Selected Resources for: English and American Literature

Subject Librarian:

Malaika Grant

This subject covers: fiction, drama, poetry, essays, writers, literary movements, and criticism.

Article Databases and Indexes

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Searchable full-text of over 300,000 works of English and American poetry, drama, and prose. Index to secondary sources includes entries from Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature and The MLA International Bibliography. Also includes an online full text library of literary reference resources.

The MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics which has been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

AHCI covers arts, humanities, and area studies scholarship. Titles of foreign-language works are translated into English, and abstracts are given in English, thereby simplifying and standardizing searching across languages.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

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.

LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

Indexes, Other

Find contents in collected works focusing on humanities and social sciences.

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LitFINDER provides either the full text or a citation to a print source in which to read any of 125,000 poems, 5000 stories, 2800 essays, 1000 plays, and 1800 speeches, with new material added regularly.

Covers poetry from antiquity to the present; it contains 500,000 citations for poems by 70,000 authors from 1,800 anthologies, 2,600 single-author collections, and 4,000 periodicals. Contains the full text of some poems online.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Cumulating the annual bibliographies in Shakespeare Quarterly, this database lists books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare published or produced between 1964 and early 2005. The scope is international, including more than 118 languages from around the world. The 102,200 records also cite several hundred thousand additional reviews of books, productions, films, and audio recordings. Search by author, title, subject, keyword, phrase, date, language, publisher, and/or periodical title.


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

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

A comprehensive index to more than 12 million biographical sketches in more than 3,400 volumes and editions of current and retrospective reference books, covering over 4 million contemporary and historical figures throughout the world.

A bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television, and other fields. Provides complete biographical and bibliographical references for more than 100,000 authors in the U.S. and around the world.

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.


A directory of thousands of online books that can be read freely on the internet.


Covers literary terms, authors, characters, works, and important events internationally

Brief explanations of literary concepts, terms; outline of literary history

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.

A multi-year global digitization and publishing program focusing on primary source collections of the nineteenth century; will be comprised of numerous collections to be released over many years, including a variety of material types--monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more.

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

Entries for authors, works, literary schools and movements, literary awards, literary societies, scholarly organizations, anthologies, newspapers and magazines, book collectors, printers, etc. For online version, use the Oxford Reference Online listed below.

Entries for literary authors, works, critics, terminology, nonliterary figures, and important periodicals. For online version, use Oxford Reference Online listed below.

Comprehensive guide to primary, secondary, and reference sources

Literary Authors

This product includes ten core literature reference series (Contemporary Literary Criticism, 20th Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism, Literature Criticism 1400-1800, Classical and Mediaeval Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Drama Criticism, Children's Literature Review).

Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

Gateway to many Internet resources.

Directs you to websites for criticism and biographical information about writers.

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

Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

Eighteenth Century Collections Online captures the essence of the Enlightenment in Great Britain between 1701 and 1800. ECCO is a comprehensive digital edition of /The Eighteenth Century/, the world's largest library of the printed book on microfilm. ECCO allows full-text searching of over 180,000 titles English-language titles and editions -- in essence, every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. It includes books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more.

Historical Documents

The collections of literary texts owned or leased by the University Libraries provide online access to thousands of literary texts.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

Style Manuals

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