There are specialist resources available for English 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).
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.
JSTOR – includes core journals in the humanities. Good for theory and criticism. Note: material generally excludes the three previous years.
Newsstream – Global 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 Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The 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.
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 No longer updated but some links are still live.