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Core Literary Bibliographic Databases
The following are the best online databases to start
research on literary topics. These are listed in order of
recommendation, but because MLA International Bibliography is
so comprehensive, it does provide references to obscure publications
which may be difficult to find. Therefore, it may prove easier to start
with Academic Search Premier and Literature Resource Center first, and then search MLA and ABELL.
MLA International Bibliography with Full Text (MLAIB)
Offers a detailed bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations.
ABELL: Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature
Lists monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews and collections of essays published anywhere in the world; unpublished doctoral dissertations are covered for the period 1920–1999.
Literature Criticism Online
Provides access to Gale's Contemporary Literary Criticism, Literature Criticism 1400-1800, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, and Drama Criticism.
Academic Search Complete
Designed for academic institutions, this database by Ebscohost provides complete coverage of multidisciplinary, full-text academic journals.