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Databases can help you to trace journal articles and other publications on topics, authors and literary works. Follow the links below to connect to useful databases and log in when prompted with your Brookes username and password.Need help? Check this guide to Finding journal articles for English Literature, Drama and Creative Writing and contact the Academic Liaison Librarian for English and Drama for further help.
MLA International Bibliography covers international literary and language studies and can help you find books, book chapters and articles.
JSTOR This database provides an archive of full-text articles from a range of academic journals with good coverage of literary journals. Try the new Text Analyser tool available within the database. You can upload an article and the tool will find similar content in the database. JSTOR Labs have also developed this Understanding Shakespeare tool which lets you look up quotations from a Shakespeare play and find JSTOR articles that reference them. Highly recommended for anyone studying Shakespeare.
Discover is a search service that covers our Library Catalogue and many – though not all – of our electronic resources so this can often be a good place to start. A search on Discover will bring up books, journal articles and a variety of other sources
Academic Search Complete A multi-disciplinary database with good coverage of English Studies journals. Much of the content is full-text.
Performing Arts Periodicals Database Mainly full-text database covering performing arts including theatre and film. Good for articles on plays in performance.
Yearbook of English Studies This is an annual journal (rather than a database) but it publishes specially commissioned articles on a broad literary topic or theme. You can view a list of the annual issues on the MHRA website.
Box of Broadcasts (BoB) gives you access to thousands of recorded radio and TV programmes including films from an online archive. You can also record programmes, create clips and playlists. Log in when prompted with your Brookes username and password. First-time users have to register. You can search for programmes or look for playlists and create your own. Take a look at this playlist Drama Oxford Brookes for a range of drama productions and discussions, such as:
New BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource is a collection of programmes and photographs from the BBC's Shakespeare archive.
Books from 1450-1900
Periodicals from the 19th Century
Current news sources:
Historical news sources:
English students and those doing the MA in Creative Writing may also be interested in looking at our list of Databases for Publishing