Literature & Language

Research Databases

Book Review Digest Plus   ·  Full Text

This essential library tool provides access to book reviews on a wide range of topics from a variety of sources, including newspapers, review journals and popular magazines. 

Communication Source   ·  Full Text

The most comprehensive communications database available, Communication Source offers information for scholars studying mass media, communications theory, linguistics, organizational communication, phonetics and speech pathology. 

Essay & General Literature Index

This unique reference database cites records contained in collections of essays and miscellaneous works published in the United States, Great Britain and Canada.

Humanities Source Ultimate   ·  Full Text

Offering more peer-reviewed, full-text journals than any other database of its kind, Humanities Source Ultimate is a must-have resource for scholars and educators interested in all facets of the humanities.

MagillOnLiterature Plus   ·  Full Text

MagillOnLiterature Plus is the definitive source for editorially reviewed critical analyses, character studies, author biographies and plot summaries of the most studied literary works.

MLA International Bibliography

Produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), the electronic version of the bibliography dates back to the 1920s and contains millions of citations from journals and series, as well as book publishers. 

Play Index

This unique database indexes classic and historical plays, along with the works of contemporary playwrights. Play Index covers new editions and translations, and includes descriptive annotations to summarize the plot and indicate musical requirements.

Read It!   ·  Full Text

Read It! is designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects. It offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills.

Rosetta Stone Library Solution

As multicultural communities expand, interest in language learning increases. Language programs promote inclusive participation and strengthen community connections. Rosetta Stone Library Solution meets this growing need, helping learners engage with confidence in multilingual settings.

Short Story Index

Thanks to its detailed indexing for hundreds of thousands of short stories, this database is an essential resource for readers seeking short stories by author or genre, and for those researching the body of work of a particular literary figure.

Historical Digital Archives

American Literary Periodicals, 1782-1834

This collection depicts the burgeoning American literary movement and encapsulates the higher forms of literature and literary criticism. The works of many notable American writers can be found here, including early pieces by Washington Irving and Charles Brockden Brown. These periodicals and the authors who contributed to them catalyzed distinctly American literary movements that marked a sharp break from European literary traditions. 

American Literary Periodicals, 1835-1858

This collection represents the higher forms of American literature and literary criticism. Many of America's most famous 19th-century writers found their start and, in many cases, their livelihoods by writing for these periodicals. Notables range from James Fennimore Cooper to Edgar Allen Poe.

American Literary Periodicals, 1859-1891

Representing the higher forms of literature and literary criticism in the late 19th century, this collection provides scholars with a well-rounded representation of American literature as told from many of the most notable authors from this time.

Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1903-1982

Collecting nearly eight decades of H.W. Wilson's Book Review Digest, this database provides excerpts from and citations to reviews of adult and juvenile fiction and non-fiction from 1903 to 1982. 

Essay & General Literature Index Retrospective: 1900-1984

This database unlocks a wealth of information from a multitude of collections and anthologies, and is valuable to researchers in a wide array of fields. This resource includes indexes of single and multi-author collection, plus annuals and serials.

Fireside Companions and Family Literature Periodicals, 1805-1877

Drawn from a rich tradition of family and children’s literature, this collection focuses on courtship, marriage and child-rearing by emphasizing moral, wholesome, family living.  

Short Story Index Retrospective: 1915-1983

Essential for readers, educators, librarians, parents, and more, this one-of-a-kind tool brings your library fast and flexible access to the full content of the acclaimed Short Story Index back to its beginning in 1915.

Story Papers, Dimes and Dollar Periodicals, 1828-1877

This collection reflects the progression of print during the 19th century and contains a vast range of titles that highlight an understudied American literary phenomenon. In the 19th century, printed materials became cheaper to produce due to technological advances in printing and publishing. These advances enabled cheap forms of literature to flourish. During this time, story papers, dime publications, and dollar magazines became exceedingly popular.