Database List

The following 11 databases are best for: Literary Criticism

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

Core Literary Criticism Databases

Literature Criticism Online

Literary Index (Gale Literary Sets)


All Literary Criticism Databases

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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Listener Historical Archive    
The Listener was a weekly publication of the BBC for reproducing radio - and later, television - programmes in print. It is our only record and means of accessing the content of many early broadcasts. As well as expanding on the intellectual broadcasts of the week, The Listener also discussed major literary works, musical programmes, and regularly reviewed new books. Cross-searchable with other collections via NewsVault.
  • Coverage Range: 1929-1991
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Literary Index (Gale Literary Sets)    
Gale's Literary Index is a master index to the major literature products published by Gale, including Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and Poetry Criticism.
  • Coverage Range: Gale products published through June 2006
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
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

 
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

 
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
  • Jumpstart Searchable