Literature Databases

Literature Databases


Literary Reference Center: From Magills.  Includes all of the sources in Magills, plus more. 


Literature Resource Center:  From Gale, includes up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. 


Twaynes Author Series
 Full text of 200 frequently used Twayne Literary Masters books on individual World, US, or English authors.

EBooks from the Gale Virtual Reference Library:  Search individually using the links below, or search all eBooks at one time.  
(e-books are also accessible via the library catalog)

African American Writers: Contains biographical and critical essays on the work of important African American writers. Presents scholar-signed essays prepared by experts in the field.

American History Through Literature (1820-1870): Presents literature as a historical and cultural field viewed from a wide array of contemporary perspectives. The set of literary criticisms endorses the notion that not only does history affect literature, but literature itself informs history.

American History Through Literature (1870-1920)Presents literature as a historical and cultural field viewed from a wide array of contemporary perspectives. The set of literary criticisms endorses the notion that not only does history affect literature, but literature itself informs history.

American Writers:This collection includes all volumes in the Scribner American Writers series, including American Writers (the 4-vol. base set and all supplements), American Writers Retrospective, and American Writers Classics. 

Contemporary Poets: Provides biographical information on 787 of the world's most important contemporary English-language poets,  Each entry also includes a signed critical essay covering each poet's career and works. Click on "Literature" to access this reference book.

Contextual Encyclopedia of World Literarure:   Covers world authors from many periods and genres.  Identifies the significant literary devices and global themes that define a writer's style and place the author in a larger literary tradition as chronicled and evaluated by critics over time.

Drama for Students: Each volume covers 15 plays most frequently studied in literature classes. Volumes 27+ will include two "Literature to Film" entries. Click on "Literature" to access these volumes. 

Encyclopedia of Beat Literature: Contains hundreds of entries on all the major figures and great works of the Beat movement. Click on "Literature" to access this reference book.

Literature and Its Times:  Provides in-depth commentary on characters, themes, and the historical and social context of 300 literary works, including novels, plays, poems, speeches, and short stories, both international and American.

Literary Movements for Students:  Entries provide in-depth historical background information on each movement as well as modern critical interpretation of each movement's characteristic styles and themes.

Literary Newsmakers for Students:  Provides analysis and criticism of recent novels and other works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama.

Literary Themes for Students:  American Dream  Provides readers with an overview of literary works that explore the theme of the American dream. Analyzes poetry, plays, short stories, novels, and works of nonfiction that address this theme in some capacity, and how that theme has been treated in literature at different times in history and across diverse cultures.

Literary Themes for Students: Race and Prejudice:  Works included represent a wide range of circumstances in which individuals experience prejudice in American, British and world literature. The discussion goes well beyond race, religion, and gender into ethnicity, social status, mental and physical health, and personal beliefs and behaviors.

Literary Themes for Students: War and Peace:  Presents a myriad of viewpoints, so that modern readers can begin to grasp the complexities of war and its impact. Examines dominant and recurring subthemes in the literature of war; including survival, terrorism, leadership, and genocide.

Nonfiction Classics for Students:  Provides critical overviews on the most frequently studied nonfiction essays, books, biographies, and memoirs. Includes discussions of literary format, themes, and structure.

Novels for Students:Includes concise synopses of plot, characters and themes; a brief author biography; a discussion of the story's cultural and historical significance; and excerpted criticism.  Click on "Literature" to access these volumes. 

Poetry for Students:  Each volume of Poetry for Students provides analysis of approximately 20 poems identified as the most frequently studied in literature courses. Click on "Literature" to access these volumes. 

Reference Guide to Short Fiction: Concise discussions of the lives and principal works of short-fiction authors, written by subject experts.

Shakespeare for Students:  Collection of essays by Shakespeare scholars. Each entry includes an introduction; a plot synopsis; a character list; a discussion of the work's principal themes; information about the style and literary devices used; a conversation about the work's historical context; and a critical overview.

Short Stories for Students : Includes concise synopses of plot, characters and themes; a brief author biography; a discussion of the story's cultural and historical significance; and excerpted criticism.  Click on "Literature" to access these volumes. 

Thematic Guide to American Poetry:  This resource offers interpretations of 250 poems, representing the work of 86 poets from a wide spectrum of historical, contemporary and ethnic writers.

Young Adult Poetry A Survival and Theme Guide: Reference guide for identifying anthologies and poem collections. Features an annotated bibliography of poetry volumes, and a thematic guide to individual poems.



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