Databases: Humanities: Literature
African-American Poetry Database
Coverage: 1760 - 1900 Searchable collection of over 2,500 poems.
Alternative Press Index
Coverage: 1969 - present Covers journal, newspaper, and magazine articles from over 700 international alternative, radical, and left periodicals. Includes Alt. Press Archive.
American Poetry Database
40,356 poems from 1,288 works by 209 poets.
Archive of Americana
Coverage: 1639 - 1980 Combined interface for searching Early American Imprints I & II (1639-1819), American State Papers (1789-1838), and the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1980).
ARTFL: A Textual Database
Searchable database of French-language texts from the 12th to the 20th century. Includes classic French literature, Provencal poetry and other verse, non-fiction prose and technical writing.
ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials
Coverage: 1949 - present Premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. Includes full-text for over 200,000 articles and book reviews from over 100 journals.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index
Indexes more than 15 million biographical sketches from reference books covering individuals, living and deceased, from every field and all areas of the world.
Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts
Coverage: 2001 - present An innovative online literary and arts journal, Blackbird features poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and the arts -- as well as interviews with writers and artists. Sponsored by the VCU Department of English and New Virginia Review, Inc.
Book Review Index Online Plus
Coverage: 1965 - present Indexes reviews from scholarly and popular journals primarily in the fields of general fiction and non-fiction, the humanities, and the social sciences. Includes citations and full text reviews.
Dissertations and Theses Full Text (ProQuest)
Coverage: 1637 - present Full text for most dissertations from 1997 to the present. Includes full text for some earlier dissertations, along with over 2.4 million dissertations and theses citations from around the world.
Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800
Coverage: 1639-1800 Virtually all books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints of 17th- and 18th-century America. Covers thousands of subjects in full-text.
Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819
Coverage: 1801-1819 Books, pamphlets, broadsides, and other imprints of early 19th-century America. Covers thousands of subjects in full-text.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online
Coverage: 1700 - 1800 With over 136,000 titles and 26 million pages, ECCO contains every published text of historical significance from Great Britain and Colonial America during the 18th Century.
English Verse Drama Database
Coverage: 1300 - 1900 Contains more than 1,500 works by 450 named authors, plus approximately 230 anonymous works.
A resource for searching U.S. fiction and selected non-fiction. Find similar titles and authors, or browse by topic, genre, setting, character, location, and timeframe. Includes reviews.
HarpWeek: The Civil War Era and Reconstruction I and II
Coverage: 1857 - 1877 Searchable scanned images of all pages of Harper's Weekly, the leading illustrated newspaper of its time. All articles, illustrations, advertisements, and literary offerings are indexed.
Supplemental Web sites from HarpWeek
Humanities International Complete
Coverage: Ancient - Present Providing full text of hundreds of journal articles, books and other published resources from around the world, Humanities International Complete (HIC) includes all data from the Humanities International Index.
Coverage: 1906 - present Covers publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world. Includes history, beliefs, societies, cultures, languages, and literature.
Literature Online (LION)
Text-rich resource that includes ABELL, full-text humanities journals, full-text English and American literature, and reference resources.
Literature, Arts and Medicine Database
Annotated multimedia list of prose, poetry, film, video and art for teaching and research in medical humanities.
Coverage: 1350 - 1660 Luminarium, featuring extensive background information on authors and selected full texts of their works, transforms the study of early English literature into a multimedia experience. Links to critical essays, art works, and music sound clips.
Middle English Compendium
Three major Middle English resources: Middle English Dictionary; HyperBibliography (materials cited in the Dictionary); and Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse (Middle English electronic texts).
MLA International Bibliography
Coverage: 1926 - present The Modern Language Association of America's index of critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics and folklore. Citations only.
New York Times
Coverage: 1851 - 2006 More than a newspaper for an American city, the New York Times is an international record of national and world news, as well as personal stories of how events affect individuals.
Nineteenth Century Collections Online
Coverage: 1789 - 1914 Digital archive of primary source collections from the "long" 19th century. Includes monographs, newspapers, manuscripts, diaries, letters, maps, statistics and more. Offers annotation and tagging tools.
Oral History Online
Index to English language oral histories publicly available on the Web and/or held by repositories and archives around the world. Includes interview level records if possible, and links to multi-media if available.
Coverage: 1949 - present Citations to over 31,000 plays published from 1949 to the present.
Religion and Philosophy Collection
Coverage: Ancient - present Nearly 300 full text journals covering topics central to the study of philosophy and world religions, including denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language and history of philosophy.
Short Story Index
Coverage: 1984 - present Index of more than 76,500 stories from over 4,000 collections.
Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive
Coverage: 1500 - 1865 Presents the history of slavery alongside efforts and actions to end it, drawing from thousands of documents, some very rare, in a comprehensive, conceptual, and global way.
Theatre in Video
Over 250 of the world's most important plays. Includes over 100 documentaries about productions and interviews with authors, directors, and actors.
Twentieth Century North American Drama
Coverage: 20th century Full-text of 2,000 plays from the United States and Canada. Includes playbills, posters, and other ephemera.
Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels
Coverage: 1950 - present Documents the entire spectrum of underground and independent North American and European comics and graphic novels. Includes over 75,000 pages of original material from the 1950s to today, along with interviews, commentary, theory, and criticism.
VCU Menorah Review
Coverage: 2003 - present The VCU Menorah Review, established in 1984, explores a diverse range of issues related to Jewish life, culture, and history. The review features essays on recent scholarship in Judaic studies.
Women Writers Online
Searchable textbase of approximately 200 works published between 1525-1830. A work in progress; coverage will extend from 1400-1850. Includes Renaissance Women Online, a subset of approximately 100 works.