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English & Related Literature

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Welcome to your online guide to finding resources for English and Related Literature.
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Follow the links above to see the Library's literature collections grouped by Period and Place.



Book shelves in the Library

The Library's Literature collection is a great place to start your research. As well as containing hundreds of  primary sources (prose, poetry and plays by a variety of authors), the literature collection also includes numerous secondary sources - books that discuss and analyse the primary texts and other wider literary concepts, and these can help you to establish the key theories and background of your research. In addition to the literature collection, the Library also holds lots of titles to help you develop your study and writing skills.

How to find them

Use YorSearch, the Library catalogue. Many titles will be available as e-books that you can access online from anywhere; look for the View It link in YorSearch.

You may wish to also try the link to full collection of Proquest Databases (below) which gives access to ebooks not listed on Yorsearch.

Each of your modules will have a reading list of suggested books - look for the Resources link on each module site in the VLE.

Most of the books that you need will be located in the Literature section on the second floor of the Morrell, shelved under the class marks M-MY, although you may occasionally also need to look elsewhere.

Click to reveal a list of shelf locations for English Literature


Shelves and PCs

To start a more detailed search for articles and other research evidence, you'll need to use online databases. These are collections of resources that allow you to search for articles from hundreds of different journals at the same time.


Key databases for English Literature
Cross disciplinary databases
Other useful databases

You'll find our full range of databases through the E-resources Guide.

Citation Searching

Citation searching (also known as cited reference searching) can be used if you have already identified a relevant book or journal article on the subject you are researching. Starting from the book or journal article you have identified, citation searching takes you forward in time by identifying more recent articles that cite that book or article. Citation searching usually works best if your known reference is of high quality, is authored by leaders in the field, and is limited to the subject you are researching.

Citation searching is available on a number of databases:

Literature on Film and Radio

The resources below give you access to works of literature created or adapted for film & radio, interviews with authors and producers on their creative process, and interviews with experts in the field.


The following are some examples of key journals for English & Related Literatures. A full listing of the academic journals subscribed to at York can be found on Yorsearch


Nineteenth Century Literature Exemplaria


How to find them

If you know the name of the journal you need, you can search for it in YorSearch. Most journals can be accessed online by logging in with your University username and password; look for the View It link. Some will also be available in print in the Library.

In addition to the individual journal titles suggested above the Library subscribes to some full text e-journal collections that you may wish to try:

Reference Resources