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Key Databases

MLA International Bibliography

Produced by the Modern Language Association and consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. It draws on scholarly research in over 5,000 journals and series, also covering relevant monographs, working papers, proceedings, bibliographies, and other formats. Contains more than 2.5 million citations to published scholarly literature.

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Coverage:
1886+
Updated:
Quarterly
Fulltext:
Selective
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Literature Resource Center

Gale's Literature Resource Center focuses on undergraduate students and provides access to biographical, bibliographical, and critical analysis from the core sources Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, and Contemporary Literary Criticism, although additional Gale sources are represented. It includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, and journalism. In addition, it includes a link to the full-text of Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, 1995. Please review the LRC's own "about file" for information on the database's coverage and updates that will appear frequently.

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Coverage:
Ongoing
Updated:
Regularly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
JSTOR

Image backfiles of journals in humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. Includes the following collections: Arts & Sciences I through X, Arts & Sciences XII; Life Sciences, Iberoamerica and JSTOR Asia collection.

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Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Varies
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
WorldCat Classic

Collection of all the FirstSearch databases subscribed to by the University Libraries including ArticleFirst, PapersFirst, ProceedingsFirst, World Almanac, WorldCat, and some subject databases.

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Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Varies
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users

Other Databases

'Through the Camera Lens': The Moving Picture World and the Silent Cinema Era, 1907-1927

For anyone studying the early years of American cinema, the most important research tools are the film periodicals of the era. Chief among these was the Moving Picture World, which set the standard for the broadest possible coverage. This database consists of reviews, current releases, and published news, features, and interviews relating to all aspects of the industry, including news items, the best reviews and feature articles, and advertisements published each week.

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Coverage:
1907-1927
Updated:
Static Archives
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Academic Search Complete

Scholarly, multidisciplinary database. Includes more than 7,000 full-text periodicals(6,000+ are peer reviewed) in the social sciences, humanities, and science and technology.

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Coverage:
Many from 1990, some indexed as early as 1887
Updated:
Daily
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Accessible Archives Database Collection

Searchable full text content of entire ccessible Archives and Collections which include several 19th century newspaper collections with images as well as American county histories and other historical collections. Covers many aspects of 19th century life and history and contains origianl source materials specifically addressing African American cultural history and womens' history. Microfilm versions of some of the newspapers are held by the UA Libraries. An important source available for research and fresh interpretation by undergraduate and graduate students, historians, sociologists, and educators.

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Coverage:
N/A
Updated:
As new collections are added
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Alt-PressWatch

Alt-PressWatch is a full text database of newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press. Includes critical perspectives on local and international issues confronting contemporary society within a broad spectrum of subject areas. The database offers free text searching and complete indexing. It is a current and retrospective collection and it provides viewpoints and perspectives to complement and challenge the coverage of the mainstream media.

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Coverage:
1988 +
Updated:
Daily
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
Limited to two concurrent users
American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection (Series 1-5 via EBSCO)

Provides digital access to a comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912. Subjects include: culture and the arts and literature, music, religion, women's studies, history, science, and more. For a more comprehensive access to the AAS historical periodicals, the vendor GALE provides access to additional titles and has added an additional volume (volume 6): https://library.albany.edu/dbfinder/resource.php?id=4288

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Coverage:
17th - 20th Centuries
Updated:
no updates, static archives
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection (Series 1-6 via Gale)

This collection brings the Series 1-5 previously distributed by EBSCO more firmly into the 20th century with titles running up to 1923. Going beyond the short date range in the earlier series, it includes the entirety of publishing history in the Colonies and subsequent United States. It extends or fills gaps in issues for approximately 45 titles previously digitized in Series 1-5 and adds more than 150 new periodical titles recently acquired by the AAS.

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Coverage:
18th-20th Century
Updated:
Static Archives
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
American Fiction

This collection encompasses more than 17,500 works of prose fiction written by Americans from the political beginnings of the United States through World War I, including thousands never before available online. This landmark digital collection is based on authoritative bibliographies including Lyle H.Wright's American Fiction: A Contribution Toward a Bibliography, widely considered the most comprehensive bibliography of American adult prose fiction of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and Geoffrey D. Smith's American Fiction, 1901-1925: A Bibliography, comprising nearly three-quarters of all adult fiction published in the United States during this time period.

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Coverage:
1774-1920
Updated:
Static Archives
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Artstor

The Artstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 2.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research.

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Coverage:
Prehistoric-Present
Updated:
Annually
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Black Studies Center

Black Studies Center is a leading tool that supports research, teaching, and learning in Black Studies and other disciplines that benefit from a more detailed coverage of the black experience such as history, literature, political science, sociology, philosophy, and religion. Contains historical backfiles of the Chicago Defender, a leading African-American newspaper, the International Index to Black Periodicals, the Marshall Index, and the Black Literature Index.

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Coverage:
N/A
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Book Review Digest Retrospective

Excerpts from and citations to reviews of adult and juvenile fiction and non-fiction. Covers 300,000 books and 1.5 million book reviews.

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Coverage:
1905-1982
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Dictionary of Old English A to I

The Dictionary of Old English (DOE) defines the vocabulary of the first six centuries (C.E. 600-1150) of the English language. The DOE complements the Middle English Dictionary (which covers the period C.E. 1100-1500) and the Oxford English Dictionary, the three together providing a full description of the vocabulary of English.

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Coverage:
N/A
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
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 1473-1700 -EEBO contains over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard and Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661), and the Early English Tract Supplement.

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Coverage:
1473-1700
Updated:
Infrequently
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

Database of English-language materials printed in the UK during the 18th century. Also includes limited foreign-language titles and many important works from the Americas. There are over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes) of books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more. Based on the English Short Title Catalogue.

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Coverage:
1700 - 1799
Updated:
Regularly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Essay and General Literature Index

Provides access to more than 86,000 essays in over 7,000 collections and anthologies. Covers the entire range of the humanities, including theatre, art history, drama and film. Selective coverage of the social sciences.

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Coverage:
1985 +
Updated:
Regularly
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Film & Television Literature Index

Provides indexing and abstracts for hundreds of publications (and selected coverage of 300), as well as selected full text. In addition, it includes Variety movie reviews from 1914 to present and over 36,300 images from the MPTV Image Archive. Subject coverage includes: cinematography, film & television theory, preservation & restoration, production, reviews, technical aspects, screenwriting, and more.

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Coverage:
1990+
Updated:
Monthly
Fulltext:
Selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Gale Literary Sources

Artemis Literary Sources provides combined access to Literature Criticism Online (6 multidisciplinary series), Literature Resource Center, and Twayne’s Author Series.

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Coverage:
15th century - present
Updated:
Monthly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Gale Primary Sources (previously known as Artemis Primary Sources)

Platform that integrates primary source digital collections provided by the vendor Gale. Currently, it allows to search for primary sources within the following collections: Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO).

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Coverage:
18 and 19th centuries
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Humanities Source

Humanities Source provides full text plus abstracts and bibliographic indexing for the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities. Includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, book reviews, reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, and much more. Humanities Source is a valuable collection for students, researchers, and educators interested in all aspects of the humanities. Full text for over 1,520 journals.

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Coverage:
1907 - Present
Updated:
continually
Fulltext:
Yes, selected.
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Kanopy

Kanopy is a streaming video service that offers over 26,000 films from over 800 leading producers such as Criterion Collection, New Day Films, The Great Courses, PBS, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber and First Run Features.

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Coverage:
N/A
Updated:
Continuously
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
L.A. Theatre Works

Hundreds of important dramatic works in streaming audio from the curated archive of the nation’s premiere radio theatre companies. The plays are significant dramatic works of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries and are performed by leading actors from around the world, recorded specifically for online listening.

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Coverage:
19th - 21st centuries
Updated:
no updates: static archives
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Literature Criticism Online

A collection of literary criticism, this resource brings together several multidisciplinary series representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres. Includes the full text from volumes since 2013 of the following titles: Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800, Nineteenth-century Literature Criticism, Twentieth-century Literary Criticism, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism

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Coverage:
2012+
Updated:
Monthly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Literature, Culture and Society in Depression Era America

The Federal Writers' Project was created by the federal government project to provide jobs for out-of-work writers during the Great Depression. This collection presents the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) publications of all 47 states involved in the project, which ran from 1933 to 1943. Forming the most complete collection of publications from all participating states, this archive contains more than 450 individual items, many of which are typed or mimeographed and received only limited circulation. The FWP was a part of "Federal One,"the arts project established by the WPA to cover music, theater, art and writers. The WPA recognized that steelworkers, bricklayers, share-croppers, and factory workers were not the only section of the economy hit by the Depression. Academics, post-graduate students, journalists, playwrights and novelists were also unemployed. In five years the WPA spent millions, provided literary training and, more significantly, the opportunity for participants to observe, eat, and write.

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Coverage:
1933-1943
Updated:
Static Archives
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Nineteenth Century Collections Online

A database of primary source collections for the 19th Century, primarily British and American, but includes material from other countries. It consists of monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, photographs, statistics, and other kinds of documents in Western and non-Western languages. NCCO is selective and material thematically grouped into Archives. Our access is to 7 archives: British Politics and Society; Asia & The West; British Theatre and Popular Culture; Corvey Collection of European Literature; Photography: The World Through the Lens; Women: Transnational Networks; and Religion,Spirituality, Reform and Society

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Coverage:
19th Century
Updated:
Static Archives
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Nineteenth Century US Newspapers

19th Century U.S. Newspapers is a full-text searchable database of primary sources consisting of more than 500 newspapers and 1.8 million pages. Coverage spans the entire 19th century, a time of extraordinary change socially, politically and culturally. Every aspect of society and every region of the nation is found in the archive — rural and urban, large cities and small towns, coast to coast, etc. Includes major newspapers as well as those published by African Americans, Native Americans, women's rights groups, labor groups, the Confederacy, and other groups and interests.

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Coverage:
19th Century
Updated:
No updates: Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
North American Women's Drama

Full-texts of 1,500 plays written by American and Canadian women; it covers from colonial times to the present. Includes selected playbills, production photographs, and biographical data.

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Coverage:
colonial times to present
Updated:
no updates: static archives
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Oxford English Dictionary

Online version of the 2nd edition of the 23 volume print set. Updates will include 1000+ new words. In addition, the search features scale from simple to the complex, and users can search by keyword, author, quotation, and more.

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Coverage:
1150 - present
Updated:
Quarterly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Past Masters

Full text database of 16 philosophers along with Jane Austen's Complete Works and Letters, Ralph Waldo Emerson's Collected Works and Early Letters, and Mary Shelley's Novels and Selected Works. These authoritative editions are in both original languages and English translations.

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Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Irregularly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Project Muse

400 Scholarly journals in literature humanities, social sciences, mathematics, cultural and gender studies from Johns Hopkins University Press. The journal list is available for browsing.

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Coverage:
1993 +
Updated:
Varies
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Project Muse Ebook Collection

Contains contemporary poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from a number of university presses published in 2010 & 2011.

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Coverage:
2010 and 2011
Updated:
Never
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Salem Literature

A database that contains the complete content of printed reference sets from Salem Press owned by the University Libraries. Currently includes Magill's Literary Annuals and Masterplots, 4th edition.

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Coverage:
1977 +
Updated:
Annually Access:
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users IP
Short Story Index (H.W. Wilson)

Description of this resource: Indexes short stories published in more than 4,200 collections and anthologies. Also includes short stories from periodicals that have been indexed in Humanities Index and Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature.

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Coverage:
1984+
Updated:
Daily
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Short Story Index Retrospective 1915-1983

Bibliographic entries on more than 150,000 short stories published over 150 years; citations to short stories published from the 1830s to the 1980s from 350 periodicals and collections of short stories; links to the full text of thousands of stories online.

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Coverage:
1915-1983
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
Unlimited users
Times Literary Supplement Digital Archive

The TLS is one of the world’s leading journals for literature and ideas. Every week it publishes book reviews, book extracts, essays, and poems from leading writers from around the world. It covers far more than just literature, featuring major articles on subjects from anthropology to zoology, philosophy to politics, comedy to psychology. Each week they also review the latest in fiction, film, opera, theatre, dance, radio, and television.

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Coverage:
6 January - Present
Updated:
Weekly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Twayne's Authors Series

In-depth critical introduction to over 600 authors from three print series: United States Authors, English Authors, World Authors. It covers a wide range of chronological and geographical locations.

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Coverage:
Various literary time periods
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
World Shakespeare Bibliography Online

Online annotated entries of all important books, articles, reviews, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare. The scope is international and contains more than 137,000 annotated entries.

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Coverage:
1962 +
Updated:
Regularly
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users