English Databases

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Most Useful

Database Database Description
Jstor

Provides access to articles published more than 2 years ago in over 100 scholarly journals.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: scholarly articles
Literature Criticism Online

A database of encyclopedias of literary criticism, including: Children's literature review; Contemporary literary criticism; Literature criticism from 1400 to 1800; and Nineteenth-century literature criticism.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: encyclopedia
MLA Bibliography

Index to articles on literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from over 4,000 journals and series published worldwide.

Dates of coverage: 1963 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Project MUSE

Collection of close to 250 full-text journals covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and more.

Dates of coverage: 1994 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles

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Database Database Description
Academic Search Complete

Multidisciplinary database that indexes journals from a wide range of subject areas, including literature, history, ethnic studies, computer science, engineering, physics, chemistry, and medical sciences. Includes many fulltext articles.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: scholarly articles
African American Experience

Fulltext collection of materials covering African American history and culture. Topics covered include music, folklore, biography, education, politics and civil rights. The collection includes primary sources and encyclopedias.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: encyclopedia, primary sources
America: History and Life

Index to articles on all topics of history in the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Coverage includes all key English-language historical journals as well as selected state, local, and international historical journals. 

Dates of coverage: 1954 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
American Indian Experience

Fulltext collection exploring the histories and contemporary cultures of the indigenous peoples of the United States. The collection includes primary sources and encyclopedias and cover Pre-contact to the present day.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: encyclopedia, primary sources
Arts & Humanities Citation Index (ISI)

Part of Web of Science, this is a citation index to 1,300 leading arts and humanities journals. Coverage includes selected articles from social science and science journals.  

Dates of coverage: 1997 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Archive of digital facsimile images of works printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700

Dates of coverage: 1473 - 1700
Content Type: ebooks, primary sources
Historical Abstracts

Index to articles on all topics of history from the Middle Ages to the present, excluding the Americas, which are covered in America: History and Life.

Dates of coverage: 1950 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective

Index of articles, interviews, and book reviews in the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, economics, psychology and sociology.

Dates of coverage: 1907-1984
Content Type: scholarly articles
Humanities International Index

Index of journals, books and reference works, as well as original creative works including poems, fiction, photographs, paintings and illustrations. Coverage includes archaeology, art, film, folklore, gender, philosophy, and religion and theology.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: scholarly articles
Latino American Experience

A full-text database focusing on the history and culture of Latinos living in the United States. Includes primary documents, images, Spanish-language content, a timeline, and Web sites.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: encyclopedia, primary sources
Literature Resource Center

A comprehensive online database which contains full text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines, critical essays, work and topic overviews, full text works, biographies and more.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: scholarly articles
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Over 50,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: dictionary, encyclopedia
Oxford English Dictionary

The dictionary of record. In addition to definitions, it also includes the history of how individual words have been used.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: dictionary, reference source
Oxford Reference Collection

Includes over 180 encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs and handbooks on all subject areas. Search at the entry screen or click on Subjects and Books to see titles included.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: dictionary, encyclopedia, reference source
PsycInfo

Index to articles from more than 1,800 journals on psychology and the psychological elements of related fields such as education, psychiatry, business, medicine, linguistics, nursing, law, and social work.

Dates of coverage: 1840 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
WorldCat (FirstSearch)

Over 35 million records of any type of material owned by libraries throughout the United States and several other countries.

Dates of coverage: All time periods
Content Type: reference source, scholarly articles