English Language & Literature

This guide has links to resources for doing literary research. Some give general research advice and others are specific to an author or subject.

Databases Supported by English Department Wentworth Funds

These online resources are supported by the English Department; they may be accessed by CSU affiliates only. Content of these resources is found in the section (skip one) below.

Descriptions of Wentworth-supported Databases

Early American Imprints. Series I Evans 1639-1800 and Early American Imprints Supplement, 1670-1800.

Evans contains virtually every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America over a 160-year period. It contains more than 36,000 printed works and 2.3 million pages. The type of work has a wide range and includes a wide variety of 17th- and 18th-century imprints, such as advertisements, almanacs, bibles, broadsides, catalogs, charters and by-laws, contracts, cookbooks, elegies, eulogies, laws, maps, narratives, novels, operas, pamphlets, plays, poems, primers, sermons, songs, speeches, textbooks, tracts, travelogues, treaties and more. These are valuable primary research materials.

The online collection may be searched by subject and browsed by genre, subjects, author, history of printing, place of publication and language. Topics covered include agriculture, astronomy, auctions, capital punishment, child rearing, commerce, constitution, diseases, education, foreign affairs, French & Indian wars, geography, Latin, lotteries, masonry, medicine, military operations, missionaries, operas, religious thought, revolutionary war, slavery, suffrage, temperance, trials, witchcraft, women, work, yellow fever and more.

Early American Newspapers. 1823-1860.

Jacksonian Era, Parts 1 and 2, 1823-1842 covers: Second Great Awakening, Lowell Textile Mills, Monroe Doctrine, Trail of Tears, and  Indian Removal. Antebellum Period, Parts 1 and 2, 1843-1860 covers: Height of Plantation Slavery, California Gold Rush, Dred Scott decision, Mexican War.

Independent Voices.

"Independent Voices is a digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines during the latter half of the 20th century."

Iter Bibliography.

Secondary source materials on Middle Ages & Renaissance time period 400-1700. The bibliography has more than 1.3 millions citations.

Literary Research Guide: An Annotated Listing of Reference Sources in English Literary Studies (Harner)

"The Literary Research Guide is a selective, annotated guide to reference sources essential to the study of British literature, literatures of the United States, other literatures in English, and related topics." "[B]ibliographies, abstracts, surveys of research, indexes, databases, catalogs, general histories and surveys, annals, chronologies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks" are described and often evaluated by the author.

Women Writers Online 1526-1850

"Women Writers Online is a full-text collection of early women’s writing in English, published by the Women Writers Project at Northeastern University. It includes full transcriptions of texts published between 1526 and 1850, focusing on materials that are rare or inaccessible." "[M]ore than 375 texts published between 1526 and 1850."

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online 1960-2016.

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online has "annotated entries for all important books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare and published or produced between 1960 and 2016. The scope is international, with coverage extending to more than 120 languages and representing every country in North America, South America, and Europe and nearly every country in Asia, Africa, and Australasia.

"The more than 117,000 records in this version cite several hundred thousand additional reviews of books, productions, films, and audio recordings."

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