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Subject Librarian:

Malaika Grant

This subject covers: the historical, theoretical and critical studies of national literature in their interrelations and in their relations to other disciplines; the characteristics of and relationship between genres, themes and motifs; international literary movements.

Article Databases and Indexes

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MLA International Bibliography is reverting to its original FirstSearch interface.; Articles from over 4,000 periodicals published worldwide in all languages. Also indexes essays and includes relevant citations from published conference proceedings, etc.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Art Full Text, produced by The HW Wilson Company, is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from periodicals published throughout the world. There is full-text coverage for selected periodicals. Coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Indexing coverage begins 1984; abstracting coverage begins with January 1994. The abstracts range from 50 to 300 words and describe the content and scope of the source articles. Full-text coverage begins in 1997.

Art Index Retrospective covers 55 years (from 1929-1984)of art journalism, criticism and research from leading sources. The publications covered focus on advertising art, antiques, archaeology, architecture and architectural history, art history, computers in art, crafts, decorative arts, fashion, folk art, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, motion pictures, museology, painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, television, textiles, and video.

Index and abstracts of articles from periodical articles, books, exhibition catalogs, and index entries for dissertations. Covers all aspects of late 19th and 20th century art, including decorative and applied art, with particular reference to photography and three-dimensional design.

Find academic journal articles on topics in mass media, film, television, marketing, and communications in business, health, and other communication studies.

The EBSCO MegaFILE is one of the world's largest academic research databases, containing both abstracts and full-text articles.

This database can be used to find research articles on film studies' topics. Aspects covered include theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, reviews (back to 1914) and more. The database allows full searching of more than 270 publications and selected coverage of 300 more. Articles are available for more than 80 journals and texts from nearly 50 books. If the article you are interested in is not available online, click the Find It-button to see if the article is available in another library database, or to see if the library has the article in print.

Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective searches the most important journals in these subject areas. Covers 1907-1984.

Find full text articles in academic journals or books on the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides articles from the date of each journal's initial publication to recent issues. In some cases the latest several years may not be available.

Index to full-text collection of journals in literary theory, classics, history and cultural studies, philosophy, film, theater and performing arts, political science, and mathematics. From Johns Hopkins University Press. The full text of a limited number of individual monographs is also available for titles that the Libraries have purchased. Users can limit their search results to include only the full text content that the University of Minnesota has access to.

Search AMICUS, Canada's national online catalogue, for bibliographic records of all theses in the National Library of Canada theses collection, which was established in 1965.

Search within a comprehensive interdisciplinary collection of journal article citations. Subjects generally covered are within Science and technology, arts and humanities, and social sciences . Use the citation web to find articles and journals with the most impact. Coverage runs from 1975 to the present. Find help on their website.

Indexes, Other

Designed to promote access to scholarly research and increase sharing of knowledge, this database provides free online access to thousands of theses and dissertations from all over the world.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Provides descriptions of English-language materials produced before 1801, primarily books and other printed materials (books, pamphlets, broadsides, songs, advertisements, etc). The records include information about the libraries holding an item.

The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 5 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.

Search with the Library Catalog to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

Provides bibliographic citations of books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films and machine-readable data files published worldwide. Provides holdings information for nearly 30,000 libraries. Producer/Publisher is OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 65 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

The BGMI contains biographical entries from more than 1,000 current and retrospective biographical reference sources. This figure translates into some 15 million biographies on nearly 5 million people, living and deceased, from all time periods, geographical locations, and fields of endeavor.

Dictionary of Literary Biography [print edition]

A uniquely valuable resource that provides biographical and extensive bibliographical background information on important literary figures. Use the index in the latest volume.

This reference work provides 50,000 specially-written signed biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of the British past, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2000. Licensed for 1 user at a time.


Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms

Glossary of Contemporary Literary Theory

Expanding on the original Dictionary of the History of Ideas (1974), edited by Philip Wiener, the New Dictionary has a broader scope introducing global- and gender-neutral perspectives not present in the earlier print edition. In 700 accessible articles, alphabetically arranged, a distinguished team of international scholars explore new thinking in areas previously covered (communism, linguistics, physics) and present cross-cultural perspectives on more recent topics such as postmodernism, deconstruction and post-colonialism.

Dissertations and Theses

This database is no longer being updated. The titles included in this database as well as almost 600,000 other dissertation titles are cataloged in CRL's catalog and in OCLC's Worldcat. We update our catalog and Worldcat daily.

Dissertations and theses from over 1000 universities. Doctoral dissertations are indexed for almost all North American graduate schools and many European universities. Masters theses from selected schools only. Provides bibliographic citations for older titles. Abstracts are included for dissertations since 1980 and for masters theses since 1988. Some dissertations, beginning with 1997 publication dates, are available digitally. These include the University of Minnesota and other CIC member universities:

A directory of eletronic thesis and dissertations in the humanities.


The AFI Catalog contains information on American films made between 1893 to 1970. A great subject index makes it possible to find films on various topics, such as urban life, homosexuality, or food, etc. Can also be used to look up filmmakers, cast and production credits, plot summaries, historical and source notes.

General Reference Works

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism provides 226 alphabetically arranged entries on individual critics and theorists, critical and theoretical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods. Each entry includes a selective primary and secondary bibliography with extensive cross-referencing with hyperlinks.

This resource brings together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works - containing well over 60,000 pages - into a single cross-searchable resource.

Handbooks and Manuals

Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

A collection of links to web sites dealing with all aspects of literature--especially English and American.

Link to valuable web sites in all areas of humanities.

Multimedia Materials

Image Resources

ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database. It offers collections of approximately 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline. How to use ARTstor:

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Journal Titles

Use to search for electronic magazines, newspapers and journals that the University Libraries provide online. Please also see our Electronic Journal Collections.

Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

Search some 3,400 finding aids to collections of archival material at the University of Minnesota Archives and Special Collections. A finding aid is a guide and inventory list to a collection of archival materials, personal papers, or manuscripts. For more information about this resource, please see the Finding Aid FAQ or contact the Libraries.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Style Manuals

Provides citation format samples from major style guides: the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers; Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA); compiled by the University of Houston Libraries.

University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

The Electronic Text Research Center at the University of Minnesota Libraries is no longer in operation. The materials that were digitized through the ETRC's projects are still available from the University of Minnesota Libraries E-Text website at: . Some of the CD-ROM based and other texts formerly housed in the ETRC are available for use in 180 Wilson Library. Others have become part of the circulating collection.

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