English and American Literature subject guide



Online subject resources

We recommend:

Artemis Primary Sources (from Gale):

  • allows you to search 14 primary source databases from Gale Cengage with a single search box, including historical, newspaper, and periodicals archives
  • includes interesting tools like "term frequency" (see the frequency of your search term over time) and "term clusters" (see what other terms commonly occur in relation to your search term)

Archive Explorer (from Adam Matthew):

  • allows you to search 9 databases of topical primary source material with a single search box - covering subjects like the American West, gender, Africa, the Raj, the Grand Tour, Victorian Popular Culture, women's writing, etc

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.

Medieval and early modern

Renaissance and 17th-18th centuries

19th century


Other specialist sites


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Last Updated: 07/12/2015