English Language and Linguistics

  • Additional Library resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic

    In addition to the e-content provided through the Library web site, many academic publishers are making additional e-resources available. Check this list  Library resources during COVID-19 pandemic for details. The list is being updated as more resources become available, so do check back regularly.

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    Use LibrarySearch to help you find the books and journal articles you'll need for your studies. 

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  • If you're a new user of the Oxford Brookes Library you might find the information on our webpage for new students useful.

    To help you make the best use of digital tools for study, employment and life whilst you're at Brookes, why not try our Digital Capabilities for Students module?

    Find all our books and electronic books using LibrarySearch (the search box on the Library homepage). Search and then select Book from the Search tools menu on the left. You can further limit your search to eBook if you only want electronic books. More information about our electronic books can be found on the Finding e-books webpage.

    Video guide to using LibrarySearch to find books

    Finding a book when you know the author/title - PDF

    Finding a book on a topic - PDF

    Use the shelfmarks below to find where books on particular aspects of linguistics are kept in the Library. Note that the shelfmarks are the same at both Harcourt Hill and Headington libraries.

    Applied linguistics 418
    Communication 302.2
    Discourse analysis 401.41
    English language 420
    Forensic linguistics 410
    Linguistics 410
    Sociolinguistics 306.44
    The vast majority of modules will have a reading list, created by the module leader. Find the reading list in the top right corner of the module on Moodle, or you can search by module name or number on the reading list homepage. Reading lists are interactive: click on the online resource button to be taken straight to the ebook, webpage, article or audiovisual resource, and login to make your own notes on the readings. Why not watch our videos which will help you get the most out of your reading list?

    Study skills resources: links to books, websites and other resources that give support and advice on how to study effectively

    Teach yourself: library guides, 'how to' videos and literature searching

    Citing references in your work and plagiarism: advice on correct referencing and avoiding plagiarism

    Library services for researchers - general web pages for staff and research students

    Cite Them Right Online shows you how to reference a wide range of resources using Harvard and other referencing styles. It also gives guidance on how to avoid plagiarism.

    Citing references in your work and plagiarism

    Library printed guide to citing your references using the Harvard (Author-Date) system ( Word or PDF)

    EndNote: reference management software for assisting with studying, research and creating bibliographies

    TV and film

    Box of Broadcasts - an off-air recording and media archive service that stores recorded TV and Radio programmes in an archive for all users to enjoy. The archive currently offers over 45,000 TV and radio programmes covering all genres. Users can record programmes, watch programmes from the archive, create clips and compile their favourite shows into playlists and share these with others.

    Screenonline is a service produced by the bfi (British Film Institute) which is dedicated to the history of film and television in Britain. It provides access to a range of resources including still images, analyses, biographies, posters, press books, student guides and pointers to resources for further study. Staff and students of Oxford Brookes can also access video clips and recorded interviews from the collections of the bfi National Film and Television Archive. Note that these clips can only be accessed from Brookes PCs - there is no off-campus access to these features.


    Factiva - international news database providing an archive of 10,000 sources from 152 countries in 22 languages. Leading national newspapers, local newspapers, trade and professional journals, the BBC Monitoring Service (transcripts of world radio broadcasts) and company financial data are all included.

    Full-text newspaper articles from UK newspapers, including film reviews, can be accessed through LexisLibrary To search the database for news articles, click on News in the red menu bar on the initial screen. At the news search screen you can use the Select Sources drop-down menu to search all UK newspapers or just broadsheets, for example.

    Print newspapers: the British Library holds an extensive collection of UK and Irish Newspapers at the St Pancras reading rooms. You will need to register for a reader pass to visit the collection, but some items are available online.

    Library research guide 8: News and current affairs ( Word or PDF)

    You can use LibrarySearch to find journal articles: type in your topic and then use the search tools menu to limit the format to article. Guide to finding journal articles on a topic using LibrarySearch - PDF.

    When you want to find more specialised and specific journal articles, you may want to try using a database. Searching a database will help you find journal articles (and sometimes books, book chapters, reports and other published materials) that are scholarly, academic and peer-reviewed, and suitable for your assignments and research.

    Academic Search Complete - a multi-disciplinary database offering full text access to more than 5,300 journals, including more than 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. It also has abstracts from more than 4,000 additional periodicals, plus some books, reports and conference proceedings. Has good coverage of English Studies journals.

    Communication & Mass Media Complete - this database covers subjects such as advertising, broadcasting, communication, cultural studies, film, journalism, language and linguistics, mass media, radio, rhetoric and television.

    Factiva - international news database providing an archive of 10000 sources from 152 countries in 22 languages. Leading national newspapers, local newspapers, trade and professional journals, the BBC Monitoring Service (transcripts of world radio broadcasts) and company financial data are all included.

    JSTOR - this database provides an archive of full-text articles from academic journals covering a wide range of humanities, social sciences, and science disciplines. It does not however include full-text access to the most recent three to five years worth of many journals, so researchers looking for relatively new material may wish to use other databases such as EBSCOhost or Academic Search Premier.

    MLA International Bibliography - references for modern language, literature, linguistics, folklore, film, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, historical aspects of printing and publishing. Listings on rhetoric and composition and the history, theory and practice of teaching language and literature. Coverage is international and includes some full-text links. Covers material published since the 1920s.

    Zetoc - British Library's electronic table of contents. Covers about 20,000 current journals and conference proceedings published since 1993, and is updated daily. Note that records do not have abstracts; only bibliographic details are given.

    The Library as a research tool for English Language and Linguistics students - this guide is aimed at pre-dissertation students, with advice on resources we offer to help you embark on your dissertation. You will need to login to access this guide.

    Bodleian Library access - dissertation students are able to use the Bodleian Library if the Bodleian has materials you need which are not held by the Oxford Brookes Library. The Bodleian Library catalogue, SOLO, is freely available to search. You should contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you think you need to use the Bodleian. Read the guide Applying for admission to the Bodleian Library first, then visit the Library to obtain an application form.

    Interlibrary loans - use the interlibrary loans service to request books, articles and other publications which the Library doesn't stock.

    Referencing - here you'll find lots of useful information about referencing, including Cite Them Right Online and the Library guide to Brookes Harvard referencing.

    EndNote reference management software - EndNote is software that helps you collect and organize your references, and then insert them automatically into Word documents.

    Finding previous dissertations - use the Dissertations Location List ( Word or PDF) to discover where dissertations for each subject/course are held.

    Library guide on Evaluating web sources

    British Academic Written English (BAWE) corpus: this is a corpus of student writing collected at the universities of Warwick, Reading and Oxford Brookes as part of the project 'An Investigation of Genres of Assessed Writing in British Higher Education'. The project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

    British Psychology Society

    Centre for Forensic Linguistics: based at Aston University, this is primarily a research and teaching centre. However, there are a few resources, such a articles and papers, available to download.

    The Compleat Lexical Tutor: an excellent online collection of concordancing and other computer based tools that are used in the analysis of texts.

    The Internet Grammar of English: a useful tool for anyone interested in English grammar, although mainly written with university undergraduates in mind.

    An Introduction to Conversation Analysis: tutorial written by Charles Antaki.

    Lii.org or Librarian's Internet Index is a searchable, annotated directory leading you to the best online resources.

    Subject Centre for Language, Linguistics and Areas Studies (L.L.A.S.): this is a publicly funded centre designed to assist people in the pursuit of language and linguistics. Contains a wide range of materials and information.