Unparalleled Content for Literary Research

Students, researchers and faculty will benefit from the global nature of this vast literature database covering diverse authors and genres. LitBase includes over 425,000 primary sources, 100,000 secondary and reference sources, and hundreds of full-text scholarly journals and literary magazines to support literature research.

LitBase celebrates authors from all over the world as well as authors from marginalized groups such as the LGBTQ+ community, underserved and indigenous populations in the US, Black authors, and women authors. 

Superior Coverage

While other databases focus mainly on the Western canon, LitBase delivers more with author interviews, biographies, creative nonfiction, literary criticism, poems, poetry reviews, scripts, and short stories from ancient times to the 21st century, including high culture works that didn’t originate in the West.

Integrates with MLA International Bibliography with Full Text

LitBase and MLA International Bibliography with Full Text come together to create a comprehensive research experience for all. The most recognized literature and language bibliography complements LitBase content with minimal overlap of scholarly journals.

Features & Functionality

  • Offers a clean, easy-to-use and intuitive user experience
  • Displays options to browse by topic and genre
  • Includes an expansive literature thesaurus with 6,400 terms 
  • Offers a literary period limiter and advanced search 
  • Provides author pages with author biographies and related search results

International Content

LitBase offers full text of historic and contemporary writing from diverse parts of the world, including Africa, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Ireland, Latin America, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Slavic countries, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Poetry from places with the deepest literary lineage is covered extensively, including influential contributions from Middle Eastern poets and poetry from China, Japan, Vietnam, India, and Southeast Asia.

    Active Full-Text Journals by Country/Region
    Australia & New Zealand
    Central & Eastern Europe
    Far East
    Middle East & North Africa
    Sub-Saharan Africa
    Western Europe
    Americas: 348
    Australia & New Zealand: 10
    Central & Eastern Europe: 36
    Far East: 19
    Middle East & North Africa: 23
    Sub-Saharan Africa: 11
    Western Europe: 119

    Unique Full-Text Journals

    LitBase includes 300 active full-text journals not available in any other EBSCO database.