Databases by subject: English Literature

Major Indexes


Database of citations to books, journal articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews and collections of essays published anywhere in the world from 1920 onwards.

Bibliography of American Literature

Find citations to American literature from the 18th and 19th centuries, especially including works of American literary writers from the time of the Revolution to 1930.

Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Find digital page images of virtually every work printed in English from 1473-1700, including works from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, British North America, and elsewhere.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

Find full-text English-language and foreign-language titles covering multiple disciplines printed in Great Britain from 1701 to 1800.

Granger's World of Poetry

Access more than 250,000 poems in full text and 450,000 citations. The poems in full text are the most widely-read in the English language, as well as in Spanish, French, German, and Italian.

Humanities Source Ultimate

Find full text articles from journals, books and other published sources covering all aspects of the humanities, 1909 to present.Upgraded version of Humanities International Complete.

Literature Criticism Online

Find full text entries in the Gale Literature Criticism series.

Literature Resource Center

Full-text of biographies, bibliographies, and literary criticism of authors from all time periods covering novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers from antiquity-present.

MLA International Bibliography (literature, language, linguistics)

Find journal articles, books and dissertations published worldwide from the 1920s on literature, language and linguistics.

Additional Indexes

19th Century Masterfile (Poole's Plus)

Find references to periodicals, newspapers, books, patents, image archives, and government documents covering all subjects of interest published in the United States and Britain in the 19th century.

ARTFL: Tresor de la langue francaise

Find complete French language texts spanning from the 12th through the 20th centuries. ARTFL-FRANTEXT is the main ARTFL Database which is only available to the UA community. There are other collections that are open to the public.

Black Short Fiction

Full text African and African-Diaspora short stories, folktales, and selected literary magazines.

Book Review Index Online

Explore a comprehensive online index of book reviews from thousands of publications.

Cambridge Companions Online

View the 400 volumes of the print Cambridge Companions series online in PDF format, covering literature, classics, philosophy, religion, and culture.

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online

Find full text entries from Gale biographical resources about authors.

Early English Prose Fiction

Find a vast full-text collection of poetry, prose and drama along with literary criticism and reference resources.

Early European Books: Collections 1-13

Find fully searchable, full-color, high-resolution facsimile images of rare books and printed material from Europe from the origins of printing in Europe (circa 1450s) to 1700.

Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare

Find the complete text of 11 major editions of Shakespeare's works, from the First Folio to the Cambridge edition of 1863-66. This collection also includes 24 separate contemporary printings of individual plays, selected apocrypha and related works, and more than 100 adaptations, sequels, and burlesques from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

English Drama

A searchable database of more than 3,900 full-text plays in verse and prose tracing the development of drama in English from the medieval mystery cycles to the comedies of Oscar Wilde, covering 1300 to 1900.

English Poetry, Second Edition

Find a comprehensive collection of poetry with options to search by poet, title, keyword, literary period, nationality, gender, and more.

English Short Title Catalog

Explore catalog records of early books, serials, newspapers and selected ephemera printed before 1801 in Britain, Ireland, overseas territories under British colonial rule, and the United States.

Literature Online

Find works on English and American poetry, drama and prose, full-text literature journal articles, and other key criticism and reference resources. Includes content of Twentieth Century Drama module.

Middle English Compendium

Search words in the Middle English Dictionary (MED), find references in the HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse, and full text in the Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse.

Romanticism Redefined: Pickering & Chatto and The Wordsworth Circle

Find Romantic-era literature focusing in the period between 1800 and 1830, featuring canonical and previously unrecognized writers from Britain, the British Empire, and North America.

Shakespeare Collection

Find Shakespeare editions of the complete works, adaptations, other works published during Shakespeare's time, prompt books, the Gordon Crosse Theatrical Diaries, criticism, reviews, and images.

Shakespeare Survey

Find essays, reviews, and textual and critical studies on Shakespeare.

Something About the Author

Find detailed biographies and autobiographies of authors and illustrators for children and young adults.

Twentieth Century North American Drama

Find Canadian and American plays, companies, theatres, playwrights, characters.

Women Writers Online

Find texts by women writers, 1400-1850.

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online

Find Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide between 1960 and the present time.