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American Literary Studies

Electronic Secondary Resources

  • Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL), 1920-
    Contains 860,000 records, covering monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews and collections of essays published anywhere in the world from 1920 onwards.
  • America History and Life
    Indexes scholarly books and articles on all aspects of American history published since 1982. Access by topic and century or decade as well as by the usual author and title indexes; thorough coverage, including strong representation of social history and cultural studies.
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index
    A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature in the arts and humanities, covering over 1100 scholarly journals 1975 to the present. Allows searching by author, title word, cited author, journal title, and institution as well as combinations of these indexes.
  • Biography Resource Center
    Provides biographical and bibliographic information for historical and contemporary literary figures. Sources are authoritative and include Contemporary Authors Bibliographical Series (Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1981-). Typical entries provide an in-depth essay about the author's life and literary career, and a bibliography of their work.
  • C19: The Nineteenth-Century Index
    Contains ten searchable indexes covering nineteenth-century Anglo-American books, periodicals, official documents, newspapers and archives. Drawing on the strength of established indexes, such as the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue, The Wellesley Index, Poole's Index, Periodicals Index Online, and the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, C19 provides integrated bibliographic coverage of over 1.4 million books and official publications, 64,891 archival collections and 15.6 million articles published in over 2,500 journals, magazines and newspapers. You may search the entire index, or limit your search to one of the individual resources included in the database.
  • Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism
    Contains 240 entries on critics and theorists, critical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods.
    Archives and provides full-text access to back issues of participating journals, including fifty-eight titles in the Language & Literature Collection.
  • Literary Theory
    A full-text searchable database of theory and criticism ranging from medieval treatises on aesthetics to postmodern writings on gender. This database allows for keyword searching within the body of the text, enabling scholars to trace the occurrence of a term across historical periods. It should, however, be noted that it is not comprehensive in either its coverage of all major literary theorists or the complete works of those writers that it does represent.
  • Literature Online (LION)
    Contains more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 180 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources.
  • MLA Bibliography
    Indexes scholarly books and articles published since 1963 about all writers and periods of literature. The 1921–1962 bibliographies are available in print format (IC) [Z7006. M64].
  • Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online Edition
    The OED is the definitive lexicographical resource for tracing the etymology and history of a word. Also provides examples of word usage in literature.
  • Project Muse Search
    Provides full-text access to over 300 humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from 60 scholarly publishers.


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