Subject – English key resources

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).

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 Discover – use the Publications search or Providers A-Z to go directly to resources.

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.

JSTOR – includes back issues of core journals in economics, history, politicals and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities. Note: material generally excludes the three previous years.

LexisLibrary – LexisNexis contains a news database of full-text UK regional, national and broadsheet newspapers.  Coverage goes back as far as January 1982 to the present day for some titles, although this varies by publication.

Access LexisLibrary via Databases A-Z

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.

Literary Reference Center Plus – contains information from reference works, books and literary journals plus 35 volumes of new contemporary literature titles, 40 full-text literary study guides and 72 literary videos.

Eighteenth Century E-Texts – catalogue linking to many other digital archives and freely available full text eighteenth century materials.

Voice of the Shuttle – online English literature with links to many full text sources.

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.

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.

Find links to lots more useful research, language tools and information on English topics and genres on the Library English page.  Popular topics include Corpus Linguistics, Academic Writing, Accent and Dialect, Gothic Literature and American Fiction.