MLA International Bibliography
MLA is the traditional, go-to database for literary studies. In addition to general, keyword searches, try searching for titles of books using the “Name of Work” search in the drop-down menu (i.e., “dubliners,” “twilight of the superheroes”). Try using the “Person—About” search (i.e., "Joyce, James" and "Eisenberg, Deborah". If you are interested in relationships between authors, try searching both of them at once.
Full-text, multidisciplinary database, with no indexing. This means that you have to be careful that you match your search with the words used in the articles you are searching, and that you need to winnow out those which merely mention your topic of interest without discussing them in any detail. However, because this is a different kind of search, it sometimes turns up other materials, especially if you are searching for a particular phrase.
Much like JSTOR, this is a full-text, multidisciplinary database.
Web of Science
Multidisciplinary index to journal literature in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Offers the option to find cited references, which are the authors lists of articles used in their research. Journal coverage in the social sciences, arts, and humanities is not comprehensive. Includes conference proceedings in the sciences and social sciences.
Humanities Source (EBSCO)
Humanities Source covers not only literature, but also history, art, and drama. This makes it a good place to search for materials you may not always find in MLA and other literary databases.
Literature Resource Center
The Literature Resource Center (LRC) is a full-text electronic database that provides on-line access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analysis of authors and their works from every age and literary discipline. Literature Resource Center covers more than 124,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,000 of the most-studied authors.
Searches the CUNY library catalog as well as numerous (but not all) databases. Produces a Google-like jumble of results.