For more guidance on finding information sources not on your reading list, visit the English Language & Literature LibGuides directory (or search for online LibGuides for your subject from the full list on Oxford LibGuides) and check out the additional resources and finding aids listed below.Preparing to write your dissertation? See the Bodleian Libraries guide to reference management software.
- COPAC - search over 70 UK and Irish academic, national and specialist library catalogues, including the British Library
- Explore the British Library - search the catalogue, including the newspapers catalogue of Britain's national library
- WorldCat - major union catalogue of hundreds of US and international libraries, including the holdings of the Library of Congress
Dissertations & theses
- Introduction to Oxford theses
- ProQuest Dissertations and Theses UK and Ireland
- Proquest Dissertations & Theses: The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection (full-text) - indexes mainly US dissertations accepted since 1861; full-text for most since 1997.
- British Library EThOS - Search and order theses online
Finding journal articles
- MLA International Bibliography: This database indexes articles from over 4,000 humanities journals from 1926 to the present. You can search for articles by author, subject or title, and complex combined keyword searches are also possible.
- Arts & Humanities Citation Index: This database indexes articles from over 4,000 humanities journals from 1926 to the present. Hosted via the Web of Knowledge interface, and extending back to 1975, the database contains more than two million records and it is updated every week.
- British Humanities Index: An international abstracting and indexing tool for research in the humanities, BHI indexes over 320 humanities journals and weekly magazines, as well as quality newspapers published in the UK and the United States. Coverage: 1962-current, updated monthly.
- Periodicals Index Online: Periodicals Index Online is an electronic index to millions of articles published in over 4,500 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences.
- Periodicals Archive Online: Periodicals Archive Online is a major online periodicals archive (1665-1995) providing access to articles from over 350 journals.
- ABELL: Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature: Available through OxLIP+, via the Criticism and Reference page of LION. Indexes over 880,000 bibliographic citations from 1920 to the present.
Other bibliographical indices can be found by the English subject page on OxLip+.
The English Faculty Library regularly posts news about new acquisitions and events on the library's home page.
Information about training and workshops can be found on our LibGuides page. Some individual workshops are designed for particular groups (for example researchers or postgraduates). Check the workshop descriptions for more details.
Details of new books received in the EFL are listed on our LibraryThing page. If you use RSS feeds, then you can sign up to a receive new book alerts.
Help and assistance
All our library staff are available to help. Please do ask at the Issue/Enquiry Desk if you require any help, or see our contact details page for other ways to get in touch.
Further details are available outlining our services for readers with disabilities.
The Bodleian Libraries and the EFL provide extensive training for students in locating and accessing information relevant to their studies. See our Training and Workshops page for details.
Book the English LibrarianFor complex or research enquiries, individuals can book a one-to-one session. Sessions can be used to discuss and solve library-related problems, explore printed and e-resources and library services, and improve information searching skills, etc. To arrange a one-to-one session, email the English Subject Librarian.
Inductions and Training
Check for a list of courses which can help you improve your searching techniques, knowledge of useful electronic resources, and how to cite your references.
All students can attend Bodleian iSkills workshops. Further details about forthcoming sessions and online booking are available at on the Bodleian iSkills libguides pages. Some individual workshops are designed for particular groups (for example researchers or postgraduates). Check the workshop descriptions for more details.
RefWorks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool, designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. The Bodleian Libraries has taken out a subscription so any bona fide member of the University may freely create an account.
More details are available on the Bodleian Libraries RefWorks page.