Language & Literature

Databases for articles focusing on language & literature

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Academic Search Premier avl_logo

Academic Search Premier has information in nearly every area of academic study and includes full-text for more than 4,600 journals, including more than 3,900 peer-reviewed titles.

Book Review Digest Plus 

Coverage: 1983-present

Book Review Digest Plus indexes reviews of current fiction and non-fiction and provides review excerpts and over 100,000 full text reviews. Combined with BRD Retro, it provides excerpts              from and citations to reviews of adult and juvenile fiction and non-fiction reaching back to 1908.

Book Review Digest Retro

Coverage: 1903-1982

Book Review Digest Retrospective provides excerpts from and citations to reviews of adult and juvenile fiction and non-fiction from 1903-1982.

Contemporary Authors avl_logo

Contemporary Authors provides complete biographical and bibliographical information and references on all of the more than 120,000 U.S. and international authors whose entries appear in Contemporary Authors and Contemporary Authors New Revision Series.

Contemporary Literary Criticism  avl_logo

Contemporary Literary Criticism is a collection of more than 11,000 critical essays on contemporary authors. Each entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, a list of principal works, critical essays, and sources for further study. Updated monthly, Contemporary Literary Criticism allows users to search by author name, title of work, nationality, subject/genre, ethnicity, critic name, and more.

Dictionary of Literary Biography  avl_logo

Dictionary of Literary Biography provides nearly 10,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world’s most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.

eBooks-Library (on campus access only)

eBooks-Library is one of the largest eBook repositories on the Web, especially for classic works. This library offers full-text access to 935 authors and composers, more than 5400 works, 15300 sub-titles and 512,000 pages. Subject areas include law, economics, finance, history, art, literature, and many more.

Expanded Academic ASAP  avl_logo

Expanded Academic ASAP provides access to scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers -many with full text and images. It includes information about the arts and humanities, social sciences, science and technology.

Forgotten Books

“Forgotten Books is a London-based book publisher specializing in the restoration of old books, both fiction and non-fiction. Today we have 1,225,886 books available to read online, download as ebooks, or purchase in print” (description retrieved from Forgotten Books website.

Gale Literary Index *

Gale Literary Index is a master index to the major literature products published by Gale. It combines and cross-references over 165,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and listings for over 215,000 titles into one source. *Citation only index; NO FULL TEXT.


The JSTOR archive holds the complete digitized back runs of core scholarly journals, starting with the very first issues, some dating as far back as the 1600s. Faulkner University users have access to both the Arts & Sciences III and Arts & Sciences IV Collections.

Literature Resource Center  avl_logo

Literature Resource Center provides Full-text journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews on over 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

LitFinder  avl_logo

LitFinder covers world literature and authors throughout history and contains a wealth of literary works including over 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations. The database also includes short stories, speeches, and play as well as secondary materials like biographies, images, and more.

Mango Languages

Mango is the easiest, most effective way to become conversational in any of the languages for which Faulkner has purchased lesson sets. Try it, and you will be amazed at how quickly you can get beyond simple greetings. Mango has an iPhone app that also works on the iPad, for your convenience.

Oxford English Dictionary  avl_logo

The Oxford English Dictionary is a historical dictionary. It is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. The OED is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

Pronunciator avl_logo

“Pronunciator provides the interactivity, measured progress, and advanced content that university students need to support their studies; international students need to ease their transition; and faculty can use when preparing to go abroad.With innovative features like teacher-led live conversation groups, and best-in-class pronunciation analysis…” (Information retrieved from Pronunciator website. From Pronunciator via AVL.

Oxford Reference Online Premium  avl_logo

Oxford Reference Online offers over 175 fully-indexed, cross-searchable dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press.

Scribner Writers Series  avl_logo

Scribner Writers Series includes signed essays on more than 2,000 authors and literary genres drawn from the Scribner print series.

Twayne Authors Series  avl_logo

Twayne Authors Series is comprised 600 full-text titles from the Twayne Literary Masters series, 200 each from Twayne World, US, and English Authors.


Individual Online Journals related to Language and Literature

Tolkien Studies Journal– Journal available through Project Muse. “Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review presents the growing body of critical commentary and scholarship on both J. R. R. Tolkien’s voluminous fiction and his academic work in literary and linguistic fields” (Information retrieved from West Virginia University Press website).