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  1. Bibliographic index to journal articles, books and dissertations. Subjects covered include literature, literary theory & criticism, dramatic arts, printing & publishing, folklore, linguistics and language.
  2. A searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources; authors from France, Spain, Germany and other countries from Europe, Africa, and South America are also presented.
  3. The OED covers words from across the English speaking world. It also gives etymological analysis, variant spellings, and pronunciation using IPA.
  4. This is the master index to the literary series published by Gale Research Inc. such as the Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB) and Contemporary Authors (CA).
  5. Provides more than 5,100 authoritative profiles of authors, works and literary and historical topics.
  6. One thousand film scripts are indexed and organized to allow searching by scene, by character, by director, and more.
  7. The more than 1,000 periodicals in these three former microfilm collections provide the materials necessary to study trends in the United States from 1741 to 1900.
  8. Primary source. Over 250 plays documenting the Asian American experience from the 18th century to the present.
  9. Contains biographical profiles and excerpts of book reviews for British Columbian authors, as well as an online archive of BC BookWorld (2004-onwards).
  10. The American Antiquarian Society's collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1877.
  11. The Dictionary of Old English (DOE) defines the vocabulary of the first six centuries (C.E. 600-1150) of the English language, using twenty-first century technology.
  12. Primary source. Over 1,200 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 150 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries.
  13. Primary source. Over 40,000 poems by more than 200 American poets from the Colonial Period to the early twentieth century.
  14. Manuscript catalogue of SFU Library's Special Collections Division.
  15. Bibliographic references to articles (not the full-text articles themselves) about the publishing, production, distribution, and selling of Canadian books and magazines from 1935-1985. Entries in English and French.
  16. A collection of approximately 8,000 works of short fiction produced by writers from Africa and the African Diaspora.
  17. An online database consisting of at least one copy of every Old English text. The DOE Web Corpus represents about four million words of Old English and another million words of Latin.
  18. Digital library of more than 125,000 individual titles published in English from 1475-1700. Includes many subject areas.
  19. 17th and 18th Century newspapers form the collection of Reverend Charles Burney.
  20. Books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides, and other works published in the 18th century. The collection focuses on works from the United Kingdom and the Americas.
  21. Primary source. Fulltext database of 19,000 poetic works by 179 Canadian writers, as well as author biographies.
  22. References articles in film and television journals and magazines.
  23. Index to Medieval and Renaissance journals and books.
  24. Covers research in linguistics, language and speech, language and hearing pathology.
  25. Interlocking collection of the major electronic Middle English resources, including the Middle English Dictionary, a hypertext bibliography of Middle English prose & verse, and a searchable corpus of Middle English prose & poetry.
  26. National and regional newspapers of 18th and 19th century Britain.
  27. Index to 19th Century periodicals, books, newspapers and government documents.
  28. Includes 96 complete works of prose from the period 1700 - 1780. Includes writers such as Henry Fielding and Daniel Defoe.
  29. Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue (NSTC) provides an exhaustive bibliography of over 1.2 million records for the 19th-century holdings of eight of the world's top research libraries.
  30. Newspapers from 1800-1900 from Britain.
  31. Primary source. Contains over 183,000 poems, essentially comprising the complete canon of English poetry of the British Isles and the British Empire from the 8th century to the early 20th. Drawn from nearly 4,900 printed sources, more than 2,700 poets are represented.
  32. 1.7 million pages of newspaper information from U.S. newspapers from the 19th Century
  33. An online discussion forum, exhibition venue, bulletin board, archive, and calendar on new art media technologies and Internet culture.
  34. Contains text of 250 English novels published between 1786-1900.
  35. All issues of the Shakespeare Survey, a yearly publication since 1948, which publishes the best of international Shakespeare scholarship. Each volume is devoted to a theme, a play, or group of plays.
  36. This is a multidisciplinary index that covers all social sciences and humanities topics, including literature.
  37. Provides international bibliographic information on periodicals - magazines, journals, newspapers, and newsletters.
  38. 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 1964 and early 2005.
  39. Primary source. Fulltext database of modern and contemporary American poetry. Includes 52,000 poems drawn from 750 volumes by over 300 poets.
  40. Index to popular general interest magazines.
  41. A worldwide union catalogue created and maintained collectively by more than 9,000 member institutions / libraries. Provides access to electronic, physical and digital collections at SFU. Use this version to export citations to RefWorks from off-campus.

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  1. Multidisciplinary index to academic & popular journals.
  2. Alternative & radical media
  3. Cross search Gale sources of literature. Contains: Dictionary of Literary Biography; Gale Virtual Reference Library; Literautre Criticism Online; Something About the Author
  4. A collection of 20 different versions of the English Bible.
  5. This bibliography is an authoritative guide to what has been written about British and Irish history from the Roman period to the present day.
  6. Monographs, speeches, essays, and interviews written by leaders from the black community in America.
  7. Book Review Digest Retrospective provides excerpts from, and citations to, reviews of adult and juvenile fiction and non-fiction.
  8. The immediate experiences of Britsh and Irish women, as revealed in diaries and letters.
  9. Primary source. Facsimile images of literary manuscripts, including letters and diaries, drafts of poems, plays, novels, and other literary works. Text itself is not searchable. Published in two parts: (1) c.1660-1900, and (2) Medieval & Renaissance.
  10. An electronic archive of hundreds of digitised journals forming a record of more than two centuries of British culture.
  11. Biographical information and publication information about 470+ women who lived in -- and published English-language fiction or poetry about Canada -- before 1940. Entries also include sources cited to aid further research.
  12. A perspective on the 19th century like no other, through the words ofThomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle. Browse over 10,000 of their collectedletters by date, by recipient, by subject, and by volume.
  13. Biographical reference entries on Irish people who have made a significant contribution in Ireland or abroad, as well as those born overseas who had noteworthy careers in Ireland.
  14. Biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.
  15. Books, pamphlets, broadsides, and other documents on aspects of life in 17th- and 18th-century America, from agriculture and auctions through foreign affairs, diplomacy, literature, music, religion, the Revolutionary War, slavery, temperance, witchcraft, and more. Collection is based on the American Bibliography by Charles Evans and enhanced by Roger Bristol's Supplement to Evans' American Bibliography.
  16. More than 200 full text works which provide a representative view of prose fiction by writers from the British Isles from the period 1500-1700.
  17. Rare printed journals, periodicals and newspapers of the eighteenth century.
  18. An online resource which links correspondence among writers from the early modern period.
  19. An all-purpose online encyclopedia, including an online atlas, dictionary, and select journal articles.
  20. Cross search Gale newspaper archives, covering over 400 years of content, using a single interface.
  21. The full facsimile run of the world’s most iconic illustrated newspaper
  22. Multidisciplinary Bibliography of Europe, North Africa and the Near East (300-1500)
  23. Online access to the plays and poems of Shakespeare.
  24. Includes more than 80 volumes of poetry by Irish women writing between 1768 and 1842. Also includes biographical and critical essays contributed by the foremost scholars in the field.
  25. Printed documents, including posters, handbills, broadsides, book and journal prospectuses, topographical prints, and more, relating to entertainment, the booktrade, prints, crimes, murders and executions, and advertising. These materials document everyday life in Britain in the 18th to 20th centuries.
  26. Searchable, archival collection of core academic articles, books, and primary sources in arts, humanities and social sciences.
  27. Selections from first and rare editions of 18th and 19th century English Lake District travel and landscape books.
  28. 17th & 18th Century Poetry from The Brotherton Library, University of Leeds
  29. Full text access to numerous Gale literary criticism series, such as Drama Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Contemporary Literary Criticism, etc., covering literature from 1400.
  30. Online access to the London Review of Books
  31. An extensive collection of manuscript materials for the study of medieval travel writing in fact and in fantasy.
  32. Since 1925, The New Yorker is a weekly magazine with a signature mix of reporting on national and international politics and culture, humor and cartoons, fiction and poetry, and reviews and criticism of books, movies, theatre, classical and popular music, television, art, and fashion.
  33. Primary source. Twelve collections, such as: Asia an the West; Europe and Africa; Women Digital Archive; Children Literature and Childhood.
  34. Full-text of over 100,000 pages of personal narratives by immigrants to North America, between 1840 and the present.
  35. Full-text of letters and diaries written by North American women from Colonial times to 1950.
  36. Annotated bibliography of Novels Written in English about Cuba/Cubans/Cuban Americans, 1851-2000 by Gene Bridwell.
  37. Includes biographical and writing career entries on over a 1,000 writers, more than 850 of them British women. It also includes selected non-British or international women writers, and British and international men, whose writing was an important, sometimes a shaping, element in a particular writing climate. Also includes more than 30,000 dated items representing events and processes.
  38. identifies the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects. Online index to bibliographies in Cinema, Classics, Communication, Criminology, Ecology,Linguistics, Literary Theory, Philosophy, Political science, Public Health, Renaissance & Reformation, Victorian Literature, etc. with a bibliographical essay on sources.
  39. Online version of more than 200 language and subject dictionaries and reference works.
  40. Full-text books and correspondence by seminal figures in the humanities, social sciences and literature.
  41. An electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina, published between 1844 and 1855, and the four volumes of indexes published between 1862 and 1865. The Patrologia Latina comprises the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216.
  42. Scholarly periodicals from 1802 to 1995.
  43. Humanities and social science ebooks and journals.
  44. Search the current and retrospective Reader's Guide Abstracts together.
  45. Online access to the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature, an index of subjects in the popular press.
  46. Access to rare and priceless literary sources for scholars and students studying the Romantic period.
  47. Complimentary online access is provided to libraries when the print volume has been purchased.
  48. An electronic collection of over sixty volumes of lyric poetry by Scottish women, written between 1789 and 1832
  49. A convenient guide to thousands of early short stories.
  50. Full text access to two series: Something About the Author, which examines lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults, and Something About the Author: Autobiography.
  51. An online resource for the study of Early Modern Britain and Europe. It reproduces original historical manuscripts in facsimile, linking each manuscript to its corresponding fully-searchable Calendar entry.
  52. The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online presents a complete reappraisal of this major Renaissance writer, complementing and extending the seven-volume print edition of Jonson’s works.
  53. A scholarly, primary source database focusing on adult comic books and graphic novels.
  54. An essential resource for the study of popular entertainment in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  55. Correspondences of early to mid-Victorian British women writers.
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