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Historical Primary Sources Databases

WCU Libraries have access to many databases for historical primary sources. This guide organizes those databases by geography and topic.

Introduction to literature page

This page includes a large number of databases that contain the full text of literary works.  Some are focused on the literature of a particular time period, others on a particular region.  Some include digitized copies of original manuscripts, others have the text reproduced in a more modern format. 

Broad collections

All the databases in this group have broad collections, often including works in multiple forms.  Collections are organized in various ways: geography, time period, ethnic group, or gender.


Databases with the full text of plays and/or video recordings of productions of plays.  Some may also include other theater-related materials.


In addition to the database below, many of the databases in the  Broad Collections group also include poetry.

Travel Writing

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