Literature Subject Guide
Subject Specific Databases
More subject specific databases are available from the Electronic Databases A-Z list page.
Literature Online A fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 243 full text literature journals, and other key critical and reference resources. A collection that in effect comprises a significant proportion of the corpus of English and American Literature.
MLA International Bibliography -- 1926 to date. This is an important database for research pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Coverage is international. The most important database for literary criticism (includes articles, books and chapters of books), but it is not the easiest to use. It has some "linked" full-text, but does not include full text items in the database itself.
Literature Resource Center Full-text biographies, overviews, and literary criticism for 130,000 writers and their works
Literary Reference Center A full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books, and literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing. Literary Reference Center includes thousands of plot summaries, synopses, and work overviews; articles of literary criticism; author biographies; full text of over 430 literary journals; book reviews; classic and contemporary poems and short stories; full text of over 7,000 classic novels; author interviews; and images of key literary figures.
Academic OneFile Indexes magazines and journals from a broad range of subject areas such as current events, general sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Many articles can be viewed and printed. Book reviews are covered.
Academic Search Complete -- 1984 to date. 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.
JSTOR Arts & Science Collections -- 1800 to date. Covers a range of disciplines: African Studies, African American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Classics, Ecology, Economics, Education, Film Studies, Finance, History, Latin American Studies, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Psychology, Religion, Slavic Studies, Sociology, Statistics
Essay and General Literature Index 1900 to date Location: Reference Index Collection Coverage spans the entire range of the humanities and social sciences, including literary works, art history, drama, and film.
Humanities Index Location: Serials Index Collection 1974 to date Indexes over 460 periodicals in the humanities, including classics
Selected Journal Titles
Antioch Review Comparative Literature Essays in Literature Explicator Literary Review Review of English Studies Studies in Black American Literature
To browse RJT Library’s literature collections in the reference book collection or the circulating book collection, try starting in the following Library of Congress Classification subject areas.
PQ: Romance literatures
PR: English literature
PS: American literature
PT: Germanic literatures
Black Literature Criticism Location: Reference Stacks PS153.N5 B556 2008
Cambridge Guide to Literature in English Location: Reference Stacks PR85.C29 1993
Contemporary Literary Criticism Location: Reference Stacks PN771.C59
MLA International Bibliography of Books and Articles on the Modern Languages and Literatures Location: Reference Stacks Z7006.M64 Covers general linguistics, theoretical and descriptive linguistics, comparative and historical linguistics, and individual languages and language groups.
Poetry Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of the Most Significant and Widely Studied Poets of World Literature Location: Reference Stacks PN1010.P499
Short Story Criticism Location: Reference Stacks PN3373.S386
eBook Collection (EBSCO) Digital copies of books, reports and other resources covering all academic subject areas.
Selected Internet Resources