Library Resources for the Humanities

Library Resources for Students in English at the University of Saskatchewan

Obviously, the library catalogue is a good place to start your research. The library also has some excellent online resources for conducting general and advanced research in the humanities. The list below provides links to many of these valuable resources. I've also included a few other resources freely available on the web.


Electronic Resources

There are two main categories of electronic resources in the library:

 

Full-text archives:

Works of Literature:

  • Literature Online (LION) (searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 150 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources)
  • The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Current (the online version of the definitive print source in English for locating a poem in anthologies on library shelves plus the added value of the full text of over 250,000 poems, as well as 450,000 poem citations, and commentaries, biographies, bibliographies, and other content)
  • Bible in English, 990 - 1970 ("contains twenty versions of the Bible. In addition to the twelve complete Bibles, there are five New Testament works, two Gospel works and William Tyndale's New Testament, Pentateuch and Jonah translations")
  • Latino Literature - Poetry, Drama, and Fiction, 19th century - present (a collection of nearly 400 plays and 68,000 pages of "prose and poetry by Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican and other Latin writers working in the United States")

Literary Criticism and Resources:

  • The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, Current
    (a guide to literary theory and criticism, presenting "a comprehensive historical survey of the field's most important figures, schools, and movements")
  • Literature Compass, Current (peer-reviewed survey articles of the most important research and current thinking from across the entire discipline. Literature Compass features a new kind of core content: survey articles forgeround important trends while viewpoint articles challenge the received wisdom. ...Literature Compass gives desktop access to the driving ideas, current issues and controversies that enliven the discipline and fuel literary research, providing an ideal entry point for the non-specialist)
  • Literature Criticism Online - 2007 - present (a compilation of literary commentary, including scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals, from 4 selected collections in a series of 10 titles covering a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres)
  • Literature Resource Center - Jan 2005 (contains biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline; 15-20 page essays on more than 1,600 authors and literary genres; and the full text of 200 books on individual authors)
  • The Literary Encyclopedia - 1999 - present (an expanding global reference source "focused on literature originally written in English or translated into English." It currently [2007] "provides over 3900 authoritative profiles of authors, works and literary and historical topics")
  • Wiley Online Library - 1996 - present; selected archives.
    Portal to electronic journals, books, reference works, and databases published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Users can access only the content the Library subscribes to (the full journal collection, a growing number of the books and reference works, and to The Cochrane Library database.)

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Full-text scholarly articles:

  • JSTOR (full text archive of core scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences; format is PDF)
  • Project Muse 1995 - present (fulll text access to current contents from 250 scholarly journals in the fields of literature, history, arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and others)
  • Cambridge Journals contains full text of a number of journals focusing on Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, History, and Language and Linguistics
  • Oxford Journals (the full text of over 200 Oxford University Press journals covering the humanities, social sciences and sciences)
  • Periodicals Archive Online (PAO) - Collections I - VI, 1802 - 1995 (an archive of over 500 digitised journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences, in 6 general collections covering 37 key subject areas. Several themed collections are included in the general collections: Historical Studies, Literary Studies, History, Literature, Philosophy & Religion/Theology, and Spanish Language)
  • SAGE JOURNALS Online, 1999 - present (the Library accesses about 157 of the SAGE titles via this collection of nearly 400 SAGE electronic journal titles in the social sciences, humanities, medicine, engineering, and physical and life sciences, with a backfile to 1999. The remainder of the titles can be accessed via individual SAGE Full-text collections with full backfiles)
  • Wiley Online Library: Journals - 997 - present; selected backfiles.
    Collection of nearly 1500 scientific, technical, medical and professional journals published by John Wiley and Sons. In addition, effective July1, 2008, all Blackwell Synergy electronic journals and backfiles are merged into the Wiley InterScience collection.

Full-text scholarly books:

  • ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) (an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) collection of over 2199 scholarly electronic books covering most humanities disciplines, recommended and reviewed by humanities scholars)
  • e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection - Duke University Press eBooks, Current and backlist (access to over 1000 electronic books published by Duke University Press in the humanities and social sciences, including its full backlist of titles currently available as electronic books. Approximately 100 titles are added annually)
  • MyiLibrary, Current holdings (a platform hosting over 36,000 electronic books and documents (as of 01/2009) covering a broad range of subjects, primarily but not exclusively in the humanities and social sciences, published by leading publishers, including large collections from Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Taylor and Francis, and the World Bank Group, as well as selected titles from other publishers)
  • NetLibrary (a collection of over 5100 electronic books covering a broad range of subjects, plus over 3400 public domain titles hosted on the NetLibrary platform)

Victorian Works:

  • London Low Life
  • Victorian Popular Culture, 1779 to 1930 (a portal to digitized books and documents describing Victorian popular culture and popular entertainment in America, Britain and Europe in the period from 1779 to 1930 and shows how interconnected these worlds were. It welcomes the reader to "the darkened halls, small backrooms and travelling venues that hosted everything from spectacular shows and bawdy burlesque, to the world of magic and spiritualist séances")

Restoration & 18th-century Works:

  • 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers, 17th-18th centuries (Digital collection of early English newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757 - 1817), including: newspapers, newsbooks, Acts of Parliament, addresses, broadsides, pamphlets, and proclamations)
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO), 1475-1700 (Contains digital versions of the books printed in England in the first two centuries of English printing)
  • Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO) 1701-1800 ("In the most ambitious single digitization project ever undertaken, nearly 150,000 English-language titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800 will be made available online over the course of the next two years. When complete, the product will allow full-text searching of more than 33 million pages of material, in essence, every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.")
  • Eighteenth-Century Journals (Digitized image collection of newspapers and periodicals 1699–1812 from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas)
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (1665-1678) (vols. 1-12)
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (1683-1775) (vols. 13-65)
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London , 1776-1886 (Vols. 66-177)
  • Electronic Enlightenment 18th c (Provides access to "the web of correspondence between the greatest thinkers and writers of the long 18th century and their families and friends, bankers and booksellers, patrons and publishers." Includes online access to over 53,000 letters and documents from the best critical editions from nearly 6,000 correspondents in original languages, with nearly 230,000 scholarly annotations and over 80,000 document sources including both manuscripts and early editions.)
  • Internet Library of Early Journals (a digized collection of 18th and 19th Century British journals)
  • LEME ("A historical database of monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries, lexical encyclopedias, hard-word glossaries, spelling lists, and lexically-valuable treatises surviving in print or manuscript from the Tudor, Stuart, Caroline, Commonwealth, and Restoration periods"; this is a source of "contemporary comments" in published lexicons and other sources of the day, that illustrate word usage in the periods covered by the Short-title and Wing catalogues")
  • The Making of the Modern World - Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 1450-1850 (a digital collection of 16,000 works of literature covering economics and business from 1450 through 1850, including the topics: commerce, finance, social conditions, politics, trade and transport)

Empire, Travel & Exploration

  • Empire Online 1492-1969 (a searchable database containing full text images of "original manuscripts and printed material taken from libraries and archives around the world"; it covers Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Oceania and South Asia. It also includes "a strong core of document images from the British Library and from the Oriental and India Office Collections at the British Library")
  • Early Encounters in North America (Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment) 1534-1860 (re-keyed primary documents related to early encounters of North American Indian, European, American, and African peoples and cultures in North America, as well as descriptions of the natural features of North America at the time; the documents include: letters, diaries, memoirs, accounts of early encounters, as well as images. Collection focuses mainly on Canada and the United States with limited coverage of Mexico)


Classics, Medieval & Renaissance Studies

  • Early English Books Online (EEBO), 1475-1700 (Contains digital versions of the books printed in England in the first two centuries of English printing)
  • LEME: Lexicons of Early Modern English ("A historical database of monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries, lexical encyclopedias, hard-word glossaries, spelling lists, and lexically-valuable treatises surviving in print or manuscript from the Tudor, Stuart, Caroline, Commonwealth, and Restoration periods."
  • Milton Bibliography 1624–1799 (A bibliography of "all manuscripts and editions of Milton's works and all studies and critical statements concerning Milton's life and works, all allusions and quotations, and all significant imitations during the years 1624-1799)
  • The Middle English Compendium (no subscription necessary: "designed to offer easy access to and interconnectivity between three major Middle English electronic resources: an electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary, a HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse, based on the MED bibliographies, and a Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse, as well as links to an associated network of electronic resources")
  • Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online (MEMSO), Medieval and early modern period (a growing collection of searchable medieval and early modern full text sources digitized from print)
  • Medieval Travel Writing, 13th to the 16th centuries (an extensive collection of digitized manuscript materials for the study of medieval travel writing in fact and in fantasy from the 13th to the 16th centuries. The chief focus is on journeys to central Asia and the Far East, including accounts of travel to Mongolia, Persia, India, China and South-East Asia. It also includes a selection of accounts of travels to or through the Holy Land)
  • Online Medieval and Classical Library
  • Iter - Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700), 1996 - present (various databases indexing historical, social and literary scholarly research about Medieval and Renaissance European culture)
  • The Patrologia Latina Database (an electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina, published between 1844 and 1855, and the four volumes of indexes published between 1862 and 1865. The Patrologia Latina comprises the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216. The database contains the complete Patrologia Latina, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indexes. Migne's column numbers, essential references for scholars, are included)

Canadian Literature:

  • Early Canadiana Online: (Canadian works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th Century)
  • Peel's Prairie Provinces (a collaborative project led by the University of Alberta Libraries; includes Peel's Bibliography of the Canadian Prairies, selected digitized full-text documents, and links related to western Canada; in June 2003 there were 598 full-text documents in the database)
  • Historical Statistics of Canada (online version of Historical Statistics of Canada 2nd ed., published by Statistics Canada in joint sponsorship with the SSFC in 1983; it contains "about 1,088 statistical tables on the social, economic and institutional conditions of Canada from the start of the Confederation in 1867 to the mid-1970s")
  • freely available (not limited to U of S library patron) are the Canadian Archival Information Network (CAIN), which provides access to the holdings of most Canadian archival institutions; and Saskatchewan Archival Information Network (SAIN), a database of descriptions of archival material held in Saskatchewan archives
  • Black History in Canada

Aboriginal Studies:

  • Mètis Scrip Records (a searchable database of over 15,000 images of selected parts of original scrip records [Record group 15]; it is not a comprehensive coverage of scrip records)
  • Aboriginal Archival Material Database - Resources for Aboriginal Studies, Coverage varies (thematic index of materials relating to Aboriginal and Métis studies, held by Saskatoon area archives. It contains records referring to archival material in every format—textual, audiotape, videotape, film, maps, plans, drawings, etc.—with the exception of photographs)
  • Aboriginal Peoples: Guide to the Records of the Government of Canada - Currentc (a Library and Archives Canada research tool providing detailed descriptions of a broad range of Federal Government records related to Aboriginal peoples)
  • Aboriginal Photograph Database - Resources for Aboriginal Studies, Coverage varies (thematic index of photographic materials, including prints, negatives, slides, and transparencies, relating to Aboriginal and Metis studies, held by Saskatoon and area archives. Includes selected digitized images)
  • Resources for Aboriginal Studies, Coverage varies (a collection of four databases covering aboriginal and metis studies, and indexing photographs, archival resources, law cases and resources related to the Northwest Resistance. Includes selected digital images)

Women's & Gender Studies:

  • Defining Gender: 1450-1910 (Five Centuries of Advice Literature Online) (approximately 50,000 images of original manuscript and printed material, including a strong core of documents from the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Ephemeral material such as ballads, cartoons and pamphlets are featured alongside diaries, advice literature, medical journals, conduct books and periodicals)

    The publication schedule for the five sections is:
    Section I: Conduct and Politeness (Autumn 2003);
    Section II: Domesticity and the Family (Summer 2004);
    Section III: Consumption and Leisure (Summer 2005);
    Section IV: Education and Sensibility (Summer 2006); and
    Section V: The Body (Summer 2007)
  • American Women’s History: A Research Guide
  • Black Women in America, 2nd edition, 2005 (a major reference work in Black Women's Studies, covering achievements of African American women throughout history, highlighting their ongoing contributions in America today)
  • British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries: 1500 to 1950 (a collection of British and Irish women's diaries and correspondence, bringing "the personal experiences of nearly 500 women to researchers, students, and general readers")
  • Contemporary Women's Issues (CWI), 1992 - present (a multidisciplinary, full-text database "that brings together relevant content from mainstream periodicals, "gray" literature, and the alternative press -- with a focus on the critical issues and events that influence women's lives in more than 190 countries")
  • Gender Studies Database, 1972 & earlier - present (combines NISC's Women's Studies International and Men's Studies databases with coverage of sexual diversity studies issues)
  • LGBT Life with Full Text, Coverage varies by title (index to literature covering lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) issues and including the full text of 50 of the most important and historically significant LGBT journals, magazines and regional newspapers, as well as dozens of full text monographs)
  • North American Women's Letters and Diaries - Colonial to 1950 (a collection of over 150,000 pages of published letters and diaries of women writing in North America)
  • ORLANDO - Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present, 1066 - present (provides "entries on female authors' lives and writing careers, contextual material, timelines, sets of internal links, and bibliographies)
  • Perdita Manuscripts - Women Writers, 1500-1700 (index of manuscripts of early modern women authors, including full digital facsimiles of over 230 selections, produced in association with the Perdita Project based at the University of Warwick and Nottingham Trent University. "“Perdita” means “lost woman” and the quest of the Perdita Project has been to find early modern women authors who were “lost” because their writing exists only in manuscript form")

Theatre & Drama:

  • Asian American Drama (AAD), 19th century to contemporary (a collection of over 25 play scripts by 42 Asian American playwrights, along with related biographical, production, and theatrical information)
  • Black Drama - 1850 to Present (a collection of more than 1,200 plays "written by more than 100 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. Many of the works are rare, hard-to-find, or out of print")
  • North American Theatre Online (NATO), Colonial period - present
    (a comprehensive reference tool covering "more than 30,000 plays, over 57,000 people, 5,400 theatres, nearly 22,000 productions and 2,500 production companies" in United States and Canada)
  • North American Women's Drama, Colonial period - present
    (a collection of over 1000 plays by over 200 North American women playwrights, together with detailed "information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more")
  • Theatre in Video (collection of more than 250 plays and more than 100 video documentaries in English in streaming video) Access Note: When initially selecting this resource, click on the link twice (this is a known bug reported to the vendor)
  • Twentieth Century North American Drama ( collection of over 800 plays by over 100 playwrights writing in North America. Also includes detailed information on "related productions, theaters, production companies, and more")

Film Studies:

  • American Film Scripts Online (AFSO), Historical & contemporary (a collection of nearly 500 film scripts of historically important films, including "detailed, fielded information on the scenes, characters and people related to the scripts")

Media & Communications Studies:

Orality:

  • In the First Person - An index to letters, diaries, oral histories and personal narratives, Coverage varies by collection (full text transcripts of over 2,500 oral history collections in English from around the world. Other full text content will be added in future updates. Some of the full text content may require a current license agreement with the source institution)
  • Oral History Online (a collection of oral history narratives, interviews, and other English language oral histories. Also, a comprehensive index to free oral history information on the Web, often with links to full-text, audio, or video)


Newspaper Archives

  • The Globe and Mail: Canada's Heritage from 1844, 1844 - current four years embargo (the electronic full-page newspaper archive of The Globe from June 1844 to The Globe and Mail until December 1999. Coverage includes all the stories, plus thousands of images, advertisements, classifieds, political cartoons, births and deaths from more than 1.4 million pages of Canada's National Newspaper, dating back to the pre-confederation era)
  • The New York Times - Historical New York Times, 1851 - 2003 (as of 04/07) SEE ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times
  • The Times Digital Archive: 1785–1985 (The complete digital edition of The Times of London can be searched "to retrieve full facsimile images of pages and articles; the entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching" )
  • Toronto Star: Pages of the Past (a digitized and searchable database of the Toronto Star since 1894; it includes every page of every newspaper over the years—the editorial and opinion articles, business pages, photos, advertisements, classified ads, political cartoons, obituaries, birth and marriage notices-all in addition to the news that shaped each day)
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers, The archives grow by one year annualy (a collection of three newspaper archives: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Search across all three newspapers)

 

Catalogues and indexes:

These databases have a "Find it" option to help you determine whether the library has any given item in its holdings, or if you'll need to request it through Interlibrary Loan. If the item is in the library's electronic holdings, you'll be able to access the full document online.

Finding Aids for Scholarly Literature

  • Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography 1963 - present (a comprehensive database specifically geared to English studies, indexing scholarly articles on international literature, linguistics and folklore)
  • OCLC is one of my my favourite starting points (this search tool indexes 16 databases including scholarly journal articles [ArticleFirst and ECO], and books in academic libraries [WorldCat] worldwide; you can search more than one database at once, and you can find libraries that hold the resource if ours doesn't have it); more information on what these databases contain is here
  • Google Scholar (Beta) enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research; Google Scholar isn't yet comprehensive, but it will find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web
  • International Medieval Bibliography (IMB Online) (an index to articles in "periodicals (journals) and in miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, collected essays, Festschriften and exhibition catalogues) published world-wide. All subjects relating to the Middle Ages are included, within the date range 300-1500 AD)

Catalogues of Early Works:

  • ESTC (English Short Title Catalogue) provided by the British Library (no subscription required: "a comprehensive catalogue listing early books, serials, newspapers and selected ephemera printed before 1801; it contains catalogue entries for items issued in Britain, Ireland, overseas territories under British colonial rule, and the United States; also included is material printed elsewhere which contains significant text in English, Welsh, Irish or Gaelic, as well as any book falsely claiming to have been printed in London")
  • British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts (no subscription necessary: includes Arundel; Burney; Egerton; Hargrave; Henry Davis; Hirsch; King’s; Lansdowne; Sloane; Stowe and Yates Thompson. Manuscripts in the Harley collection are in the process of being added to the catalogue)

British History:

  • the National Register of Archives contains information on the nature and location of manuscripts and historical records that relate to British history
  • the Royal Historical Society bibliography (no subscription required: "an authoritative guide to what has been written about British and Irish history from the Roman period to the present day. The Bibliography is hosted by the Institute of Historical Research, which is part of the University of London.")

Canadian studies:

  • CPI.Q (Canadian Periodicals)  1980 - Jan 2005 (this database indexes journal and magazine articles and biographies with a Canadian focus and contains selected sections of the Globe and Mail)

Film:

Other places to try:

  • Expanded Academic ASAP  1980 - Jan 2005 (this database indexes scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspaper articles on the arts and the humanities, social sciences, science and technology)
  • ISI Web of Science: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (indexes world leading arts and humanities journals plus select major science and social sciences journals)
  • Academic Search Premier 1975 - present (this is a multidisciplinary database that indexes nearly 8,050 journals, including more than 4,600 in full text; over seventy-five percent of the journals are scholarly peer-reviewed titles
  • Historical Abstracts 1954 - present (covers world history, including social history, from 1450 to the present)
  • InfoTrac OneFile 1980 - Jan 2005 (this database indexes news and periodical articles on: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics)
  • Ingenta (this database indexes academic serials and journals in a variety of disciplines: this is a good finding device, but generally asks you to purchase the article for anywhere from $10 to $35)
  • Global Books in Print (indexes over 6 million English-language titles published world-wide; includes tables of contents, full text reviews, and annotations; also includes an author biography database)

    The print equivalent of this database is:
    Books in Print® database of US and Canadian titles (Bowker)
    British Books in Print (Whitaker)
    Books Out-of-Print
    Children's Books in Print
    Forthcoming Books
    Bowker's Publisher Authority Database
    Bowker's Complete Video Directory
    Words on Cassette