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.

Primary Sources

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.
  • Drama Online
    Full texts of plays from across the history of the theatre, ranging from Aeschylus to the present day.


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.
  • British Library Newspapers
    Searchable archive of regional and local British newspapers published between the mid-eighteenth and mid-twentieth centuries.


  • 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.

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The graded supplementary reader : first [-third] year (Tweed, Benjamin F., 1811-1896.) Archives and Special Collections; PE1119 .T87 1885

Deep reading : teaching reading in the writing classroom Frost Library; PE1404 .D3875 2017

Women and dictionary-making : gender, genre, and English language lexicography (Russell, Lindsay Rose, 1980- author.) Frost Library; PE1611 .R87 2018

The prodigal tongue : the love-hate relationship between American and British English (Murphy, M. Lynne, author.) Frost Library; PE2808 .M87 2018

Beasts at bedtime : revealing the environmental wisdom in children's literature (Heneghan, Liam, author.) Frost Library; PN1009.5.E25 H46 2018

The poem : lyric, sign, metre (Paterson, Don, 1963-, author.) Frost Library; PN1042 .P348 2018

How poems get made (Longenbach, James, author.) Frost Library; PN1059.A9 L66 2018

Anarchists in the academy : machines and free readers in experimental poetry (Spinosa, Dani, 1986- author.) Frost Library; PN1059.E94 S65 2018

Strange cocktail : translation and the making of modern Hebrew poetry (Jacobs, Adriana Ximena, 1976- author.) Frost Library; PN1059.T7 J33 2018

Strange footing : poetic form and dance in the late Middle Ages (Chaganti, Seeta, author.) Frost Library; PN1161 .C47 2018

The ballad and its pasts : literary histories and the play of memory (Atkinson, David, 1955 February 23-, author.) Frost Library; PN1376 .A85 2018

Interdisciplinarity in the performing arts : contemporary perspectives Frost Library; PN1584 .I48 2018

Affect, animals, and autists : feeling around the edges of the human in performance (Carlson, Marla, author.) Frost Library; PN1590.A94 C37 2018

Theatre & festivals (Zaiontz, Keren, author.) Frost Library; PN1590.F47 Z35 2018

A stranger's journey : race, identity, and narrative craft in writing (Mura, David, author.) Frost Library; PN187 .M87 2018

Performed ethnography and communication : improvisation and embodied experience (Madison, D. Soyini, author.) Frost Library; PN2041.A57 M33 2018

Performing trauma in Central Africa : shadows of empire (Edmondson, Laura, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; PN2041.W37 E36 2018

Radical doubt : the joker system, after Boal (Schutzman, Mady, 1950-, author.) Frost Library; PN2049 .S355 2019

Beyond method : Stella Adler and the male actor (Balcerzak, Scott, author.) Frost Library; PN2062 .B35 2018

Forties and fifties fashion for the stage : patterns from vintage clothing (Parr, Jessica, author.) Frost Library; PN2067 .P275 2018

The history and theory of environmental scenography (Aronson, Arnold, author.) Frost Library; PN2081.E58 A7 2018

Viral performance : contagious theaters from modernism to the digital age (Felton-Dansky, Miriam, author.) Frost Library; PN2193.E86 F45 2018

Near-death experiences, and others (Gottlieb, Robert, 1931-, author.) Frost Library; PN2266.5 .G68 2018

The American Negro Theatre and the long civil rights era (Shandell, Jonathan, author.) Frost Library; PN2277.N52 A44 2018

Bruce Lee : a life (Polly, Matthew, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.L2897 P65 2018

Marilyn Monroe : the private life of a public icon (Casillo, Charles, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.M69 C39 2018

Making sense of Marilyn (Norman, Andrew, 1943-, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.M69 N67 2018

The work of literary translation (Scott, Clive, 1943-, author.) Frost Library; PN241 .S37 2018

Ideologicheskie konteksty russkoĭ kulʹtury XIX-XX vv. i poėtika perevoda Frost Library; PN241.5.R8 I34 2017

Theatre and the English public from Reformation to Revolution (Beushausen, Katrin, author.) Frost Library; PN2589 .B48 2018

Gaming the stage : playable media and the rise of English commercial theater (Bloom, Gina, author.) Frost Library; PN2596.L6 B575 2018

Russian Futurist theatre : theory and practice (Leach, Robert, 1942-, author.) Frost Library; PN2724 .L43 2018

Public women in British India : icons and the urban stage (Bhattacharya, Rimli, author.) Frost Library; PN2886.C3 B43 2018

Contemporary Mormon pageantry : seeking after the dead (Jones, Megan Sanborn, author.) Frost Library; PN3209 .J66 2018

Madness in fiction : literary essays from Poe to Fowles (Axelrod, Mark, author.) Frost Library; PN3352.M45 A94 2018

The darker side of slash fan fiction : essays on power, consent and the body Frost Library; PN3377.5.F33 D36 2018

From Alice to Algernon : the evolution of child consciousness in the novel (Blackford, Holly Virginia, author.) Frost Library; PN3426.C5 B57 2018

Lingua cosmica : science fiction from around the world Frost Library; PN3433.5 .L56 2018

Psience fiction : the paranormal in science fiction literature (Broderick, Damien, author.) Frost Library; PN3433.6 .B76 2018

Cityscapes of the future : urban spaces in science fiction Frost Library; PN3433.6 .C46 2018

Frankenstein and its classics : the modern Prometheus from antiquity to science fiction Frost Library; PN3433.6 .F68 2018

Science fiction and the imitation of the sacred (Grigg, Richard, 1955-, author.) Frost Library; PN3433.6 .G77 2018

Darwinian feminism and early science fiction : angels, amazons and women (Sharp, Patrick B., 1967-, author.) Frost Library; PN3433.6 .S527 2018

Science fiction : a literary history Frost Library; PN3433.8 .S353 2017

A research guide to Gothic literature in English : print and electronic sources (Brown, Sherri L., author.) Frost Library; PN3435 .B768 2018

Horror literature and dark fantasy : challenging genres Frost Library; PN3435 .H66 2018

The Cambridge companion to the novel Frost Library; PN3491 .C336 2018

Guilty aesthetic pleasures (Aubry, Timothy Richard, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; PN45 .A837 2018

Ovid's presence in contemporary women's writing : strange monsters (Cox, Fiona, author.) Frost Library; PN471 .C69 2018

How to suppress women's writing (Russ, Joanna, 1937-2011, author.) Frost Library; PN471 .R87 2018

Journalism without profit : making news when the market fails (Konieczna, Magda, author.) Frost Library; PN4731 .K65 2018

Shooting the messenger : criminalising journalism (Fowler, Andrew (Andrew John) author.) Frost Library; PN4735 .F69 2018

Narradores del caos : las apuestas de la crónica latinoamericana contemporánea (Correa S., Carlos Mario (Correa Soto), author.) Frost Library; PN4759 .C673 2017

NGOs as newsmakers : the changing landscape of international news (Powers, Matthew, author.) Frost Library; PN4784.F6 P69 2018

Rethinking media coverage : vertical mediation and the war on terror (Parks, Lisa, author.) Frost Library; PN4784.T4 P375 2018

Gender, generation, and journalism in France, 1910-1940 (Stewart, Mary Lynn, 1945-, author.) Frost Library; PN4784.W7 S74 2018

Writing a riot : riot grrrl zines and feminist rhetorics (Buchanan, Rebekah J., 1972-, author.) Frost Library; PN4836 .B83 2018

After the fact : the erosion of truth and the inevitable rise of Donald Trump (Bomey, Nathan, author.) Frost Library; PN4867.2 .B68 2018

Dressed up for a riot : misadventures in Putin's Moscow (Idov, Michael, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; PN4874.I36 A3 2018

Crashing the party : an American reporter in China (Savitt, Scott, author.) Frost Library; PN4874.S2975 A3 2016

Dear America : notes of an undocumented citizen (Vargas, Jose Antonio, author.) Frost Library; PN4874.V37 A3 2018

Dear America : notes of an undocumented citizen (Vargas, Jose Antonio, author.) Frost Library; PN4874.V37 A3 2018b

Millennials, news, and social media : is news engagement a thing of the past? (Poindexter, Paula Maurie, author.) Frost Library; PN4888.N47 P65 2018

As democracy goes, so does journalism (Min, Seong-Jae, 1974- author.) Frost Library; PN4888.P6 M56 2018

American readers at home (Balland, Ludovic, author.) Frost Library; PN4888.S6 B35 2018 x

Bad news from Venezuela : twenty years of fake news and misreporting (MacLeod, Alan, 1977- author.) Frost Library; PN4888.V46 M33 2018

The art of distances : ethical thinking in twentieth-century literature (Stan, Corina, author.) Frost Library; PN49 .S674 2018

Confidential Confidential : the inside story of Hollywood's notorious scandal magazine (Barbas, Samantha, author.) Frost Library; PN4900.C65 B37 2018

Loving Pablo, hating Escobar (Vallejo, Virginia, author.) Frost Library; PN5053.V35 A3 2018

Screening literature : acts of transformation in contemporary film and video installation art (Dahlern, Tanja von. 1978- author.) Frost Library; PN53 .D338 2017

Women and the periodical press in China's long twentieth century : a space of their own? Frost Library; PN5367.W58 W58 2018

Rhetorics of resistance : opposition journalism in apartheid South Africa (Trabold, Bryan, author.) Frost Library; PN5474 .T74 2018

Musse - Faulheit - Nichts-Tun Frost Library; PN56 .L38 2017

Representing Africa in the motherland and the diaspora Frost Library; PN56.3.A39 R47 2018

Rome n'est plus dans Rome : formule magique pour un centre perdu (Imbert, Christophe.) Frost Library; PN56.3.R6 I43 2011

Representations of the mother-in-law in literature, film, drama, and television Frost Library; PN56.5.M67 R47 2018

Récit de vie, récit de soi Frost Library; PN56.A89 R43 2018

Border stories : narratives of peace, conflict and communication in the 20th and 21st centuries Frost Library; PN56.B74 B67 2018

Rural writing : geographical imaginary and expression of a new regionality Frost Library; PN56.C686 R87 2018

Literature and emotion (Hogan, Patrick Colm, author.) Frost Library; PN56.E6 H63 2018

Culinary poetics and edible images in twentieth-century American literature (Cassarino, Stacie, author.) Frost Library; PN56.F59 C37 2018

Food and literature Frost Library; PN56.F59 F65 2018

Heretics of language (Schwabsky, Barry, author.) Frost Library; PN56.L27 S393 2017

State of madness : psychiatry, literature, and dissent after Stalin (Reich, Rebecca, author.) Frost Library; PN56.M45 R45 2018

Postmodern artistry in medievalist fiction : an international study (Anderson, Earl R., 1943-, author.) Frost Library; PN56.M534 A53 2018

Myth, music and ritual : approaches to comparative literature Frost Library; PN56.M94 M98 2018

Myths in disguise (Głowiński, Michał, author.) Frost Library; PN56.M95 G579 2018

English mythography in its European context, 1500 - 1650 (Hartmann, Anna-Maria, author.) Frost Library; PN56.M95 H37 2018

Revenge and gender in classical, medieval and Renaissance literature Frost Library; PN56.R48 R48 2018

Sleep and the novel : fictions of somnolence from Jane Austen to the present (Greaney, Michael, author.) Frost Library; PN56.S577 G63 2018

World literature and the geographies of resistance (Nickels, Joel, author.) Frost Library; PN56.S65 N45 2018

The emergence of the fourth dimension : higher spatial thinking in the fin de siècle (Blacklock, Mark, 1974- author.) Frost Library; PN56.S667 B53 2018

The work of literature in an age of post-truth (Schaberg, Christopher, author.) Frost Library; PN59 .S33 2018

Bookmapping : lit trips and beyond (Cavanaugh, Terence W.) Frost Library; PN61.5 .C38 2011

Black lives, black words Frost Library; PN6119.7 .B53 2017

Silver bullets : classic werewolf stories Frost Library; PN6120.95.W47 S45 2017

Planet funny : how comedy took over our culture (Jennings, Ken, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; PN6147 .J46 2018

The comic event : comedic performance from the 1950s to the present (Roof, Judith, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; PN6147 .R66 2018

Medieval literature : the basics (Weisl, Angela Jane, 1963-, author.) Frost Library; PN671 .W45 2018

The Cambridge history of the graphic novel Frost Library; PN6710 .C34 2018