Databases by subject: Literature

Major Indexes

ABELL

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.

BDSL Online (Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft)

Find German language periodicals, covering all aspects of German language and literature from 1985 to the present.

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.

Books in Print

One of the most comprehensive databases of U.S., Canadian, European, U.K., and Australian books in print. The global edition includes books in many languages (including the former Spanish Books in Print).

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.

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Find citations to articles, books, reviews, catalogues, and conference proceedings about the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Includes links to full text.

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.

Australasian Literature Online

Find creative works spanning the 1930s to present from throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

Black Drama--1850 to Present

Find plays by playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries from 1850-present.

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.

Brechts Werke im WWW

Find selected writings of Bertolt Brecht including poetry, drama and major critical writings contained in Ausgewdhlte Werke in sechs Banden.

Cambridge Companions Online

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

Caribbean Literature

Find an extensive selection of 19th and 20th century works in a variety of languages, including novels, short stories and poetry representing every Caribbean country.

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online

Find full text entries from Gale biographical resources about authors.

Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL)

Free on the web, the Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL) combines the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue and the Scottish National Dictionary in a single, online, searchable database.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Essay and General Literature Index

Find essays and miscellaneous works found in books published in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada from 1985 to present.

German Literature Collections (ProQuest)

Search across ProQuest's German literature collections: Goethes Werke, Schillers Werke, Kafkas Werke, Brechts Werke, Die Deutsche Lyrik and the Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker.

Goethes Werke im WWW

Find complete text of the 143 volumes of the Weimar Edition of Goethe's collective works, published 1887-1919, including all illustrations, variants, indexes, and commentary.

Historic Literary Criticism

Find thousands of reviews, essays and commentary related to influential authors from the 17th to the early 20th century. This collection helps researchers understand how contemporary peers viewed classic texts at the time they were first published.

Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period

Search the poetry of nearly 50 Irish women from 1768-1842. The database also includes essays about the writers and their poetry.

Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism Online

Searchable guide to key figures, schools, and movements in literary theory and criticism.

Kafkas Werke im WWW

Explore a critical edition of Kafka's complete writings with full text search-ability.

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.

Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700

Find primary sources of women's writing in the British Isles from 1500-1700.

Play Index

Find one-act plays, pageants, plays in verse, radio and television plays, classic drama, and monologues.

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.

Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period

Find Romantic poetry composed by Scottish women, along with extensive contemporary critical reviews and numerous scholarly essays.

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.

South and Southeast Asian Literature

Find literature that represents widely cast diasporas, from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, and more that have relocated to the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Pacific and Carribiean Islands and African countries.

Twentieth Century North American Drama

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

W. B. Yeats Collection

Find the major work of W.B. Yeats in all genres -- poetry, plays, criticism, fiction. This collection also includes the last known to have been approved by Yeats in both editions 1925 and 1937.

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.

Worlds of Words

Find books and book reviews from the University of Arizona's International Children’s Literature collection.

Wright American Fiction 1851-1875

Find full text 19th century American fiction based on Lyle H. Wright's bibliography, American Fiction 1851–1875.