English Literature Databases

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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 1921 to the present.

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Provides full text journal access to content in the arts and humanities.

Includes nonfiction works by major American black leaders and writers as well as the Black Panther newspaper.  

Provides citations and excerpts from book reviews of adult or juvenile fiction and nonfiction.

Search for books, video and audio materials in print, forthcoming, and out of print. Includes a directory of publishers.

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

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.

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

Provides indexing of scholarly works in the humanities.

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 cover the classics, Jewish studies, Islamic studies, medieval studies, the Renaissance and the Reformation, British and Irish literature, childhood studies,  Chinese studies, cinema and media studies, American literature, education, communication, linguistics, philosophy, public health, and international relations. 

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.

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. Closed captions and/or interactive transcripts are available for many, but not all, titles.