English and American Literature subject guide



Finding journal articles

The easiest way to find journal articles is to do a keyword search for your topic in LibrarySearch.

We also have a range of databases to help you find journal articles and other relevant material for your subject (they may not all be included in LibrarySearch).

Some databases only give you the reference, but most provide a 'Full text' button if we have a subscription to the article. All our databases are listed in the A-Z of e-resources.

Select databases for English and American literature

Database Description
MLA Bibliography (Modern Language Association) (from EBSCO) Index to material on languages, literatures and linguistics published since 1963.
International Medieval Bibliography Index to literature covering all aspects of the middle ages (ca 450-1500).
Annual Bibliography of English Language & Literature (ABELL) - part of Literature Online ABELL lists articles, books and reviews concerning English language and literature published worldwide from 1920 onwards.
America: History and Life Index for literature published from 1964 onwards and covering the history and culture of North America.

Useful general databases

Database Description
Periodicals Archive Online (from ProQuest)


Access to the full runs of over 700 journals across key subject areas in the humanities and social sciences; the archive spans more than two centuries of content and multiple languages.
Web of Science Despite its name, this indexes over 8,000 journals from all subjects published from 1970 onwards. It also gives citation data.
Zetoc Mainly a current awareness service from data provided by the British Library. It includes searchable details of 20,000 journal titles and 16,000 conference proceedings covering all subject areas from 1993 onwards.

Personal current awareness services based on table of contents information from individually selected journal titles or selected keywords are also available from Zetoc Alert and Zetoc RSS.




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Last Updated: 21/08/2019