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English and Drama

Jen De Lillo

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Academic Librarian

What is this guide?

This guide is where you can quickly find out about Library resources relevant to English, Drama and Publishing programmes. A more detailed list of resources is available on the English and Drama databases reading list .

Why do I need this guide?

University students need to work with quality information materials to ensure good marks. Very often you need specialist databases to locate this kind of information. Relevant databases are provided under the tabs above.

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Books can be divided into primary sources (plays, poems, novels etc) and secondary (monographs, textbooks etc.). Reference sources are also helpful and are more appropriate in your bibliographies than Wikipedia!

To access electronic books from Library Catalogue Plus, you will need your Athens username and password (available on Learn

Databases for primary sources

Library Catalogue Plus (Catalogue search) 

Literature Online (Click on Texts tab)

Early English Books Online 

Eighteenth Century Collections Online 

Databases for secondary sources

Library Catalogue Plus (Catalogue search) 

Google Books

Reference books

Oxford Reference Online 

OED Online

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 

Journal articles are helpful for discovering more about specific topics and are used increasingly as you progress through your studies. Download the VPN client  to search these databases off campus. When searching in the databases, look out for PDF, HTML or SFX links to connect you to the full-text.

Key database for English and Drama

Literature Online (Criticism tab)

Databases for all topics

Google Scholar

JSTOR Language and Literature 

Library Catalogue Plus

Project Muse 


Web of Science (Arts & Humanities, Social Science Citation indexes)

Media resources

BFI Screenonline/ BFI Mediaplayer/ BFI Mediatheques (BFI National Archives)

British Library Sound Archive

Media History Digital Library and Lantern (Lantern is the search platform for the film & sound collections of the Media History Digital Library 1923-1963)


Referencing correctly is a key academic skill, which can help you to avoid accidental plagiarism.

Students on English, Drama and Publishing programmes can use one of two styles: MHRA or Harvard (Author-Date).  Check with your module leader if you are unsure which one you need to use.

Advice from your School on referencing is in your student handbook. Please use this as your first port of call for any referencing query. See also the School of Art, English & Drama Referencing Guide

MHRA Style Guide.  Chapters 9, 10 and 11 are particularly relevant.

Harvard (Author-Date).  See Cite Them Right Online and refer to the departmental guidelines.

Reference management tools that could help:


Zotero  Works best with Mozilla Firefox.

See the Learn page on Managing References with Mendeley and other software tools for more information.