Literature Resource Center offers access to articles from hundreds of journals (many of which are peer-reviewed), biographies, bibliographies, and critical analysis of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline. Users can also find full text of many poems and short stories, as well as book reviews of fiction and non-fiction, including children's, young adult, and adult works.
The Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography provides access to more than 2 million bibliographic citations to journal articles, books, and dissertations from 1926 to the present in academic disciplines such as language, literature, folklore, linguistics, literary theory and criticism, and the dramatic arts. Some of the citations have abstracts, and the database provides links to full-text when available. Users can search by title, subject, author, as well as journal title, and can link to similar results using related subject lists.
At Brooklyn News Service, student journalists from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York cover the news of New York City, Brooklyn-style.
The Center for Public Integrity produces investigative journalism about significant public issues with a goal to make institutional power more transparent and accountable.
The Freedom of Information Center is a reference and research library in the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Established in 1958, the center now has a collection of more than 1 million articles and documents about access to information at the state, federal and local levels, in addition to a wide collection of online documents accessible through its webpage.
ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
The publication of this historic collection in online form restores access to a substantial body of literature, originally published by the Heinemann African Writers Series, much of which is out of print and only accessible in specialist research libraries. The searchable full-text collection covers the whole historical range of modern African fiction, and includes some of the most important works of African poetry. Most of the works in the Series come from English-speaking countries in Western, Southern and Eastern Africa, but there are also a number of volumes translated from French, Portuguese, Zulu, Swahili, Acoli, Sesotho, Afrikaans, Luganda and Arabic.
"Explore the British Library's greatest literary treasures from the Romantic and Victorian periods. Discover 1,200 Romantic and Victorian literary treasures, new insights by 60 experts, 25 documentary films, 30 inspirational teachers' notes and more."
Digital texts and supplemental research materials from one of the world's premier Shakespeare collections.
Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection containing 215 medieval or Renaissance manuscripts that date between the 11th and 17th centuries.
NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) is a scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the nineteenth century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first
Scribner Writer's Series includes 15-20 page signed essays on more than 1,600 authors and literary genres, drawn from 13 acclaimed Scribner print series. Users can view a biography of an author's life and works, design their own search, using words or phrases, or customize a search by genre, gender, ethnicity/nationality, time period, and language, and can utilize the Research Ideas section to view topics that might be of research interest. There are also essays on special topics.
SurLaLune offers over 40 eBooks, including fairy tale and folklore anthologies, critical texts, poetry and fiction. The index is divided by subject matter and region.
This database from Rutgers is designed for the study of The Tatler (1709-1711) and The Spectator (1711-1714), two innovative eighteenth-century periodicals, both of which are completely available here.
Twayne's Authors Series comprises works found in United States Authors, English Authors, and World Authors. Users have access to a total of over 600 individual full-text titles that provide literary criticism, introductions to authors' lives and works, and information about literary genres and literary history. Researchers can search by author, title, or subject heading, among others; results range from work overviews to critical essays. The database provides a list of titles covered to assist in searching.
The Victorian Women Writers Project (VWWP): Primarily concerned with the exposure of lesser-known British women writers of the 19th century, the collection contains an array of genres, including poetry, novels, children's books, political pamphlets, religious tracts, histories, and more.
Contains nearly two thousand recordings—of poets and prose writers participating in literary events at the Library’s Capitol Hill campus as well as sessions from the Library of Congress' Recording Laboratory.
Over 5,000 hours of audio recordings, including readings, lectures, performances, seminars, panels and workshops conducted at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (Naropa University), founded in 1974 by Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg.
Audio recordings of leading 20th-century poets.
POETS & POEMS
To find information on a poet or critical interpretations of his or her works, begin by checking the CUNY+ online catalog. In the left hand box labeled “select search type,” click on the tab “subject begins with.” Then, type in the author’s name (Last name, followed by first name) in the search box.
e.g. Ginsberg, Allen
EXPLICATION OF A PARTICULAR POEM
Literature Resource Center
This database is a good place to find biographical and critical articles on literary authors and their works. Simply type the poet’s last name “and” the title of the work you are looking for in the search box.
e.g. Yeats and second coming
A major advantage this source provides is that all of the articles listed are available in full text.
MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography
The most comprehensive database in the field, this reference source provides access to more than 2 million bibliographic citations to journal articles, books, and dissertations from 1926 to the present in academic disciplines such as language, literature, folklore, linguistics, literary theory and criticism, and the dramatic arts. The database can be searched by author, title, subject, and keyword. Keywords can be connected with Boolean operators (“and,” “or,” “not”) to combine terms:
e.g. Find: (marriage or adultery or sex) and Canterbury Tales
The Disadvantage: While some results will link to full text, most will only provide citations, which will then have to be checked in the CUNY+ catalog or the e-journals finder to verify whether or not the BC Library owns the item.
Additional Full Text Online Sources:
Magill On Literature/Online
Twayne’s Author Series
Gale Virtual Reference Center
Additional Print Indexes & Bibliographies:
Look under the poet’s last name, then under the title of the poem that interests you. If the citation is to a journal article, check the e-journals finder to see whether or not it is available in full text; if it is not, check the CUNY+ catalog to see if the library owns a paper or microfilm copy. If the citation is to a book, check the CUNY+ catalog under the title of the book or the author or editor’s last name.
Poetry explication: a checklist of interpretation since 1925 of British and American poems past. (Brooklyn Reference Z2014.P7 K8) Note: A key to periodical title abbreviations in the citations appears at the front of the volume; references to book titles are found in a bibliography at the end of the volume.
Magill’s Bibliography of Literary Criticism. 4v. (Brooklyn - Reference - Z6511 .M25)
American and British Poetry: A Guide to the Criticism 1925-1990. 2v. (Brooklyn - Reference - Z1231.P7 A44)
Articles on 20th Century Literature: An Annotated Bibliography, 1954-1970. 7v. (Brooklyn - Reference - Z6519 .A7 1954/1970)
Articles on American Literature 1900-1975. (Brooklyn - Reference - Z1225 .A77)
Guide to British poetry explication. 4v. (Brooklyn - Reference - Z2014.P7 M34 1991) Covers British Poetry from the Anglo-Saxon through Victorian periods. Note: A key to periodical title abbreviations in the citations appears at the front of each volume; references to book titles are found in a bibliography at the end of each volume.
Revised by William Gargan, Language & Literature Bibliographer (Spring 2013)
Indexes to fiction published in magazines.
The citation style used in the humanities. For an online tutorial see: http://library.hunter.cuny.edu/tutorials/mla/mla_tutorial.html.
The Oxford English Dictionary is the authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over 600,000 words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 3 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals, to film scripts and cookery books. Users can find information on earliest recorded use (including citations), etymology, and changes in spelling.