English Research Guide

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Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.

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Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
Check out these resources first (also see the Primary Sources research guide).
  • British Periodicals
    Searchable full text of hundreds of British periodicals from the late 17th century to the early 20th, with high-resolution facsimile page images.
  • EEBO: Early English Books Online (1473-1700)
    Full text of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), and the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661).
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (1701-1800)
    Page images and full-text searching for more than 136,000 key English- and foreign-language titles printed in Great Britain during the 18th century, based on the English Short Title Catalogue.
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) (1780-1925)
    Full-text, searchable content from a broad range of 19th-century sources in literature, politics, theater, music, religion, maps, science, and childhood
  • Early American Imprints, Series I, Evans (1639-1800)
    Books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the renowned bibliography by Charles Evans.
  • Early American Imprints. Series II, Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819)
    Books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the distinguished bibliography by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker.
  • Romanticism
    Collection of working notebooks, verse manuscripts, and correspondence of William Wordsworth and his fellow writers, including Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey and Robert Southey, as well as diaries, travel journals, autograph albums, guide books, fine art and maps.
  • American Slavery Collection (1820-1922)
    This digital edition of the American Antiquarian Society's holdings of slavery and abolition materials delivers more than 3,500 works published over the course of more than 100 years.
  • American Periodicals (1740-1940)
    Digitized reproductions of more than 1,100 18th and 19th century newspapers and periodicals.
  • Loeb Classical Library
    All 520 of the in-print Loeb volumes of Latin and Greek texts with up-to-date English translations on the facing pages, fully searchable and browseable. Create a user account to save searches, bookmarks, and annotations.
Try these collections of historical and current newspapers (also see the News Research Guide or search the journal locator for specific titles).
  • America's Historical Newspapers (1690-1980)
    Searchable archive of American newspapers including Early American Newspapers (1690-1922) and Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980).
  • Caribbean Newspapers (1718-1876)
    Fully searchable digitized collection of 18th- and 19th-century Caribbean newspapers, including 66 titles from 22 islands
  • American Periodicals (1740-1940)
    Digitized reproductions of more than 1,100 18th and 19th century newspapers and periodicals.
  • Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980)
    Full-text collection of Spanish-language and bilingual newspapers printed across the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Global Newsstream (ProQuest)
    Search the most recent global news, including major US dailies, with archives that stretch back into the 1980s from over 2,700 news sources that include newspapers, newswires, television and radio transcripts, blogs, and more in full-text format.
  • Access World News (Newsbank) (date coverage varies)
    Electronic editions of over 2,600 local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers as well as 1,500 international sources. Fully searchable and browsable by map.
  • Folger Digital Texts
    Reliable, expertly edited, free digital Shakespeare texts from the Folger Shakespeare Library for use by researchers for online reading, downloading, and searching.
  • Internet Archive texts
    More than 15 million digitized texts and growing, freely viewable and downloadable.
  • Hathi Trust Digital Library
    A preservation repository of full text books & journals which allows the searching and downloading of public-domain books and Specialized services for text mining projects. Only public domain volumes are fully viewable online and allow partial downloading. Click "log In" and choose Amherst College from the list of institutions to get access to additional features and tools.

Trans-national English in social media communities (Dailey-O'Cain, Jennifer, author.) Frost Library; PE1073 .D35 2017

New approaches to English linguistics : building bridges (International Society for the Linguistics of English (Conference) (3rd : 2014 : Zurich, Switzerland)) Frost Library; PE1074.7 .I58 2014

Historical outlines from sound to text Frost Library; PE1075 .H53 2017

Old English Frost Library; PE125 .O43 2017

Critical transitions : writing and the question of transfer Frost Library; PE1404 .C7494 2017

American and British English : divided by a common language? (Baker, Paul, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; PE2808 .B37 2017

From drag queens to leathermen : language, gender, and gay male subcultures (Barrett, Rusty, author.) Frost Library; PE3727.G39 B37 2017

A history of children's books in 100 books (Cave, Roderick, author.) Frost Library; PN1009.A1 C38 2017

On poems (Philodemus, approximately 110 B.C.-approximately 40 B.C.) Frost Library; PN1040 .P4413 2000

Into English : poems, translations, commentaries Frost Library; PN1059.T7 I5 2017 x

Translating early medieval poetry : transformation, reception, interpretation Frost Library; PN1059.T7 T728 2017

Joy : 100 poems Frost Library; PN1083.J6 J69 2017

Technicians of the sacred : a range of poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania Frost Library; PN1347 .T43 2017

Telling stories : the craft of narrative and the writing life (Martin, Lee, 1955-, author.) Frost Library; PN145 .M38 2017

Draft no. 4 : on the writing process (McPhee, John, 1931-, author.) Frost Library; PN149 .M43 2017

The uncommon reader : a life of Edward Garnett, mentor and editor of literary genius (Smith, Helen, 1965-, author.) Frost Library; PN149.9.G38 S75 2017

Performing animals : history, agency, theater Frost Library; PN1590.A54 P474 2017

Music, song, dance, and theatre : Broadway meets social justice youth community practice (Delgado, Melvin, author.) Frost Library; PN1590.C45 D45 2018

The monster in theatre history : this thing of darkness (Chemers, Michael M., author.) Frost Library; PN1590.M66 C46 2018

Editing women's writing, 1670-1840 Frost Library; PN162 .E24 2018

What editors do : the art, craft, and business of book editing Frost Library; PN162 .W465 2017

Character, scene, and story : new tools from The dramatic writer's companion (Dunne, Will, author.) Frost Library; PN1661 .D859 2017

The dramatic writer's companion : tools to develop characters, cause scenes, and build stories (Dunne, Will, author.) Frost Library; PN1661 .D86 2017

The value of time in early modern English literature (Skouen, Tina, author.) Frost Library; PN171.P83 S66 2017

Irony and the modern theatre (Storm, William, 1949-) Frost Library; PN1929.I7 S76 2011

Horrible prettiness : burlesque and American culture (Allen, Robert Clyde, 1950-) Frost Library; PN1948.U6 A45 1991

Standing in space : the six viewpoints theory & practice (Overlie, Mary, author.) Frost Library; PN2016.O94 S73 2016

Adapturgy : the dramaturg's art and theatrical adaptation (Barnette, Jane, author.) Frost Library; PN2053 .B312 2018

Terrific combat!!! : theatrical duels, brawls and battles, 1800-1920 (Wolf, Tony.) Frost Library; PN2071.F5 T47 2009

Impro transformations Frost Library; PN2071.I5 I46

Before reading : narrative conventions and the politics of interpretation (Rabinowitz, Peter J., 1944-) Frost Library; PN212 .R33 1987

Medieval theatre performance : actors, dancers, automata and their audiences Frost Library; PN2152 .M43 2017

Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players. The theater years Frost Library; PN2193.E86 R53 2017 x

Spectacular men : race, gender, and nation on the early American stage (Chinn, Sarah E., author.) Frost Library; PN2260.M37 C55 2017

10,000 nights : highlights from 50 years of theatre-going (Carlson, Marvin, 1935-, author.) Frost Library; PN2266.5 .C37 2017

The Federal Theatre Project in the American South (Moore, Cecelia, author.) Frost Library; PN2270.F43 M66 2017

We are never meeting in real life : essays (Irby, Samantha, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.I73 A3 2017

William Ivey Long : costume designs 2007-2016 Frost Library; PN2287.L632 W55 2017

Younggiftedandfat : an autoethnography of size, sexuality, and privilege (Luckett, Sharrell D., author.) Frost Library; PN2287.L755 A3 2018

We're going to need more wine : stories that are funny, complicated, and true (Union, Gabrielle, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.U65 A3 2017

Performing the intercultural city (Knowles, Richard Paul, 1950-, author.) Frost Library; PN2306.T6 K667 2017

Memory, transitional justice, and theatre in postdictatorship Argentina (Montez, Noe Wesley, author.) Frost Library; PN2451 .M59 2018

Musical response in the early modern playhouse, 1603-1625 (Smith, Simon, 1984-, author.) Frost Library; PN2592.13.M88 S65 2017

Theatre in Europe under German occupation (Heinrich, Anselm, author.) Frost Library; PN2595 .H45 2017

Shakespeare's two playhouses (Dustagheer, Sarah, author.) Frost Library; PN2596.L6 D87 2017

Performing unification : history and nation in German theater after 1989 (Cornish, Matt, author.) Frost Library; PN2654 .C67 2017

Greek theatre between antiquity and independence (Puchner, Walter, author.) Frost Library; PN2661 .P82 2017

Kita-ryū sūtai shimai senshū. Dai 1-shū Archives and Special Collections; PN2924.5.N6 K47 1984

The novel after film : modernism and the decline of autonomy (Foltz, Jonathan, author.) Frost Library; PN3331 .F65 2018

Fictional translators : rethinking translation through literature (Arrojo, Rosemary, author.) Frost Library; PN3352.T74 A77 2018

The hidden machinery : essays on writing (Livesey, Margot, author.) Frost Library; PN3355 .L557 2017

Science fiction and the moral imagination : visions, minds, ethics (Blackford, Russell, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; PN3433.5 .B533 2017

Blockbuster science : the real science in science fiction (Bernstein, David Siegel, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; PN3433.6 .B466 2017

Dis-orienting planets : racial representations of Asia in science fiction Frost Library; PN3433.6 .D565 2017

Editing the soul : science and fiction in the genome age (Hamner, Everett, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; PN3433.6 .H364 2017

Neoliberal gothic : international gothic in the neoliberal age Frost Library; PN3435 .N46 2017

Chivalric tradition in 21st century fantasy literature : Lacanian and Saidian other (Simpson, Tuğçe Çankaya, author.) Frost Library; PN3435 .S546 2017

Expectation : philosophy, literature (Nancy, Jean-Luc, author.) Frost Library; PN37 .N3313 2018

Anthropocene reading : literary history in geologic times Frost Library; PN441 .A73 2017

Literary activism : perspectives Frost Library; PN45 .L58 2017

Semi-detached : the aesthetics of virtual experience since Dickens (Plotz, John, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; PN45 .P566 2018

Literary witches : a celebration of magical women writers (Kitaiskaia, Taisia, author.) Frost Library; PN471 .K57 2017

Conflict, trauma and the media : a collection of essays Frost Library; PN4784.W37 C57 2017

Media, propaganda and the politics of intervention (Zollman, Florian, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; PN4784.W37 Z65 2017

The making of visual news : a history of photography in the press (Gervais, Thierry, author.) Frost Library; PN4834 .G4713 2017

The rise and fall of the Associated Negro Press (Horne, Gerald, author.) Frost Library; PN4841.A73 H67 2017

Young People and the Future of News : Social Media and the Rise of Connective Journalism (Clark, Lynn Schofield, author.) Frost Library; PN4867.2 .C57 2017

Becoming the news : how ordinary people respond to the media spotlight (Palmer, Ruth, 1979 January 16-, author.) Frost Library; PN4871 .P36 2018

The Vanity fair diaries : 1983-1992 (Brown, Tina, author.) Frost Library; PN4874.B7818 A3 2017

Good Friday on the rez : a Pine Ridge odyssey (Bunnell, David, author.) Frost Library; PN4874.B86 A3 2017

My life with Bob : flawed heroine keeps book of books, plot ensues (Paul, Pamela, author.) Frost Library; PN4874.P363 A3 2017

Race news : black journalists and the fight for racial justice in the twentieth century (Carroll, Fred, author.) Frost Library; PN4882.5 .C38 2017

Journalistic authority : legitimating news in the digital era (Carlson, Matt, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; PN4888.O25 C35 2017

Evaluating media bias (Schiffer, Adam Joseph, author.) Frost Library; PN4888.O25 S35 2018

Newspaper wars : civil rights and white resistance in South Carolina, 1935-1965 (Bedingfield, Sid, author.) Frost Library; PN4897.S64 B44 2017

Free people, free markets : how the Wall Street Journal opinion pages shaped America (Melloan, George, 1927-, author.) Frost Library; PN4899.N42 W335 2017

Nah --und schwer zu fassen : im Zwischenraum von Literatur und Religion Frost Library; PN49 .N35 2017

Literary Frost Library; PN50 .L58 2017

The written world : the power of stories to shape people, history, civilization (Puchner, Martin, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; PN51 .P79 2017

Journalism and the periodical press in nineteenth-century Britain Frost Library; PN5117 .J68 2017

Moscow calling : memoirs of a foreign correspondent (Roxburgh, Angus, author.) Frost Library; PN5123.R69 A3 2017

The foreign political press in nineteenth-century London : politics from a distance Frost Library; PN5124.F6 F67 2018

Imagining Alternative Irelands in 1912 : Cultural Discourse in the Periodical Press (Ward, Brian, author.) Frost Library; PN5144 .W37 2017

Unexplained presence (Bryant, Tisa.) Frost Library; PN56.3.B55 B79 2007

Rethinking Orient : in search of sources and inspirations Frost Library; PN56.3.O74 R48 2017

The absent mother in the cultural imagination : missing, presumed dead Frost Library; PN56.5.M67 A27 2017

Urban monstrosities : perversity and upheaval in the unreal city Frost Library; PN56.C55 U73 2017

Memory as colonial capital : cross-cultural encounters in French and English Frost Library; PN56.C618 M46 2017

The Cambridge companion to erotic literature Frost Library; PN56.E7 C36 2017

The new woman : literary modernism, queer theory, and the trans feminine allegory (Heaney, Emma, author.) Frost Library; PN56.G45 H43 2017

Literature and the experience of globalization : texts without borders (Larsen, Svend Erik, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; PN56.G55 L37 2017

Textual silence : unreadability and the Holocaust (Lang, Jessica, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; PN56.H55 L36 2017

Cheap modernism : expanding markets, publishers' series and the avant-garde (Jaillant, Lise, author.) Frost Library; PN56.M54 J35 2017

East-West exchange and late modernism : Williams, Moore, Pound (Qian, Zhaoming, author.) Frost Library; PN56.M54 Q34 2017

Geocritical explorations : space, place, and mapping in literary and cultural studies Frost Library; PN56.S667 G46 2014

Suicide century : literature and suicide from James Joyce to David Foster Wallace (Bennett, Andrew, 1960 December 2-, author.) Frost Library; PN56.S744 B46 2017

From Paris to Tlön : surrealism as world literature (Ungureanu, Delia, author.) Frost Library; PN56.S87 U55 2018

The medieval invention of travel (Legassie, Shayne, 1979-, author.) Frost Library; PN56.T7 L44 2017

Best food writing 2016 Frost Library; PN6071.F6 B47 2016

Sisters : an anthology Frost Library; PN6071.S425 S59 2009