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Prelims Paper 1: Introduction to English Language and Literature: Introduction

Subjects: English


This guide is intended as a quick introduction to some of the key online resources available via SOLO, as well as some freely available web resources.

Why use online resources?

There are three main advantages to using online resources:

  • They are available to use wherever you can access the internet
  • You don’t have to wait for books to be returned to the library before accessing original or critical works
  • They provide powerful search tools enabling fast searching of texts for terms or themes you want to explore
  • They provide effective tools to help with textual analysis.


Databases can help you locate references to books and journal articles on a particular topic, as well as providing electronic access to literary and non-literary 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.


Getting started

For access to the majority of resources covered in this guide, go to the English section of the subject list on Databases A-ZYou will also find useful resources in the LinguisticsNewspapers, and History sections.

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