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Languages and Literatures: Literary Criticism/Culture Article Databases

Reference E-Book Databases for Literary Criticism

Below are several reference e-book series from Gale Cengage Learning to help students, faculty, and beginning as well as advanced researchers find scholarly commentary on British, American, and world authors, literary works, and overviews of literary periods and topics. These databases offer searchable online PDF versions of the well-known Gale reference book series, and include biographical information about writers, lists of their works, bibliographies of criticism, and interpretive essays and excerpts from scholarly books, journal articles, and other publications.

You will need to log in with your OSU email address and O-Key password to access these database off-campus.  Click HERE to log in.

Databases for Journal Articles, etc.

Below are the key subject databases to search for journal articles of literary criticism on works of literature in different languages and from various national literary traditions.  Some of the databases will have articles on the culture and history of different countries (including topics such as art, architecture, religion, sports, and other aspects of life and society).  Many of the databases have full-text articles, but if the full text is not available, click on the Article Linker link ( ).  If another database from the OSU Library has the full text of the article, it will be displayed in a new window or a link to it will appear.  If an article is not available online from another database, you can get a copy of the article from interlibrary loan.  Click on the "Request a copy of this article" link and log in to the Interlibrary Services page that comes up.  The article citation information will automatically appear in the interlibray loan form.  Click the "Submit" button, and you will receive an email when your article is available, usually within 48 hours.

You will need to log in with your OSU email address and O-Key password to access these databases off-campus.  Click HERE to log in.  The best databases to search for literature and culture/civilization are:

General Databases

The following are general library databases with some full-text articles from journals and other periodicals covering many subject areas.  They are not specific to any one field, but are multidisciplinary and worth consulting along with the subject-specific databases listed above.

  • ProQuest (Research Library) indexes over 4,700 journals, magazines, and newspapers many subject fields from approximately 1970 to the present, and includes full-text articles from over 3,300 journals.
  • Academic Search Premier from EBSCO has citations and abstracts from over 8,500 journals (4,600 with full-text articles) from 1975 to the present.