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Indexes to Journals and Books:

MLA International Bibliography (Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Produced by the Modern Language Association, this detailed index of journal articles, books, book articles, and dissertations dates back to the 1920s and contains over 2.2 million citations from more than 4,400 periodicals and 1,000 book publishers. Provides international coverage of the theory and criticism of world literatures from the Middle Ages to the present. Also covers the dramatic arts, film, theatre, folklore, languages, linguistics, the history of publishing, and more, along with the teaching of these subjects on the college level.

Artemis Literary Sources (Gale/Cengage) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Formerly Literature Criticism Online, this extensive compilation of literary commentary covers both classic and popular authors and their works across regions, eras, and genres by excerpting what many critics have written about them in journals, magazines, newspapers, books, encyclopedias, broadsheets, and pamphlets. How attitudes toward the works may have changed over time is demonstrated by criticism written during the authors' lives through to the present day, including what various great authors wrote about their predecessors. Many entries also include biographical and/or critical overviews of the authors and works, along with author interviews. Includes the digitized full text of the hundreds of volumes in the ten Thomson Gale sets: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Literature Criticism 1400-1800, Shakespeare Criticism, and Classical & Medieval Literature Criticism, as well as Drama Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, and Children's Literature Review. It also includes the contents of the library's subscriptions to the Literature Resource Center and the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
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  • The MLA citation provided for each item may be incorrect if the item has been excerpted from something other than a journal article (such as a magazine, newspaper, or book). See the citation style page for more information.

Literature Resource Center (Gale/Cengage) Remote access available Full text available
Provides access to biographies, criticism, work overviews, bibliographies, and additional resources for more than 120,000 writers - including novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and more - from every age and literary discipline along with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors. Includes the full text of each volume of the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Authors: New Revisions Series, Literature and Its Times, Merriam Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, and assorted other reference books published by Gale and St. James Press as well as the full text of over 300 journals. Also includes selected content from Gale's Literary Criticism series (see the Artemis Literary Sources database for the complete content).

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.

Gale Literary Index:
Indexes the literary criticism and biography sets published by Gale Research including: Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism, Literature Criticism 1400-1800, Poetry Criticism, Black Literature Criticism, and more. These books can be found in the Reference Department.


Online Video:

World Languages and Literature in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
A collection of biographies, documentaries, interviews, and dramatic adaptations covering the leading figures and literary traditions of world literature. Many of the videos have searchable transcripts that display alongside the video. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.

Theatre in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available
Provides complete streaming video of the world's leading plays, featuring an international range of playwrights, actors, and directors. Productions, spanning from the 1930s to the 2000s, present works from the ancient Greeks up through the 20th century, including the complete works of Shakespeare - several with multiple productions for comparative analysis. It also provides many documentaries about theatre that explore the history, playwrights, individual plays, production, performance, and major companies through interviews with directors, designers, writers, and actors as well as rare archival footage.


Online Encyclopedias and Books -- All Literatures:

Magill on Literature Plus (Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Combining MagillOnLiterature and MagillOnAuthors, this database contains editorially reviewed critical analyses, brief plot summaries, and extended character profiles, covering works by more than 8,500 long and short fiction writers, poets, dramatists, essayists, and philosophers. Also contains over 6,500 biographical essays on more than 3,500 different authors, more than 1,000 images, a glossary of 1,310 literary terms, and 376 genre-driven overview essays providing details about important literary genres, time periods, and national literatures.

Artemis Literary Sources (Gale/Cengage) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Formerly Literature Criticism Online, this extensive compilation of literary commentary covers both classic and popular authors and their works across regions, eras, and genres by excerpting what many critics have written about them in journals, magazines, newspapers, books, encyclopedias, broadsheets, and pamphlets. How attitudes toward the works may have changed over time is demonstrated by criticism written during the authors' lives through to the present day, including what various great authors wrote about their predecessors. Many entries also include biographical and/or critical overviews of the authors and works, along with author interviews. Includes the digitized full text of the hundreds of volumes in the ten Thomson Gale sets: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Literature Criticism 1400-1800, Shakespeare Criticism, and Classical & Medieval Literature Criticism, as well as Drama Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, and Children's Literature Review. It also includes the contents of the library's subscriptions to the Literature Resource Center and the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
  • To print, first click on the Printer icon on the right side of the screen.
  • The MLA citation provided for each item may be incorrect if the item has been excerpted from something other than a journal article (such as a magazine, newspaper, or book). See the citation style page for more information.

Literature Resource Center (Gale/Cengage) Remote access available Full text available
Provides access to biographies, criticism, work overviews, bibliographies, and additional resources for more than 120,000 writers - including novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and more - from every age and literary discipline along with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors. Includes the full text of each volume of the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Authors: New Revisions Series, Literature and Its Times, Merriam Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, and assorted other reference books published by Gale and St. James Press as well as the full text of over 300 journals. Also includes selected content from Gale's Literary Criticism series (see the Artemis Literary Sources database for the complete content).

Dictionary of Literary Symbols (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Fiction Core Collection: A Selection Guide (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Designed for collection development, selection, readers' advisory, and general reference, this selective listing delivers information on thousands of works of fiction for adults, either written in or translated into English. Entries provide complete bibliographic data, price, a descriptive annotation, notes about related works, evaluative quotations from a review (when available), and citations to additional reviews.

Reference Guide to World Literature (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains biographical and critical essays on authors from throughout the world, as well as essays covering specific work or works of an author, with criticism and analysis of those works.


Literature by Nation: American - British

American Literature:

American History Through Literature 1820-1870 (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents not merely criticism of authors and titles, but also a historical and cultural view from a wide array of contemporary perspectives to endorse the notion that not only does history affect literature, but literature itself informs history.

American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains biographical and critical essays on 1,328 American women writers covering all genres and all periods of American history.

Harlem Renaissance (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents the people, places and times that defined an era and documents the launch of cultural development among African Americans in 1920s Harlem. Emphasizes literature but also covers music, performing arts, visual arts, and nightlife. Includes almanac and biographies sections with primary source documents in sidebars throughout.

Modern American Literature (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains excerpts by noted critics on 489 of the most significant American authors of the twentieth century. Each author entry gathers a variety of critical approaches and shows the evolution of the critical reception of that author's work. The authors discussed exemplify the best American writing in a variety of genres, from poetry to expository essays, and reflect the diversity of the American experience in the twentieth century.

Thematic Guide to American Poetry (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides interpretations of 250 American poems, representing the work of 86 poets from a wide spectrum of historical, contemporary, ethnic, and canonical writers. Poems are grouped into 21 subject categories, and, within each category, the individual explications are arranged chronologically, to emphasize the evolution of a particular theme over time.

Thematic Guide to Modern Drama (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents essays on thirty-three subjects that weave their way through plays from the end of the 19th century to the present - with an emphasis on American dramatists but including those from other parts of the world - and highlights the variety of thought that exists in response to them. Each essay provides summaries and analyses of three plays that display contrasting views of the theme.

Thematic Guide to the American Novel (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Examines American literature through the central themes in 150 of the most commonly taught American novels. Each of the fifty essays presents a general statement about and definition of the theme followed by a discussion of three novels, including a brief plot summary and important critical aspects of the novel in relation to the theme as well as a list of additional novels that explore the theme. Appendices provide additional themes and cross references.


British Literature:

Thematic Guide to British Poetry (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Offers brief interpretations of numerous British poems that span seven centuries. Poems are grouped into twenty-nine narrative essays that each focus on a particular theme. Within each section, the poems are usually discussed chronologically so that readers can trace the development and decline of interest in a theme over the centuries. An appendix provides brief biographical sketches of the poets.


Literature by Form: Comics & Graphic Novels - Nonfiction - Novels - Plays - Poetry - Short Stories

Comics & Graphic Novels:

Graphic Novels Core Collection: A Selection Guide (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
For collection development, readers' advisory, curriculum support, and selection and purchasing, this database highlights approximately 2,000 recommended titles with descriptive and evaluative annotations (including review excerpts and awards the title has won), plus cover art. Standards for rating material by age appropriateness are strictly applied, plus all titles are searchable by author, title, subject, genre, and grade level.

Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes and Superheroes (Salem Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Despite the subtitle, this provides reviews of 136 graphic novels in all genres. Each review covers publication history, plot, volumes, characters, artistic style, themes, and impact.


Nonfiction:

Nonfiction Classics for Students (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides in-depth literary and historical background on the most commonly studied nonfiction essays, books, biographies, and memoirs in a streamlined, easy-to-use format. This reference series gives high-school and undergraduate students an ideal starting point for class assignments, term papers, and special projects.

Public Library Core Collection - Nonfiction: A Selection Guide (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Formerly Public Library Catalog, this lists the most highly recommended reference and non-fiction books for adults to aid in collection development, selection, weeding, readers' advisory, and general reference. Entries provide complete bibliographic data, price, subject headings, a descriptive annotation, evaluative quotations from a review (when available), and citations to other reviews as well as information on electronic editions of works where available.


Novels:

Contemporary Novelists (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains biographical/critical essays on the most important living novelists writing in English worldwide.

Thematic Guide to the American Novel (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Examines American literature through the central themes in 150 of the most commonly taught American novels. Each of the fifty essays presents a general statement about and definition of the theme followed by a discussion of three novels, including a brief plot summary and important critical aspects of the novel in relation to the theme as well as a list of additional novels that explore the theme. Appendices provide additional themes and cross references.


Plays:

Theatre in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available
Provides complete streaming video of the world's leading plays, featuring an international range of playwrights, actors, and directors. Productions, spanning from the 1930s to the 2000s, present works from the ancient Greeks up through the 20th century, including the complete works of Shakespeare - several with multiple productions for comparative analysis. It also provides many documentaries about theatre that explore the history, playwrights, individual plays, production, performance, and major companies through interviews with directors, designers, writers, and actors as well as rare archival footage.

Thematic Guide to Modern Drama (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents essays on thirty-three subjects that weave their way through plays from the end of the 19th century to the present - with an emphasis on American dramatists but including those from other parts of the world - and highlights the variety of thought that exists in response to them. Each essay provides summaries and analyses of three plays that display contrasting views of the theme.


Poetry:

Contemporary Poets (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides biographical and bibliographical information on 789 of the world's most important contemporary English-language poets. Entries include personal and career information, addresses, a detailed bibliography, a list of further reading sources, and more. Each entry also includes a signed critical essay covering each poet's career and works, written by an expert in the field.

Thematic Guide to American Poetry (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides interpretations of 250 American poems, representing the work of 86 poets from a wide spectrum of historical, contemporary, ethnic, and canonical writers. Poems are grouped into 21 subject categories, and, within each category, the individual explications are arranged chronologically, to emphasize the evolution of a particular theme over time.

Thematic Guide to British Poetry (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Offers brief interpretations of numerous British poems that span seven centuries. Poems are grouped into twenty-nine narrative essays that each focus on a particular theme. Within each section, the poems are usually discussed chronologically so that readers can trace the development and decline of interest in a theme over the centuries. An appendix provides brief biographical sketches of the poets.


Short Stories:

Reference Guide to Short Fiction (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains biographical and critical essays on 376 of the most important writers of short fiction writing in English worldwide, and 403 separate essays on selected works. Also includes some authors of note who did not write in English, but whose works have been widely translated and are often studied, such as Anton Chekhov and Jean-Paul Sartre. Most authors covered were born after 1750, but a few important figures from earlier periods are included as well.


Literature by Period: Modern

Modern:

Contemporary Novelists (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains biographical/critical essays on the most important living novelists writing in English worldwide.

Contemporary Poets (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides biographical and bibliographical information on 789 of the world's most important contemporary English-language poets. Entries include personal and career information, addresses, a detailed bibliography, a list of further reading sources, and more. Each entry also includes a signed critical essay covering each poet's career and works, written by an expert in the field.

Dictionary of Literary Influences: The Twentieth Century, 1914-2000 (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Traces the reading habits and intellectual development of the cultural giants of the 20th century with entries on people from a broad range of fields, including science, politics, business, literature, religion, performing arts, and popular culture.

Graphic Novels Core Collection: A Selection Guide (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
For collection development, readers' advisory, curriculum support, and selection and purchasing, this database highlights approximately 2,000 recommended titles with descriptive and evaluative annotations (including review excerpts and awards the title has won), plus cover art. Standards for rating material by age appropriateness are strictly applied, plus all titles are searchable by author, title, subject, genre, and grade level.

Harlem Renaissance (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents the people, places and times that defined an era and documents the launch of cultural development among African Americans in 1920s Harlem. Emphasizes literature but also covers music, performing arts, visual arts, and nightlife. Includes almanac and biographies sections with primary source documents in sidebars throughout.

Major 21st-Century Writers (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Modern American Literature (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains excerpts by noted critics on 489 of the most significant American authors of the twentieth century. Each author entry gathers a variety of critical approaches and shows the evolution of the critical reception of that author's work. The authors discussed exemplify the best American writing in a variety of genres, from poetry to expository essays, and reflect the diversity of the American experience in the twentieth century.

Reference Guide to Holocaust Literature (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides biographical and critical essays on 223 writers connected to or concerned with the Holocaust, as well as separate essays on 307 of their works.

Thematic Guide to Modern Drama (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents essays on thirty-three subjects that weave their way through plays from the end of the 19th century to the present - with an emphasis on American dramatists but including those from other parts of the world - and highlights the variety of thought that exists in response to them. Each essay provides summaries and analyses of three plays that display contrasting views of the theme.

Writers Directory (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
2005 edition, 2006 edition. This comprehensive resource features up-to-date bibliographical, biographical, and contact information for thousands of living authors worldwide who have at least one English publication. Entries typically include name, pseudonyms, addresses, citizenship, birth date, specialization, career information, and a bibliography. Contact information includes e-mail addresses where available.


Women Authors & Feminism:
(See also: Women and Gender Studies)

American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains biographical and critical essays on 1,328 American women writers covering all genres and all periods of American history.

Cambridge Guide to Women's Writings in English (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Reference guide covering women writers across the English-speaking world (including Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and the Caribbean) from medieval times to the 20th Century. Covers authors, texts, kinds of writing, genres & sub-genres, general terms, and large labels like "postmodernism".

Feminism in Literature: A Gale Critical Companion (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)


Children's Literature:

Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides a critical and appreciative overview of children's books written in English around the world. Covers the history of children's books from pre-Norman times to the present as well as current developments in publishing practices and in children's own reading. Includes coverage of television, comics, annuals and the growing range of media texts.

Children's Core Collection: A Selection Guide (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Formerly Children's Catalog, this selective listing of fiction and nonfiction works, story collections, picture books, magazines, and web resources recommended for readers from preschool through sixth grade. Entries provide complete bibliographic data, price, subject headings, a descriptive annotation, evaluative quotations from a review (when available), and citations to additional reviews.

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) Remote access available Full text available
Provides an extensive array of information about more than 900,000 children's books, video and audio recordings, film strips, and other children-focused media. Records come with all of the official cataloging data, subject terms, and annotations. In addition, CLCD contains more than 130,000 critical reviews of thousands of children's books, ranging from the earliest baby board books to novels and nonfiction for young adults, and an average of more than 1500 new reviews are added to the database monthly. Includes award information and placement on Best Books lists.

Graphic Novels Core Collection: A Selection Guide (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
For collection development, readers' advisory, curriculum support, and selection and purchasing, this database highlights approximately 2,000 recommended titles with descriptive and evaluative annotations (including review excerpts and awards the title has won), plus cover art. Standards for rating material by age appropriateness are strictly applied, plus all titles are searchable by author, title, subject, genre, and grade level.

Growing and Knowing: A Selection Guide for Children's Literature (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Middle and Junior High Core Collection: A Selection Guide (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Formerly Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, this is a selective listing of thousands of fiction and nonfiction works (including CD-ROMs) for children and adolescents in grades five through nine to help with collection development, curriculum support, selection, readers' advisory, and general reference. Entries provide complete bibliographic data, price, subject headings, a descriptive annotation, evaluative quotations from a review (when available), and citations to other reviews.

Senior High Core Collection: A Selection Guide (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Formerly Senior High School Library Catalog, this is a selective list of more than ten thousand fiction and nonfiction books, CD-ROMs, and curriculum-related material recommended for young people in grades 9 through 12 to aid in collection development, readers' advisory, and curriculum support. Entries provide complete bibliographic data, price, subject headings, a descriptive annotation, evaluative quotations from a review (when available), and citations to other reviews.


Also of Interest:

MLA Directory of Periodicals (Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Offers detailed information on over 5,500 journals, with 4,400 currently indexed in the MLA International Bibliography. Entries include editorial contact information, as well as frequency, circulation, subscription prices and submission guidelines.

American Juvenile Collection: Remote access available
A research collection of children's fiction, folklore, and fairy tales printed in North America, covering the years 1910-1960. The AJC continues the gathering of children's books by Christine B. Gilbert, that included fiction and non-fiction, mostly from Great Britain, published before 1909. The AJC retains a few of them, especially appropriate fiction titles. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.

Arts and Humanities Through the Eras (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
For each of the five major periods (Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece & Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Europe, and the Baroque & Enlightenment), it discusses architecture & design, dance, fashion, literature, music, philosophy, religion, theater, and visual arts, profiling milestones, movements, masterworks, and schools of thought in relation to each other, as well as to history and culture. Includes an overview of each period with a chronology of major world events and biographical profiles of pioneers, masters, and other prominent figures in the field.

Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Encyclopedic reference presenting a connected, holistic view of world history, emphasizing cultural contact and social change over time and place; comparisons across time and place; and extensive coverage of arts, literature, religion, and science. Includes 550 articles written by historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, sociologists, geographers, and other experts from around the world.

ChoiceReviews.online (ACRL) Remote access available Full text available
Produced by the Association of College and Research Libraries, this provides access to the entire database of Choice reviews published since September 1988, covering significant current books and electronic resources of interest to those in higher education. Updated monthly, Choice publishes more than 6,500 reviews by subject experts each year. The newest reviews are arranged by academic discipline and broad cross-disciplinary topic. All reviews can be searched by combining various criteria.

French and Irish Rare Materials: The Winthrop Palmer Collection: Remote access available
Through the generosity of the Carleton H. and Winthrop B. Palmer Memorial Fund, we have collected rare items of many French and Irish writers from varying literary periods. Although we have concentrated on the Nobel Prize-winning avant-garde writer, Samuel Beckett, it also includes a manuscript of eighteen year-old Simone de Beauvoir, the first edition of Joyce's Ulysses, and significant rarities by Yeats, O'Flaherty, Wilde, George Moore, Shaw, French surrealist and symbolist poets, Seamus Heaney and other contemporary Irish poets. No password needed.


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