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Extended essays - a research resources guide for English undergraduates: Introduction

Subjects: English


This guide is intended as a quick introduction to finding and using key English Literature online resources when you are researching your dissertation and extended essays. These include free-to-use web resources as well as those subscribed to by the University.

The databases on OxLIP+ can help you locate references to books and journal articles on a particular topic, as well as providing electronic access to texts.  You can print, download or email information retrieved from most of these.  Using a combination of print and online resources will provide you with a much wider range of material than relying on what you can find on the library shelves.

This guide will also show you some basic search strategies to use to help you find high quality material eficiently and effectively. You will also find basic information about referencing and where to find guidance about ways of referencing and online research management tools.

Accessing e-resources



For access to the majority of resources covered in this guide go to the ‘English’ section of the subject list on OxLIP+.

  • You will find EEBO, ECCO and LION under the heading ‘Primary resources’
  • Cambridge Collections Online and Blackwell Reference Online are listed under ‘Reference & Criticism’.

Alternatively, you can search for each separate resource in the Title List option on OxLIP+. Film resources are listed under the Film Studies subject area.

Accessing eresources outside the Oxford network
For information on accessing electronic resources from outside the Oxford network using your Oxford Single Sign-On login, consult the information at: and