Dictionaries, Biographical Resources, etc.

  African American Studies Center (Oxford University Press)
Contains a selection of African American studies resources ranging from the authoritative Encyclopedia of African American History to the African American National Biography project. Selected primary sources, maps, images, charts, and tables round out the collection.

  African Studies Center - country pages
Brought to you by the African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania, recognized as a vital and forward-looking center where researchers, students and cultural and business entities come to gain knowledge of contemporary and historical Africa.

  American National Biography Online (Oxford University Press)
Presents authoritative biographies of influential people who lived in what is now the United States. Covers only deceased subjects. Includes portraits, if available, and bibliographies with citations to works by and about featured individuals.

  Black Authors, 1556-1922 (Readex)
Provides online access to the print archives of the Library Company of Philadelphia. Features works by authors of African or African-American descent.

  Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online (Gale)
Provides full-text access to biographical and critical essays on important literary figures from all eras, genres, and geographic areas. Many essays include manuscript pages, portraits, excerpts of criticism, bibliographies, and more. Electronic access extends back to 1978.

  Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion

  Encyclopedia of world biography

  Fashion, Costume & Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations & Footwear through the Ages

  International Dictionary of Theatre
REF PN 2035.I49 1992

  Irish Playwrights, 1880-1995: A Research and Production Sourcebook

  Johns Hopkins Guide To Literary Theory & Criticism (Johns Hopkins University Press)
Provides access to the full-text of essays on individual critics and theorists, critical and theoretical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods. Each entry includes selected primary and secondary sources.

  Literature Criticism Online (Gale)
Provides compilations of literary criticism. Includes the complete runs of Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Short Story Criticism, and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism.

  Literature Online (ProQuest)
Features a digital library of English and American poetry, drama, and prose. Provides access to literary criticism indexed in ABELL and MLA International Bibliography and includes selective access to the full-text of academic journals. Also includes full-text access to a collection of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and biographical dictionaries.

  Literature Resource Center (Gale)
Provides full-text access to critical essays, work and topic overviews, texts from literary magazines, biographies, and more. Covers a wide range of authors including novelists, poets, essayists, and journalists.

  MLA Directory of Periodicals (ProQuest)
Contains information available on the journals and series that are covered in the MLA International Bibliography database. The records consist of editorial addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, frequency of publication, descriptions of the periodicals' scopes, circulation figures, subscription prices and addresses, advertising information, submission guidelines, and information on whether or not journals are peer reviewed. The directory also provides statistics on how many articles and book reviews the periodicals publish each year, as well as how many are submitted. (Go to the MLA International Bibliography for literary scholarship.)

  MagillOnLiterature Plus (Salem Press; EBSCO)
Offers critical analyses, plot summaries, and character profiles covering works by fiction writers, poets, dramatists, essayists, and philosophers. Includes MasterPlots and MasterPlots II. Also contains biographical essays and bibliographies for authors.

  Open Source Shakespeare (Shakespeare Concordance)

Open Source Shakespeare attempts to be the best free Web site containing Shakespeare's complete works. It is intended for scholars, thespians, and Shakespeare lovers of every kind. Of particular interest on this site is the Concordance where you can search for words or phrases across Shakespeare's complete works. 

  Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press)
Presents authoritative biographies of influential people who lived in Britain. Covers only deceased subjects. Includes portraits, if available, and bibliographies with citations to works by and about featured individuals.

  Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature
The database includes essays on poets, playwrights, essayists, and novelists, as well as major works and essays on literary movements, periods, themes and encompasses the range and depth of American literary history from the 1600s to the present day.

  Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

  Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford University Press)
Contains the complete text of the 20-volume OED, 2nd edition, published in 1989. Presents authoritative information on the words in the English language, including their form, definition, history, pronunciation, and etymology. Approximately 1,000 new and revised entries are added on a quarterly basis.

  Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students

  Shakespeare's Words
The site integrates the full text of the plays and poems with the entire Glossary database, allowing you to search for any word or phrase in Shakespeare's works, and in particular to find all instances of all words that can pose a difficulty to the modern reader.

  Shakespeare's Work and World: An Encyclopedia for Students
3 volumes
4th floor, Falvey Library

  St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

  Stage Writers Handbook : A Complete Business Guide for Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists, and Librettists
The book sets out clearly and straightforwardly what to expect, what your responsibilities are, what your rights are, how much to charge for your services and how to protect yourself as a professional theater writer today.

  The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre & Performance
This encyclopedia provides authoritative and up-to-date information about theatre and performance from ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and around the globe.