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Library Subject Guides

English and Related Literature


Finding Resources


As an English student, you are expected to find and use high quality literature. You'll need to use a range of different sources and demonstrate your ability to find good results in order to impress your tutors and to develop your research skills.


View resources by period or theme:


Books can be a great place to start your reading around a topic.

English and Literature books are located in the M and MA sections on the second floor of the JB Morrell Library. Many books will also be available online as e-books. Look for the links in YorSearch, under the View It section of each book.

Shelf location Subject
M Literature
MA English Literature
MA 41 English Poetry
MA 43 English Prose and Fiction
MA 100 Elizabethan Literature
MA 190 English Literature, 1945-1999

Key English E-Book Collections

Journals & databases

All journal titles are listed on YorSearch, and can be found by searching the journal title.

If you don't have a specific title in mind, you can browse journals in your subject area on Browzine. Journals are organised by field of research, such as:

Newspapers & Magazines


Historic and contemporary newspaper & magazine collections. These resources can be a valuable tool when researching, giving insight into how a specific topic has been perceived by the general public over time.

Bibliographic Databases


To start a more detailed search for articles and other research evidence, you'll need to use bibliographic databases. These are large indexes that allow you to search for articles from hundreds of different journals at the same time. The databases do not necessarily give you access to the full text, instead they will usually include the citation information and a brief abstract that gives a summary of the work. If you find citations for resources that we don't hold at York you can request the full text via the "Tell us what you need" link on YorSearch.

The University holds many subject specific bibliographic databases as listed below. If your work is more interdisciplinary we recommend using one of the larger databases such as Web of Science which, despite the name, covers all subject areas and allows you to search effectively across multiple disciplines.

Interdisciplinary Databases

Humanities Subject Specific Databases

Archaeology/History/Medieval Studies



History of Art

Language & Linguistics



Audiovisual Resources


The resources below give you access to recordings of works created or adapted for live performance, film, & radio, in addition to interviews with composers, performers, authors, producers and other experts in the field on their creative processes.

Language Reference Resources