Databases for English Literature

Core Resource: MLA International Bibliography


Literature Resource Center

Find up-to-date biographical information, literary criticism, book reviews, as well as full text poems and stories. Covers writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. (from Gale Cengage Learning)

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MLA International Bibliography 

The premier database for students and scholars of literature, MLA International Bibliography indexes journal articles, books, and dissertations. Produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), the electronic version of the bibliography dates back to the 1920s and contains over 2.2 million citations from more than 4,400 journals & series, and 1,000 book publishers. Indexes journals, books, and dissertations in the fields of literature, linguistics, and folklore. (from EBSCO)

1920--current | Some full text | More info



Provides access to scholarly journals. Our collection (Arts & Sciences 1) includes core journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences. There are nineteen titles in the area of literature and language.

1800s--current | Full text


Project MUSE

Comprehensive source for scholarly journals. Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, religion, gender studies, economics, and many others. Over 100 titles in the area of literature are indexed here.

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Salem Literature

Provides access to various volumes from the following sets:

Magill's Literary Criticism--Yearly Essay-Review of 200 Outstanding Books, 1977-current

Salem Critical Insights--a distillation of both classic and current literary criticism of some of the world's most-studied literature

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From OCLC, the largest, most comprehensive catalog of books and other materials, with records from over 55,000 libraries worldwide. Click on "full text button Find it at SMU" to order. For more information about how to obtain these items see our Interlibrary Loan page.

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Academic Search Premier

Large, scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing indexing for over 8,500 journals with full text for more than 4,500 scholarly publications. Some 600 journals cover subjects in literature. (from EBSCO )

1975--current | Some full text | More info



OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals. Indexes some 16,000 journals from all disciplines. (From OCLC FirstSearch)

1990--current | Citations only


Bowker's Books in Print

Bibliographic information about more than 2 million books and listings for more than 100,000 publishers.  Includes book reviews and the Fiction Connection, a reader's advisory section. Also contains databases of book awards and author biographies.

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ECO Electronic Collections Online

Indexing for over 5,000 scholarly journal titles in all disciplines. Provides abstracts and links to full text articles. (From OCLC FirstSearch)

1995--current | Some full text


Expanded Academic ASAP

Gale®’s premier database for research in all the academic disciplines. Provides over 4,000 journal titles many of which are in full text. (from Gale's InfoTrac )

1980--current | Some full text | More info


Google Scholar 

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search for scholarly literature. When accessing this database through the link provided here you will find free connections to the pay for view materials that are located in our subscription sources.  Just click on "Find Full Text @SMU."

Some full text, some pay for view



Iter, meaning a journey or a path in Latin, is an index that provides citations for books, journal material (articles, reviews, review articles, bibliographies, catalogues, abstracts and discographies), dissertation abstracts, and essays in books (including entries in conference proceedings, festschriften, encyclopedias and exhibition catalogues)  for the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). One of its components is the Milton Bibliography which "tries to bring together all manuscripts and editions of John Milton's works and all studies and critical statements concerning his life and works, all allusions and quotations, and all significant imitations during the years 1624-1799."

1784--current | Citations & abstracts only



Access to over 500 national and international newspapers. Includes full text for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. (from ProQuest)

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