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  • UMass Interlibrary Loan
    Obtain a loan books from libraries outside of the Five Colleges or request copies of articles and materials from any library.
  • RefWorks
    A citation management service for storing and formatting bibliographic references.
  • English Department




  • Academic OneFile
    A large, interdisciplinary collection of scholarly, professional and trade journal articles, 1980-present. Includes coverage of the arts and literature.
  • Academic Search Premier
    A good starting point: articles from key journals in many scholarly disciplines, with some trade journals and magazines, 1975-present. Click "Choose Databases" to search specifically within MLA International Bibliography, Short Story Index, and MLA Directory of Periodicals.
  • Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (Literature Online)
    About 350,000 literary works in English: British and American poetry, drama and prose, plus some journals and literature reference sources.
  • International Index to the Performing Arts: IIPA
    Citations to articles in journals covering theater, dance, film, and puppetry, 1864-present.
    Core scholarly journals dating from the earliest issue of each journal to a few years before the present.
  • Kanopy Films
    Streaming video on many aspects of literature.
  • Lexis/Nexis Academic  
    Massive database of US and international newspapers; case and statutory law and law reviews; business periodicals, 1980-present. Excellent for book, film, and dramatic performance reviews.
  • MLA International Bibliography
    An index to journal articles and other scholarly literature on literature, literary theory and criticism, and linguistics. Coverage from 1920’s-present.
  • Project Muse
    Scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences published by university presses; 1996-present.
  • Westlaw Campus Research  
    Legal encyclopedias, law reviews, and legal treatises; case, statutory, and regulatory law; newspapers and magazines; business data, 1980's-present. Excellent for book, film, and dramatic performance reviews.


English Language and Literature Subject Guide

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  • Resources
    If you are doing research in this area and would like some useful suggestions, consult this subject guide provided by Jennifer Dorner of the University of California Berkeley. Remember that we may not have all of the resources she mentions, but this is a very good starting spot just the same.

Revision History

Revised by Gordon Paulsen Spring 2015.

© 2015 University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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