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MLA International Bibliography (ProQuest)

The MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. Includes indexing from 1963 onwards, with over 1.7 million records, plus bibliographic information from the MLA Directory of Periodicals on over 7,100 journals and book series.

Literature Online (LION) with MLA (ProQuest)

A fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 160 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources, including the MLA International Bibliography.

Columbia Granger's Poetry Online 

Index of poetry found in anthologies and in the collected works of individual poets. Fully searchable, it includes interlinked poetry, commentaries, biographies, a glossary, and critical context essays by leading scholars. Includes 190,000 poems in full text and more than 500,000 poem citiations.

Oxford Reference Online

Contains about 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. Fully-indexed and cross-searchable, reference books are listed by subject - click on "Literature."

Twayne's Authors Series (Gale)

Full text, in-depth introductions to the lives and works of writers, to the history and influence of literary movements, and to the development of literary genres. Includes 600 authors from around the world.

Project Muse

Scholarly journals in a broad range of subjects - view title list.

America: History & Life (EBSCO)

Indexes articles, books, reviews, and dissertations on the history of Canada and the United States. Covers 1964 to present. Linked full text may be available in other GTL databases.

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)

Indexes articles, books, reviews, and dissertations on world history from 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Covers 1954 to present. Linked full text may be available in other GTL databases.


A journal archive covering arts, humanities, and social sciences. Coverage extends until 3-5 years ago. *Current issues may be available in other databases - to see our complete full-text coverage for a particular journal title, use the Magazines/Journal search in the library catalog.

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)

Provides full text for more than 5,300 scholarly publications, including full text for 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study and offers information dating as far back as 1865.

Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective

An index covering a wide range of interdisciplinary fields in a broad array of humanities and social sciences journals. Covers 1907-1984. Linked full text may be available in other GTL databases.

Print Resources

LC call number ranges: PA [Greek & Latin language and literature], PG [Russian & Slavic languages and literature], PJ [Middle Eastern languages and literature], PK [Indian & Iranian languages and literature], PL [Asian, African, & Oceanic languages and literatures], PM [Native American languages and literature], PN [Literature – General], PQ [French, Italian, Spanish, & Portuguese literature], PR [English literature], PS [American literature], PT [German, Dutch, & Scandinavian literature], PZ [Children’s literature]

Subject headings:
Children’s literature
Style, Literary


Dictionary of American Regional English [3 v.]

REF PE 2843 .D52 1985

The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed. [22 v.]

REF PE 1625 .O87 1989

Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus

REF PE 1591 .K54 1999

William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Characters for Students

REF PR 2989 .S53 1997

Shakespeare's World & Work [3 v.]

REF PR 2892 .S56 2001

Mark Twain

Mark Twain A to Z: The Essential Reference to His Life and Writings

REF PS 1331 .R37 1995

The Mark Twain Encyclopedia

REF PS 1330 .M37 1993

Plots and Characters in the Works of Mark Twain [2 v.]

REF PS 1341 .G3

Women Writers

Feminist Companion to Literature in English

REF PR 111 .B57 1990

The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

REF PS 147 .O94 1995

The Quotable Woman: The First 5,000 Years

REF PN 6001.5 .Q65 2001

Literature by Period

Ancient Writers: Greece & Rome [2 v.]

REF PA 3002 .A5 1982

Encyclopedia of World Literature in the Twentieth Century [4 v.]

REF PN 771 .E5 1999

Twentieth-Century Literary Movements Dictionary

REF PN 597 .T94 2000

Literature by Country

Dictionary of Italian Literature

REF PQ 4006 .D45

Encyclopedia of German Literature [2 v.]

REF PT 41 .E52 2000

Handbook of Russian Literature

REF PG 2940 .H29 1985

The Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature

REF PL 2264 .I 53 1986

Modern Japanese Writers

REF PL 723 .M563 2001

Modern Latin American Literature [2 v.]

REF PQ 7081 .F63

The Oxford Companion to French Literature

REF PQ 41 .H3

American & British Literature

British Writers [5 v.]

REF PR 85 .B688

Modern British Literature [3 v.]

REF PR 471 .M57 2000

Modern American Literature [3 v.]

REF PS 221 .M53 1999

Children's Literature

International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

REF PN 1008.5 .I57 1996

The Newbery & Caldecott awards : a complete listing of medal and honor books

REF PN 1009 .A1 N4 2000

The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes

REF PZ 8.3 .O6 Ox 1966


Contemporary Dramatists

REF PR 737 .C57 1999

The Crown guide to the world's great plays, from ancient Greece to modern times

REF PN 6112.5 .S45 1984

Magill Critical Survey of Drama [6 v.]

REF PR 623 .C75 1985


The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry in Anthologies, 11th ed.

REF PN 1022 .H39 1997

Contemporary Poets

REF PR 603 .C6 2001

The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry

REF PR 601 .O9 1994

Quotations & Proverbs

Familiar Quotations (Bartlett), 16th ed.

REF PN 6081 .B27 1992

The New Penguin Dictionary of Modern Quotations

REF PN 6801 .N498 2001

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 2nd ed.

REF PN 6081 .O9 1959

Special Topics

The Gay & Lesbian Literary Heritage, rev. ed.

REF PN 56 .H57 G365 2002

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism

REF PN 81 .J6 1994

Literary Movements for Students [2 v.]

REF PN 597 .L58 2002

Reference Guide to Holocaust Literature

REF PN 56 .H55 R43 2002

General Websites

Voice of the Shuttle (Alan Liu, U. of California - Santa Barbara)

A searchable database of web resources in the humanities, including literature.

The Great Books

From the ancient classics to the masterpieces of the 20th century, this site is a compilation of over 240 great authors and their works.

Topic-Specific Websites

Critical Reception: Contemporary Reviews (University of Virginia)

Full-text of reviews of Huckleberry Finn from 19th century sources.

The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies (Georgetown University)

Search by author, time period, or resource type.

Literary Resources on the Net (Jack Lynch, Rutgers University):

Mark Twain Websites

From Elmira College's Mark Twain Archive.

William Shakespeare (

Works, quotes, and a few essays.

Full Text Websites

Electronic Text Center (University of Virginia)

Covers all forms of literature worldwide. Contains 10,000 text documents and 164,000 images.

The Luminarium

An online anthology of English literature from ca. 1350 to 1660.

Online Books Page (U. of Pennsylvania)

Over 20,000 English-language works in the public domain.

Online Texts (Internet Public Library)

A list of links to a wide range of electronic text sites.

Women Writers Resource Project (Emory University)

Texts written by women from the U. S., Great Britain, and France, from colonial times to the present. Includes works by African American and Native american authors.

Last updated 06-23-08