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Literature Research Tools: Language and Literature Research Tools

Learn About a Topic

Can't remember the literary movement? Need some more background info? Start with literary companions and encyclopedias!

Companions to Literature 
Credo Reference

Keyword search to find peer-reviewed articles on your topic.

♦ Academic Search CompleteMultidisciplinary database of full-text articles from scholarly journals, magazines, government documents and other sources. Be sure to "Choose Databases" and add the Literature Databases to your search.

♦ Central Index. Broad coverage of interdisciplinary journals and additional material.
♦ Chaucer Bibliography. The Chaucer Bibliography Online is supported by The University of Texas at San Antonio Library and The New Chaucer Society. This bibliography includes Chaucer studies from 1975 until the present.
♦ JSTOR. Articles from scholarly journals in the arts and sciences, including many focusing on literature.
♦ Middle English Compendium. Dictionaries, bibliographies and related sources on Middle English.
♦ MLA (Modern Language Association International Bibliography). NOTE: replaced by the Central Index database.
♦ Project Muse. Articles from scholarly journals in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
♦ Scopus offers citations with some full-text articles largely in STEM fields, including science, medicine, technology, and the social sciences. Includes tracking by citation, and identifying high impact articles.

Multidatabase Search Tool  Note: Start here if you know the exact title of an article. Looking for interdisciplinary topics? The multiple database search tool may be beneficial as well. 

Zotero. Track your materials & cite your sources using Zotero.

Streaming Videos

♦ Academic Video Online. More than 48,000 video titles spanning essential subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, history, music, film, and more.

♦ Films on Demand. Streaming video database that offers over 20,000 titles, and covers a variety of academic subjects, from producers such as BBC, PBS, Meridian, National Geographic, and more. Links can be shared through email, integrated into Canvas, or viewed in the classroom.


  • Wright American Fiction is the most comprehensive bibliography of American adult fiction of the 18th and 19th centuries, compiled by a librarian at the Huntington Library.
  • The Reading Experience Database includes mver 30,000 records of reading experiences of British subjects, both at home and abroad, and of visitors to the British Isles, between 1450 and 1945. Also see The Listening Experience Database.
  • Mapping the Republic of Letters: Maps networks of scholarship in the Early Modern period through texts, tracking correspondence, and more.
  • Shakeosphere, a social network analysis of publishers, writers, manuscripts, and booksellers in the late-fifteenth through eighteenth century England. 
  • Shakespeare Documented, the largest and most authoritative collection of primary-source materials documenting the life of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), bringing together all known manuscript and print references to Shakespeare, his works, and additional references to his family, in his lifetime and shortly thereafter. 
  • Authorial London compiles and maps references to places within London found in works by writers who have lived there.
  • Ngram Viewer: View a line graph to see how often a word appeared in Google Books by publication date.
  • Eighteenth Century Poetry Archive
  • National Poetry Library, United Kingdom

Find Books and Videos

Follow the scholarly conversation through books—and track down your text analysis project with novels, poetry, and much more! See what's available here at SXU with our local catalog, then branch out into the state of Illinois with the I-Share catalog (use the drop-down menu). You can also search specifically for SXU's electronic book collection.

Search for eBooks and Audiobooks

♦ eBooks and Text and the the Internet Archive. Digitized music, videos, and TV News.

♦ EBL (Electronic Book Library): Results may be viewed online or downloaded. (Download requires an Adobe ID and Adobe Digital Editions (or another ePub Reader app).

♦ EBSCObooks — browse by category. Results may be viewed online or downloaded. (Download requires an Adobe ID and Adobe Digital Editions (or another ePub Reader app).

♦ HathiTrust Digital Library. Preserves and provides access to material scanned by Google, some Internet Archive books, and some scanned locally by partner institutions.

LibriVox Audiobooks: Listen to free audiobooks on your computer, iPod, other mobile device, or burn onto a CD.  LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and release the audio files back onto the net for free. Most of the texts are from Project Gutenberg, and the Internet Archive hosts the audio files.

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