Books and book reviews for English and Drama

  • Most of your books will be located in Headington Library. The main literature section is on Level 4.  

    To find a book, use the Books & e-books search on the Library home page and type in the author, title or subject that you are interested in. Alternatively you can use LibrarySearch and then limit your search results to books.

    Print books have a call number which tells you where the book is shelved in the Library, for example 823.7 SHE/S. If the book is on loan to another user or at one of our other libraries, you can put a hold on it. If it's on the shelves, it's quicker for you to go and get it yourself.

    If it’s an e-book, follow the 'View e-book' link to connect to it. Log in when prompted with your Brookes student number and password.

    Find out more:

  • New books for English, Drama and Creative Writing: 2018  A selection of recent additions to our print and e-book stock
    • OED online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.
    • Oxford Reference Online This is a collection of Oxford University Press reference books on a variety of subjects including Literature. Titles covered include The Oxford Companion to English LiteratureThe Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary TermsA Dictionary of Writers and their Works and many others.
    • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - an illustrated collection of articles providing the life stories of over 50,000 people who have shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond. Includes novelists, poets and playwrights.

    If you need to find published book reviews or write your own as an assignment, take a look at this PDF guide Book reviews: how to write them and where to find them (PDF)  


    The Library has 2 main databases providing collections of historic books:

    Historical Texts has the full text of over 350,000 books published in Great Britain from 1475-1900. It consists of 3 databases which can be searched individually or together:

    • Early English books online (EEBO) Contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. Full text.
    • Eighteenth century collections online (EECO) Contains digital images of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century. Full text.
    • British Library 19th Century collection Gives full-text access to over 65,000 19th Century books, covering philosophy, history, poetry and literature.

    Early European Books - digitised collection of works printed in Europe between 1450 and 1700.

    There are also links to various freely available sources of electronic texts in the guide Web sites for English and Drama

    English literature study skills resources is an online list of books & other help which may be useful when you're writing an essay or researching a dissertation. It also includes including useful reference sources such as specialized dictionaries and encyclopaedias.