,400 theatres, 22,000 productions, and 2,500 production companies with new records to be added annually. The collection also includes approximately 10,500 images, playbills, postcards, scrapbooks and other resources.

  • Oxford Reference

    Includes many literary dictionaries and companions.

  • Play Index

    Play Index  includes citations to approximately 31,000 plays–published individually or in collections–dating from 1949 to present time and over 600 monologues.

  • Project Muse

    Provides full-text access to a selection of prestigious humanities and social sciences journals.

  • Scottish Bibliographies Online

    Contains references to Scottish content found in books, periodicals, and other media. Freely available to all to search.

  • Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period

    Includes volumes of Romantic poetry composed by Scottish women, as well as extensive contemporary critical reviews and numerous scholarly essays specially commissioned for the project.

  • Short Story Index

    An index to short stories written in or translated into English that have been published in collections and selected periodicals.

  • Short Story Index Retrospective

    Cites short stories published from the 1830s to the 1980s; sources indexed include some 350 periodicals and collections of short stories.

  • World Shakespeare Bibliography Online

    Citations of Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide between 1960 and the present.  You'll need to search and see if we have the materials.

  • Year's Work in English Studies

    An annual bibliography compiling scholarship on English language and literatures written in English.