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English Literature: Historical Sources

Historical Article Databases

Periodicals Index Online: An index to literary and scholarly British and American periodicals from the 18th-21st centuries. Since you're searching the tables of contents as they originally appeared, keep your searches simple and use the language of the time period.

Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824-1900: An index to the tables of contents of 45 major British periodicals with a focus on identifying article authors. Located on a single workstation in the Main Library -- ask at the Reference Desk. Corrections and additions made since the original publication of the index, including identifying authorship of pieces published anonymously, are available in The Curran Index.

Eight Centuries (formerly (19th-Century Masterfile and Poole's Plus): Another index to British and American periodicals with a focus on popular magazines through 1930.

Times Digital Archive, 1785-2012: Full text of the Times of London

Historical Book Reviews

Use these indexes to trace the critical reception of a work. The databases above also include book reviews.

Gale Literature Criticism: Reprints of reviews and critical essays in chronological order. Look for the set covering the time period that your book was published:

  • Literature Criticism from 1400-1800 (Main Reference PN86 .L53)
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism (Main Reference PN761 .N5)
  • Twentieth-Century Literature Criticism (Main Reference PN94 .T93)
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism (Main Reference PN771 .C59)

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals, 1802-1974 (Main Reference Z1035.A1B640): Author and title access to about 500,000 book reviews that appeared in humanities journals.

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals, 1886-1974 (Main Reference Z1035.A1C60): Author and title access to over one million book reviews which appeared in journals in the social sciences.

Index to Book Reviews in England, 1749-1800 (Main Reference Z1035 .A1 F67 1990 and Z1035 .A1 F675 1997): An index to reviews of Romantic-era books.

Literary Reviews in British Periodicals, 1789-1826 (Main Reference Z2013 ..W36, 3 volumes): An index to reviews of literary works by British authors.

Book Review Digest, 1905-2008 (Main Reference Z1219 .B724): An index to reviews of fiction and nonfiction works published in U.S. and U.K. periodicals. To be included, a book must have been published or distributed in the U.S.

Book Review Index, 1965-2008 (Main Reference Z1219 .B725): An index to reviews in the mainstream press of fiction and nonfiction books.

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