The Library has lots of databases that will give you a wide variety of additional sources, beyond what you will find on LibrarySearch. Many databases focus on journal articles but others contain newspaper articles, reviews or audio-visual resources.
Some key databases for English Literature and Creative Writing are listed below. For further help on searching these resources, including video guides, check the section How to search databases
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.
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African Journals Online (AJOL)
A multi-disciplinary collection of 583 journals, from 35 African countries, 306 of which are Open Access