Database List

The following 26 databases are best for: Literature

See our English and Criticism Research Guides for more information on researching this subject.

Core Literature Databases

MLA International Bibliography

Essay and General Literature Index

Humanities Full Text


All Literature Databases

ABSEES Online (The American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies)    
Covers resources on East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union published in the United States and Canada.
  • Coverage Range: 1990 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
American Memory Project    
Primary materials from the Library of Congress, covering various periods of American history. Includes photographs, manuscripts, rare books, maps, recorded sound, and moving pictures. Special online collections of Native American history, African-American history, United States presidents, immigration, literature, and cultural history.
  • Coverage Range: American history - time periods vary.
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Library of Congress
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
American Periodicals Series Online 1740-1900    
Over 1,100 periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines, and many other historically-significant periodicals.
  • Coverage Range: 1740 to 1900
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection, Series 1    
A collection of articles, pamphlets, and other texts pertaining to US Hispanic history, literature and culture. The content is 80% Spanish, 20% English, but is indexed in both languages. Gift of Robert J. Weinstein, Dickinson College class of 1941.
  • Coverage Range: Colonial era to 1960
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Audio Drama: L.A. Theatre Works    
More than 300 dramatic works in streaming audio from the archive of the nation’s premiere radio theatre company. The plays include significant dramatic literature of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.
  • Coverage Range: performances recorded 1991 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: alexander Street Press, LLC.

 
BDSL (Bibliographie der Deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft)    
The most important and comprehensive international bibliography of published works on German language, literature, and cultural studies. The database itself is in German, but it indexes journal articles, books and reviews in numerous languages. This source has citations only, not full-text; you will need to use the Get-It! button and often interlibrary loan (Illiad) to obtain the full-text of the materials listed.
  • Coverage Range: 1985 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Semantics

 
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
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
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.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
DaSinD (Datenbank Schriftstellerinnen in Deutschland)    
A bio-bibliographic database of German language women authors and translators publishing since 1945. Most useful for seeing the authors' publishing histories. In German only.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Universität Bremen

 
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 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)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
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
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Isaac Norris Collection    
Database of books donated to the College by John and Mary Dickinson in 1784. Contains bibliographic information along with images of title pages. Visit the Dickinson Archives for access to the original books.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Dickinson College

 
KLG - Kritisches Lexikon zur deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur    
A German literature database covering about 600 authors writing in German who began publishing after 1945. Each entry contains a biographical sketch, a detailed critical essay, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. All the information is in German only.
  • Coverage Range: 1945-present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Richard Boorberg Veriag GmbH & CoKG

 
Literary Encyclopedia    
A global literary reference work providing authoritative profiles of authors and their literature, as well as literary theory.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • 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
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
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

 
Medieval Travel Writing    
Manuscripts of some of the most important works of European travel writing from the later medieval period. The chief focus is on journeys to central Asia and the Far East, including accounts of travel to Mongolia, Persia, India, China and South-East Asia. The collection also includes a number of important accounts of travels to or through the Holy Land. It features a number of medieval maps such as the famous ‘Beatus’ and ‘Psalter’ maps, individual manuscript illuminations, and some modern translations of key travel texts.
  • Coverage Range: 13th to the 16th centuries
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

 
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

 
Modernist Journals Project    
A freely available resource for the study of modernism in the English-speaking world. Full-text scans of early 20th century publications, including Crisis, The Little Review, and Scribners.
  • Coverage Range: early 1900s
  • Full-Text

 
Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO)    
SciELO provides cooperative electronic publishing of science, social sciences, and arts & humanities journals to meet the scholarly communication needs of developing countries, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean countries. It provides an efficient way to assure universal visibility and accessibility to their scholarly literature. English, Spanish, and Portuguese search interfaces are available. Full-text will be in the language of the original publication.
  • Coverage Range: current and back issues of journals
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: Scielo (Open access)

 
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