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Databases are collections of resources such as journal articles and conference papers, and also sometimes book chapters and reports. If you are doing a literature search or systematic review they are a key resource to use.
The Library provides access to several databases relevant to English, including
ACLS humanities e-book Provides full-text and full-page-image access to about 5000 titles in most humanities disciplines and in area studies. The books included have been recommended by scholars as significant contributions to their respective fields.
Digital Theatre Plus Founded in 2009, Digital Theatre+ is the world’s leading educational platform for English and the Performing Arts, providing over 3 million students, within over 1000 schools, colleges and universities, across 65 countries, with access to 600+ theatre productions and educational resources.
We collaborate with renowned theatre companies, actors and creatives to capture live performances in stunning quality and bring you insights from behind the scenes; we curate the very best productions from over 50 of the world’s leading arts organisations; and we commission educational resources from leading practitioners and academics.
Drama Online Drama Online provides the fulltext of over 1200 plays and over 100 scholarly works. It provides contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. From the epic to the monologue; ensemble to one-person plays; comedy to tragedy; the historical to the contemporary; and from the highly political to the profoundly personal there is plenty to discover. The collection features the pre-eminent theatre lists of Methuen Drama the Arden Shakespeare and Faber and Faber as well as production photos from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Drama Online is continually updated.
National Theatre Collection High definition streaming video of world-class productions and unique archival material offering significant insight into theatre and performance studies.
Early English Books Online From the first book printed in English by William Caxton through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War Early English Books Online (EEBO) will contain over 125000 titles listed in Pollard and Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) and the Early English Tract Supplement - all in full digital facsimile from the Early English Books microfilm collection.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online Over 180000 English-language titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800 are available. The following modules are available to search within the database: History & Geography Fine Arts & Social Science Medicine Science & Technology Literature & Language Religion and Philosophy Law General Reference.
Electronic Enlightenment Searchable and browseable database offering extensive access to the web of correspondence between the greatest thinkers and writers of the long eighteenth century and their families and friends, bankers and booksellers, patrons and publishers. Coverage includes letters and documents, document sources such as manuscripts and early printed editions, scholarly annotations, and links to biographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, newspapers, and other online resources. With over 67,800 letters and documents and over 8,300 correspondents, EE is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century.
English Short Title Catalogue This catalogue contains records for items of all types published in Great Britain or its colonies from 1473 to 1800.
JSTOR Provides page images of back issues of the core scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and basic sciences from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication. Users may browse by journal title or discipline, or may search the full-text or citations/abstracts. New issues of existing titles and new titles are added approximately on a weekly basis.
Literature Online (LION) LION contains over 355000 works of English and American poetry drama and prose 389 fulltext literature journals and other key criticism and reference resources. Note: LION also cross-searches MLA International Bibliography.
Modern Languages Association International Bibliography (MLA) Produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), the MLA International Bibliography is the definitive index for the study of language, literature, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, folklore, and film, covering scholarly publications from the early 20th century to the present. International in scope, it includes citations to journal articles, books, articles in books, series, translations, scholarly editions, websites, and dissertations, with links to full text in JSTOR, Project MUSE, and other resources. The database also includes the MLA Directory of Periodicals and the MLA Thesaurus, a proprietary, searchable collection of thousands of subject terms, and personal names used in indexing the bibliography.
MLA Directory of Periodicals The MLA Directory of Periodicals provides detailed information on thousands of journals and book series in the fields of literature, language, linguistics, film, rhetoric and composition, and folklore.
Project MUSE Project MUSE is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers providing 100% full-text affordable and user-friendly online access to high quality humanities arts and social sciences journals from scholarly publishers.
The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive (TLS) (1902-2014) The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive contains every page of every copy of the TLS published from 1902 to 2014.
A list of other databases for English is available here.
How to Access Databases
It's very simple. You can access any of the Library's databases just by searching the Library Catalogue. Simply enter the name of the database in the search box and click on the database link in the search results. Remember to log in for full access.
Searching within a Database
When you are searching a database, you can access content by searching under:
- subject heading or keyword
- journal name
Getting to the full-text
There are two main kinds of database:
- Bibliographic - they won't show you the full paper straight away, but you can often read an abstract and see the author details. You'll need to check using if the library has access to the journal article
- Full text - will let you open and read the article directly from the list of results