Start your search with the two most extensive indices in English literary studies, the MLA International Bibliography (also known as MLAIB) and the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (also known as ABELL). Use Literature Online to search both indices simultaneously.
The MLAIB and ABELL do not include full-text copies of articles or chapters, but use the "FindIt" button located at the bottom of each record to see whether the Tri-College Libraries have access to the journal or book from which a citation comes. You may alternatively check Tripod for the titles of journals, monographs, and essay collections. The MLAIB and ABELL include citations from other popular research databases, including JSTOR, Project Muse, Proquest, and others, so be sure to start here before moving on to one of these other databases.
Additional Multi-Period, Multi-Topic Sources
Period- or Author-Specific Databases / Indices
Tracing Cited References
Researchers can often find useful scholarship by identifying one particularly relevant book or article and seeing which sources that text cites. With print texts, this process might involve checking the bibliography. In some databases, you can also trace citations forward in time and find subsequent material that cites a particularly useful resource. Use the following databases to find a relevant resource and then see which later texts cite the one with which you start. Keep in mind, however, that the citations will no be comprehensive—i.e., the citations will often be limited by the scope of the database in which you're working.