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MLA International Bibliography

Includes abstracts of articles from critical literary and language journals.

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Links to full-text via Get-It 1963 to current All
Project Muse

Full-text coverage for hundreds of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics

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Full-text 1993 to current All
JSTOR

Contains (EXCEPT for the latest five years) core scholarly journals in sociology, history, economics, political science, mathematics, African-American & Asian studies, literature, humanities, music, and biological, health & general sciences.

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Full-text 1838 to most recent five years Most
Literature Criticism Online

Extensive collection of literary criticism authors and their works from antiquity to present.

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ProQuest - Literature & Language

Search among ProQuest’s Literature & Language databases

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Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It 1985 to current None
Contemporary Authors

Biographies and bibliographies of 90,000 authors in the U.S. and around the world.

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Twayne's Authors Online

<p>This series provides literary criticism for approximately 600 authors, including critical introductions to the lives and works of writers, the history and influence of literary movements, or the development of literary genres.</p>

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Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism

Informative introduction to major people and ideas in the world of literary theory and criticism.

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Oxford English Dictionary

A guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It includes etymological analysis, listings of variant spellings, and shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet

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Dictionary of Literary Biography

<p>Biographical and critical reception studies of over 140,000 authors as well as year-in-review articles.</p>

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Dissertations and Theses Database: The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection

Dissertations and Theses Database includes digitized dissertations in a variety of subject areas including Art, Communications, Education, History, Linguistics, Literature, and Social Sciences.

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Some full-text 1979 to current All
UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004

A variety of books on art, science, history, music, religion and fiction from academic publishers. 

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Full-text 1982 to 2004 All
Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

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HAPI: Hispanic American Periodicals Index

Indexes journals from 1970 on providing information about Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Hispanics in the United States.

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Victorian Women Writers Project

Features the works of British women from the Victorian period (1830-1910), including anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts, children’s books, and volumes of poetry and verse drama.

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Full-text 1830 to 1910 None
Wright American Fiction

A collection of nearly 3,000 19th Century American fiction books, available online in full-text.

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Full-text 1851 to 1875 Most
Accessible Archives

A good source for 19th Century American History; includes newspapers on the Civil War and African Americans.

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Full-text 1728 to 1900 Most
Arts and Letters Daily

Compilation of opinion pieces on current events and book reviews.

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Full-text 1998 to current Some

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