Databases by Subject

English & Literature Research Guide

English & Literature

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American Fiction, 1774-1920
(Gale)
Primary source archive of prose fiction written by Americans from the political beginnings of the United States through World War I. No Yes more information
Artemis Primary Sources
(Gale)
Combines Gale primary source databases into one searchable environment. No No more information
Chicago Manual of Style Online
(University of Chicago)
Online version of the 16th and 17th editions of the Chicago Manual of Style. Fully searchable. No No more information
Dickens Letters
(InteLex)
The Letters of Charles Dickens, (1820-1870) 2nd edition. No No more information
Early English Books Online (Text Creation Partnership)
(EEBOTCP)
Consists of 25,000+ open access texts from Early English Books Online. No No more information
Eighteenth Century Collections Online Every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in Great Britain during the eighteenth century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. Yes Yes more information
Harper's Digital Archives Full-text articles from this general-interest magazine covering literature, politics, culture and the arts. Coverage: 1850-Present No No more information
Literature Resource Center
(Gale)
Database of overviews of important authors (from ancient times to the present) and scholarly critiques of their writings, including selected criticism and book reviews published in academic and literary journals. Yes Yes more information
LitFinder
(Gale)
Database providing access to literary works and authors throughout history, including more than 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, plays, biographies, images, and more. Partial Yes more information
MLA (Modern Language Association) Directory of Periodicals
(EBSCO)
Information for over 5,000 language & literature journals (many of which are indexed in the MLA Bibliography database) No No more information
MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography [Gale] Subject index for books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore and linguistics. Links to some full-text where available.

Note: After June 30, 2019, MLA International Bibliography will not be available through Gale and will be offered only on the EBSCO platform.

No Yes more information
Oxford English Dictionary 2nd edition of the 20-volume set. Includes meaning, history, & pronunciation of over 1/2 million words, both past and present. No No more information
Oxford Handbooks Online Full-text online versions of the Oxford Handbooks, available in seven complete subject modules: Business & Management, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Literature, Psychology, and History. Yes No more information

Other Resources

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Academic Search Premier
(EBSCO)
Scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database, with more than 6,000 full-text periodicals, including more than 2,800 peer-reviewed journals. Partial No more information
Academic Video Online
(Alexander Street Press)
A single cross-searchable repository of Alexander Street Press online video titles currently available to Drake users. This includes American History in Video and World History in Video. Yes No more information
African American Studies Center Online
(Oxford)
Collection of articles focusing on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture. Limit of 5 simultaneous users. No No more information
African-American Experience
(ABC-CLIO)
Encyclopedia of information about African American life and experiences. No No more information
American Doctoral Dissertations, 1933-1955
(EBSCO)
Searchable, open access database of dissertations from 1933-1955. Partial No more information
American History in Video
(Alexander Street Press)
Historical coverage from the early history of Native Americans to the 1988 Vicennes Affair in the Persian Gulf. Biographical coverage ranges from eighteenth century to modern day figures. Yes No more information
ArticleFirst
(OCLC)
Index of articles from the contents pages of journals in business, science, humanities, social sciences, medicine, technology and popular culture. Partial No more information
Black Studies Center
(ProQuest)
Gateway to current and historical material on African-Americans, the African Diaspora and Africa including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, and historical newspaper articles. Partial No more information
Books & Authors
(Gale)
Online resource designed to help library patrons discover today’s popular fiction and non-fiction titles as well as the classics of yesterday. No Yes more information
Britannica Online Fully searchable version of this authoritative, general encyclopedia. It also includes the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Britannica Book of the Year. Yes No more information
Cambridge Histories Online Online version of the prestigious Cambridge Economic Histories Online for Europe, Latin America, India, and the Greco-Roman world. Yes No more information
CQ Press Researcher Online Looking for a "hot topic" on which to do a research paper? This database is a great place to start! It offers pros & cons, background information, and in-depth analysis on a variety of topics, issues, and controversies currently in the news. Yes No more information
Credo Reference Portal to over 500 highly regarded reference sources. Examples of sources covered include: Art, Business, Food & Beverage, History, Language, Law, Literature, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Science, Social Sciences, and Technology. Yes No more information
Duke University Press Journals Online (e-Duke Scholarly Collection) Provides access to 39 Duke University Press journals in the humanities and social sciences. Can search across the entire collection or search individual journals. Partial No more information
Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639 - 1800 (Readex) Searchable monographs, pamphlets, broadsides, government documents and ephemera enable researchers to explore America's distant and not so distant past. Yes No more information
Early American Imprints, Series I: Supplement from the American Antiquarian Society 1652-1800
(Readex)
Searchable monographs, pamphlets, broadsides, government documents and ephemera enable researchers to explore America's distant and not so distant past. No No more information
eScholarShare (Drake University) Scholarly repository of Drake University. Includes 1000+ electronic theses & dissertations. Yes No more information
Gale Virtual Reference Library A collection of reference works on the Arts, Business, Education, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation & World, Religion, and the Social Sciences. Yes Yes more information
General OneFile
(Gale)
Gale's largest general interest database of articles from general, specialized, and professional newspapers and periodicals, many with full text and images. Yes Yes more information
Global Issues in Context
(Gale)
A resource for international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. No Yes more information
JSTOR More than a thousand academic journals and over 1 million images, letters, and other primary sources Yes No more information
JSTOR-19th Century British Pamphlets Collection This collection, as part of JSTOR, contains the most significant British pamphlets from the 19th century held in UK research libraries. Yes No more information
LexisNexis Academic Provides over 9,000 full-text news, business, and legal sources. No No more information
Listener - Historical Archive The Listener (1929-1991) was the weekly newspaper published by the BBC. The complete archive of this landmark publication is an essential witness to the intellectual and cultural history of the twentieth century. No No more information
Marquis Who's Who in America Biographical information from various "Who's Who" series. Yes No more information
MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography [EBSCO] Subject index for books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore and linguistics. Links to some full-text where available. No No more information
Motif-Index of Folk Literature
(InteLex)
An index to themes and motifs in folk literature from Ireland to India. No No more information
New York Times New York Times access 1851-present. Direct access to virtually all NY Times content from that time period. Requires a separate, one-time registration. For details, visit http://researchguides.drake.edu/nyt No No more information
New York Times (LexisNexis) NYT, from 1930 to present (for older coverage, see "New York Times Historical Newspaper") For all articles from today's version, just click on "Today" in the date field and then "Search." No No more information
Nineteenth Century Collections Online
(Gale)
A database of primary source collections for the 19th Century, primarily British and American, but including material from other nations and in other languages. No Yes more information
Original Sources (Encyclopedia Britannica) Original source documents. No No more information
Oxford Art Online Formerly Grove Art Online, this database provides access to The Dictionary of Art, Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms plus links to more than 40,000 images. Limit of 5 simultaneous users. No No more information
Oxford Reference Online Access to dictionaries & reference works in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Limit of 5 simultaneous users. Yes No more information
Oxford Scholarship Online Ebooks Ebooks in 16 subject areas. No No more information
Periodicals Archive Online
(ProQuest)
Archive of backfiles of scholarly periodicals in the arts, humanities and social sciences, spanning more than two centuries of content, 37 key subject areas, and multiple languages. Yes No more information
Project Muse Full-text of scholarly journals published by Johns Hopkins University and other university presses. Yes Yes more information
RefWorks [Old Version] Bibliographic and citation tool for Drake students and faculty No No more information
Sabin Americana 1500 - 1926 Primary source documents pertaining to North, Central & South America, the Arctic, Antarctica, & West Indies. Includes original accounts of exploration, pioneering, settlement, the western movement, military actions, Native Americans, slavery & abolition. Yes No more information
Times (London) Digital Archive The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2011, is Gale's online historical archive, delivering every page as published from 200 years of The Times (London) to your library. No No more information
Very Short Introductions
(Oxford)
Concise introductions to a wide range of subjects. Yes No more information
Web of Science A multidisciplinary research platform which searches a range of citation indexes and databases, covering over 33,000 of the worlds top journals. Partial No more information
Web of Science Core Collection This subset of Web of Science indexes primary journals and article citations in several databases spanning a wide range of disciplines. Partial No more information
World History in Video
(Alexander Street Press)
Contains a wide-ranging collection of critically acclaimed documentaries that allow you to explore human history from the earliest civilizations to the late 20th century. Videos are global in scope, and capture longer-term and multiple perspectives, so you can make connections across cultures and over time. Yes No more information
WorldCat
(OCLC)
WorldCat is a catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide. No No more information
WorldCat Dissertations
(OCLC)
Bibliographic database of all dissertations and theses available in WorldCat No No more information