Answered By: Keith Brisland
Last Updated: Aug 15, 2018     Views: 95

The main databases for English students are:

  • BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource provides access to hundreds of BBC television and radio broadcasts of Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets and documentaries about Shakespeare.
  • Early English Books Online Facsimiles of books printed in England from 1473-1700
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online Electronic books and pamphlets. Full-text facsimile page images from over 135,000 printed books published 1701-1800. Each title is fully searchable.
  • JSTOR (Language and Literature collection)  Covers literature, language and literary criticism. Please note that this is not a current issues database : there is a 1-5 year gap between most recent issue and those available on JSTOR.
  • JSTOR (Ireland)  Over 75 Cross disciplinary titles, international in scope, while also providing a rich focus on Ireland. Please note that this is not a current issues database.
  • Linguistics Abstracts Online More than 21,000 abstracts of published articles from over 300 linguistics journals.
  • Literature Online (LION) More than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 326 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources
  • MLA international Bibliography Covers literature languages, linguistics and folklore. Coverage is from 1963 to the present.
  • Oxford English Dictionary  The OED is the accepted authority on the English language. It covers words from across the English-speaking world.
  • Oxford Handbooks Literature  The Oxford Handbooks are one of the most successful and cited series within scholarly publishing, containing in-depth, high-level articles by scholars at the top of their field.

For more information about the library resources visit the English libguide. If you would like help using any of these resources you can book a tutorial with Nancy Jackson, the librarian for the School of English, here or e-mail her at

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