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Databases (for Bethel Users)

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.
Informe! espaƱol
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.
LitFinder
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.)

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)
Luminarium
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)
Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
"This site attempts two things: To be a complete annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources available on Internet. ... To present new Shakespeare material unavailable elsewhere on the Internet."(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.