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  • African American Poetry   

    English full-text database includes thousands of poems from African American poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Part of the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections.

  • African Writers Series   

    English full-text database includes the books of Heinemann series that focuses on the twentieth century. Part of Literature Online and Part of the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections.

  • Alt-PressWatch   

    Alternative press indexing/full-text database that covers journal, magazine and newspaper articles from independent publishers. On the ProQuest platform.

  • AM Explorer: Americana   

    Covers American history, literature and culture. Resources include manuscript and typescript letters, diaries, notebooks, journals, newspapers, plus incredible art works, illustrations, photographs, video and 360-degree objects.

  • American Drama 1714–1915   

    Collection of over 1,500 dramatic works from the early eighteenth century up to the beginning of the twentieth.

  • American Film Institute Catalog   

    Film reference database that covers American cinema 1893 to 2011, including AFI's annual Top Films. On the ProQuest platform.

  • American Memory    UW login not required

    History full-text archive that reproduces print, spoken words, sound recordings, photos, films, prints, maps and sheet music from the Library of Congress collections. On the free American Memory platform. NOTE: Most of the original American Memory collections have been migrated to the Library of Congress Digital Collections site.

  • American Poetry   

    American literature full-text database of poems from the colonial period to the early twentieth century. Part of the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections.

  • American Underworld: The Flash Press   

    19th Century newspaper collection of crime, scandal, and blackmail papers. The Flash Press covered the seamier aspects of urban life in the mid-19th century. Topics covered include prostitution, gambling, urban gangs, illicit sporting activities, and sensational crimes. To many of their readers, the Flash Press also conveyed an implicit threat of blackmail, which often led to very ephemeral print runs. Unlike the “low-life” characters that they covered, the Flash Press journalists were often members of the cities’ wealthy class, and many of them were accomplished writers. Both their articles and their literary efforts are noteworthy examples of 19th-century American satire and humor.

  • Archive of Americana   

    Archive of Americana enables students and scholars to explore virtually every aspect of United States history, culture, and daily life across three centuries. Providing online access to newspapers, books, broadsides, ephemera, government publications and more, the Archive of Americana puts tens of millions of pages of primary documents at researchers' fingertips.

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index   

    Arts and humanities indexing database covering journal articles and citation information back to 1975. Part of Web of Science on the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Arts & Humanities Database   

    The contents reflect the full interdisciplinarity of contemporary study in the arts and humanities, covering art, design, crafts, and photography; archaeology, anthropology, and classical studies; architecture, interior design, and urban planning; history, philosophy, geography, and religion; modern languages and literatures; and music, theatre, film, and cultural studies.

  • Australasian Literature: Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands   

    Australasian Literature brings together creative works from throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. Starting in the 1930s and spanning up to the present, these in-copyright fictional and poetry works will be cross-searchable for the first time. With 120,000 pages at completion, and enriched with interviews, Australasian Literature covers the fields of Literature, Creative Writing, Post-Colonial Studies, Immigration Studies, Social Studies, Anthropology, and more.

  • Black Authors, 1556-1922   

    Database containing works by authors of African or African-American descent. Compiled from imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia. On the Readex platform.

  • Black Short Fiction and Folklore from Africa and the African Diaspora   

    Offers short stories and folktales, ranging thematically from oral traditions that date back many hundreds of years to contemporary tales of modern life. In addition to these works, the database includes complete runs of selected literary magazines, such as Kyk-Over-Al and The Beacon. Black Short Fiction and Folklore from Africa and the African Diaspora features over 11,707 short stories and more than 81,955 pages.

  • Black Women Writers   

    Black Women Writers celebrates the many voices of women from Africa and the African Diaspora. Offering fiction, poetry, and essays from three continents, the database gives an unparalleled view of black women's struggles through time. The database features over 104,729 pages.

  • Book Citation Index   

    Index to scholarly books with citation information in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Part of the Web of Science Core Collection on the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Book Review Index Plus   

    Book Review Index Plus includes more than 6 million reviews of books, periodicals, books on tape, and electronic media representing a wide range of popular, academic and professional interests. Many of the reviews are in full-text, allowing users to conduct research in numerous disciplines, including literature, history, education, psychology, and more. This unique product is OpenURL compliant, which allows subscribers to link to full-text reviews from other sources.

  • Books and Authors   

    Searchable and browsable database of fiction and non-fiction works serving as a reader's advisory tool.

  • British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries   

    British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries includes the immediate experiences of approximately 500 women, as revealed in over 100,000 pages of diaries and letters. The collection includes primary materials spanning more than 300 years. Each source has been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies. The collection also includes biographies and an extensive annotated bibliography of the sources in the database.

  • British Literary Manuscripts Online Parts 1 and 2   

    British Literary Manuscripts Online presents facsimile images of literary manuscripts, including letters and diaries, drafts of poems, plays, novels, and other literary works, and similar materials.

  • British Periodicals   

    Multidisciplinary full-text database that includes magazines from the late 17th century to the early 21st. On the ProQuest platform.

  • C19: The 19th Century Index   

    Multidisciplinary indexing database that combines 13 other databases (all of which are listed separately). Collectively it covers 19th century books, journals, documents, newspapers and archives. On the Chadwyck-Healey platform.

  • Canadian Poetry   

    Canadian literature full-text database with poems from 18th to the early 20th centuries. Part of the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections.

  • Caribbean Literature   

    Caribbean Literature is a searchable collection of poetry and fiction produced in the region during the 19th and 20th centuries. The titles selected by our editors are presented in the original: English, French, Spanish, Dutch, and various Creole languages. It also features dictionaries of the Creole spoken in these countries. Caribbean Literature gives users immediate access to a treasury of classic, rare, and contemporary literature. The database has over 101,222 pages.

  • Carlyle Letters Online    UW login not required

    Literature manuscript archive that reproduces letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle from 1812 to 1859. On the Duke University Press platform.

  • Chicago Manual of Style Online   

    English style guide produced by the University of Chicago Press that deals with editorial practice, grammar, writing and citation styles widely used in publishing. On the University of Chicago platform.

  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index   

    Index to conference proceedings in the sciences and social sciences. Part of the Web of Science Core Collection on the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Contemporary World Drama   

    Collection of plays by established and up-and-coming playwrights from around the world. On the Alexander Street platform.

  • Cornell Open    UW login not required

    Cornell Open is an open access portal for classic out-of-print humanities titles published by Cornell University Press.

  • Current Contents Connect   

    Database providing complete tables of contents, abstracts, and bibliographic information from the most recently published issues of leading scholarly journals. On the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Data Citation Index   

    Index of data studies and data sets in international repositories, covering social sciences, physical sciences, life sciences, and arts & humanities, with citation information. On the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Dictionary of American Regional English   

    The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is different from other dictionaries in that it does not include words that are commonly used throughout the United States, but rather focuses on the regional aspects of our language, documenting words, phrases, and pronunciations that vary from one place to another. The digital edition features audio, interactive maps, and insights into the DARE Survey.

  • Digital Miscellanies Index    UW login not required

    The Digital Miscellanies Index provides a searchable record of the contents of more than 1,600 poetic miscellanies published between 1680 and 1800. It features detailed records for these miscellanies, as well as records for the poems and people featured in them.

  • Duolingo    UW login not required

    Online learning system for languages including: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Irish, Turkish, Danish, Norwegian, Polish, Hebrew, Esperanto, Vietnamese, Ukranian, Welsh, Greek, Hungarian, Swahili, Romanian, Czech, Japanese, Hindi, Korean, Klingon, Indonesian, and English.

  • Early American Fiction 1789-1850   

    American literature full-text database that includes fiction from 1789 to 1875. Part of the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections.

  • Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800   

    Multidisciplinary full-text database, based on Charles Evan's American Bibliography, that reproduces all books, pamphlets and broadsides published the American colonies and the United States between 1639 and 1800. On the Readex platform.

  • Early English Books Online (EEBO)   

    Multidisciplinary full-text database that provides every book published in English between 1475 and 1700. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Early English Prose Fiction   

    English full-text database of novels by English authors from 1500 to 1700. Part of the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections.

  • Early European Books   

    Multidisciplinary full-text database includes facsimile images of books published before 1700.

  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)   

    Multidisciplinary full-text database that provides books, pamphlets, essays and broadsides from England and English-speaking lands based on the English Short Title Catalogue. On the Gale platform.

  • Eighteenth Century Drama: Censorship, Society and the Stage   

    Eighteenth Century Drama features the John Larpent Collection from the Huntington Library – a unique archive of almost every play submitted for license between 1737 and 1824. There are over 2500 plays which make up the majority of the collection. Also included are the diaries of Larpent’s wife and professional collaborator Anna, recording her criticisms of plays, as well as insights into theatrical culture and English society. Hundreds of further documents include playbills, theatre records, correspondence, theatrical addresses, artwork, biographical documents, diaries, epilogues, financial and legal documents, miscellany, objects, playbills, prologues, scrapbooks, songs, illustrations, portraits, and posters.

  • Eighteenth Century Fiction   

    English literature full-text database that includes British fiction from 1700 to 1780. Part of the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections.

  • Eighteenth Century Journals, Collections I - V   

    Historic full-text archive that reproduces English magazines and newspapers from 1632 to 1800 that are not included in other newspaper or journal collections. On the Adam Mathew platform.

  • English Drama   

    English literature full-text database that includes plays from late 13th century to early 20th century. Part of the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections.

  • English Poetry, Second Edition   

    English literature full-text database that includes poems from 8th to the 20th century. Part of the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections.

  • Ethnic NewsWatch   

    Minorities indexing/full-text database that covers journal, magazine and newspaper articles from ethnic and minority publishers back to 1990. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Film Index International   

    Film directory database that indexes international titles and film people back to 1900. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Filmakers Library Online Volumes 1 & 2   

    Multidisciplinary video-streaming platform presenting award-winning documentaries and independent films. The collection contains 1,019 films and 806 hours of content. Transcripts are available for 87% of the collection. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • Gale Literary Index   

    Gale Literary Index is a master index to the major literature products published by Gale. It combines and cross-references author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and listings for titles of works into one source.

  • Gale Literature   

    A database provided by Gale that combines many of Gale's literary databases such as Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center, Scribner, Twayne's, and several others.

  • Grand Tour, The   

    Historic full-text archive that reproduces British responses (diaries, drawings, books and tour guides) to touring Europe from app. 1550 to 1850. On the Adam Matthew platform.

  • Historic Literary Criticism   

    Historic Literary Criticism is a collection of over 20,000 historical contemporary reviews, essays and commentary related to more than 500 influential authors from the 17th to the early 20th century. The content comes from a range of sources such as contemporary periodicals as well as published and unpublished letters. The cornerstone of the collection comes from the renowned Critical Heritage series from Routledge.

  • Humanities Index   

    Humanities indexing database that covers journal, magazine and newspaper articles published in the UK and other English-speaking countries back to 1962. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period   

    Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period includes more than 80 volumes of poetry by approximately 50 Irish women writing between 1768 and 1842. Compiled and edited by Stephen Behrendt of the University of Nebraska, the database also offers numerous biographical and critical essays prepared by leading scholars specifically for the project. This database contains over 10,886 pages.

  • JSTOR (Journal Storage Archive)   

    Multidisciplinary eJournal platform that provides complete back runs of journals in the following licensed collections: Arts & Sciences I-IV and VII, Life Sciences, Plant Sciences, Current Scholarship and Early Journal Content. On the JSTOR platform.

  • Library of Congress Digital Collections    UW login not required

    Gateway to over 300 digital collections maintained by the Library Of Congress including documents, photographs, motion pictures, sheet music, sound recordings, and more.

  • Literary Print Culture: The Stationers' Company Archive   

    Full-text resource concerning the workings of the early book trade, the printing and publishing community, the establishment of legal requirements for copyright provisions and the history of bookbinding. On the Adam Matthew platform.

  • Literature Criticism Online   

    Literature full-text database that provides critical essays from a number of other Gale literary databases (most listed separately). On the Gale Artemis platform.

  • Literature Online (LION)   

    Full-text database of literary and literary critical texts, incorporating the MLA International Bibliography, MLA Directory of Periodicals, and ABELL indexes. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Literature Resource Center (Gale)   

    Literature full-text database that combines other Gale reference series, journal articles, critical essays, plays, poems, short stories, interviews and websites. On the Gale platform.

  • LitFinder   

    LitFinder provides access to literary works and authors throughout history and includes more than 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays. The database also includes secondary materials like biographies, images, and more.

  • Loeb Classical Library   

    This virtual library contains all important in Greek and Latin literature: Eepic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory; the great medical writers and mathematicians; those Church Fathers who made particular use of pagan culture—in short, our entire Greek and Latin Classical heritage is represented here with up-to-date texts and accurate English translations. More than 530 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available, allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease.

  • MLA International Bibliography   

    Major English and modern language indexing database that covers of journals, books and theses back to 1926. On the EBSCOhost platform as of January 2020.

  • Nineteenth Century Fiction   

    English literature full-text database that includes British and Irish novels from 1872 to 1903. Part of Literature Online and the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections.

  • Nineteenth Century Literary Society   

    Primary source collection of items from the archive of the historic John Murray publishing company, housed at National Library of Scotland. Materials span the entirety of the long nineteenth century and document the golden era of the House of Murray from its inception in 1768. Includes a collection of the manuscripts and personal papers of Lord Byron. On the Adam Matthew platform.

  • Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue   

    Database indexing all printed works published in Britain, its colonies and the United States of America, all printed works in English wherever published, and all translations from English from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the end of the First World War. Ona Chadwyck-Healy platform.

  • NoveList K-8 Plus   

    Children's literature advisory database that recommends books to read for elementary students (and their teachers). On the EBSCOhost platform.

  • NoveList Plus   

    Fiction advisory database that recommends books to read based on previous reading. On the EBSCOhost platform.

  • Oxford African American Studies Center   

    African American reference database that provides a number of full-text encyclopedias, primary documents, images, maps, etc. 5 user limit. On the Oxford platform.

  • Oxford Dictionaries (multi-lingual)   

    Language dictionary database that include English to Chinese, Russian, French, Spanish, German, Italian and vice versa. On the Oxford platform.

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography   

    British biographical database that includes illustrated essays on prominent U.K. and Commonwealth figures. On the Oxford platform. Simultaneous user limit of 1.

  • Oxford English Dictionary (OED)   

    English language dictionary database that provides definitions, pronunciation and derivation of terms. On the Oxford platform.

  • Oxford Reference   

    Multidisciplinary reference database that combines sources in archaeology, art, bilingual dictionaries, classical studies, English, history, law, linguistics, literature, media studies, medicine, music, performing arts, philosophy, quotations, religion, science and technology and social sciences. On the Oxford platform. Simultaneous user limit of 5.

  • Oxford Scholarship Online   

    Oxford platform featuring academic ebooks on subjects such as religion, economics, classical studies, political science, physics, literature, and linguistics.

  • Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700   

    Historic full-text archive that reproduces works by British women authors whose work exists only in manuscript format in the 16th to 19th centuries. On the Adam Matthew platform.

  • Periodicals Index Online   

    Multidisciplinary indexing database that indexes journal articles from 1665 to 1995. On the Chadwyck-Healey platform.

  • Pickering & Chatto Women's Studies Collection I (Intelex Past Masters)   

    Collection of texts by English women writers of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including Joanna Baillie, Aphra Behn, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, Elizabeth Gaskell, Eliza Haywood, Elizabeth Inchbald, Caroline Lamb, Harriet Martineau, Florence Nightingale, Mary Robinson, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Smith and Mary Wollstonecraft. On the Intelex Past Masters platform.

  • Project Muse   

    Multidisciplinary ejournal and ebook platform that provides full-text of library-licensed journals and ebooks. On its own platform.

  • ProQuest Central   

    Database platform that includes 100-some other indexing, full-text and reference databases (listed separately). On the ProQuest platform.

  • ProQuest Learning: Literature   

    ProQuest Learning: Literature provides more than 180,000 full-text works of poetry, prose, and drama from around the world. This unique resource also offers secondary sources such as author biographies and multimedia, as well as literary criticisms, essays, reviews, and interviews drawn from more than 100 full-text literary magazines and journals.

  • Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period   

    Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period is a definitive collection organized by Nancy Kushigian of the University of California--Davis and Stephen Behrendt of the University of Nebraska. In addition to 60 volumes of Romantic poetry composed by Scottish women, the database includes extensive contemporary critical reviews and numerous scholarly essays. This database contains over 9,027 pages.

  • Screen Studies Collection   

    Film reference database which combines the AFI Catalog, FIAF Index, and Film Index International. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Scribner Writers Series   

    Bio-critical essays on the lives and works of more than 1,400 important authors from around the world. Entries include concise essays, citations, and biographical information that places the author's work in personal and historical context.

  • Shakespeare in Performance: Prompt Books from the Folger Shakespeare Library   

    Shakespeare in Performance showcases rare and unique prompt books from the world-famous Folger Shakespeare Library. These prompt books tell the story of Shakespeare’s plays as they were performed in theatres throughout Great Britain, the United States and internationally, between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries.

  • Shakespeare's Globe Archive: Theatres, Players & Performance   

    Collection of primary documents relating to performance practice at the reconstructed Globe Theatre, including prompt books, wardrobe notes, programs, publicity material, annual reports, show reports, photographs and architectural plans. On the Adam Matthew platform.

  • South and Southeast Asian Literature   

    South and Southeast Asian Literature is a searchable collection of fiction and poetry written in English by authors from South and Southeast Asia and their Diasporas. Focusing on works composed during the late-colonial and postcolonial eras, the collection will also feature author interviews and manuscript materials that will shed additional light on the rich literary heritage and emerging traditions of this region. New content is uploaded on a biweekly basis, giving users immediate access to a steadily growing treasury of classic, rare, and contemporary literature. The database currently has over 99,890 pages.

  • Thomas A. Edison Papers   

    Full-text historical database of the papers of Thomas A. edison, including correspondence, laboratory notebooks, and other papers, as well Motion Picture Catalogs by American Producers and Distributors from 1894-1908 . Part of ProQuest History Vault.

  • Times Literary Supplement   

    Historical archive of the Times Literary Supplement containing every page of every copy of the TLS published from 1902-2011.

  • Twayne's Authors Series   

    Twayne's Author Series is devoted to literary critical interpretation and discussion. It offers in-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers of the world, including close analysis of key works. It provides insightful and original commentary on the history and influence of literary movements.

  • Twentieth-Century American Poetry   

    American literature full-text database that includes poems. Part of Literature Online (LION) and the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections.

  • Twentieth-Century Drama   

    English language full-text database that includes published plays from 1890s to present. Part of Literature Online (LION) and the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections.

  • Underground & Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: Volumes I and II   

    Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels is the first ever scholarly, primary-source database focused on adult comic books and graphic novels. Here are the works of artists both celebrated and overlooked, alongside interviews, criticism, and journal articles that document the continual growth and evolution of this artform.

  • W.B. Yeats Collection   

    English full-text database that includes the English poet's major works. On the Chadwyck-Healey platform.

  • Web of Science (core collection)   

    Multidisciplinary indexing database that combines journal citation index databases in arts & humanities, social sciences and sciences, as well as conference proceedings and book citation indexes. The Current Chemical Reactions and Index Chemicus databases are also included in the Core Collection. All component databases can be searched separately as well.

  • Wiley Online Library   

    Multidisciplinary collection of library-licensed journals and ebooks published by Wiley and associated publishers.

  • Wyoming Authors Wiki    UW login not required

    Literature biographical database providing biographical sketches of Wyoming authors and lists of their works. On a Wyoming Center for the Book platform.


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