Answered By: Maree Green
Last Updated: Jun 27, 2017     Views: 11

The key databases recommended for English research are:

  • JISC Historical Texts - Brings together four historically significant collections, with over 400,000 books published from the late 15th centrury through to the long 19th century.
    • Early English Books Online (EEBO) (1473-1700)
    • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (1701-1800)
    • 65,000 British Library 19th Century texts (1789-1914)
    • UK Medical Heritage Library (UKMHL) (1800-1900s)
  • JSTOR - A scholarly academic journal resource with full text access to many journal articles in the  Arts and Sciences fields.
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts –  This database abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in language sciences, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Documents indexed include journal articles, book reviews, books, book chapters, dissertations and working papers.
  • Literature Online - Leading online resource for the study and teaching of literature in English. It is a fully integrated service that combines the texts of over 355,000 literary works with a vast library of key criticism and reference resources.
  • MLA International Bibliography - Provides a detailed bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations in the subject areas of literature, language and worldwide linguistics, literary theory, criticism and dramatic arts.

Other useful library sources include:

  • Academic Search Premier - A full text scholarly journal article resource covering nearly every academic field of study, including English and literature
  • Box of Broadcasts (BoB) - A useful TV scheduling service which can be used to record, store and create clips from television and radio programmes that are scheduled to be broadcast over the next seven days as well as retrieving programmes from the last seven days from a selected list of recorded channels.  
  • British Humanities Index (BHI) – An international abstracting and indexing tool for research in the humanities including subjects such as gender studies, religion and political science. Covers humanities journals and weekly magazines, as well as quality newspapers published in the UK and the United States.
  • Oxford Reference Online - A reference database published by Oxford University Press which includes English and bilingual dictionaries, subject dictionaries, reference books and more than 177,000 definitions and in-depth encyclopedia entries across literature.
  • ScienceDirect – Provides access to peer-reviewed journals in a wide range of subject areas, including linguistics and literature, most of which have full text articles, and also thousands of e-Books published since 2011.

All these databases may be accessed through the Library's Resources page. 

For more information please see How can I find a subject database?