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  • MLA International Bibliography  Icon  Icon
    Provides over a million citations to scholarly publications in literature, modern languages, and linguistics. Updated monthly.
  • Literary Reference Center Plus  Icon
    Literary Reference Center Plus is a comprehensive database that provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. LRC Plus combines information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals and more.
  • Literature Criticism Online
    This resource provides online access to the full-text to all 10 of the Thomson Gale Literature Criticism Reference Sets, including Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Shakespeare Criticism, etc. Provides access to criticism (excerpts or full-text) published from an author's own time to the present as well as biographical and bibliographical information.
  • Artemis Literary Sources
    Artemis Literary Sources brings together Gale's literary databases in one search interface. Currently allows for federated searching and access to Literature Criticism Online and Literature Resource Center. Additional Gale resources will be added as they become available.
  • Literature Resource Center  Icon
    Literature Resource Center provides access to: full-text scholarly articles, book reviews, biographical essays, full text of thousands of poems and short stories published in contemporary journals and magazines, overview essays on thousands of books and literary topics, links to editorially selected websites on authors and their works, pictures, audio interviews and more.
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts Online  Icon
    Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. The database covers 1,500 serials publications, abstracts of books, book chapters, and dissertations in all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, translation studies and more.
  • Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL)  Icon
    Indexes monographs, journal articles, book reviews, and more on the language, literature, bibliography, and culture of English-speaking areas of the world. Coverage includes materials published from the late 19th century to the present.

More Databases for English Studies

  • African-American Poetry  Icon
    Contains the full-text of nearly 3,000 poems written between 1760 and 1900.
  • American & English Literature: Poetry, Drama and Prose  Icon
    Contains many works of poetry, drama, and prose, based on books and other sources originally published in print. Collections include: African-American Poetry 1700-1900; 20th Century African-American Poetry; American Poetry 1600-1900; 20th Century American Poetry; English Poetry; 20th Century English Poetry; American Drama; English Prose Drama 1280-1915; English Verse Dramas 13th-19th Centuries; Early American Fiction 1774-1850; 18th Century Fiction 1700-1800; Bibliography of American Literature; Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare; William Butler Yeats Collection; The Bible in English.
  • American Drama  Icon
    American dramatic literature from 1714 to the present. The database contains more than 2,000 full-text plays written by over 300 American dramatists.
  • American Periodicals Series Online  Icon  Icon
    American Periodicals Series Online contains page images of more than 1,100 historic American magazines, journals, and newspapers. These resources illuminate the development of American culture, politics, and society across some 150 years. Articles can be searched by author, source, and words in the complete text. Updated quarterly.
  • American Poetry Database  Icon
    Contains the full text of over 40,000 poems by more than 200 writers from the 17th Century to the early 20th Century.
  • Artemis Primary Sources
    Artemis Primary Sources brings together Gale's primary source databases in one search interface. Currently allows for federated searching and access to Eighteenth Century Collections Online and Nineteenth Century Collections Online.
  • Bible in English  Icon  Icon
    The full text of 21 editions of the Bible written in English. Can be searched by contents, keyword, and parallel text (by chapter).
  • American & English Literature: Poetry, Drama and Prose  Icon
    Contains many works of poetry, drama, and prose, based on books and other sources originally published in print. Collections include: African-American Poetry 1700-1900; 20th Century African-American Poetry; American Poetry 1600-1900; 20th Century American Poetry; English Poetry; 20th Century English Poetry; American Drama; English Prose Drama 1280-1915; English Verse Dramas 13th-19th Centuries; Early American Fiction 1774-1850; 18th Century Fiction 1700-1800; Bibliography of American Literature; Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare; William Butler Yeats Collection; The Bible in English.
  • Columbia Granger's World of Poetry  Icon
    Contains 250,000 poems in full text and 450,000 citations and growing. Includes poems in English as well as in Spanish, French, German, Italian and many other languages. Allowing searching by subject, author, first/last line, keyword and full text.
  • Contemporary Authors  Icon
    Covers biographical information on more than 130,000 current writers in a wide range of media, including writers of fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, and drama; prominent print and broadcast journalists, editors, photojournalists, syndicated cartoonists, screenwriters, television scriptwriters, and other media people; authors who write in languages other than English, provided their works have been published in the United States or translated into English; and literary greats of the early twentieth century.
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography  Icon
    Provides information about the lives and careers of authors from all genres and eras. Also includes biographical and critical studies written by scholars, as well as suggestions for further readings and author bibliographies.
  • Dictionary of Old English Web Corpus  Icon
    Available to Kent, Salem and Stark Campuses only! The Dictionary of Old English (DOE) defines the vocabulary of the first six centuries (C.E. 600-1150) of the English language.
  • Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians
    This site from the British Library provides essays, author pages, videos and other unique content on the literature of the Romantic and Victorian periods.
  • Early American Fiction  Icon
    Contains 440 works of 80 novelists and short-story writers, 1774-1850. Included are the full texts of the first editions of American novels and short stories written before 1850 by authors of significance during their lifetimes
  • Early English Books Online  Icon
    Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473 to 1700.
  • Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare  Icon
    Consists of selected full-text of Shakespeare's works, adaptations, and related writings. Items range from mid-16th century to mid-19th century.
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online  Icon
    Consisting of every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas, Eighteenth Century Collections Online is the most ambitious single digitization project ever undertaken. Bearing witness to what many scholars consider the three most significant events in world history—The American Revolution, The French Revolution and The Industrial Revolution—this resource features full-text search capabilities, canonical titles of the period as well as contemporary works that analyze and debate those titles, and works by both well-known and lesser-known authors. From books and directories, to Bibles and sheet music, to sermons and pamphlets, Eighteenth Century Collections Online features a variety of materials to provide a critical tool for both faculty research and classroom use.
  • Eighteenth Century Fiction  Icon  Icon
    Offers the complete text of 96 works of British prose fiction published between 1700 and 1780.
  • English Poetry Database  Icon
    Contains the full text of over 175,000 poems by over 1,400 poets from British Commonwealth and ex-colonial countries, between the years 600 and 1900.
  • English Prose Drama  Icon
    Offers the full text of 1600 plays written in prose between the 16th-19th centuries. This source is based on plays listed in the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature.
  • English Short Title Catalogue  Icon
    Describes works printed in any language in England or its dependencies produced prior to 1801.
  • English Verse Drama  Icon
    Provides the full text of over 2200 plays by hundreds of different authors from the late 14th century through the end of the 19th century. This source is based on materials listed in the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature.
  • Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text  Icon
    Covers the literature about television and film writing. It provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 300 publications, and selected coverage of 300 more. Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews
  • Gale Literary Database (Biographical Material)  Icon
    Full-text access to "Dictionary of Literary Biography," "Contemporary Literary Criticism" and "Contemporary Authors" reference sets. A bio-bibliographical guide covering writers from all eras, nationalities and genres.
  • International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance  Icon
    The database provides a comprehensive multicultural and inter-disciplinary research tool available to theater students, educators and professionals. Developed from data going back to 1984, this comprises a fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated databank of journal articles, books, book articles and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance.
  • MLA Directory of Periodicals  Icon  Icon
    MLA Directory of Periodicals lists over 4400 periodicals in the areas of literature, language, linguistics, and folklore that are covered regularly in the MLA International Bibliography. The directory provides addresses, advertising rates, and information about submissions for publication.
  • Nineteenth-Century Collections Online  Icon
    Nineteenth Century Collections Online is a multi-year global digitization and publishing program focusing on primary source collections of the nineteenth century, with archives releasing incrementally. Currently, this resource includes the following collections: British Politics and Society; European Literature 1790-1840 : the Corvey Collection; Asia and the West : Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange; and British Theatre, Music, and Literature : High and Popular Culture.
  • North American Women's Letters and Diaries  Icon
    North American Women's Letters and Diaries is a full-text database of the personal experiences as reflected in the letters and diaries of 1,325 women who lived in North America before 1960. Includes data from the Colonial era to 1950.
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online  Icon
    Offers peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on specific topics in a growing range of subject areas. There are at least 50 specific topical bibliographies in each subject area. Each of these features an introduction to the topic. Bibliographies are browseable by subject area and keyword searchable.
  • Oxford English Dictionary  Icon  Icon
    Can be searched for both current and historical definitions of a word, as well as provide quotations and the ability to search for the occurrence of a word in any definition. Updated periodically.
  • Oxford Reference Online  Icon  Icon
    Contains entries from over 100 major discipline-related dictionaries and other publications from Oxford University Press. Coverage includes the sciences, foreign languages, art and architecture, politics, business, literature and more.
  • Play Index  Icon
    An index of plays in English searchable by title; author; subject; style; genre; cast type; and more. Play Index provides the full publication details needed to locate the play in its published manifestations. All Play master records contain a link to the results of an Internet metasearch of specially selected Web sites to link to full text, criticism, and other useful information.
  • Salem Press  Icon
    Online access to Salem Press' Critical Insights and Critical Surveys series, providing analytical essays on key literary authors and literary works written in the English language. Also provides access to Salem Press' Great Events From History Series as well as to Milestone Historical Documents.
  • Short Story Index  Icon
    Short Story Index provides indexing to over 100,000 short stories found within anthologies and collections. Search by author, title, subject, keyword, date, or literary technique. Also includes the full text for nearly 5,000 stories.
  • Something About the Author  Icon
    This database provides illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators.This is the online version of the more than 200 volume print edition.
  • Victorian Studies Bibliography
    Victorian Bibliography lists noteworthy publications (including articles, books, and reviews) that have a bearing on the Victorian period. It annually indexes over 400 journals, representing scholarship in a range of disciplines. Prepared by the staff of Victorian Studies and a committee of the Victorian Division of the Modern Language Association of America
  • Women Writers Online  Icon
    The Women Writers Online collection contains more than 320 texts published by women authors between 1526 and 1850. Search the full text of these works or browse by author/date/title.
  • World Shakespeare Bibliography Online
    The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online is a searchable electronic database consisting of the most comprehensive record of Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide.

Interdisciplinary Databases of Possible Interest

  • Academic Search Complete  Icon  Icon
    Provides full text for more than 4,000 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. This database is updated daily.
  • America: History and Life  Icon  Icon
    Provides a complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.
  • Bibliography of Native North Americans  Icon
    The multi-disciplinary database covers many areas of literature regarding Native North Americans in the United States and Canada: books, essays, journal articles, and government documents. Coverage is from the 16th century through the present.
  • Citation Indexes  Icon  Icon
    Three multidisciplinary "Web of Science" databases covering the journal literature in the areas of the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Updated weekly.
  • Dissertations & Theses Full Text (ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, Full Text)  Icon
    Includes millions of searchable citations to dissertation and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and some retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.
  • Dissertations and Theses (OhioLINK ETD Center)  Icon
    Online theses and dissertations from Ohio graduate students. Includes links to full-text.
  • Electronic Journal Center (OhioLINK)  Icon
    Full-text coverage of selected journals in the areas of arts, humanities, math, medicine, science, engineering, computer science, and social sciences. This link gives the current status of access to EJC titles. For some, links are provided through publishers' web sites.
  • Gender Studies Database  Icon
    Gender Studies Database combines Women’s Studies International and Men’s Studies databases with the coverage of sexual diversity issues. GSD covers the full spectrum of gender-engaged scholarship inside and outside academia. Source documents include professional journals, conference papers, books, book chapters, government reports, discussion and working papers, theses & dissertations and other sources
  • Historical Abstracts  Icon  Icon
    Contains references about the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life).
  • JSTOR  Icon
    JSTOR is an electronic archive of complete journal backruns, current to within 2 to 5 years. The collections include: Arts & Sciences I-VIII, Business Collection I-III, Ecology & Botany, General Science, and Language and Literature. For Kent State University, students and faculty now have access to 381 JSTOR journals representing over 2 million articles.
  • LGBT Life with Full Text  Icon
    LGBT Life provides indexing and abstract coverage of the world's literature regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues. Disciplines covered include civil liberties, culture, employment, family, history, politics, psychology, religion, sociology and more.
  • Women's Studies Database
    The University of Maryland women's studies site provides links to conferences, bibliographies, film reviews, other web sites of interest to women's studies researchers.
  • Women's Studies International  Icon
    Women's Studies International covers the core disciplines in Women’s Studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research. Disciplines included are sociology, history, political science & economy, public policy, international relations, arts & humanities, business and education.
  • WorldCat  Icon
    Contains records to over 100 million items in most (if not all) subject areas. Materials may include books, computer data files and programs, films, journal and magazine titles, newspapers, manuscripts, musical scores, and more. Not included are individual articles, stories, or book chapters. Updated daily.

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English Studies, Modern and Classical Language Studies, Applied Linguistics

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