ENGLISH 200: Resources for Research


Modern Language Association International Bibliography (MLAIB) (UCB only) The MLAIB is the largest index of critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore, containing over 2 million citations.  The online version starts with the 1926 annual bibliography, but coverage of JSTOR titles goes back to the first issue published.  Important to remember that, until 1956, the bibliography concentrated on scholarship by those living in the U. S. Coverage expanded in 1956 with the addition of the word “international” to the title of the bibliography.  Also important to know: subject indexing expanded dramatically in 1981; entries before that time usually have only the subject author’s name, national literature and century as descriptors.  Users must consult catalogs to ensure finding monographs or collections of essays.  The MLAIB does not include book reviews unless the review itself constitutes a scholarly article.  See “Searching the MLA International Bibliography” for effective ways to search.

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL)  (UCB only) Published by the Modern Humanities Research Association, ABELL indexes materials about works originally written in English. Should be searched in conjunction with the MLAIB since the two indexes have only about 60-70% overlap in coverage.   ABELL began in 1921 and does include book reviews of scholarly books.   

Academic Search Complete (UCB only)   A multidisciplinary index to articles in thousands of journals with full-text for many. Good place to find recent scholarly articles and to begin research on interdisciplinary topics. 

Essay and General Literature Index and Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective (UCB only)  Indexes selected collections of essays starting in 1900.  Especially helpful since the MLAIB did not begin systematic coverage of such monographs until fairly recently.

International Medieval Bibliography (IMB) (UCB only)  Covers all aspects of the middle ages (400-1500 A.D.) in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.

ITER: Gateway to the Renaissance (UCB only)  An index of articles, essays, books and reviews related to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (400-1700).  1883-   Includes Iter Bibliography, a database of over a million scholarly articles,

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online (UCB only)  Indexes a variety of scholarship related to Shakespeare, his works, his times and productions of his work.

Additional Indexes

    Full text of thousands of scholarly journals. JSTOR is an archive, which means that current issues (generally the most recent 1-10 years) of the journals are not available.
  • Project MUSE
    Over 500 newer scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Humanities International Complete
    Indexes thousands of journals, books and other published sources from around the world, with full text for many journals. Useful for research across disciplines.
  • Readers' Guide Retrospective
    Covers more than 500 leading American magazines and journals from 1890 to 1982. Most useful for articles, interviews, book reviews.
  • Periodicals Index Online (formerly PCI)
    Indexes millions of articles published in over 6,000 periodicals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences and published between 1665-1995.
  • Periodicals Archive Online (formerly PCI Full Text)
    An online periodical archive that provides access to some 600 digitized journals in the humanities and social sciences.
  • IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Zeitschriftenliteratur
    Indexes over 5600 journals worldwide, specializing in the humanities and the social sciences. [Thanks to the Library's participation in a joint German/American document delivery project called GBV, the Library can obtain copies of IBR articles from German partners in digital form quickly at no additional cost to users via Interlibrary Borrowing Services.]
  • Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory
    YWCCT is an annual selective survey of the key debates and trends in critical and cultural theory.
  • Year's Work in English Studies
    Annual evaluative survey of scholarship on English, American, and some other literatures written in English.
  • Chaucer Bibliography Online
    An online annotated bibliography of material published annually in Studies in the Age of Chaucer.
  • C19: The Nineteenth Century Index
    Comprehensive coverage of nineteenth-century books, periodicals, official documents, newspapers and archives. C19 Index draws on the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue, The Wellesley Index, Poole's Index and Periodicals Index Online to create integrated bibliographic coverage of over 1.4 million books and official publications, 64,891 archival collections and 15.6 million articles published in over 2,500 journals, magazines and newspapers.
  • Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective
    Indexes essays found in over 5,300 volumes, annuals and serial publications from the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. Focuses on the humanities and social sciences, with coverage of economics, political science, history, and literary and film criticism. change: All WilsonWeb databases have switched to the EBSCOhost interface.
  • Black Studies Center (BSC)
    Includes The Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, The International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), and the full text backfile of The Chicago Defender (1910-1975).
  • International Index to Performing Arts (IIPA)
    Indexes over 270 scholarly and popular performing arts periodicals, biographical profiles, conference papers, interviews, discographies, reviews and other materials.


Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts)   Indexes graduate dissertations from over 1,000 North American and selected European schools. Dissertations published since 1980 and master's theses since 1988 include brief abstracts written by the authors. Full text for most dissertations added since 1997.

Dissertations and Theses (University of California)   Full-text access to University of California dissertations filed since 1996 and citations for those filed prior to 1996.

Last Update: August 30, 2011 09:29