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Popular Resources in Literatures, Languages, and Film

The resources listed below are excellent starting points for research in literary studies, linguistics, theatre, and film.  However, these resources represent only a small portion of our collection. For a full list of our electronic resources in literary studies, linguistics, theatre, and film, please see our subject guides. Unless otherwise noted, all resources are restricted to UIUC users.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI)

The Arts & Humanities Citation Index in the Web of Science is a multidisciplinary database covering academic journal literature. It indexes 1,100 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, as well as individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals.

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online

Provides full online access to the long-trusted resource of the Dictionary of Literary Biography. As in print, the DLB Complete Online features in-depth entries on nearly 143,000 literary figures that range across genres, nationalities, and historical eras. The entries include photographs, portraits, detailed bibliographies, and citations. The Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online also includes the Yearbook Series and Documentary Series.

Electronic Enlightenment

Electronic Enlightenment, a project of the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, archives nearly 60,000 pieces of correspondence and other documents, "allowing you to see the complex web of personal relationships in the early modern period and the making of the modern world." [Note: access to this resource is limited to five simultaneous UIUC users.]

The Film and Television Literature Index

The Film and Television Literature Index includes a full index and abstracts for 300 journals in film, as well as some full-text articles.

Index to Film Periodicals

Indexes film literature from 300 periodicals since 1972, and includes the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) thesaurus. Additionally, the database features print sources for 22,000 silent films, a bibliography of FIAF members' publications and a directory of film and TV documentation collections. This database is an acclaimed international compendium of information on film and television from the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF).

Literature Criticism Online

A useful resource for beginning to research an author, Literature Criticism Online offers introductions to authors' bodies of work, bibliographies of primary and secondary works, and extensive excerpts from criticism related to authors.

Literature Resource Center

The LRC contains full-text journal articles, biographical content, encyclopedia entries, overviews of topics, book reviews and multi-media. An excellent place to start research in literature. 


Provides full-text access to articles and reviews from over a thousand multi-disciplinary journals. Most journals in JSTOR do not have the most recent 3 to 5 years of issues, but select journals also feature current articles. Use Project MUSE for current journal articles.

MLA International Bibliography

The premier resource for works of scholarly criticism. The MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography indexes articles from over 3,000 scholarly journals, theses, proceedings, and books in language, literature, folklore, and linguistics from 1963 to the present. Also available in print form.  

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts

Indexes and abstracts international literature selected from 2000 journals relating to linguistics, language and communication from all disciplines including medicine, psychology, the arts and communication, learning disabilities and special education. Among covered areas are: Anthropological Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Applied Linguistics, Semantics, Descriptive Linguistics, Semiotics, Interpersonal Behavior and Communication, Special Education, Learning Disabilities, Sociolinguistics, Mental Retardation, Structural Linguistics, Nonverbal Communication, Theory of Linguistics.

Periodicals Archive Online

An archive of full-text journal articles from hundreds of digitized journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Project MUSE

Searches full-text for 150+ journals supplied by 10 university presses. MUSE works well for more recent periodical issues, while JSTOR (see above) contains articles from older volumes.


Looking for more in-depth resources?  Check out our subject-specific research guides:

Research Guides