Are there subject-specific online resources I can use?

In addition to electronic journals and e-books, Oxford provides access to a wide variety of databases and online services, including dictionaries, citation indexes, bibliographical and biographical reference works, periodicals indexing services and full-text databases.


OxLip+ is the main gateway to Oxford's electronic resources. It can be accessed in the EFL through our computers in the Main Library. Library staff will be pleased to help you with your searches.

Brief descriptions of the most popular services for English are also given below. Our English LibGuide also has further information on online resources, including subject-specific guides.

To learn more about using OxLIP+, see our online guide: Finding and connecting to e-resources.

MLA International Bibliography

The MLA indexes articles published in over 4,400 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. For more guidance on using this resource, try working through ProQuest's MLA International Bibliography Demo.

LION - Literature Online

LION offers online searching of an extensive range of full-text literary works from all periods. It can be used for stylistic comparison, word-finding, textual analysis, as an online concordance and for simply reading texts.

Although these are the most frequently-accessed online services, there are many more available which will be of use to the English scholar:

Library staff are always on hand to advise, or for training on specific resources attend the EFL's information and study skills training sessions.

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