Books and reading lists

  • Information for English Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

    Most of your books will be located in Headington Library. The main section for English Literature, Drama and Creative Writing is on Level 4 in Zone D.  

    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 about accessing and downloading e-books 

    Finding books for English Literature (PDF) » - includes useful sections to browse in the Library for English Literature, Drama & Creative Writing.

    What's new? » List of new books for English Literature, Drama and Creative Writing: 2019

    Reading lists

    Most reading lists are available online via the relevant Moodle course. You can also search the full collection of reading lists or browse online reading lists for English Literature (UG and MA), Drama and MA Creative Writing modules.

  • Online reference sources:

    • 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 Literature; The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms; A 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.

    Reference books for English Literature, Drama & Creative Writing

    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.

    Good places for older online texts:

    • Internet Archive E-book and Text Archive over 15,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts. There is also a collection of 550,000 modern eBooks that may be borrowed by anyone with a free archive.org account.
    • Internet Archive Open Library: Open Library's goal is "to list every book -- whether in-print or out-of-print, available at a bookstore or a library, scanned or typed in as text". It includes information about various editions of books and links to the full-text of older works such as Shakespeare's plays.
    • The JSTOR Understanding series - this developing project currently gives free access to 10 key works of British literature, the King James Bible, and all Shakespeare plays and sonnets.
    • Project Gutenberg is the Internet's oldest producer of free e-books, with a strong emphasis on older literary works. The collection provides access to more than 38,000 from the beginning of the 20th century and earlier. All may be freely downloaded and read, and redistributed for non-commercial use.

    Other free sites:

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