Welcome to the training page. The EFL usually offers a training session for Course II Paper 4: History of the English Language to 1800, but for 2020/21 we've designed this online training instead.
On the left column you'll find links to all the key resources. As you read through you will see there are opportunities to watch short videos, these are screen captures so you can see a quick demonstration of the resource in action. At the bottom of the page you'll see an exercise to work on to try out Literature Online for yourself, and the link for Part 2: Text Analysis
If you know the name of the resource you're looking for, the first place you should go is SOLO. As with any online resource, we recommend you use the advanced search option, as this will give you more flexibility.
Follow these steps:
If you aren't looking for a specific item, but instead want to browse all the online databases that we have access to, you should go to Databases A-Z.
You can browse by subject specific resources, but don't forget to also look at other subjects that may cross over, such as History or Women's Studies. On Databases A-Z you will find some Author Specific Resources.
Some databases collect together primary works by period, such as Early English Books Online (EEBO) or Eighteenth Century Collection Online (ECCO) – they have scanned page images of virtually everything published in that time period.
If you’re interested in the language of gender we would recommend the following resources:
Also, remember that some resources allow you to search for texts by a specific gender of the author – like Literature Online, which you'll find more details on below.
If you're interested in language of the media there are over 70 different newspaper subscriptions on SOLO. These include historical collections as well as current content. Databases include:
This collection provides access to thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Literature Online is a key resource for finding primary resources and criticism. It offers the full text of more than 350,000 works of poetry, drama and prose from the eighth century to the present day as well as articles from over 430 scholarly journals.
Here are two searches for you to try yourself.
First, search for a specific author.
Second task will be looking for all instances of a word. This is something Literature Online does really well, it will allow you to search across all the texts on the site for specific instances of a word appearing.