SMU Online Resources

Subject: Foreign Languages and Literatures

Resource Titles


Academic OneFile
Description:  A collection of peer-reviewed, full-text articles in HTML and PDF format with coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature, and other subjects; intended primarily for academic researchers. It also contains podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN, and the CBC, as well as full-text New York Times content to 1995.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
Academic search complete
Description:  A scholarly, multidisciplinary database providing indexing and abstracts for over 10,000 publications, including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, and others. Also includes full-text access to over 5,000 journals. Offers coverage of many areas of academic study including: archaeology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, general science, geography, geology, law, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and other fields.
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African writers series
Description:  Key texts of modern African literature, published under the Heinemann African Writers Series imprint, including fiction, poetry, drama and non-fictional prose. A wide geographic range is represented: most of the works in the series come from English-speaking countries in Western, Southern and Eastern Africa, but there are also a number of volumes translated from French, Portuguese, Zulu, Swahili, Acoli, Sesotho, Afrikaans, Luganda and Arabic.
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ARTFL project, University of Chicago
Description:  A full-text retrieval database of classical French writings. The database includes literary works, political tracts, philosophical writings, and technical treatises.
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Arts & humanities citation index
Description:  Multidisciplinary index covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. It fully covers 1,144 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, and it indexes individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals.
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ClasePeriodica
Description:  Index of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities. Combines CLASE (Citas Latinoamericanas en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades), which indexes indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities (over 1,200 sources) and PERIODICA, which covers journals specializing in science and technology (over 1,400 sources). Offers access to more than 300,000 bibliographic citations from documents published in 2,600 scholarly journals published in the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English languages. Contains information from articles, essays, book reviews, monographs, conference proceedings, technical reports, interviews and brief notes published in journals edited in 24 different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as from publications that focus on Pan-American issues.
Access:  Internet (Password required, Contact Librarian)
Contemporary authors
Description:  "A bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television, and other fields." Contemporary Authors may be searched separately or simultaneously with Contemporary Literary Criticism Select and the Dictionary of Literary Biography as part of the Gale Literary Databases.
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Contemporary literary criticism select
Description:  Contains critical and biographical essays on authors currently living or who died after 1959. Initial release features 50 authors derived from CLC print volumes 95-99 and 50 retrospective entries. Updates of 10-12 new authors will be added about 6 times a year as print volumes are published and 10-20 retrospective entries will be added each time. CLC Select may be searched separately or simultaneously with Contemporary Authors and the Dictionary of Literary Biography as part of the Gale Literary Databases.
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Country studies
Description:  This website contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Army. Because the original intent of the Series' sponsor was to focus primarily on lesser known areas of the world or regions in which U.S. forces might be deployed, the series is not all-inclusive. At present, 101 countries and regions are covered. Notable omissions include Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and other Western nations, as well as a number of African nations. The date of information for each country appears on the title page of each country and at the end of each section of text. Publications may be browsed or searched (full-text; within individual titles as well as across multiple titles).
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
Das Deutsche Wörterbuch von Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm auf CD-ROM und im Internet
Description:  Digitized version of: Deutsches Wörterbuch / Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm. - Leipzig : Hirzel, 1854-1960. - 16 Vol.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
Dictionary of literary biography
Description:  Essays outlining the lives and careers of authors from all eras and genres, and summarizes the critical response to their work.DLB may be searched separately or simultaneously with Contemporary Authors and Contemporary Literary Criticism Select as part of the Gale Literary Databases.
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Dinur Center for Research in Jewish History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Description:  Contains over 6000 links to websites in more than 30 categories dealing with Jewish History.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
Dissertations & theses
Description:  Includes citations for over 2.7 million dissertations and theses from around the world, ranging from 1861 to those accepted last semester. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350-word abstracts; master's theses from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Where available, PQDT provides twenty-four page previews. More than 1.2 million are available for download in PDF format.
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Dizionario biografico degli Italiani
Description:  This scholarly biographical encyclopedia is the standard source for information on prominent men and women from Italian history. The title is in progress. The Web site updates coverage as new volumes are completed.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
Electronic text collections in western European literature
Description:  Provides links to Internet sources for literary texts in the Western European languages other than English.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
Gale literary databases
Description:  Access three of the world's premier literature resources with a single search. When you simultaneously search Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism Select (CLC Select) and Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB), you'll find in-depth information on the lives and writings of nearly 100,000 authors along with critical reaction to their works. Includes integrated indexes to both the DLB and CLC print series.
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HLAS online
Description:  Contains records describing books, book chapters, articles, and conference papers published in the field of Latin American studies. Coverage includes relevant books as well as over 800 social science and 550 humanities journals and volumes of conference proceedings. Most records include abstracts with evaluations
Access:  Internet (General Access)
Iter
Description:  A bibliography of approximately 230,000 articles and reviews drawn from over 400 medieval and renaissance journal titles. Updated daily and with more than 60,000 new records added annually, will be of great use to scholars interested in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700).
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Johns Hopkins guide to literary theory & criticism
Description:  A full-text searchable database of articles on individual critics and theorists, critical and theoretical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods. Compiled by 275 specialists from around the world, the Online Guide presents a comprehensive historical survey of the field's most important figures, schools, and movements. It includes more than 240 alphabetically arranged entries on critics and theorists, critical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods. Each entry includes a selective primary and secondary bibliography.
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JSTOR
Description:  Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals. Consult the online tables of contents for holdings, as coverage varies for each title.
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LANIC
Description:  Provides Latin American users with access to academic databases and information services through the Internet world, and provides Latin Americanists with access to information on and from Latin America.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
Literary index
Description:  A master index to 43 literary series published by Gale. It combines and cross-references more than 130,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and over 140,000 titles into one source.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
Literature resource center
Description:  "Access biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline. Scribner Writer's Series includes 15-20 page signed essays on more than 1,600 authors and literary genres drawn from 13 acclaimed Scribner print series. Twayne World, US, and English Authors each contain the full text of 200 frequently used Twayne Literary Masters books on individual World, US, or English authors, for a total of 600 full-text titles." Includes links to: Gale literary index and Encyclopedia of literature.
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MLA directory of periodicals
Description:  Offers detailed information on over 7,100 journals, with 4,400 currently indexed in the International Bibliography. The detailed entries include editorial contact information, as well as frequency, circulation, subscription prices and submission guidelines.
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MLA international bibliography
Description:  Provides access to citations of journal articles, books, and dissertations published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. Coverage is international and subjects include literature, language and linguistics, literary theory, dramatic arts, folklore, and film since 1963. Special features include the full text of the original article for some citations and a collection of images consisting of photographs, maps, and flags.
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Modern Language Association language map
Description:  Using data from the U.S. 2000 Census, this MLA site offers interactive mapping to show the density of speakers of thirty-seven languages and language groups. The Language Map illustrates the density of language speakers in zip codes and counties and allows comparisons between languages or states. The Data Center provides the numbers of speakers of languages in a specific state, county, zip code, metropolitan area, or town. The site provides data documentation with links and a Quick Tour for getting started.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
Nations of the world
Description:  Annotated compendium of sources accessible on the Web. Links, compiled by the Law Library of Congress, provide access to primary documents, legal commentaries, and general government information about specific nations and associated jurisdictions. These legal resources include information on the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
Oxford language dictionaries online
Description:  Provides access to the following titles: Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary (Fourth edition), Oxford-Duden German Dictionary (Third edition), Oxford-Paravia Italian Dictionary (Second edition), Oxford Spanish Dictionary (Third edition), Pocket Oxford Chinese Dictionary (Third edition), and Oxford Russian Dictionary (Fourth edition), plus online tools and resources including hundreds of downloadable letters, grammar notes, verb tables, and cultural information.
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Scribner writers series
Description:  The Scribner Writers Series includes more than 2,060 essays on authors of all nationalities and time periods. Many authors are seen from multiple perspectives in two, three, or even four essays--a broad biocritical overview as well as specialized treatments. Each essay includes a concise introductory preface and a biography placing the author's work within a personal and historical framework. The complete contents of the following Scribner Writers Series are included: African American Writers, African Writers, American Nature Writers, American Writers, Ancient Writers, The Books of the Bible, British Writers, European Writers, Latin American Writers, Modern American Women Writers, Mystery and Suspense Writers, Science Fiction Writers, Supernatural Writers, Writers for Children, and Writers for Young Adults.
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Twayne's authors series
Description:  The Twayne Authors Series is the premier literary reference resource series comprising Twayne's U.S. Authors, Twayne's English Authors, and Twayne's World Authors. Each of these individual titles provides literary criticism for approximately 200 authors, bringing the total number of authors covered in the Series to nearly 600. Each author selected for coverage is tied to the high school and college curriculum. The Twayne Authors Series offers criticism by scholars on hundreds of years of literature--from Aristophanes to Bharati Mukherjee. It provides critical introductions to the lives and works of writers, to the history and influence of literary movements, or the development of literary genres. Primarily devoted to critical interpretation and discussion of authors's works, these studies take account of major literary trends and important contributions to scholarship and criticism, and provide new critical insights and original points of view. The Twayne Authors Series is structured in a consistent format: All titles feature comment elements, such as a chronology, a biography, a comprehensive critical analysis, and an annotated bibliography. The discussions of each author in the series are between 175-200 printed pages.
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