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Researching American Literature

    Resources for finding journal articles, essays, etc.

    The following four databases are literature specific, or contain subsets of literature journals (you can limit your search to literature journals).

  • MLA Bibliography sm_galileo (1K) This is the most comprehensive index for modern language and literature. It covers items published from 1964 to present, and includes periodicals, books, dissertations, and conference proceedings.

  • JSTOR An electronic archive of the full-text content of core scholarly journals in the arts & sciences.

  • Project MUSE An electronic archive of the full-text content of core scholarly journals in the arts & sciences.

  • Literature Online Reference Edition sm_galileo (1K) Criticism and reference works for British and American poetry, drama and prose. Resources include author biographies, student guides, literary dictionaries, full-text journal articles, and bibliographic citations.

  • The following databases are general resources. They include citations and articles on many topics, including literature.

  • Academic Search Premier sm_galileo (1K) A multidisciplinary database that contains abstracts and some full-text content. Indexes both scholarly and popular journals.

  • Wilson OmniFile: Full Text Mega Edition: sm_galileo (1K) (You may want to choose a subject specific subset of this database.) A multidisciplinary database that contains abstracts and some full-text content. Indexes both scholarly and popular journals.

  • Research Library sm_galileo (1K) A multidisciplinary database that contains abstracts and some full-text content. Indexes both scholarly and popular journals.
    Note: The person search in this resource is roughly equivalent to searching an author's name in the subject field of most other databases.

  • Essay & General Literature Index sm_galileo (1K) Indexes essays and articles from anthologies and collections in the humanities and social sciences.

  • Current Contents Connect (scholarly journals at ISI) sm_galileo (1K) Index and abstracts for articles in scholarly journals and other research literature.
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