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English and Creative Writing: Databases

This is the MAIN guide for English and Creative Writing students. START YOUR RESEARCH HERE.

Literature databases


The major database for literary research, the MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography is a subject index to journal articles and books on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It covers from 1925 onwards and contains over 1.7 million citations from more than 4,400 journals. The majority of records are from English-language publications, but at least sixty other languages are represented including French, Spanish, German, Russian, Portuguese, Norwegian, and Swedish.


The best index to use to find citations to books and articles on Australian literature. AustLit also provides access to a growing number of full-text documents and electronic resources, including: scholarly electronic Australian Literature texts produced by the University of Sydney Electronic Text and Image Service (SETIS); electronic journals and their contents; and a range of quality websites relating to Australian writers and their works


Film & Television Literature Index (FTLI)

FTLI is definitely the best place to look for journal articles on film and TV. It is a comprehensive bibliographic database covering the entire spectrum of television and film writing from 1976 to date. It indexes 150 film and television journals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 200 other journals selectively for articles on film and television. Subject coverage includes film reviews, film theory, television theory, preservation, restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and more.


Other useful databases

MLA searching

Literature Compass

For a quick overview of current scholarship.