A comprehensive encyclopedia "covering the entire history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages (Anglo-Saxon, English, Welsh, Scots, Irish, and Latin)."
The Oxford English Dictionary, or OED as it's more popularly known, is a historical dictionary of English, covering the language from the earliest times to the present day. It aims to show not only the current meanings of words, but also to trace their development through time. Entries contain detailed etymological analysis, and are illustrated by quotations from a wide range of English language sources from around the world, making the OED a unique historical record. Available in print and in electronic version.
Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals contains the table of contents for 45 British periodicals, many of which are not indexed elsewhere. Hekman Library owns this index on CD-ROM and in print. (See full annotation for further access information).
Examines literary texts in the times and places in which they were written and took place. The twelve volume set covers a full range of world literature, from Australia to Zimbabwe and everywhere in between.
The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online is a searchable electronic database consisting of the most comprehensive record of Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide between 1960 and 2011.