English and American Literature subject guide



Online subject resources

Most of the resources below are freely available on the internet. In addition, the Library subscribes to a vast range of online resources: see other pages within this guide for subscription e-books, bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Online tutorial

English subject gateways

Medieval and early modern

Renaissance and 17th-18th centuries

19th century


Societies and associations

Other specialist sites

  • Archives Hub: a guide and links to UK archives
  • Literary Gothic
  • British and Irish authors on the web
  • Illustrated London News: a historical pictorial weekly newspaper archive covering the period 1842 to 2003
  • Times of India (1838-2003) (from ProQuest Historic Newspapers): the world's most widely circulated English daily newspaper, founded in 1838 to serve British residents of West India. Invaluable resource for researchers studying colonialism and post-colonialism, British and world history, class and gender issues, international relations, comparative religion, international economics, terrorism, and more
  • The New York Times (1851-2009) with Index (1851-1993) (from ProQuest Historical Newspapers): access to over 150 years of American news, world news, and personal stories from the newspaper known for providing "all the news that's fit fo print"
  • Digital Theatre Plus: online resource providing high-quality full-length films of leading British theatre productions plus interviews with the cast, the creative and production teams behind each show and documentaries


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