Subject – Creative Writing & English key resources

There are specialist resources available for English and Creative Writing to help you with research and assignments.  These range from subscription databases, open access research, freely available web resources and digital archives (where out of copyright texts, including classic novels, can be found).

Subject databases allow you to search more specifically for research about your assignment topics.  You can find subject databases using the links below, or via Library Search – use the Journal Search search or Database Search to go directly to resources.

MLA International Bibliography – bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics and folklore. It covers 1963 to date and draws on over 4400 journals, plus relevant books, monographs, working papers, proceedings, bibliographies and other works. Produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), the electronic version of the bibliography contains over 1.8 million citations from more than 4,400 journals & series, and 1,000 book publishers.

  • More about what you can find in the MLA International Bibliography is in this 3 minute video.
  • More on how to search this powerful resource in this video

Literary Reference Center Plus – contains information from reference works, books and literary journals plus  contemporary literature titles, full-text literary study guides, and  literary videos.

JSTOR – includes core journals in the humanities. Good for theory and criticism. Note: material generally excludes the three previous years.

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) – This is an on-demand TV and radio streaming service with access to over 75 free-to-air channels from the UK and beyond. You can access the BoB archive and record upcoming programmes. Personalisation options include creating clips of programmes and playlists of programmes pertinent to your research.

NewsstreamGlobal Newsstream from Proquest contains online full-text access to over 600 UK regional, national and broadsheet newspapers as well as international press such as The Financial Times, The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, The Washington PostThe Bangkok Post, South China Morning Post, Asian Wall Street Journal, and the Jerusalem Post.  Coverage goes back as far as January 1982 to the present day for some titles, although this varies by publication.

Art Full Text – coverage includes English-language journals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins an a range of Arts and Humanities topics.

British Newspapers 1600-1900 – digital collection of British historic newspapers. Also includes specially commissioned essays and contextual materials written by expert scholars to aid with perspective and analysis.

John Johnson Collection – an archive providing access to thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Categories include Nineteenth-Century Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising.

Project Gutenberg – over 50,000 free ebooks to download or read online. Great Books Online – literature, reference material and verse free online.  Includes the often recommended Elements of Style by Strunk.

Internet Archive – over 10,000,000 fully accessible books and texts.

Eighteenth Century E-Texts – catalogue linking to many other digital archives and freely available full text eighteenth century materials. No longer updated but some links are still live.

Consider using an online spelling, grammar and punctuation checker for your work. Grammar Check doesn’t require a subscription or registration, but there are many others which may suit you better.