English Language and Literature Research Guide

You can use library electronic resources from any computer on or off campus. See a complete listing of electronic resources by name, provider, or subject. Databases covering English language and literature are listed below.


  • Contemporary Literary Criticism (Gale) – critical essays on contemporary authors
  • Literary Reference Center (EBSCO)
    Information about authors and their works from antiquity to the present day. Sources include books, journals, literary encyclopedias, and other reference works.

  • Literary Reference Center Enhanced Interface (EBSCO)
    Information about authors and their works in a highly graphical interface. Sources include books, journals, literary encyclopedias, and other reference works.

  • Literature Network – searchable online literature, including over 1900 full books and over 3000 short stories and poems by over 250 authors. The quotations database contains over 8500 quotes.
  • Literature Resource Center (Gale) - author biographies and information on their works, critical essays and reviews
  • Magill's Literary Annual - reviews of fiction and non-fiction books published from 1977 to present.
  • MLA International Bibliography (EBSCO) – bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations with links to many full text articles
  • Oxford Reference Online: Literature – Find definitions, summaries, biographical profiles, and more from Oxford reference titles. Please log out when you are finished searching. Our subscription allows one user at a time.



  • Academic OneFile (Gale) – scholarly database containing journals, podcasts, and transcripts
  • Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) - comprehensive database of scholarly journals
  • Biography in Context (Gale) – biographies, related full-text articles from periodicals, as well as images and links to web sites
  • Choice Reviews – reviews of current books and electronic resources of interest to those in higher education
  • Jenks Book Review Index – search for book reviews across EBSCO databases
  • JSTOR - a collection of core scholarly journals, many going back to the first volume. Emphasis is on back issue coverage and does not include the current 3-5 years, unless Gordon has a current subscription to the journal. JSTOR provides long term preservation for journals.

More electronic resources are available through Boston Public Library. However, you must first take a minute to sign up for a BPL eCard.


  • Gordon's Periodical List is a complete list of all journals available through Jenks Library (full text in databases, online, and print).
    • You can search for a journal title in Periodical List.
    • You can also see subjects under the category of language and literature in Periodical List. Click on a subject to view the journals available.
  • Print journals are located in the periodicals area on the 4th floor of Jenks. Please note that journals are arranged alphabetically by title, not by subject area.


  • Search the NOBLE catalog to find materials on topics in English language and literature.
  • If you want to browse the shelves, some related call numbers are:
 PE     English Language 
 PN     Literature History & Collection
 PR     English Literature
 PS     American Literature


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