English Language & Literature and Creative Writing

Journals & Databases

These collections provide instant access to scholarly research, journal articles and book reviews. They may be accessed 24/7 and each collection has its own help and guidance on the home page.

New Databases for 2019

  • Contemporary Authors Online contains biographical information on more than 149,000 modern novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, journalists and scriptwriters.
  • LitFinder contains more than 130,000 full-text poems and 650,000 poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays.
  • Literature Criticism Online contains an extensive compilation of literary criticism from scholar and popular sources. These include broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals.
  • Literature Resource Center has literary criticism on 130,000 authors, biographies about 160,000 authors, as well as primary sources and multimedia works.
  • Twaynes Authors Online contains nearly 900 ebooks from the Twayne Literary Masters series on individual world, American and English authors.

Journal & Database Collections

  • Academic Search Premier Creative Writing is one of the subjects covered within the wide range it contains. It is a good starting point when you are new to searching for journal articles it can be used to find full text peer reviewed journal articles.
  • British Periodicals Collection This database provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the social sciences, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.
  • Cambridge Core A collection of scholarly journals useful for locating full text journal articles for English language.
  • Dickens Journal Online
    A complete online edition of Dickens’s weekly magazines, Household Words and All the Year Round. Free online resource.
  • Film and Television Literature Use as a source of information in the area of script writing. Find full text journal articles. Covers the entire spectrum of film and television theory, preservation and restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical, aspects and reviews.

British Library 19th Century Collection contains over 65,000 19th Century texts from the collection of the British Library.

Early English Books Online Early English Books (1473-1700) printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America. From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare. Useful for the study of English literature, linguistics and history.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online Works published in the UK during the 18th century plus thousands from elsewhere. Useful for History and Literature research.

UK Medical Heritage Library has images and full text from over 66,000 19th Century European medical texts.

  • JSTOR Collections An extensive archive of journals, as it is an archive the most recently published issues (past 3-5 years) are not available. Use it to find journal articles. It is extremely relevant for the study of English and history. The collections include JSTOR Arts and Sciences I,II,III and VII. Specialist collections within this are, JSTOR Language and Literature and JSTOR Ireland.
  • Literary Reference Center Useful for information on literary authors from a wide variety of genres as it covers all writings from genres such as poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction.
  • Literature Compass Key literature criticism is featured in the journal articles that survey important research and current thinking in this area. Subdivided in to sections that cover Medieval, Renaissance, Shakespeare, 17th Century, 18th Century, Romanticism, Victorian, 20th Century, contemporary and American literature.
  • Literature Online Important information source for literature research. Find full text journal articles, other key criticism and reference material. A large collection of English and American poetry, drama and prose to read and refer to.
  • MLA International Bibliography with Full Text is produced by the Modern Language Association and contains millions of citations, as well as the full text of articles from 1,000 journals about literatures and languages from around the world. The subjects covered include literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts (e.g. film, television and theatre) and linguistics.
  • Periodicals Archive Online A collection of 20th Century periodical archives. Subject areas covered include language and literature Specific interest for Victorian poetry.
  • Poetry & Short Story Reference Center contains over 365,000 poems, more than 54,000 short stories and over 4,000 dramatic works. There are also over 2,000 audio recordings of poets reading their own work, and more than 1,000 ebooks. The database contains both classic and contemporary works.
  • The Shakespeare Collection A useful collection when researching this eminent playwright.Including other works published during Shakespeare’s time, prompt books, criticism, reviews and images.

Newspapers

Newspapers can be a useful way of keeping up to date with current affairs or recent events. Daily newspapers can be found in Catalyst, in the area underneath the main staircase. The last 30 days’ worth are kept on the second floor in the Journals collection.  Newspaper archives usually contain issues which are less recent and which are useful for finding articles of a more historical interest.

  • Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004. It contains news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society. Offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. Useful for historical research.
  • Guardian and Observer Digital Archive  contains every issue of The Guardian from 1821 to 2003 and of The Observer between 1791 and 2003. You can search by keyword or by keyword and date; each story is an exact reproduction of the original.
  • Infotrac Newsstand contains articles from over 2300 newspapers from around the world. These include major British newspapers, as well as US and Australian titles. It also has thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.
  • LexisNexis  contains over 650 regional and national UK newspapers from 1982 to the present. It is possible to limit your search to either national or regional titles, or you can search the whole of the newspaper database.
  • Times Digital Archive  contains every issue of The Times from 1785 to 1985. You can search by keyword or for a particular issue and each story appears as it looks in the original copy of the newspaper.

eBooks

There are over 100,000 eBooks, which are available via the library catalogue. However, the eBook collections listed below are particularly useful for English literature.

British Library 19th Century Collection contains over 65,000 19th Century texts from the collection of the British Library.

Early English Books Online Early English Books (1473-1700) printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America. From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare. Useful for the study of English literature, linguistics and history.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online Works published in the UK during the 18th century plus thousands from elsewhere. Useful for History and Literature research.

UK Medical Heritage Library has images and full text from over 66,000 19th Century European medical texts.

Referencing

Referencing the sources of information you use is an essential part of academic writing and your research, it’s important to get it right. Referencing is the acknowledgment of all the sources that have been cited in your assignment, whether you have quoted directly or paraphrased.

English Language use Edge Hill University’s Harvard referencing style.

More information about referencing and plagiarism is available on the Uni Skills referencing page.

English Literature and Creative Writing use the MHRA referencing style.

The full guide can be downloaded from: MHRA, Modern Humanities Research Association

The English and History department runs regular sessions on referencing.

Specialist Software

Final Draft is the leading screenwriting software used by the entertainment industry. It is available on the mezzanine floor PCs and specific silent study PCs in Catalyst. For more information on the location of the relevant PCs please click here and here.