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Finding primary sources: literary works

LION contains about 350,000 literary works:

  • English poetry, drama and prose from 600.
  • American poetry, drama and prose from 1607.
  • Canadian poetry from 1610 to the present.
  • Also includes literary works from: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia, South Asia, South Africa, the Caribbean and West Indies.

Full texts are mainly out-of-copyright (pre- ca. 1925).

  • Exception: 20th century poetry.

EEBO is a full-text and full-image database of books printed in the British Isles, British America, and other countries from 1475 to 1700. It includes:

  • Thomason Tracts: collection of 22,000 broadsides ranging from political speeches to religious tracts to newspaper articles from the period 1640-1661.
  • Tract Supplement: broadsides, pamphlets and scrapbooks primarily from the British Library.

The full text is searchable for about 60,000 of the 125,000 books, identified by: TCP Full Text.

Early English Books Online - Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP) contains the fully searchable full text of more than 60,000 texts that have been transcribed and encoded into regular text by the Text Creation Partnership, Phase I, which is now freely available under the Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0 1.0 Universal).

ECCO includes every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in Great Britain during the eighteenth century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. Concordia's holdings include Parts I and II.

NCCO is a digitized collection of primary sources from the 'long' nineteenth century, currently including the following archives: British Politics and Society; European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection; Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange; British Theatre, Music, and the Arts: High and Popular Culture.

Concordia Libraries subscribe to the Alexander Street Press Core Collections, which include full-text drama collections:

Produced with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the National Endowment for the Humanites, and published by the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, the Dictionary of Old English, Old English Corpus is a complete record of surviving Old English, with a dictionary and more than 3000 texts.

The Middle English Compendium includes three major Middle English electronic resources: an electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary (MED), a HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse, based on the MED bibliographies, and a Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse.

InteLex Past Masters includes a collection of English Letters originally published in print by Oxford University Press and Pickering & Chatto. This collection encompasses the letters, correspondence, and in some instances the diaries and the notebooks of the most significant figures in English literature, letters, politics, the church and the arts.

  • It also includes the Women Writers collection, which contains not only the correspondence and journals, but also the primary works of important women writers in the English Language.
  • It also includes the History and Philosophy of Science collection, featuring works by Hume, Kant, Wittgenstein and others.

Canadiana Online combines Early Canadiana Online and Heritage. It is a digital library providing access to almost 14,000 digitized volumes comprising over 2 million pages of Canada's printed heritage. It features works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th Century, with particular emphasis on literature, women's history, Native studies, and the history of French Canada.

ProQuest Combined Canadian provides fulltext of Canadian major daily newspapers. Global and Mail from 1977. Montreal Gazette from 1985.

  • Indexes Canadian magazines, academic journals and special interest publications with fulltext articles from more than 100 titles. Searches can be limited to peer-reviewed publications.
  • Also includes selected fulltext and indexing of poems, plays, and short stories.

CPI.Q provides coverage of all subject areas with an emphasis on Canadian and international issues. It provides citations to more than 400 English and French language journals and magazines, including approximately 30 American titles.

  • Fulltext of articles from approximately 160 of the titles.
  • Also includes the fulltext of Globe and Mail articles from 1997 onwards.
  • Searches can be limited to peer-reviewed publications.
  • Index: 1980 onward. Fulltext generally begins in 1995 (coverage varies depending on the journal title).
  • Also includes selected fulltext and indexing of poems, plays, and short stories.

Created by Alexander Street Press Theatre in Video, covers a wide range of 20th century theatre history, featuring original stage productions, captured and recorded while performed for a live theatre audience. When complete, Theatre in Video will contain more than 350 full-length plays and documentaries.

Play Index provides citations and descriptive annotations to plays written or translated into English and published individually or in collections from 1949 to the present. Provides links to some full text plays available on the Internet.

  • Search for the title or author of a play.
  • In the set of results, click on Full Display.
  • Click on Find this play in a book.
  • Search Sofia by the title of the book to see if Concordia Library has the book.

Inter-Play is an online index to plays in collections, anthologies, and periodicals and in a variety of languages. Separately-published plays are not included. It contains approximately 19,000 citations to plays. The sources indexed range from the late 19th century through the current year.

  • Search for the title or author of a play.
  • In the set of results, look for the source title, abbreviated so:.
  • Search Sofia by the title of the source to see if Concordia Library has it.

Short Story Index lists approximately 65,000 short stories written in or translated into English that have appeared in collections and selected periodicals. The fulltext of about 900 stories is included.

Concordia Libraries have the following titles in the printed reference collection:

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