Finding information for English and Drama

  • Your Academic Liaison Librarian, Joanna Cooksey is here to help you find and use library resources for your course, for example finding books and journal articles, using electronic services like databases, and referencing in your written work. Joanna is based on Level 3 of the Library and you can make an appointment by emailing

  • The Headington Library in the JHB is the main library at Oxford Brookes and covers all subject areas, including English Literature and Drama. It's open 24 hours a day for most of the week during semester. The Library has 6 floors - for help with finding your way around, pick up a floor plan from the Help Zone on Level 1. You can also ask here if you need any help when using the library. Near the Help Zone you’ll find the Welcome Desk, book returns slots, reservations collection point and Short Loan. Books are on Levels 2, 3 and 4. Most of the books for English Literature and Drama are on the top floor - Level 4 in Zone D, with foreign literature in Zone E (Silent Study room). Use the nearby self-service machine to borrow books on this floor.

    Use LibrarySearch to start looking for books and other resources. Find out how it works from our collection of quick guides

    The Library has different zones for quiet and silent study. If you want to do group work and/or chat, head to The Platform (Level 3) or The Forum (Ground Floor). You can also book one of our Student Presentation Rooms online.

    To get online in the Library, log onto one of the Library PCs with your student number and portal password – these computers will give you access to Internet, Google Mail, Brookes Virtual, Word etc. Printing is available via the Print Anywhere service. The IT Service Desk is located in The Forum and provides IT help. 
    To get online with your laptop, tablet or other device, sign up for the University’s Wi-Fi service Eduroam via the IT Services Web pages.

    Develop your study skills

    Study skills resources for English Literature lists books and tips on: Studying English Literature and Drama; Reading literary texts; Writing essays and other assignments for English Literature; Doing your English Literature dissertation; Referencing your sources

    These lists highlight useful books, online tips and personal support on various study topics:

    Help with literature searching for essays, projects and dissertations

    Download a copy of this Literature search plan for English Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (Word) and use it to add your own notes and plan your search.

    When doing research for an in-depth project such as your dissertation you are likely to come across references to publications which are not held at Brookes Library. There are a variety of options for obtaining material that we don't hold:

    • Undergraduate students doing dissertation-level research and MA students are eligible to apply for reference access to the Bodleian Library. You will need to get an application form from the Library Help Zone ( Level 1) or download it from our web pages. Please see  Library Research Guide 11: Applying for admission to the Bodleian Library for guidance on completing the form and full details of which libraries you can access.
      Use  SOLO the Oxford University Libraries' Catalogue to check what is available and where it's held.  English Literature and Drama students will find most of the material they need is held by the main Bodleian Library. Books may be on the shelves in the Upper Reading Room, or down in the Gladstone Link area. Many books will be listed as 'Stored Offsite' but can be requested online via SOLO.
      Students researching European writers may also be interested in the  Taylor Institution Library 
      Researchers and staff should follow the procedures outlined on the Bodleian Library Admissions webpages, using Form A and should apply in person directly to the Bodleian Admissions Office. 
    • You can use the  Interlibrary Loans service to request books, articles and other publications which aren't in stock. Each request costs £3.00 and articles usually arrive within 3 working days. You can make your requests via  LibrarySearch 
      Charges for requests made by staff and research students are recovered from Faculties / Directorates. You need to include your financial code on each request made.
    • The SCONUL Access scheme allows Brookes students to use many university libraries across the UK. You may find this useful if you live at some distance from Oxford and would like to use an academic library in your local area. To apply, go to the SCONUL website and check first whether the library you wish to visit is a member of the scheme, then complete the online application form. Once your application has been authorized by Brookes Library, you will be sent a confirmation email from SCONUL access and will need to take this along when you first visit the member library. 
    • Library Hub Discover: a database of 115 UK and Irish academic, national & specialist library catalogues, including the British Library Public Catalogue.
    • The British Library's EThOS system allows you to search across 250,000+ UK PhD/MPhil theses for free and download / order full text where available. You will need to register and log in if you want to download a thesis or to order digitisation of a thesis. 
    • Access to research is a scheme run through public libraries, where academic publishers have made many of their journals freely accessible to the general public. Access to these e-journals is only available through computers in one of the participating libraries. These include  Oxfordshire County Library. Check the Access to research website to see which libraries are participating and use the search option to see whether a specific journal title/issue is available through the scheme.

    Exam papers

    2015/2016 academic year onward: These are available for download by Brookes students and staff from RADAR. Check this quick video guide Finding past Oxford Brookes exam papers on RADAR

    Earlier years: Printed copies are available in the Library at Headington (Short Loan area, Level 1).

    Dissertations and theses

    • Some undergraduate dissertations are available from the Brookes Virtual site for English Literature on Moodle. To check whether other hard copy dissertations are available, contact the Programme Administrator for English, Drama and Creative Writing (Tel. 01865 48 3748. Tonge Building, Room T302) 
    • The Library holds around 20 past MA English dissertations from 1999-2009 . These are all listed on LibrarySearch and can be requested them at the JHB Library Help Zone. To find them, do a search for MA English or MA Humanities (includes some older dissertations on literary topics).
    •  All Oxford Brookes University PhD and MPhil theses are held in the Library and are indexed on LibrarySearch. The British Library's  EThOS system is a free service which allows you to search across 250,000+ UK PhD/MPhil theses. You can download / order full text where available (you will need to register and log to do this).