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  • American Memory Infomation details about the resource   

    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.

  • American Underworld: The Flash Press  Infomation details about the resource 

    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  Infomation details about the resource 

    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 Database  Infomation details about the resource 

    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  Infomation details about the resource 

    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 Women Writers  Infomation details about the resource 

    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 Review Index Plus  Infomation details about the resource 

    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.

  • British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries  Infomation details about the resource 

    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.

  • Caribbean Literature  Infomation details about the resource 

    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.

  • Dictionary of American Regional English  Infomation details about the resource 

    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 Infomation details about the resource   

    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 Infomation details about the resource   

    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.

  • Eighteenth Century Drama: Censorship, Society and the Stage  Infomation details about the resource 

    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.

  • Historic Literary Criticism  Infomation details about the resource 

    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.

  • Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period  Infomation details about the resource 

    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.

  • LitFinder  Infomation details about the resource 

    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  Infomation details about the resource 

    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.

  • Oxford Reference  Infomation details about the resource 

    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.

  • ProQuest Learning: Literature  Infomation details about the resource 

    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  Infomation details about the resource 

    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.

  • Scribner Writers Series  Infomation details about the resource 

    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.

  • South and Southeast Asian Literature  Infomation details about the resource 

    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  Infomation details about the resource 

    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.

  • Twayne's Authors Series  Infomation details about the resource 

    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.

  • Web of Science (core collection)  Infomation details about the resource 

    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.


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