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Literature and Writing Databases

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Academic Search Complete TUTORIAL - A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary database that offers indexing and abstracts for 13,189 journals and a total of 845 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. Featuring full text for 7,735 academic journals, 970 magazines, and 164 trade publications, this scholarly collection offers unmatched coverage of information spanning a broad range of important areas of academic study including: anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, geology, law, materials science, mathematics, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion & theology, veterinary science, women's studies, zoology, and many other fields.

African American Poetry TUTORIAL - The early history of African American poetry, from the first recorded poem by an African American (Lucy Terry c. 1748) to the major poets of the nineteenth century.

American Drama, 1714-1915 TUTORIAL - Contains more than 1,500 dramatic works from the early eighteenth century up to the beginning of the twentieth century (plays in verse, farces, melodramas, minstrel shows, realist plays, frontier plays, temperance dialogues and a range of other genres).

American Poetry TUTORIAL - Includes over 40,000 poems by more than 200 American poets from the Colonial Period to the early twentieth century.

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature, 1920- TUTORIAL - Contains over 880,000 records, covering monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews and collections of essays published anywhere in the world from 1920 onwards.

Bibliography of American Literature TUTORIAL Describes in detail the works of America’s most important literary writers from the time of the Revolution to 1930. More than 37,000 works are listed, essentially the complete printed record of American literature from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Book Review Digest Plus - Provides over 2 million review citations for books that appear in any of over 5,000 indexed journals and over 270,000 full-text reviews from more than 1,400 American, British, and Canadian periodicals. Retrospective coverage as far back as 1983. Provides coverage on a wide array of subjects, including art, biography, business, education, general interest, history, humanities, literature, music, religion and much, much more.

Canadian Poetry TUTORIAL - Contains the full text of more than 19,000 poems by 177 poets, offering a comprehensive survey of Canadian poetry from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century.

Contemporary Authors TUTORIAL - Provides complete biographical and bibliographical information on more than 120,000 U.S. and International authors. Allows users to search for an author by name, title of work, nationality, date and place of birth and death, subject/genre, personal and career information, awards and honors. Search the entire collection located in the reference section of the library (REF. PN 451 .C61).

Contemporary Literary Criticism Select TUTORIAL - Collects more than 11,000 critical essays on contemporary authors, with biographical, critical, principal works, and further study information. Users may search by author name, title of work, nationality, subject/genre, ethnicity, critic name, and more. Search the entire collection located in the reference section of the library (REF. PN 771 .C59).

Dictionary of Literary Biography TUTORIAL - Provides nearly 10,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of influential literary figures from all eras and genres. Multiple search and browse options are combined with an easy format that matches the look and feel of the print originals, including the complete text of all biographical essays and more than 98% of the images from the print sets.

Directory of Open Access Journals - Provides indexing, abstracting, and full text access for selected international scholarly journals in many subject areas, including agriculture and food science, biology, chemistry, health science, languages and literature, mathematics, physics, engineering, the arts, business, environmental science, history, law, political science, philosophy, religion, and social science.

Early American Fiction 1789-1850 TUTORIAL - Provides full text for more than 400 works of American prose fiction published before 1850.

Early American Fiction 1789-1875 TUTORIAL - Offers full text of 875 first editions of American novels and short stories.

Early English Prose Fiction TUTORIAL - Offers a collection of more than 200 works from the period 1500-1700, exploring the rich diversity of prose fiction in English in the period preceding the emergence of the realist novel. Full-text works by some key authors.

Eighteenth-Century Fiction TUTORIAL - A collection of 96 complete works of English prose from the period 1700 - 1780 by writers from the British Isles.

English Drama TUTORIAL - A unique collection of more than 3,900 plays and verse and prose tracing the development of drama in English from the medieval mystery cycles to the comedies of Oscar Wilde.

English Poetry TUTORIAL - Contains the complete English poetic canon from the 8th century to the early 20th. Over 160,000 poems by more than 1,250 poets are drawn from nearly 4,500 printed sources.

English Poetry. Second Edition TUTORIAL - Contains an additional 20,000 poems of English writers not in the English Poetry database above.

Essay and General Literature Index - A unique reference database that cites records contained in collections of essays and miscellaneous works published in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. More than 320 single and multi-authored volumes are indexed annually with more than 20 selected annuals and serial publications.

The Faber Poetry Library A collection of some of the most influential poets of the twentieth century. In total “The Faber Poetry Library” contains 140 volumes by 50 poets.

Literature Online TUTORIAL - A fully searchable database of more than 357,250 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 196 full-text literature journals, 8 complete reference books, 839 poetry video clips, 230 KnowledgeNotes student guides, and 5,250 selected web sites. Users may browse by complete contents, full-text journals, author index, or poets. "Literature Online" expands coverage by offering over 5,250 hyperlinks to other sites on the Web that are relevant to the study of literature.

Literature Resource Center - Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world, supplemented by the scholarly materials of the Scribner Writers Series and Twayne’s World, U.S., and English Authors Series.

Literary Reference Center - Contains full text for 343 academic journals, 100 magazines, 6 trade publications, more than 35,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticisms, more than 253,000 author biographies (including more than 22,000 in-depth bios), more than 460 literary journals, more than 693,000 book reviews, nearly 78,000 classic and contemporary poems, more than 19,600 classic and contemporary short stories, more than 6,500 author interviews, more than 8,200 classic texts and much more.

Nineteenth-Century Fiction TUTORIAL - A collection of 250 British and Irish novels from the period 1782 to 1903, stretching from the golden age of Gothic fiction to the Decadent and New Woman novels of the 1890s.

Play Index - Searches over 30,000 plays written from Antiquity to the present and published from 1949 to the present. Search for plays by title, author, subject, style, genre, and cast type.

Scribner Writers Series TUTORIAL - Provides original, comprehensive, scholar-signed essays on the lives and works of more than 2,000 authors from around the globe and from all time periods. Balancing cultural history with thorough analyses.

Short Story Index - Indexes all the important collections and anthologies of short stories that are published each year. All literary genres are covered. Approximately 200+ monographs are captured per year, with approximately 3,000-4,000 analytics (chapters/stories).

Texas Reference Center TUTORIAL - Includes more than 80 full text journals and books about Texas history, ethnic and cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, public health and business, as well as home and garden and sports and leisure. The database contains biographies portraying famous historical and contemporary Texans such as George Herbert Walker Bush, Lady Bird Johnson, Dan Moody, Susanna Dickinson and Sam Houston. Newspapers providing Texas and national news coverage are also included.

Twayne Authors Series TUTORIAL - Offers in-depth introductions to the lives and works of writers, the history and influence of literary movements and to the development of literary genres. It covers authors, their works and literary movements from all time periods, but predominantly from the 17th through the 20th century. Covers 600 full-text titles from the Twayne Literary Masters series.

Twentieth-Century African American Poetry - A database of modern and contemporary African American poetry, featuring almost 9,000 poems by 62 of the most important African American poets of the last century.

Twentieth-Century American Poetry TUTORIAL - Includes 52,000 poems drawn from 750 volumes by over 300 poets.

Twentieth-Century English Poetry - A collection of more than 600 volumes of poetry by 283 poets from 1900 to the present day, including over forty authors from The Faber Poetry Library.

References (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks)

Funk and Wagnall's New Encyclopedia - Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Merriam Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus - Contains 225,000 entries, including more than 10,000 new words and definitions.

Oxford English Dictionary TUTORIAL - Traces the evolution of more than 600,000 words through 3 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books. Covers words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to South Africa, from Australia and New Zealand to the Caribbean.

Webster's Third New International Dictionary. Unabridged - Search by headword, keyword, etymology keyword, author/quotation keyword, or part of speech.

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