All Resources

Access, use, and reproduction of the electronic resources made available through the Grinnell College Libraries are governed by license agreements with publishers which may impose greater restrictions on use than does copyright law. The user is responsible for observing these agreements as well as the copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), including the fair use guidelines that protect scholarship and research.

When accessing subscription databases from off-campus, you will be asked to sign in using your campus username and password. If you have any problems accessing library resources from off campus, please contact Rebecca Ciota or Tony Lewis.


MLA International Bibliography Restricted Resource
The core disciplinary database for literary studies, with the broadest coverage of scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. 1926-present.
Literature Online (LION) Restricted Resource
Fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama, and prose, with nearly 400 full-text literature journals and other key criticism and reference resources.
JSTOR Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.
Project MUSE Restricted Resource
Access to the full text of approximately 350 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
Year's Work in English Studies Restricted Resource
Annual journal of bibliographic essays that present a selective, comprehensive, and evaluative overview of each year's scholarly writing in the fields of English and American literature. Print version is also available (PE58.E6).
Humanities Source Restricted Resource
Offers worldwide full-text content pertaining to literary, scholarly, and creative thought. Covers the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities and includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, and much more.
Film & Television Literature Index Restricted Resource
Covers film and television theory, preservation and restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. Includes full text of more than 90 journals and indexing for more than 600 publications.
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts Restricted Resource
Subjects covered include the nature, use, and teaching of language as well as linguistics, phonetics, speech, communication, sociolinguistics, philosophy of language, hearing and speech physiology, and related topics.
Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890–1982 Restricted Resource
Provides indexing of general-interest periodicals published in the United States, including full coverage of the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature. Reflects the history of the 20th century, offering access to information about history, culture, and seminal developments across nine decades.
ACLS Humanities E-Book Digital Collection Restricted Resource
Digital collection of over 4,600 full-text titles offered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) in collaboration with 30 academic societies and over 100 contributing publishers.


Online Newspapers
Provides links to thousands of newspapers worldwide.

Historical Newspapers and Magazines

New York Times Historical (1851-2015) Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains newspapers
Complete online access (including advertisements) to the full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2015. For current access, see U.S. Newsstream, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources, or go to the New York Times Subject Guide for instructions on registering for a free account.
Times Digital Archive [London Times] Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Fully searchable access to the complete backfile of The Times of London, including text, images, editorials, and advertisements.

Historical Texts

Artemis Primary Sources Restricted Resource
An integrated search interface that allows users to search across all of our Gale primary source collections—17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers, 19th Century UK Periodicals, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, The Making of the Modern World, and The Times Digital Archive.
Early English Books Online (EEBO) Restricted Resource
1473–1700. Contains digital facsimile page images of over 130,000 works printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America, as well as works in English printed elsewhere.
Empire Online Restricted Resource
1492–present. A digital collection of original primary documents relating to intercultural contact, including aspects of imperialism, religion, race, and class.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) Restricted Resource
1701–1800. Digitized copies of 138,000 English-language titles and editions published primarily in the United Kingdom and the Americas. Includes books, broadsides, Bibles, tract books, sermons, and printed ephemera.
Making of the Modern World (online) Restricted Resource
Offers the full text of thousands of books, serials, pamphlets, essays, and more from major libraries around the world. These resources track the development of the modern, western world (from 1450 onwards) through the lens of trade and wealth. The titles are in English as well as many other languages.
Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online Restricted Resource
Searchable full-text database of the complete writings of Ben Jonson in a readable, modernized form. Also includes around 90 old-spelling texts, 550 contextual documents, 80 essays, several hundred high-quality images, and 100 music scores, as well as details on more than 1,300 stage performances and a cross-linked bibliography of over 7,000 items.
Emily Dickinson Archive
Makes high-resolution images of Dickinson’s surviving manuscripts available in open access, and provides readers with a website through which they can view images of manuscripts held in multiple libraries and archives.
English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA)
Provides access to surviving but difficult-to-access early ballads printed in English, with priority given to black-letter broadsides of the seventeenth century--the heyday of the printed broadside ballad. EBBA makes these ballads fully accessible as texts, art, music, and cultural records of the period.

Library Catalogs

Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
HathiTrust Digital Library
HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than sixty partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide. Not all material is available to view as full text due to copyright restrictions.
Center for Research Libraries
A consortium of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves traditional and digital resources for research and teaching.
English Short Title Catalogue
The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) lists over 460,000 items published between 1473 and 1800 in the British Isles and North America found in the collections of the British Library and over 2,000 other libraries.

Primary Sources

Black Drama, Second Edition Restricted Resource
An online database of over 1,400 plays, nearly half of which are previously unpublished, by African, African American, and African Diaspora playwrights from 1850 to the present. Also included are production notes and photographs and information on theaters and companies involved in producing the plays.
National Theatre Collection Restricted Resource Resource contains video
In collaboration with the National Theatre of Great Britain, this collection features streaming video of stage productions as well as archival materials and documents.
North American Indian Drama Restricted Resource
An online database of over 250 plays, about half of which are previously unpublished, by authors who are members of the indigenous nations of North America. Groups such as Cherokee, Choctaw, Comanche, Cree, Navajo, Ojibway, and many others are represented in dramas that are largely secular and intertribal in scope. Second edition.


ARTstor Resource contains images
Searchable database of images applicable to many different times, cultures, and disciplines. Also includes local Physics and Botany image collections. Use individual log-in for off-campus access.

Reference Resources

Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.
Literary Encyclopedia Restricted Resource
Online encyclopedia that addresses literary works, writers, cultural movements, and historical events around the world, with interactive features that enable the user to place literature within its historical context.
Oxford English Dictionary (online) Restricted Resource
Contains the complete text of the 20-volume Second Edition, first published in 1989, together with its 3-volume Additions Series, published in 1993 (volumes 1 and 2) and 1997 (volume 3).
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Restricted Resource
Digital multimedia version of the premier English-language encyclopedia.
Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (online) Restricted Resource
Provides comprehensive coverage of the entire history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and substantial accounts of individual authors and detailed histories of particular themes, movements, genres, and institutions.  2006 edition. 
Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature (online) Restricted Resource
Surveys American literature in 350 essays from leading scholars, encompassing the range and depth of American literary history from the 1600s to the present.  The Encyclopedia includes essays on poets, playwrights, essayists, and novelists, as well as major works, literary movements, periods, themes, historical perspectives and social context. 2004 edition. 
Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature (online)
Print Location: Burling Reference PS 21 .E537 2004
Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 (online) Restricted Resource
In nearly 700 entries, the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 documents the full range of the African American experience during that period—from the arrival of the first slave ship to the death of Frederick Douglass—and shows how all aspects of American culture, history, and national identity have been profoundly influenced by the experience of African Americans. 2006 edition.
Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present (online) Restricted Resource
Focusing on the making of African American society from the 1896 "separate but equal" ruling of Plessy v. Ferguson up to the contemporary period, this encyclopedia traces the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Migration, the Brown ruling that overturned Plessy, the Civil Rights Movement, and the ascendant influence of African-American culture on the American cultural landscape. 2009 ed.
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture Restricted Resource
Includes over 3,000 essays written by subject experts and assembled into a consistent, readable, and straightforward alphabetical reference work. Entries cover the major areas of popular culture: art, dance, film, music, print culture, social life, sports, television and radio, theater, and more. Part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Encyclopedia of Religion (online)
Widely regarded as the standard reference work in the field, this 15-volume second edition includes over 3000 entries. An international team of scholars and contributors have reviewed, revised and added to every word of the classic work, making it relevant to the questions and interests of all researchers.
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas Restricted Resource
Brings fresh intelligence and a global perspective to bear on timeless questions about the individual and society. A distinguished team of international scholars explore new thinking in areas previously covered (communism, linguistics, physics) and present cross-cultural perspectives on more recent topics such as postmodernism, deconstruction and post-colonialism.
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
Print Location: CB 9.N49 2005
Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature Restricted Resource
Documents and interprets the books read by children throughout the world. With a global perspective that pays attention to significant international trends and the multicultural expansion of the field, it includes brief biographies of every major author and illustrator. Also included are feature essays on all genres of children's literature, individual works, and prominent trends and themes, as well as general essays on the traditions of children's literature in many countries throughout the world.
Green's Dictionary of Slang Restricted Resource
An unprecedented collection of the impertinent, vile, censored, hip, witty, and fascinating slang words of the English language. Covering five centuries of innovation in all English-speaking regions of the world.  Over 100,000 words are defined; each word is authenticated by genuine and full-referenced citations of its use.
Oxford Classical Dictionary (online) Restricted Resource
Written by distinguished scholars from around the world, the Dictionary covers all aspects of the classical world from literature and history to religion, science, and archaeology. It also contains many thematic entries on subjects relevant to the 21st century such as nationalism, race, gender, and ecology.
Book Review Digest
Print Location: 4th Floor East Wall
1906–2009. An annual collection of book reviews in digest form.
Index to American Little Magazines
Print Location: 4th Floor East Wall
1920–1967. Print reference book that indexes small press magazines.

Film and Video Collections

Films on Demand – Humanities and Social Sciences Collection Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Streaming video for thousands of full-length videos and video clips in subject areas including anthropology, art & architecture, communications, education, English & language arts, history, music, philosophy & religion, political science, psychology, sociology, and world languages.


Digital Grinnell Repository
Hosts a wide and growing variety of materials created by Grinnell College students, faculty, and staff, as well as selected material that illuminates the College's history and other activities.

Web sites

American and English Literature Internet Resources
Created and maintained by librarians at Southern Connecticutt State University, this site provides links to websites, listservs, newsgroups, and homepages of various authors.
Modernist Journals Project
A multi-faceted project that aims to be a major resource for the study of modernism and its rise in the English-speaking world, with periodical literature as its central concern. The historical scope of the project has a chronological range of 1890 to 1922, and a geographical range that extends to wherever English language periodicals were published.
Thomas Gray Archive
A collaborative digital archive and research project devoted to eighteenth-century poet, letter-writer, and scholar Thomas Gray (1716-1771), author of the acclaimed "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" (1751). Founded in 2000, the Archive's mission is to facilitate and support the study, research, and teaching of Gray's life and works.
Writer's Guide to Government Information
The aim of this site is to point you to government information resources that will help you add realistic details to the stories you write.
Electronic Beowulf: University of Kentucky
Designed to meet the needs of general readers, who require a full, line by line, translation; of students, who want to understand the grammar and the meter; and of scholars, who want immediate access to a critical apparatus identifying the nearly 2000 eighteenth-century restorations, editorial emendations, and manuscript-based conjectural restorations.
Global Shakespeares: Video and Performance Archive - Open Access
A collaborative project providing online access to performances of Shakespeare from many parts of the world as well as essays and metadata provided by scholars and educators in the field.
California Language Archive
A catalog and online archive of audio recordings (from the Berkeley Language Center) and paper materials (from the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages) dating from 1950. The collection includes indigenous language material from throughout the Americas, with a particular focus on the languages of California and western North America.
David Perdue's Charles Dickens Page
Site provides information on Charles Dickens' novels, including plot descriptions, character lists, and contextual dommentary. Other content includes a glossary, discussion of staging, a scholarly bibliography, and links to additional information.
Voice of the Shuttle: Web Site for Humanities Research
A guide to online resources in the humanities and related disciplines.  
Online Literary Criticism Guide
Provides links to some of the best starting places for finding online critical writing. This resource is particularly good for finding information on English-language authors, but also includes many authors whose works have been translated into English.  This website is maintained by ipl2, a merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII).
Open Source Shakespeare: An Experiment in Literary Technology
Offers online versions of Shakepeare's complete works, along with a concordance and text and character searching.  The site is intended for scholars, thespians, and Shakespeare lovers of every kind. OSS includes the 1864 Globe Edition of the complete works, which was the definitive single-volume Shakespeare edition for over a half-century.
Index Translationum
Created by UNESCO, The Index Translationum is a list of books translated in the world, i.e. an international bibliography of translations. The Index Translationum was created in 1932; please check for updates on the website if you are seeking information on recent translations.         

Style and Citation Guides

Citing Sources (from Doing Research)
Collection of links to guides on various citation styles.
MLA Handbook, 8th. edition (2016)
Print Location: LB2369 .G53 2016
On permanent reserve at the circulation desk. A second copy is available on the 2nd floor and can be checked out.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: MLA
MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook (8th ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
MLA Style Center
Guidance on MLA Style from the Modern Language Association itself. The Works Cited: Quick Guide offers a practice template for creating entries in an MLA list of works cited.
Online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store, and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

Resources at Grinnell

Grinnell College Writing Lab
Email:; Phone: 3117
Grinnell College Reading Lab
Develop strategies to manage college reading demands and strengthen reading comprehension.
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