If you want to look to journal articles on a topic, text or writer:
- LibrarySearch is a good place to start. Just type your keywords or a phrase in the search box. At the results screen, use the the filter options on the left to limit your search to peer-reviewed articles.
- Use a database, especially for more in-depth research because LibrarySearch doesn’t cover all of our e-resources. Key databases for English Literature are listed below.
- Check the guide Database search tips for English Literature and Creative Writing, available as a Word doc and PDF.
An archive of full-text articles from a range of academic journals with good coverage of literary journals. It also includes open access eBooks.
JSTOR research tools:
- Highly recommended for anyone studying Shakespeare is JSTOR's Understanding Shakespeare tool that lets you look up quotations from a Shakespeare play and find JSTOR articles that reference them.
- Try the Text Analyser tool (BETA) available on the database home page. You can upload an article and the tool will find similar content in the database.
MLA International Bibliography
Key database for in-depth research in literary studies. Coverage is international. Can help you find articles, books & book chapters.
Performing Arts Periodicals Database
Mainly full-text database covering performing arts including theatre, film, TV and computer games. Good for articles on plays in performance.
Academic Search Complete
A large multidisciplinary database, containing lots of full text articles. Good coverage of English Studies journals.
Collection of drama and theatre resources including essays, recordings of live performances and interviews with theatre practitioners. Access available until 31 May 2022.
An archive of hundreds of full text periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, covering history, literature, music, philosophy, drama, archaeology, architecture, science, art and the social sciences.
Nineteenth century UK periodicals, series 1
Access to digital editions of nearly 100 periodicals, including many full runs, published between 1800 and 1900. Series 1 relates to new readerships and covers titles aimed at women and children as well as topics such as sport and leisure, humour and satire. The associated Topic Guide includes a chronology and useful essays on the relevant readership groups and subject themes.