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					Databases useful for English studies
This is not an exhaustive list of databases available at Bristol University.
Please access all databases via the MetaLib resource gateway. Note that
many databases come equipped with useful help and advice pages. Look for
a ‘Help’ link or a question mark symbol on the database site.

19th Century British Library Newspapers

The 19th Century British Library Newspapers collection contains full runs of
48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent
nineteenth century Britain. The collection includes national and regional
newspapers, as well as those from both established country or university
towns and the new industrial powerhouses of the manufacturing Midlands, as
well as Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Special attention has been paid to
include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements
such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. The penny papers aimed at the
working and clerical classes are also present in the collection.

Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI)

The AHCI is very useful for searching for information across a wide range of
disciplines in the arts and humanities. It covers 1975 to the present and
contains references, some with abstracts, to articles in over 1144 of the
world's leading arts and humanities journals, as well as covering individually
selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science

Arts and Humanities Citation Index is part of the Web of Science and is
accessed though ISI Web of Knowledge. Documentation, including workbooks
and user guides, is available in the Support section of the Web of Knowledge
Web site.

British Periodicals Online

British Periodicals provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of
periodicals from the 1680s to the 1930s, comprising millions of high-resolution
facsimile page images. The collection traces the development and growth of
the periodical press in Britain from its origins in the seventeenth century
through to the Victorian 'age of periodicals' and beyond.


COPAC is a union catalogue – in other words, it contains records of holdings
in more than one library. In this case, it provides access to the merged online
catalogues of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland
plus the British Library. COPAC is not a subscription service, and is freely
available at

Early English Books Online (EEBO)
From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and
Shakespeare, this incomparable collection now contains about 100,000 of
over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-
1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised
editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661). Books from the Early
English Books Tract Supplement will be added in 2006. All the items are
available in full digital facsimile from the Early English Books microfilm
collection, and many are also being transcribed.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) contains the digital images of
every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century. With full-text
searching of approximately 33 million pages, the product allows researchers
new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature,
religion, law, fine arts, science and more.

Historical Abstracts

Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world from 1450 to the present
(excluding the United States and Canada). Indexes over 1,700 journals.
Article citations carry abstracts of 75-120 words or, particularly for peripheral
journals, annotations of one or two sentences. In addition to articles, includes
approximately 3,000 citations annually to useful historical books as reviewed
by the most prestigious journals in the field and citations to abstracts of
dissertations completed worldwide of particular interest for historical research.

Index to Theses

A comprehensive listing of theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees
(usually doctoral theses) by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since
1716. A very useful resource for finding unpublished scholarship on a topic.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)

The International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) goes back to
1951 and covers four disciplines - Anthropology, Economics, Political Science
and Sociology. Current data is taken from over 2400 selected international
social science journals and about 7,000 books each year.

International Medieval Bibliography (IMB)

The International Medieval Bibliography aims to provide a comprehensive,
current bibliography of articles in journals, conference proceedings, essay
collections or Festschriften worldwide. Compiled by the International Medieval
Institute at the University of Leeds, the IMB now comprises several hundred
thousand references, all of which are fully classified by date, subject and
location, and provide full bibliographical records. Includes the Bibliographie de
Civilisation Médiévale, covering more than 40,000 monographs, initially
focused on the Central Middle Ages with a gradual expansion to the Early and
Late Middle Ages.

Tips for accessing the IMB.

Choose "Enter databases". Remember to logout at the end of your session.
Do not download the additional fonts without advice from your departmental
computer officer. The standard IMB reproduces most accents from all the
West European languages satisfactorily.


Intute is a free online service providing you with access to the very best web
resources for education and research, evaluated and selected by a network of
subject specialists. You can search Intute for keywords, or browse it for
subject headings. Free direct access at

Subdivisions of Intute which are most likely to be useful:
Arts and humanities
Social sciences


JSTOR is a searchable archive of online journal articles from a wide range of
disciplines, with particular strengths in the arts, humanities and social
sciences. The University has full access to all JSTOR content. The ‘Help’
function is particularly useful, and contains written instructions and video
tutorials. As it is an archive, the most up to date content is about two or three
years old. See also Project Muse below.

Literature Online (LION)

Arguably the key general resource for English scholars, LION comprises two
elements: Criticism and Reference, and Full Text. Criticism and Reference
offers access to many thousands of references to scholarship about English
and Anglophone literature, including journal articles, books, chapters and
theses. Full Text contains several hundred thousand searchable works of

MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography

The MLA is a key resource for linguists. It is an index of modern languages,
literatures, linguistics and related disciplines such as film studies, and covers
the years 1926 onwards. Formats covered include journal articles, books and
book chapters, and doctoral theses.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) online

The most comprehensive English dictionary available: indispensable for
definitions, and for tracking the history of a word’s usage.
Project Muse

Project Muse provides full-text access to many high quality humanities and
social sciences journals from over 60 scholarly publishers. Like JSTOR, it is a
full text database, and contains journal articles from the late 1990s onwards.

Get it!

Some databases will allow you, via two or three mouse clicks, to discover
whether you have access to references it has retrieved as a result of a
search. Look for the following icon alongside results:

A library web page gives you a breakdown of what the Get it! function is and
how it can be used. See for details.

Not all databases are compatible with Get it! Those that are compatible are
listed at this link:

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