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English Literature Resources

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Offers full text articles on critics, and literary theorists as well as critical and theoretical schools and movements.

Consists of summaries of works, Western literary criticism, and literary movements as well as biographical sketches of authors from the classical period to the present.

Includes reference works, biographical sketches, bibliographies, and secondary criticism of British and American literary works. Offers full text of some novels, poems, dramas, and prose.

Provides reference, literary timelines, and articles on authors, journalists, and critics from all literary periods. Covers literary genres such as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, and journalism.

Indexes citations to journal articles, dissertations, and books about world literature, literary criticism, language, linguistics, and folklore from 1963 to the present.

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Provides enhanced search functionality to Gale's Literary resources.

Trial from 04/10/2014 - 05/15/2014

Provides the Cambridge Histories series online that covers ancient to modern history.

Covers bibliographic and descriptive information on children's books with full text of reviews, award listings, reading metrics. Search by title, author, subject, theme, genre, award, or grade level.

Offers indexing and abstracts for journals. Includes full text articles.

Provides access and searching capability to the Critical Insights book series comprised of classic and current literary criticism.

Full text biographies and critical overviews of writers from all eras and all genres; organized by individual volumes dedicated to specific literary types or time periods.

Archives digitized early American books, pamphlets, and broadsides published from 1639 to 1800.

Archives digitized early American pamphlets, broadsides, books, state papers and governmental materials published from 1801 to 1819.

Offers full text digital facsimiles of titles from the earliest printed works in the English language.

Includes full text of important printed works published in the United Kingdom between 1701 and 1800, along with important works from the Americas.

Provides a more robust searching encironment for Literature Criticism Online.

Trial from 04/10/2014 - 05/15/2014

Comprised of full text poetry, poetry citations, commentaries, biographies, and bibliographies.

Indexes citations for international plays and playwrights in collections, anthologies, and periodicals held by the PSU Library. No longer updated as of December 2013.

Contains full text articles from major research journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Coverage of most journals starts from the beginning of a journal's publication and typically excludes the most recent three to five years.

Indexes journal citations and other publications covering all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. 

Publishes an online-only, peer-reviewed journal that features survey articles of the most important research and current thinking across the literature discipline.

Archives the New York Times from 1851 to 2009 with full page images and articles.

Includes Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature, 1802-1906, and other authoritative indexes that cover 19th century periodicals, books, newspapers, and patents as well as U.S. and British government documents. 

Includes scholarly bibliographies that provide research guidance in several topical areas. Our current subscriptions area Atlantic history, classics, Jewish studies, Islamic studies, Medieval studies, Renaissance and Reformation, British and Irish literature, cinema and media studies, education, communication, linguistics, philosophy, public health, childhood studies, and social work. 

Covers the history of the English language. Contains word definitions, pronunciation, history, and language of origin. The OED is a comprehensive record of the English language and generally regarded as its definitive dictionary.

Offers citations and abstracts for plays published individually or in collections for plays written in or translated into English from 1949 to the present.

Indexes citations for books and articles as wells as full text articles and ebooks from scholarly presses.

Features original entries on philosophy from an international team of notable scholars and philosophers. Covers Anglo-American, ethical and political, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, continental and contemporary philosophy.

Indexes stories written in or translated into English from collections and anthologies as well as stories from periodicals.

Contains streaming online titles in an expanding collection of silent films tha represent the foundation of modern cinematic technique and film theory. Curated by Alexander Street’s editors and Video Advisory Board, the collection covers silent feature films, serials, and shorts from the 1890s to the 1930s.