Bibliographic databases offer focussed searching for content on a particular topic, allowing the discovery of relevant journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters and more. They are very useful to consult when carrying out your own research because:
Bibliographic databases are helpful when you want to start exploring beyond your reading list or are researching a new topic.
On this page you will find recommended databases and guidance on how to search for and access databases.
A collection of structured and organised data that is stored, searched and accessed electronically.
A searchable platform that contains descriptive records of articles, books, conference proceedings, audio-visual material, maps, newspapers, and more.
Used to refer to a bibliographic database, the service provides abstracts of publications.
Used to refer to a bibliographic database, the service provides descriptors to help organise and navigate publications.
This means you can read the item in full from beginning to end, not just the abstract or summary.
Oxford subscribes to lots of databases you can use for free. You will likely find you need to use several databases for a thorough search of your subject area. The tabs at the top of this section take you to important databases for English Language and Literature and a link to browse all databases in English Language and Literature.
You can also search for specific databases via SOLO. Note, some key texts may be available via a database but not individually listed on SOLO.
For those seeking advice on accessing databases, we recommend the following guides:
Below are key bibliographic databases applicable to those studying English Language and Literature at Oxford.
Depending on the database provider, you may need to use your Oxford Single Sign On to access materials.
To browse a list of databases for English Language and Literature, follow the link below which takes you through to Databases A-Z.