Database List

The following 12 databases are best for: Book and Text Collections

See our Research Guides for more information on researching by subject.


Academic Complete E-Book Collection    
Collection of over 80,000 e-books from over 700 scholarly publishers and university presses. Multiple people can use each book at the same time. E-books may be downloaded to Android or iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. NOTE: each e-book is also listed in the Library Catalog and JumpStart.
  • Coverage Range: Varies
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ebrary (ProQuest)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
ARTFL    
An implementation of the FRANTEXT database, it consists of nearly 2000 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing.
  • Coverage Range: 1600 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: University of Chicago

 
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

 
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.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Full-Text
  • 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

 
Gallica (French Language)    
One of the largest digital libraries, Gallica offers free access to digitized books (including pamphlets), images, and sound resources in the original French. The collection, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de France, continues to grow and includes prestigious publications, dictionaries, and periodicals.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Bibliotheque nationale de France (BnF)

 
Google Books    
Very useful for searching within books. To see if Dickinson has a one of these books, click "Find in a Library" on the left-hand side. If you are on campus, look under "Get this item" to find or request the book. If you are off campus, enter 17013 as your zip code and look for "Dickinson College" in the list of libraries.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Google

 
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

 
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 Gutenberg    
The first and largest collection of free electronic books. Most older literary works that are in the public domain in the United
  • Coverage Range: Varies
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Project Gutenberg Library Archive Foundation
  • Jumpstart Searchable