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Undergraduate Research Guide: Introduction

Subjects: English

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students studying English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford, although any students working in this field may find it useful.  

Use this guide to find out about books and online resources for English Language and Literature, including ebooks, ejournals and bibliographic databases. 


This guide is intended as a quick introduction to finding and using key English Literature online resources when you are researching your dissertation and extended essays. These include free-to-use web resources as well as those subscribed to by the University.

The databases can help you locate references to books and journal articles on a particular topic, as well as providing electronic access to texts.  You can print, download or email information retrieved from most of these.  Using a combination of print and online resources will provide you with a much wider range of material than relying on what you can find on the library shelves.

This guide will also show you some basic search strategies to use to help you find high quality material eficiently and effectively. You will also find basic information about referencing and where to find guidance about ways of referencing and online research management tools.

Getting started

For access to the majority of resources covered in this guide, go to the English section of the subject list on Databases A-Z. You will also find useful resources in the Linguistics, Newspapers, and History sections.

Accessing eresources outside the Oxford network
For information on accessing electronic resources from outside the Oxford network using your Oxford Single Sign-On login, consult the Bodleian Guide.