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Prelims Paper 4 - Literature in English 1910-Present: Introduction

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 literature in English 1910-Present, including ebooks, ejournals and bibliographic databases. 


This guide is intended as a quick introduction to some of the key online resources available via SOLO and Databases A-Z, as well as some freely available web resources.

Why use online resources?

  • They are available to use wherever you can access the internet
  • They provide powerful search tools enabling fast searching of texts for terms or themes you want to explore
  • They provide effective tools to help with textual analysis.

Databases can help you locate references to books and journal articles on a particular topic, as well as providing electronic access to literary and non-literary texts. You can print, download or email information retrieved from most of these.


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.