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MLA International Bibliography (1926 - Current)
Compiled by the Modern Language Association, this is an essential bibliography for literary criticism on all nationalities, periods, types of literature, and authors, with the exception of classical Greek and Latin literature, which is covered in L'Annee philologique. MLAIB is also strong in scholarship on folklore, linguistics, and the teaching of rhetoric, composition, and literature. It covers articles, books, and dissertations in literature and the additional fields mentioned above.

Academic Search Complete
This database provides many full text links to a mix of general interest publications and those in specific academic areas, such as social sciences, humanities, education, language and linguistics, arts, and literature. Publications regarded as interdisciplinary are also represented. ASC is a good general topic database for preliminary research, covering core publications and updated daily.

American Periodicals Series Online (1740 - 1900)
Includes special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines, and many other historically important periodicals.

British Periodicals: Collection I (1681 - 1920)
Contains more than 160 journals that comprise the UMI microfilm collection Early British Periodicals, the equivalent of 5,238 printed volumes containing approximately 3.1 million pages. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences.

Important

Literary Reference Center (EBSCO)
A database covering authors and works most commonly studied from high school through college. Includes selected literary criticism, plot summaries, author biographies, author interviews, book reviews, poems, short stories, and images.

Electronic Journal Center (EJC) (OhioLINK)
EJC is a current full-text database covering scholarly journals in literature and many other disciplines. Students who rely exclusively on EJC should note that they are casting a narrow net in their research. EJC will provide only those publications available full-text to all OhioLINK libraries through licensing agreements with the publishers. To avoid overlooking an important study available uniquely in Grasselli or another library, also consider using the MLAIB and some other databases listed in these resource pages.

Gale Literary Index
This resource provides the volume numbers where reprints of general criticism about an author or title can be found in the various Gale series hardcopy volumes, which are shelved in the library. The Gale series excerpt key passages of general criticism from books and articles. Dictionary of Literary Biography is a respected resource for biographical and critical essays about authors and is covered by this index.
Dictionary of Literary Biography

JSTOR
JSTOR's collections provide electronic access to back issues of core journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. The same warning exists for JSTOR as exists for the EJC above. Students seeking more comprehensive coverage in their research should also consult the MLAIB and other databases mentioned in these resource pages.

L'Annee philologique (1924 - 1992)
This bibliography is available in hard copy books, shelved in the reference area of the library. International scholarship is covered on ancient Greek and Latin language and linguistics, Greek and Roman history, literature, philosophy, and specialized topics. The era covered is from the second millennium B.C. to 800 A.D.

World Shakespeare Bibliography (1961 - Current)
An international database of books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare.

May be of interest

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
An international directory of free and full text journals available on the web. Periodicals selected must use a system of editor(s) and/or peer review. DOAJ attempts to cover all topics.

Film and Television Literature Index w/ Full Text
This bibliographic database covers topics relating to film and television, such as theory and writing. It also includes a large collection of photographs pertaining to entertainment.

FRANCIS
Citations to articles in the humanities, primarily in religion, history of art, and literature.

Gender Studies Database
A bibliography of published scholarship, conference papers, dissertations, and websites on topics relating to men and women.

Humanities International Complete (1925 - Current)
A comprehensive database covering journals, books and other important reference sources in the humanities. This database provides citations and abstracts for articles, essays and reviews, as well as original creative works including poems, fiction, photographs, paintings and illustrations.

International Medieval Bibliography
For use in the library's Reference area, this is a bibliography of the European Middle Ages (ca.450-1500) covering articles on medieval topics.

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
A bibliography of journal articles and reviews pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400 to 1700).

LexisNexis Academic
Full text access to a wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information. L/N's coverage of newspapers, magazines, and news transcripts makes it a good source for news on cultural happenings and finding information about people.

Open Humanities Press
A collection of peer reviewed journals, promoting open access to insights in culture and critical theory.
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Web of Science (1980 - Current)
Web of Science is a collection of citation indexes, which includes Arts and Humanities Citation Index. A special feature of a "citation index" is the ability to search for a specific book or article mentioned within the bibliographies of other articles. By tracing who cites whom, the impact of one scholar's ideas on another's can be better understood. Citation indexes are also helpful in finding scholarly reviews of scholarly books. To look for reviews, search the book as the source being cited.