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AAS Historical Periodicals Collection Series 1-5VCU
A comprehensive collection of periodicals from the American Antiquarian Society documenting the life of America's people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction and into the early 20th Century.
Identifies abbreviations used in medieval Latin manuscripts (Latin paleography). Entries cover the period from the 8th century up to and including the 15th century.
Academic Video Online (AVON)VCU VIVA
Thousands of streaming videos covering a wide range of disciplines. Includes documentaries, interviews, feature films, news, and more distributed by PBS, BBC, CNN, CBS, Sony, A&E, Contemporary Arts Media, Royal Shakespeare, and many others.
African Diaspora, 1860 - PresentVCU
Personal accounts, video, and primary sources document the global migrations and contributions of people of African descent.
African Newspapers: The British Library CollectionVCU
Chronicles African history and life from 64 newspapers published before 1901. Includes eyewitness reporting, advertisements, military reports, news and analysis of European exploration and colonization, and early moves toward self-governance.
African-American Poetry DatabaseVCU VIVA
Searchable collection of poems by African American poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, providing a comprehensive survey of the early history of African American poetry.
Over 13,000 works comprising an unparalleled record of African American history, literature and culture.
American Poetry DatabaseVCU VIVA
Full-text poems by American poets from the Colonial period to the early twentieth century, drawn from over 1,200 print sources. Includes accompanying dedications, notes, arguments, and epigraphs where applicable.
American Underworld: The Flash PressVCU
Rare insights into urban life, criminal activity, and the underground economy and literature of the 19th century.
Current directory of thousands of repositories and collections of primary source materials housed in the United States and United Kingdom.
Archive of AmericanaVCU
Combined interface for searching Early American Imprints I & II (1639-1819), American State Papers (1789-1838), and the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1980).
ARTFL: A Textual DatabaseVCU
Searchable database of French-language texts from the 12th to the 20th century. Includes classic French literature, Provençal poetry and other verse, non-fiction prose and technical writing.
ATLA Religion Database with ATLA SerialsVCU
Provides bibliographic records to journal articles, book reviews, and essay collections in all fields of religious and theological studies, with access to full-text articles and book reviews in the AtlaSerials full-text journal collections.
Bibliography of Asian StudiesVCU
Research on East, Southeast, and South Asia. Covers a wide range of subject areas, with special focus on humanities and social sciences. Published by the Association for Asian Studies.
Bibliography of Native North AmericansVCU
Citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada pertaining to native North Americans. Coverage from 1558 to present.
Full text of thousands of plays written from the mid-1800s to the present. Includes published and previously unpublished works from Africa, as well as North America, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries.
Black Studies Center VCU
Black Studies Center is a digital core collection of primary and secondary sources in arts, history, literature, politics, and religion that record and illuminate the Black experience, from ancient Africa through modern times.
Black Studies Periodicals (Formerly International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP)VCU
Abstracts, indexing, and select full text for scholarly and popular journals, newspapers, and newsletters from the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean, spanning multidisciplinary issues vital to Black Studies.
Black Thought and CultureVCU
Non-fiction writings by major American Black leaders -- teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, entertainers, and other figures -- present an evolving and complex view of what it is to be Black in America.
Book Review Index Online PlusVCU
Indexes reviews from scholarly and popular journals primarily in the fields of general fiction and non-fiction, the humanities, and the social sciences. Includes citations and full-text reviews.
British History Online
British History Online is a digital library of primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland, focusing on the period from 1300 to 1800.
British Literary Manuscripts OnlineVCU
Facsimile images of literary manuscripts, including letters and diaries, drafts of poems, plays, novels, and other literary works, and similar materials from medieval times through 1900.
Burney Collection NewspapersVCU
Newspapers, Acts of Parliament, addresses, pamphlets, proclamations, and broadsides from 17th and 18th century English news media, available through the British Library.
Full text content pertaining to the countries and people of the Caribbean, including extensive data on the current status and history of geographic regions.
Comic Book Index
A growing, searchable index to the comic book titles held in Cabell Library's Special Collections and Archives.
Contemporary AuthorsVCU VIVA
Bibliographical information on modern authors. Part of Literature Resource Center. Can be searched separately or with other LRC resources.
Digital Theatre +VCU
A platform for the performing arts providing students with access to full-length productions, interviews, texts, rehearsals, and other educational resources.
Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800VCU
Books, pamphlets, broadsides, and other imprints published in 17th- and 18th-century America. Covers thousands of subjects in full-text.
Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819VCU
Books, pamphlets, broadsides, and other imprints of early 19th-century America. Covers thousands of subjects in full-text.
Early English Books OnlineVCU
Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimiles of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 -- more than 125,000 titles.
Can be used for course content:Page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. More about affordable course content
Eighteenth Century Collections OnlineVCU
Page by page digital images of every historically significant text published in 18th-century Great Britain and Colonial America, from books by well-known and lesser-known authors, to directories, Bibles, sheet music, sermons, and advertisements.
Eighteenth Century Drama: Censorship, Society and the StageVCU
Hundreds of playbills, theatre records, and correspondence related to plays submitted for license between 1737-1824. Contains the archive of the Larpent Collection and two reference works on the eighteenth century London stage.
English Drama VCU VIVA
Works in verse either acted on or intended for the stage, spanning the late thirteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century.
English Poetry, Second EditionVCU VIVA
Thousands of works by poets from the Anglo-Saxon period to the end of the nineteenth century, including accompanying text written by the poet where applicable.
Essay and General Literature IndexVCU
Citations to essays and articles contained in collections of essays and miscellaneous works. Focuses on the humanities and social sciences, with subject coverage ranging from economics and history to criticism of literary works, drama, and film.
Ethnic Diversity SourceVCU
Full text database covering the culture, traditions, social treatment and lived experiences of different ethnic groups in America. Includes thousands of books, biographies, primary source documents, speeches, letters, interviews, videos, and more.
European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750VCU
Searchable bibliographic index to print materials about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. Created from European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed in Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750.
Film & Television Literature Index with Full TextVCU
Comprehensive bibliographic and full-text database of journal articles and books covering the spectrum of television and film. Covers areas such as film and television theory, preservation and restoration, cinematography, and more.
Filmakers Library OnlineVCU
Award-winning documentaries and independent films presenting points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions worldwide.
Films on Demand Master Academic CollectionVCU
Streaming films covering core academic subjects. Also includes archival films and newsreels.
Gale Literary Index
Master index to major literary series produced by the Gale Group, including Contemporary Authors Online, Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online, and Literature Criticism Online, among others.
HarpWeek: The Civil War Era and Reconstruction I and IIVCU VIVA
Searchable scanned images of all pages of Harper's Weekly, the leading illustrated newspaper of its time. All articles, illustrations, advertisements, and literary offerings are indexed. Supplemental Web sites from HarpWeek
Humanities International CompleteVCU VIVA
Indexing and abstracts for articles, essays, reviews, and original creative works in all aspects of the humanities, with full-text for select journal articles, books, and other materials. Includes all data from the Humanities International Index.
Covers publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world. Includes history, beliefs, societies, cultures, languages, and literature.
Searchable backfiles of core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Backfiles end typically 3 - 6 years prior to the current date).
Latin American Newspapers Series I & IIVCU
Digitized Central and South American newspapers published from 1805 to 1922 in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, chronicling the evolution of Latin America through eyewitness reports, editorials, legislative information, advertisements, and more.
Linguistics & Language Behavior AbstractsVCU VIVA
Indexes and abstracts international literature on linguistics in the areas of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.
Literary Manuscripts: BergVCU
Digitized manuscripts, notebooks, letters, diaries, and other personal items of nineteenth-century authors, from the Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
Literary Manuscripts: LeedsVCU
Digitized manuscripts of seventeenth and eighteenth-century verse held in the Brotherton Collection at the University of Leeds. Manuscripts can be explored in conjunction with the Brotherton Collection Manuscript Verse Index.
Literature Criticism OnlineVCU
Includes a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across eras and genres, with scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books, and periodicals.
Literature Resource CenterVCU VIVA
Bibliographic and select full-text access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of novelists, poets, essayists, and journalists. Includes Contemporary Authors Online, Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, and more.
Literature, Arts and Medicine Database
Annotations to paintings, prose, poetry, film, video, and other works of art for teaching and research in the medical humanities.
London Low LifeVCU
Insight into the teeming streets of Victorian London, including the vibrant culture of street literature. Images of rare books, ephemera, maps, and other materials relating to 18th, 19th, and early 20th century London. Includes Tallis' Street Views.
Biographical and critical commentary, as well as full-text versions of the works of medieval, Renaissance, and 17th-century authors. Includes links to critical essays, art works, and music sound clips.
Medieval Family Life: The Paston, Cely, Plumpton, Stonor and Armburgh PapersVCU
Digitized and transcripted copies of five family letter collections dating between 1400 and 1490, including the Paston Family Papers. Also includes a chronology, visual gallery, interactive map, glossary, and family trees.
Medieval Travel WritingVCU
Digitized international manuscripts dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries, with a focus on accounts of journeys to the Holy Land, India, and China. Documents attitudes and preconceptions of people across Europe in the medieval period.
Middle English CompendiumVCU
Three major Middle English resources: an electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary (MED), bibliography of Middle English texts (limited to those cited by the MED), and a searchable full-text corpus of Middle English prose and verse.
MLA International BibliographyVCU VIVA
The Modern Language Association of America's index of critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, folklore, and the dramatic arts.
Nichols Collection NewspapersVCU
London newspapers and pamphlets gathered by antiquarian and printer John Nichols, spanning the 17th and 18th centuries. Features many rare news media sources including The London Gazette and The Tatler.
Nineteenth Century Collections OnlineVCU
Digital archive of primary source collections from the "long" 19th century. Includes monographs, newspapers, manuscripts, diaries, letters, maps, statistics and more. Offers annotation and tagging tools.
Nineteenth Century Literary SocietyVCU
Digitized archive of the John Murray publishing company from its inception in 1768 through the 19th century. Correspondences, financial records, illustrations and manuscripts feature prominent British authors, editors, and politicians.
Nineteenth-Century American Drama: Popular Culture and Entertainment, 1820-1900VCU
Virtually every play published in the United States from 1820-1900, including annotated copies of prompt books and manuscripts.
Opera in VideoVCU
Comprehensive collection of operatic performances, interviews, and documentaries, covering the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes.
Oral History OnlineVCU
Index and links to web-based oral histories in English in archives and libraries around the world, with links to full text, audio, and video when available.
Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the PresentVCU
Text and reference resource covering Britain's major and minor women authors of all time periods, with timelines, bibliographies, sets of internal links, biographies, and other contextual material.
Oxford English DictionaryVCU VIVA
Searchable, browseable full text of the Oxford English Dictionary, containing definitions, etymological analysis, variant spellings, and pronunciation.
Perdita Manuscripts, 1500-1700VCU
Contains 16th and 17th century manuscripts from early modern British women authors, including account books, diaries, prayer, prose, translations, travel writing, verse and more.
Indexes classical and historical plays, along with the works of contemporary playwrights. Covers new editions and translations, with descriptive annotations to summarize plot and indicate musical requirements.
Project MuseVCU VIVA
Database of peer-reviewed academic journals and electronic books in the humanities and social sciences from university presses and scholarly societies around the world.
Romanticism: Life, Literature and LandscapeVCU
Digital access to manuscripts from the Wordsworth Trust, including working notebooks, verse manuscripts and correspondence of William Wordsworth and his fellow writers.
Shakespeare in Performance: Prompt Books from The Folger Shakespeare LibraryVCU
Digitized prompt books from the Folger Shakespeare Library containing personal notes, sketches and cues for lighting and music, from set design and costume to music and acting. Materials date from the 1670s to 1970s, with most from the 19th century.
Shakespeare's Globe ArchiveVCU
Documents related to over 300 productions from 1997-2016 at Shakespeare's Globe, including architectural plans, photographs, prompt books, wardrobe notes, musical scores, oral histories, essays, and video interviews.
Shakespeare's Globe on Screen I & IIVCU
Diverse programs from Shakespeare's Globe and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London harness the power of performance, cultivate intellectual curiosity, and excite learning to make Shakespeare accessible for all.
Short Story IndexVCU
Extensive index to short stories from collections and anthologies, searchable by author or genre.
TLS Historical ArchiveVCU
Features the complete run of The Times Literary Supplement from 1902 to five years ago. Contains reviews, letters, poems, articles, and previously unavailable biographical information regarding contributors.
TOCS-IN provides tables of contents for select classics, Near Eastern studies, and religion print journals. Covers the archaeology, architecture, art, culture, history, literature, and religion of ancient Greece and Rome. Some pre-1992 content.
Twentieth Century North American DramaVCU
Full-text plays from the United States and Canada, from major and lesser-known authors. Includes playbills, posters, and other ephemera.
Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic NovelsVCU
Primary source database focusing on underground and independent North American and European adult comics and graphic novels. Also includes interviews, commentary, theory, and criticism.
Virginia Company ArchivesVCU
Founding and economic development of Virginia as seen through the papers of the Virginia Company of London. Includes Ferrar papers of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Also includes information on London's economic history.
Voice of the Shuttle
Voice of the Shuttle, established in 1994, provides a structured and briefly annotated guide to online resources for a wide range of academic disciplines in the humanities -- and points toward the transformation of those disciplines as they interact
The Washington Post covers local, national and global news, national security and politics, business, technology, arts and entertainment, health and medicine, and sports. Opinion columnists focus on politics, economics, culture, and global concerns.
Wellesley Index to Victorian PeriodicalsVCU
Identifies authors of articles within major Victorian periodicals and provides a bibliography for each contributor. Covers 1824-1900, with the exception of the Edinburgh Review, which is indexed from the first issue in 1802.
Women Writers OnlineVCU
Continually-expanding full-text collection of early women's writing in English, containing full transcriptions of texts published from the 16th through the 19th centuries. Special focus on materials that are rare or inaccessible.