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Arts and Humanities electronic databases - subject index: D-E

The electronic resources listed here are available in the Humanities and Rare Books and Music Reading Rooms and, in most cases, also in other Reading Rooms of the British Library. Staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks are best placed to help with these resources.

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Online resource Online resources
CD-ROM resource CD-ROMs

American studies Hispanic studies
Anthropology and ethnography History
Architecture Islamic studies
Archives Italian studies
Art and Design Jewish studies
Audiovisual resources Language and linguistics
Australian studies
Librarianship and information science
Belgian studies Music and recorded sound
Biography National bibliographies / Books in print
Catalogues and general bibliographies New Zealand studies
Church history and theology Performing arts
Classical studies Periodical indexes
Dictionaries Philosophy
Dissertations and research Psychology
Document Supply Rare books
Dutch studies Religious studies
Encyclopaedias Scandinavian studies
English literature Short title catalogues
Film Slavonic and East European studies
French studies Social sciences
Full text databases Women's studies
German studies Other electronic resources

Dictionaries

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Anglo-Norman dictionary Revision of the Anglo-Norman dictionary, first published between 1977 and 1992.
Credo Reference Credo Reference is an online reference library that provides access to a large number of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and other reference books. Subjects covered include art, biography, history, literature, music, religion, and science and technology.
Dictionary of Old English / Old English Corpus A complete record of surviving Old English except for some variant manuscripts of individual texts. There are 3037 texts in the corpus.
Middle English Compendium 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, a Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse, as well as links to an associated network of electronic resources.
Oxford English Dictionary Online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Oxford Reference Online (Premium Collection) Over 100 specialist and general reference dictionaries covering a wide range of subjects from social sciences, business, sciences, language, the arts, and history.

Dissertations and research

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Dissertations & Theses Index of doctoral dissertations and master's theses from around the world. A large number of the titles are available in full-text. Dissertations published from July 1980 onwards include 350-word abstracts written by the author. Master's theses published from 1988 onwards include 150-word abstracts. Period covered: 1637 to date.
Index to Theses This database covers theses accepted by universities in Great Britain and Ireland from 1716 onwards, with abstracts from 1970. The full-text of many of the theses included may be consulted via EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service).
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Index of doctoral dissertations and master's theses from around the world. A large number of the titles are available in full-text. Dissertations published from July 1980 onwards include 350-word abstracts written by the author. Master's theses published from 1988 onwards include 150-word abstracts. Period covered: 1637 to date.

Dutch Studies

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Brinkman's Cumulative Catalogue Brinkman's Cumulative Catalogue (BCC) is the Dutch national bibliography, compiled by the National Library of the Netherlands (KB). It contains commercially available print books (A-list), grey literature (B-list) and other material (C-list). The online edition started in 2001.

Encyclopaedias

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Credo Reference Credo Reference is an online reference library that provides access to a large number of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and other reference books. Subjects covered include art, biography, history, literature, music, religion, and science and technology.
Encyclopaedia Britannica EB Online includes the complete encyclopedia, as well as Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, the Britannica Book of the Year and an Internet directory that includes more than 130,000 links to selected Web sites.
Encyclopedie de Diderot et d'Alembert A complete online version including the 11 volumes of plates of the first edition of Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopedie developed by the Institut national de la langue francaise and the ARTFL Project, University of Chicago.
Oxford Reference Online (Premium Collection) Over 100 specialist and general reference dictionaries covering a wide range of subjects from social sciences, business, sciences, language, the arts, and history.

English literature

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Format
ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature) ABELL contains over 750,000 records covering monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews, collections of essays and doctoral dissertations published anywhere in the world from 1920 onwards. (In Literature Online)
AustLit AustLit indexes and describes Australian literature (from 1780 to the present) published in a range of print and electronic information sources. It includes biographical and bibliographical information, and also makes available selected critical articles and creative writing in full text.
Bibliography of American Literature Detailed description of the works of America's most important literary writers from the time of the Revolution to 1930. More than 37,000 works are listed, essentially the complete printed record of American literature from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
British Literary Manuscripts Online: Medieval and Renaissance An extensive digital archive of more than 375,000 manuscript pages, including complete facsimile copies of letters, stories, poems, plays and other literary material in Middle and Early Modern English, c.1120-1660.
British Literary Manuscripts Online c. 1660-1900 An extensive digital archive, comprising more than 400,000 manuscript pages; includes complete facsimile copies of poems, plays, essays, novels, diaries, journals, correspondence and other manuscripts from the Restoration through the Victorian era.
Contemporary Authors Gives biographical details for over 100,000 modern writers. Writers covered include: novelists, poets, playwrights, non-fiction writers, journalists, scriptwriters. Also some photojournalists, syndicated cartoonists, and graphic novelists. Writers in languages other than English are also covered provided that their works have been published in the U.S. or translated into English.
(Online within Literature Resource Center)
Contemporary Literary Criticism Select Selected criticism from the print series.
(Online within Literature Resource Center)
Credo Reference Credo Reference is an online reference library that provides access to a large number of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and other reference books. Subjects covered include art, biography, history, literature, music, religion, and science and technology.
Dictionary of Old English / Old English Corpus A complete record of surviving Old English except for some variant manuscripts of individual texts. There are 3037 texts in the corpus.
Drama (Literature Online) A direct link to the drama search page within Literature Online. Works published from 1477 to present, and those performed from 1280 to present, are included. Contains full text coverage.

English Prose Drama

Part of Chadwyck-Healey's English Drama online. Contains prose works in English that were performed or intended for performance. Also contains masques, entertainments, and certain closet dramas. 1,653 plays included by 365 authors. There are 42 anonymous works.
The Faber poetry library A collection of some of the most influential poets of the twentieth century. The Faber list spans the seventy-year history of this major publishing house, and includes the poetry of James Joyce, Siegfried Sassoon, T.S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney. In total The Faber Poetry Library contains 140 volumes by 50 poets. (In Literature Online)
International Who's Who in Poetry Details from this publication are included in World Who's Who.
International Who's Who of Authors and Writers Details from this publication, which contains biographical information on the key personalities of the literary world, are included in World Who's Who.
The Literary Encyclopedia The Literary Encyclopedia provides an evolving cultural reference work being developed collectively by scholars around the world. It comprises over 14 million words in nearly 7000 peer-reviewed reference essays written by over 2800 scholars, and covers works originally written in English, as well as German, Russian, French, Italian and classical literatures, with growing coverage of Hispanic, postcolonial and other world literatures. Online resource
Literature online A fully searchable library of more than 200,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, plus biographies, bibliographies, secondary sources and web links.
For further information, please see the vendor description for this resource.
Literature resource center Provides access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline. It covers more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,000 of the most-studied authors.
Major Authors Major authors on CD-ROM: The Brontes, Johnson and Boswell, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf.
Middle English Compendium 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, a Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse, as well as links to an associated network of electronic resources.
MLA International Bibliography MLA provides bibliographic information on published scholarly documents in a range of subjects including literature, modern languages, linguistics, folklore. 1926-.
For further information, please see the vendor description for this resource.
Orlando : Women's Writing in the British isles from the Beginnings to the Present Electronic textbase on the history of women's writing, primarily focused upon the British Isles, with biographical entries, from 8th century AD to the present.
Oxford Reference Online (Premium Collection) Over 100 specialist and general reference dictionaries covering a wide range of subjects. Includes Oxford companions to American literature, English literature and Shakespeare.
Past Masters Full text electronic database covering philosophy, the history of political thought and theory, education, literature, religious studies, economics, classics, history and German studies. Includes complete works of Spencer, Chesterton and Jane Austen, and the letters of Charlotte Bronte, Coleridge, Dickens, Hardy, Pope, Katherine Mansfield, Shelley, Swift, Synge, Tennyson and Wordsworth.
Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700 This resource is 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. The manuscripts in this site were written or compiled by women in the British Isles during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and they have been sourced from archives and libraries across the United Kingdom and the USA.
Poetry (Literature Online) A direct link to the poetry search page within Literature Online. Works published from 1505 to present, and those performed from 1280 to present, are included. Contains full text coverage.
Prose (Literature Online) A direct link to the the prose search page within Literature Online. Works published from 1518 to 2003 are included are included. Contains full text coverage.
Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period Includes some 60 volumes from 47 poets, together with critical and biographical essays.
South and Southeast Asian Literature Searchable collection of fiction and poetry written in English by authors from South and Southeast Asia, focusing on works composed during the late-colonial and postcolonial eras.
Underground & Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels A scholarly online collection for researchers of adult comic books and graphic novels. Beginning with the first underground comix from the 1960s to the work of modern sequential artists to the present day, content is supplemented by interviews, criticism, and journal articles. Note: contains graphic material that some may find offensive.
World Shakespeare Bibliography Online Annotated entries for books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare and published or produced from 1962 onwards.