English & World Literature Resources


Databases (for Bethel Users)

Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson)

Wilson’s largest biography database has combined the in-depth, original profiles of Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated, plus the thorough periodicals coverage of Biography Index, full-text articles, page images, and abstracts from the complete range of Wilson databases (including biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, or obituaries). With links to every article focused on any individual in nearly every WilsonWeb database, Biography Reference Bank offers a breadth and depth of information you’ll find in no other biography database. It covers over 500,000 people and includes over 36,000 images!

Biography Resource Center

This database combines award-winning biographies from respected Gale Group sources. Biography Resource Center also includes full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search. (source: vendor website)

Contemporary Authors

Contemporary Authors Online offers access to current biographical and bibliographical data on more than 120,000 modern authors.

Essay and General Literature Index (H.W. Wilson)

Essay and General Literature Index, produced by the H.W. Wilson Company, is a unique reference database that cites records contained in collections of essays and miscellaneous works published in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. More than 320 single and multi-authored volumes are indexed annually with more than 20 selected annuals and serial publications.

Film & Television Literature Index

Film & Television Literature Index™ with Full Text is the definitive online tool for film and television research. Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. The database provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 380 publications (and selected coverage of 300), as well as full text for more than 120 journals, and 100 books. In addition, Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text includes Variety movie reviews from 1914 to the present and over 36,300 images from the MPTV Image Archive.

Fonte Acadêmica

Fonte Acadêmica is a rapidly expanding collection of over 130 scholarly journals from Brazil and Portugal. All major subject areas are covered with particular emphasis on agriculture, biological sciences, economics, history, law, literature, medicine, philosophy, psychology, public administration, religion and sociology. It is an indispensable tool of exceptional scope designed to make academic research readily accessible in PDF format. The database is updated weekly.

Fuente Acadêmica Premier

Fuente Académica Premier is a rapidly expanding collection of over 570 scholarly journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain. All major subject areas are covered with particular emphasis on agriculture, biological sciences, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, public administration, religion and sociology. It is an indispensable tool of exceptional scope designed to make academic research readily accessible in PDF format. The database is updated weekly.

Humanities Full Text

Humanities Full Text™ includes many of the most important academic journals in the humanities with the full text of articles from over 300 periodicals dating back to 1995, and high-quality indexing for almost 700 journals—of which 470 are peer-reviewed—dating as far back as 1984. The database provides coverage of feature articles, interviews, bibliographies, obituaries, and original works of fiction, drama, poetry and book reviews, as well as reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, radio and television programs, plays, operas, and more.

Informe! español

Created exclusively for Spanish-speaking users, this full-text electronic reference tool is the first system to provide indexing, images and full text of popular Hispanic magazines -- not just translations. Also cluded is a thesaurus and interface that are uniquely designed for Spanish-speaking users.

Literary Reference™ Center Plus

Literary Reference™ Center (LRC Plus) is a full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing. Literary Reference Center Plus contains everything in Literary Reference™ Center, plus the following: over 1,200 additional full-text literary reference books/works, over 200 additional full-text literary journals and magazines, 35 volumes of new contemporary literature titles from Salem Press, 40 full-text literary study guides and 72 literary videos.


LitFinder is international in scope, covers all time periods, and contains a wealth of primary literature content, including more than 126,500 full-text poems, 850,000 poem citations and excerpts, 5,000 full-text short stories, 2,800 full-text essays, 1,800 full-text speeches, and 1,000 full-text plays. LitFinder also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary. (source: vendor website)

MLA Bibliography

MLA International Bibliography is produced by the Modern Language Association. Index to articles in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from several thousand journals and series published worldwide. Also covers relevant monographs, working papers, proceedings, and bibliographies. (Source: vendor website.)

MagillOnLiterature Plus

MagillOnLiterature Plus, produced by Salem Press, is the premier literary database, combining MagillOnLiterature and MagillOnAuthors. This database includes all the literary works, reviewed critical analyses and brief plot summaries that are included in MagillOnLiterature, as well as all the biographies and author essays included in MagillOnAuthors.

Reader’s Guide Full Text Select™ (H.W. Wilson)

Reader’s Guide Full Text Select™ is the most popular choice for libraries that want a 100% full-text database which can provide searchable full text, as well as abstracting and indexing for a broad selection of the most-wanted popular periodicals. It is the ultimate tool for educators, students or any library patron seeking comprehensive current events coverage, curriculum support or access to quality periodicals.

Referencia Latina

A comprehensive Spanish-language resource offering 49,000 encyclopedia entries, 50,000 images, 2,500 health reports, a Spanish-English dictionary and the full text of over 100 hundred reference books and dozens of general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas. Its intuitive, theme-based Spanish-language interface is designed to make content readily accessible to Spanish speakers with limited online research experience. Daily updates ensure availability of the most current articles from a dozen prominent newspapers from 10 Latin American countries.

Short Story Index (H.W. Wilson)

This product’s aim is to index all the important collections and anthologies of short stories that are published each year. All literary genres are covered. Approximately 200+ monographs are captured per year, with approximately 3,000-4,000 analytics (chapters/stories).

Vente et Gestion

Vente et Gestion provides full text coverage for French language business journals serving both the academic and the professional researcher. This collection also includes publications covering topics such as accounting & tax, administration, industry & manufacturing, marketing, logistics, technology and others.

Databases (free to All Users)

Gale Literary Index

A master index to 43 literary series published by Gale. It combines and cross-references more than 130,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and over 140,000 titles into one source. (Source: WorldCat)

Online Resources (free to All Users)

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts

A collection of digital documents in the subject areas of English literature, American literature, and Western philosophy. Users can search by author, title, or file name, and create PDF documents for downloading and printing. (Source: WorldCat)

The Literary Encyclopedia

The Literary Encyclopedia is an original literary reference work, written by specialists from universities around the world. It provides over 3200 authoritative profiles, usually around 2500 words in length, of authors, works and topics written by over 1200 experts. (Source: WorldCat)


Literary Resources on the Net

A collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing with English and American literature, excluding single electronic texts, and limited to collection of information useful to academics. (Source: website)

The Online Books Page

John Mark Ockerbloom presents an index to full-text versions of works of literature, searchable by authors, titles, subjects, and serials. Users may browse the complete list of authors listed in the index. English literary works, as well as English translations of literary works in other languages, are available as part of the Online Books project. (Source: WorldCat)

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is another site that provides numerous books online. You can find books either by title or by author.

English & American Literature Resources (free to All Users)

BartlebyVerse: American & English Poetry, 1250-1920

Features the full-text of selected works of American and English poetry from 1250 through 1920, provided by the Bartleby Library in New York. Offers access to books of poetry and poetry indexes. (Source: WorldCat)

The Cambridge History of English and American Literature (1907-1921)

Features the full text of "The Cambridge History of English and American Literature," an eighteen volume encyclopedia originally published by Putnam in 1907-1921 and provided online by Bartleby.com. Includes English literature history from the Middle Ages through the Victorian Age. Highlights colonial, revolutionary, and national American literature history. (Source: WorldCat)

A Celebration of Women Writers

Presents a Celebration of Women Writers, a Web site that provides a compilation of links to Web sites containing biographical information about women writers, as well as links to their online works. Lists the authors in alphabetical order. Includes links to Web sites related to women in history, biographies, writings, and specialty collections. (Source: WorldCat)

Geoffrey Chaucer

Provides information and links to information about Chaucer and his works. (Source: WorldCat)


Online information resource related to English literature. Includes sections on the 17th Century, as well as the Medieval and Renaissance eras. Offers access to anthologies and search engines for each time period. Links to information on recommended reading. (Source: WorldCat)

TEAMS Middle English Texts

The goal of the TEAMS Middle English text series is to make available to teachers and students texts which occupy an important place in the literary and cultural canon but which have not been readily available in student editions. (Source: website)

World Literature Resources (free to All Users)

Cervantes Project

The project's goals are to provide the Cervantes International Bibliography Online, electronic editions of Cervantes' complete works, and a digital archive of images of Cervantes' times and works. (Source: WorldCat)

Princeton Dante Project

Presents a selection of Dante's works in English, Italian and Latin. Focus of the project is the full text with critical commentary of Dante's Divine comedy (Petrocchi ed.). Also included: selections from Dante's minor works, biographies, lectures, multimedia resources, illustrations, maps, and links to other Dante sites. An audio link provides a recitation of the Divine comedy in Italian. (Source: WorldCat)

The Nobel Prize in Literature

From the Nobel Prize Committee's website, this site provides a brief biography and the text of speeches by Nobel Prize winners. For some authors, the site does provide articles, video interviews, and/or video of the presentations.