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Literature & Children’s Literature Databases

Criticism & Reviews


Literary Reference Center Plus (EBSCOhost)

  • Contents: Scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles; Newspapers; Magazines; Book Reviews; Editorials/Opinions; Master Plots;

Gale Literature

  • Description: Best for contemporary literature.
  • Contents: Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Articles; Criticism; Author Biographies; Work Reviews; Plot Summaries; Topic Overviews; NPR & Podcast Interviews; 

Book Review Index Online (Full Text) (Gale)

Description: Full-text book reviews from 1965-present. 


  • Literary Index (Gale)
    Description: Use this to look up entries for Gale Reference books inside CUW Library.
  • Bloom’s Literary Criticism
    Description:
    Edited e-books on specific books, short stories, or authors
  • JSTOR
    Description: Scholarly full-text multi-disciplinary database. Use the Language and Literature subject filter.
  • Ebook Central (ProQuest)
    Description: Search for e-books with criticism of an author or work.
  • EbscoHost Ebooks
    Description: Search for e-books with criticism of an author or work.

Children’s & YA Lit


Literary Reference Center Plus (EBSCOhost)

  • Contents: Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Articles; Newspapers; Magazines; Book Reviews; Criticism; Film Adaption Reviews; Master Plots;

Gale Literature

Contents: Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Articles; Criticism; Author Biographies; Work Reviews; Plot Summaries; Topic Overviews; NPR & Podcast Interviews;

  • Literary Index (Gale)
    Description: Use to look up entries of authors or titles in Gale Reference books. Then, search Primo for the book titles inside CUW library or via interlibrary loan.
  • Book Review Index Online (Full Text) (Gale)
    Description: Book reviews from 1965-present. 
  • Bloom’s Literary Criticism
    Description:
    Edited ebooks on high school/YA literature. At the top click Filter Options, and choose: grade 9-12.

Language & Linguistics


Linguistics Database (ProQuest)

  • Contents: Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Articles; Dissertations; Conference Papers; Speeches; Book Reviews; Commentaries;

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

  • Description: English dictionary with definitions, etymologies, and quotations from sources.
  • Contents: Definitions; Word Timeline; Historical Thesaurus;

Research Library: Language & Literature (ProQuest)

Description: Scholarly and popular full-text database.


Full Works


Primo Advanced Search

Description: Use the general library search to find print and digital books.


Project Gutenberg

Contents: Classic literature books; Classic children’s books; (published before 1924)


Directory of Open Access Books

Description: Search for free books and Creative Commons books by keyword, title, author, or ISBN