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Welcome to the English Library Subject Guide.
Your subject librarians are here to help you. We can help you find information, use library resources, undertake research and reference correctly. You can also contact us with anything library related.
The Arts & Humanities Librarians
Hello, we are Sean Barr (Academic Liaison Librarian), Bernie Williams (Subject Librarian), Gill Morris (Subject Librarian), and Carine Harston (Subject Librarian). We are here to help with finding information, using databases, referencing or anything else to do with the library.
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Online Library Skills Classes
With over a third of a million full-text works of poetry, prose and drama in English, together with the definitive online criticism and reference library, Literature Online is the world's largest cross-searchable database of literature and criticism.
JSTOR contains the full text of journals, usually from their beginning up to about 5 years ago. For more recent years, links to the full text of articles on external sites is often given. Subjects covered include ecology, economics, education, finance, history, language and literature, mathematics and statistics, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, politics and population studies.
Muse gives us the full text of recent years of about 150 high quality peer-reviewed journals
in the Humanities. A very high proportion are concerned with literature. It also provides access to several hundred freely available ebooks.
MLA International Bibliography
The MLA International Bibliography gives details of most journal articles and books on modern languages and literatures (including English) from the 1920s to the present. It also has details of many journal articles and books on linguistics, folklore and film. It does not include book reviews.
International Medieval Bibliography
The international Medieval Bibliography is the leading interdisciplinary bibliography of the Middle Ages (400-1500). It provides details of over 300,000 articles published between 1967 and the present in journals, conference proceedings and essay collections.
Times Digital Archive
The Times Archive provides the entire Times newspaper, from its beginning in 1785 up to 2014, including articles, photographs, letters and advertisements.
Oxford English dictionary (Online)
This contains the full text of the twenty-volume second edition together with the New Edition which is in progress. Every three months new and revised entries from the OED's revision programme will be published as part of the growing New Edition. Many types of searches are possible: it is easy, for instance, to search the 2,400,000 quotations. Original 2nd ed also available in print form.