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English Language and Literature: Bibliographic Databases


Bibliographic databases offer focussed searching for content on a particular topic, allowing the discovery of relevant journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters and more. Some bibliographic databases will provide full-text access to resources, while others may provide only bibliographic details, or a combination of both. Oxford's subscription databases can be accessed through SOLO or Databases A-Z

You can browse the Databases A-Z platform by subject using the dropdown menu - eg browse for English - Bibliographic Databases. Some of the key databases are also listed below.

Literature Online

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Subject areas covered by ABELL include:

  • English language – including syntax, phonology, lexicology, semantics, stylistics and dialectology
  • English literature – including poetry, prose, fiction, films, biography, travel writing, literary theory and studies of individual authors
  • bibliography – including manuscript studies, textual studies and the history of publishing
  • traditional culture of the English-speaking world including custom, belief, narrative, song, dance and material culture.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index

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MLA International Bibliography

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Oxford Bibliographies

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The site includes bibliographies on authors and topics from American Literature, British & Irish Literature, Literary and Cultural Theory, Medieval Studies, Renaissance & Reformation, and Victorian Literature. You can browse by subject or search the site. Once in a bibliography on a topic or author, you can use the  button to search SOLO for the recommended item.