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English Literature Resources: Home

Use this guide to find critical resources on the literature of Great Britain, North America, and the English-Speaking World


a shelf of old books

View of Early Printed Books on shelves in stacks in strong room number seven; Wellcome Institute Library. CC-A-4.0I. Source: Wikimedia Commons


Picture of a woman writing

Woman Writing a Letter, by Gerard ter Borch. Public Domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons

All Research Guides on English/Literature


Welcome! This page draws together all the various kinds of resources available through the Gumberg Library supporting the study of literature, whether that be English and American literature. These resources include:

  • Online and print reference works
  • Early English Books Online
  • Other primary source databases providing the text of novels, poems and dramatic works
  • Individual electronic books dealing with literature
  • Journal databases such as the MLA International Bibliography, Literature Resource Center, and Literature Online (LION)
  • Resources for finding theses and dissertations
  • Links to high quality websites

We hope you will find the resources collected here useful. If you ever have suggestions for resources that you would like to see on these pages, please contact the library liaison to the English Deparment. His contact information is on the lower right of the screen.

Use the tabs along the top of this page to access the various kinds of resources available.


Now Available Online!

Very Short Introductions logo

Published by Oxford University Press, this series of book provides basic, no-fluff introductions to hundreds of subjects. To see all the very short introductions on Literature, click the image directly above

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Piture of a man reading

Portrait of the Russian Writer Evgeny Chirikov, by Ivan Kulikov. Public Domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons

For Research Assistance Contact:

Ted Bergfelt, MLS

Humanities Librarian

Gumberg Library