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  • The MLA International Bibliography is a subject index for books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It is produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), an organization dedicated to the study and teaching of language and literature. Literatures from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America are represented , and while the majority of records are from English-language publications, at least sixty other languages are represented including French, Spanish, German, Russian, Portuguese, Norwegian, and Swedish.
  • Clicking on this link allows you to search across the literature of a broad range of disciplines.  Included are: Humanities International Complete, Humanities Abstracts, Historical Abstracts, L'Annee philologique, Art Full Text, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, the Religion and Philosophy Collection, Academic Search Complete and several other humanities related databases. 

  • Literature Online is an online resource for the study and teaching of literature, with most articles pulblished in English. This database includes full-text journals, criticism and reference resources covering literary and linguistic study. Authors writing in any language, and in a range of media and disciplines, who are relevant to scholars and students of literary studies are included in the database.

  • JSTOR provides access to full-text, full-image, scholarly literature. The growing database contains the archives of major research journals in a variety of academic disciplines. JSTOR offers the scanned image of each journal page as it was originally designed, printed, and illustrated. Coverage for each journal starts with the very first issue, many of which date from the 1800's. For any overview of search strategies see JSTOR's Search Help.   Content dates from the first issue of a journal to approximately 5 years ago, so JSTOR is not a source for the most current articles.
  • This search engine searches across 19 databases related to the Arts & Humanities, including:  Alt-PressWatch, American Periodicals, ARTbibliographies Modern, British Humanities Index, CBCA Reference & Current Events, ERIC, GenderWatch, Index Islamicus, International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text, International Index to Performing Arts Full Text, Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA), MLA International Bibliography, Philosopher's Index, PRISMA, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, ProQuest Research Library, PsycINFO, and Sociological Abstracts.

  • Periodicals Archive Online provides full text access to hundreds of digitized British and European journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Newest material is 5 years old.

  • An interdisciplinary database that indexes over 2400 Arts and Humanities journals from 1973 to the present.

  • ITER's bibliography includes literature pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Citations for books, journal material (articles, reviews, review articles, bibliographies, catalogues, abstracts and discographies) are included, as are citations for essays in books (including entries in conference proceedings, festschriften, encyclopedias and exhibition catalogues). For a complete list of titles indexed, click here.
  • The International Medieval Bibliography (IMB) is an interdisciplinary bibliography of the European Middle Ages, covering Europe, the Middle East and North Africa in the period 400-1500.  The database includes references to articles published in periodicals, conference proceedings, essay collections, Festschriften and exhibition catalogues.





  • The ARTstor Digital Library provides more than 1.5 million images with tools for teaching and research. Its collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates from all over the world (read the full list here: http://www.artstor.org/collections). The collrections encompass a wide variety of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, Ameican Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more (find sample subject guides here: http://www.artstor.org/subjectguides).

  • CAMIO is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of several international museums. The database includes about 95.000 high-quality images available for teaching and research purposes

Literary Criticism

  • This database contains formal treatises on criticism and aesthetics, discourses on the character or practice of specific genres, theories of imagination, genius and taste, literary biography, criticism and literary history that expresses important general, arguments and precepts, literary prefaces and dedications, rhetorical treatises, poetry which expresses or implies rules of composition or standards of judgement, theoretical works in disciplines other than English literature which have had a major, influence on literary theory.

  • A database of ten encyclopedic sets of literary criticism (Contents include: Contemporary literary criticism -- Twentieth-century literary criticism -- Nineteenth-century literature criticism -- Shakespearean criticism -- Literature criticism from 1400 to 1800 -- Classical and medieval literature criticism -- Poetry criticism -- Short story criticism -- Drama criticism -- Children's literature review).

    While some full text content is not available online, comprehensive coverage can be found in the print editions located in the Weldon Reference Collection.