Database List

The following 27 databases are best for: English

See our English Research Guide for more information on researching this subject.

Core English Secondary Source Databases

MLA International Bibliography

Humanities International Complete (HIC)

Essay and General Literature Index


All English Databases

American National Biography (ANB)    
Biographies of non-living people who were influential in the United States. Biographies cover all professions. Includes bibliographic lists for further research.
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  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
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Book Review Digest Plus (H.W. Wilson)    
Book Review Digest Plus is an essential library tool that brings together book reviews on a wide range of topics, from a variety of sources. Unlike reviews on book-sale sites and the open Internet, many of the reviews are serious, academic works. This invaluable resource for literary and biographical research is essential for readers’ advisory and collection development.
  • Coverage Range: 1983 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Ebsco
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Book Review Digest Retrospective (H.W. Wilson)    
Book Review Digest Retrospective is an essential library tool that brings together book reviews on a wide range of topics, from a variety of sources. Unlike reviews on book-sale sites and the open Internet, many of the reviews are serious, academic works. This invaluable resource for literary and biographical research is essential for readers’ advisory and collection development. Gift of Robert J. Weinstein, Dickinson College class of 1941.
  • Coverage Range: 1903-1982
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Ebsco
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Book Review Index Plus Full Text (trial through April 21)    
A comprehensive source for finding book reviews in academic journals, nationally-known magazines, and newspapers. Many reviews are available full text.
  • Coverage Range: 1965-present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Central and Eastern European Academic Source (CEEAS)    
A multidisciplinary, multilingual database providing full-text coverage pertaining to all facets of central and eastern European countries. Areas covered include business & economics, medical sciences, political science, law, library & information sciences, literature, linguistics, history and sociology.
  • Coverage Range: 2000-present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
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Contemporary Authors    
A database that includes full-text biographic details on approximately 100,000 modern novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, journalists and scriptwriters. Featured are current writers, the most-studied literary figures of the early 20th century and authors from around the world whose works have been translated into English or published in the United States. Included are the author's writings, media adaptations, works in progress sidelights, interviews, excerpts from secondary source articles, and bibliographies.
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  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB)    
Career biographies and criticism of writers from all eras and all genres of literature. Includes photos of many authors.
  • Coverage Range: All eras of literary history.
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Documenting the American South    
An extensive collection of full-text sources on Southern history, literature, culture, and religion, covering from 1624 to 1920.
  • Coverage Range: 1624 to 1920
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 
Early English Books Online    
From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare, this collection contains about 100,000 of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement. Libraries possessing this collection find they are able to fulfill the most exhaustive research requirements in many subject areas, including: English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science.
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  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
Eighteenth-Century Collection Online (ECCO)    
Full-text scans of nearly all English-language imprints and other materials from the eighteenth century. The collection contains a wide variety of materials from books and directories, Bibles, sheet music and sermons to advertisements and works by many well-known and lesser-known authors.
  • Coverage Range: Eighteenth century
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Emily Dickinson's Correspondences    
Brings together seventy-four poems and letters from Emily’s correspondence with her sister-in-law and primary confidante, Susan Dickinson. Each text is presented with a digitized scan of the holograph manuscript. These images have zoom functionality as well as a special light-box feature that allows users to view and compare constellations of related documents. Users may search by date, genre, manuscript features, and full text. Dating from the 1850s to the end of Dickinson’s life, the work collected here shows all the characteristics of the poet’s mature art.
  • Coverage Range: 1850s to 1880s
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: University of Virginia Press

 
European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection    
Full text of more than 9,500 English, French and German titles including fiction, short prose, dramatic works, poetry and more, with a focus on difficult-to-find works by historically neglected writers. Part of Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO).
  • Coverage Range: 1790-1840
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Gale Cengage Learning

 
Humanities and Social Sciences Retrospective    
A citation-only database that includes articles from English-language periodicals on such subjects as Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Community Health & Medical Care, Criminal Justice, Dance, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Family Studies, Film, Gender Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychiatry, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology. Articles in this database were published between 1907 and 1984. Use the library's "Get It!" button to obtain materials with no direct full-text link.
  • Coverage Range: 1907 to 1984
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Humanities Full Text    
A full-text database that covers journal articles in Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Dance, Film, Gender Studies, History, Journalism, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, and Religion.
  • Coverage Range: Indexing 1984+, Abstracting 1984+, “select” Full Text 1994+
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
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Humanities International Complete (HIC)    
Full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world in all aspects of the humanities. FOR CITATION SEARCHING: Click the "More" button at the top of the search screen, then click "Cited References."
  • Coverage Range: Mid-1970s - present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
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Literary Encyclopedia    
A global literary reference work providing authoritative profiles of authors and their literature, as well as literary theory.
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  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Literary Dictionary Company Limited

 
Literary Reference Center    
Provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Content includes full-text plot summaries, synopses and work overviews; articles/essays of literary criticism; author biographies; literary journals; book reviews; classic and contemporary poems; classic and contemporary short stories; and author interviews.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Ebsco
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Literary Research Guide (MLA)    
An annotated listing of reference sources in English literary studies.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Modern Language Association

 
Literature Criticism Online    
Authoritative source of literary criticism, summarizing authors' lives and works. Includes excerpts from scholarly articles. IMPORTANT NOTE: Because this source is an encyclopedic work, it should NEVER be directly cited. Always look up the original source of the excerpted and reprinted articles.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
MLA Directory of Periodicals    
Information about the more than 6000 journals covered by the MLA Bibliography database, including editorial addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, frequency of publication, descriptions of scope, circulation figures, subscription prices and addresses, advertising information, links to online content, peer review, and submission guidelines.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)    
The premier scholarly index for literature, language, linguistics, and folklore, covering secondary source articles 1963 to present. Includes some direct full-text links; use the library's "Get It!" button for access to articles with no direct full-text link.
  • Coverage Range: 1963 to present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Nineteenth Century Collections Online Archive (NCCO)    
Primary source material from rare collections around the globe. Includes eight individual collections: (1) British Politics and Society: sources related to the political climate in Great Britain; (2) European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection: full-text of more than 9,500 English, French and German titles including fiction, short prose, dramatic works, poetry and more, with a focus on difficult-to-find works by historically neglected writers; (3) Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange, which includes government reports, diplomatic correspondence, periodicals, newspapers, treaties, trade agreements, NGO papers, and more; (4) British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture, featuring primary sources such as playbills, scripts to operas and complete scores; (5) Photography: The World through the Lens, has photos and publications about photography from the period; (6) Science, Technology & Medicine: 1780-1925, parts 1-2, has journals, books and other documents; (7) Women: Transnational Networks has journals, books, manuscripts, and other materials, mostly from the US and UK, but with some other countries as well; (8) Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest has monographs, periodicals, and other materials documenting European policies and their effects in Africa.
  • Coverage Range: 19th Century
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Gale

 
Project Muse    
A multi-disciplinary database of full text scholarly journals and e-books in both humanities and social sciences. Most journals covered are up to date. Can be used as complementary to JStor as the latter covers mostly archival issues. E-books include titles in Global Cultural Studies, Poetry, Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction.
  • Coverage Range: Historical and current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Johns Hopkins University Press

 
Short Story Index    
Index of American short stories published in collections and anthologies. Searchable by author, title, subject, keyword, date, literary technique and source. Some results link to full text in other databases.
  • Coverage Range: 1915-present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO
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Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive    
Full-text version of one of the world's great literary journals, which scrutinized, dissected, applauded, and occasionally disparaged, the work of the twentieth century's leading writers and thinkers. IMPORTANT NOTE: This database allows only one user at a time. Please be sure to log off when you are finished.
  • Coverage Range: 1902 to 2008
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning
  • 1 Simultaneous User

 
Victorian Women Writers Project    
Transcriptions of works by British women writers of the 19th century.
  • Coverage Range: Nineteenth century.
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Indiana University

 
World Shakespeare Bibliography    
Provides annotated entries for published international scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare. Materials published between 1971 to the present. This is a citation-only database; use the library's "Journal Locator" to obtain full-text copies of the articles.
  • Coverage Range: 1971 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Johns Hopkins University Press