- Citing your sources (also called referencing) is an essential part of your academic work and is explained fully on our library referencing webpage.
- The Library also has a printed guide to citing your references using the Harvard (Author-Date) system, available as a word file or PDF.
- Cite Them Right Online shows you how to reference a wide range of sources (books, journal articles, web sites) using exactly the same Harvard style used at Brookes.
- Endnote is a tool for storing and organising your references, and it will also work with Word or Pages to create a fully formatted bibliography from your reference library.
Course resource help for English Language and Linguistics
You can use LibrarySearch to find journal articles: type in your topic and then use the search tools menu to limit the format to article. Guide to finding journal articles on a topic using LibrarySearch (PDF).
When you want to find more specialised and specific journal articles, you may want to try using a database. Searching a database will help you find journal articles (and sometimes books, book chapters, reports and other published materials) that are scholarly, academic and peer-reviewed, and suitable for your assignments and research.
Academic Search Complete
A full-text database providing full articles, with their accompanying indexing and abstracts, across a wide range of subjects.
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Undoubtedly one of the most important databases for Communication, Media and Culture. The database covers subjects such as advertising, broadcasting, communication, cultural studies, film, journalism, language and linguistics, mass media, radio, rhetoric and television.
MLA International Bibliography
References for modern language, literature, linguistics, folklore, film, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, historical aspects of printing and publishing. Listings on rhetoric and composition and the history, theory and practice of teaching language and literature. Coverage is international and includes some full-text links. Covers material published since the 1920s.
International news database providing archive of over 12,000 sources from 152 countries in 22 languages. Leading national newspapers, trade and professional journals, the BBC Monitoring Service (transcripts of world radio broadcasts) are all included.
This database provides an archive of full-text articles from a wide range of academic journals. JSTOR does not give access to issues which are less than 3-5 years old but is very useful for older journal articles
Zetoc: electronic table of contents from the British Library
This database covers about 20,000 current journals and conference proceedings in science, technology, medicine, engineering, business, law, finance and the humanities. It covers material published since 1993 and is updated daily.
Books and ebooks
Find all our books and electronic books using LibrarySearch. Search and then select Book from the Search tools menu on the left. You can further limit your search to eBook if you only want electronic books. More information about our electronic books can be found on the Ebooks webpage.
Video guide to using LibrarySearch to find books
The vast majority of modules will have a reading list, created by the module leader. Find the reading list in the top right corner of the module on Moodle, or you can search by module name or number on the reading list homepage. Reading lists are interactive: click on the online resource button to be taken straight to the ebook, webpage, article or audiovisual resource, and login to make your own notes on the readings. Why not watch our videos which will help you get the most out of your reading list?
TV, film and newspapers
TV and film
- Box of Broadcasts - an off-air recording and media archive service that stores recorded TV and Radio programmes in an archive for all users to enjoy. The archive currently offers over 45,000 TV and radio programmes covering all genres. Users can record programmes, watch programmes from the archive, create clips and compile their favourite shows into playlists and share these with others.
- Screenonline is a service produced by the bfi (British Film Institute) which is dedicated to the history of film and television in Britain. It provides access to a range of resources including still images, analyses, biographies, posters, press books, student guides and pointers to resources for further study. Staff and students of Oxford Brookes can also access video clips and recorded interviews from the collections of the bfi National Film and Television Archive. Note that these clips can only be accessed from Brookes PCs - there is no off-campus access to these features.
- Factiva - international news database providing an archive of 10,000 sources from 152 countries in 22 languages. Leading national newspapers, local newspapers, trade and professional journals, the BBC Monitoring Service (transcripts of world radio broadcasts) and company financial data are all included. A guide to using Factiva to find newspaper articles is available.
- Full-text newspaper articles from UK newspapers, including film reviews, can be accessed through LexisLibrary To search the database for news articles, click on News in the menu bar on the initial screen. At the news search screen you can use the All News Sources drop-down menu to search all UK newspapers or just broadsheets, for example.
- Print newspapers: the British Library holds an extensive collection of UK and Irish Newspapers at the St Pancras reading rooms. You will need to register for a reader pass to visit the collection, but some items from the collection are available online.
- News sources - more information and sources
- Library guide on Evaluating web sources
- British Academic Written English (BAWE) corpus: this is a corpus of student writing collected at the universities of Warwick, Reading and Oxford Brookes as part of the project 'An Investigation of Genres of Assessed Writing in British Higher Education'. The project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
- British Psychology Society
- Centre for Forensic Linguistics: based at Aston University, this is primarily a research and teaching centre. However, there are a few resources, such a articles and papers, available to download.
- The Compleat Lexical Tutor: an excellent online collection of concordancing and other computer based tools that are used in the analysis of texts.
- The Internet Grammar of English: a useful tool for anyone interested in English grammar, although mainly written with university undergraduates in mind.
- An Introduction to Conversation Analysis: tutorial written by Charles Antaki.
- Lii.org or Librarian's Internet Index is a searchable, annotated directory leading you to the best online resources.
- Subject Centre for Language, Linguistics and Areas Studies (L.L.A.S.): this is a publicly funded centre designed to assist people in the pursuit of language and linguistics. Contains a wide range of materials and information.
Need help? Contact your librarian
Please get in touch if you have any queries about:
- finding information and resources for assignments
- finding online resources
- referencing your sources
The Academic Liaison Librarians are currently working from home. If you would like to have an online appointment via Google Meet or Zoom, please mention this in your email.