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

Prolific moment : theory and practice of mindfulness for writing (Peary, Alexandria, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; PE1404 .P3825 2018

Mind over memes : passive listening, toxic talk, and other modern language follies (Senechal, Diana, author.) Frost Library; PE1442 .S46 2018

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

And this little piggy had none (Dimick, Janae, author.) Frost Library; PN1009.5.A55 D56 2018

The poetry dictionary (Drury, John, 1950-) Frost Library; PN1021 .D78 2006

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

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

Dreyer's English : an utterly correct guide to clarity and style (Dreyer, Benjamin, author.) Frost Library; PN145 .D74 2019

The Broadcast 41 : women and the anti-Communist blacklist (Stabile, Carol A., author.) Frost Library; PN1590.B5 S73 2018

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

Seeming & being in Plato's rhetorical theory (Reames, Robin, author.) Frost Library; PN173 .R37 2018

Pathos in late-Medieval religious drama and art : a communicative strategy (Mazzon, Gabriella, 1962-, author.) Frost Library; PN1751 .M39 2018

Reading drama in Tudor England (Atkin, Tamara, 1981-, author.) Frost Library; PN1800 .A85 2018

Staged : show trials, political theater, and the aesthetics of judgment (Arjomand, Minou, author.) Frost Library; PN2051 .A75 2018

The Oberon book of queer monologues Frost Library; PN2080 .O224 2018

Performance and theatricality in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Frost Library; PN2152 .P47 2018

Event-space : theatre architecture and the historical avant-garde (Hannah, Dorita, author.) Frost Library; PN2193.E86 H36 2019

The unfinished art of theater : avant-garde intellectuals in Mexico and Brazil (Townsend, Sarah J., author.) Frost Library; PN2193.E86 T69 2018

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

Historical dictionary of African American theater (Hill, Anthony D., 1947-, author.) Frost Library; PN2270.A35 H53 2018

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

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

Amy Schumer and philosophy : brainwreck! Frost Library; PN2287.S3365 A49 2018

Shakespeare in the Theatre : Peter Sellars (Thompson, Ayanna, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.S347 T56 2018

A player and a gentleman : the diary of Harry Watkins, nineteenth-century US American actor (Watkins, Harry, 1825-1894, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.W453 A3 2018

Translation and world literature Frost Library; PN241 .T733 2019

Freak performances : dissidence in Latin American theater (Santana, Analola, author.) Frost Library; PN2445 .S26 2018

Racism and early blackface comic traditions : from the old world to the new (Hornback, Robert, author.) Frost Library; PN2570 .H67 2018

The Cambridge companion to medieval English theatre (Beadle, Richard, editor.) Frost Library; PN2587 .C36 2008

Mixed faith and shared feeling : theater in post-reformation London (Gurnis, Musa, author.) Frost Library; PN2590.R35 G87 2018

Stage rights! : the actresses' franchise league, activism and politics 1908-58 (Paxton, Naomi, author.) Frost Library; PN2595.13.W65 P39 2018

Blowing the bloody doors off : and other lessons in life (Caine, Michael, author.) Frost Library; PN2598.C15 A3 2018

Professor at large : the Cornell years (Cleese, John, author.) Frost Library; PN2598.C47 A5 2018

Russian performances : word, object, action Frost Library; PN2721 .R77 2018

Promissory notes : on the literary conditions of debt (Goodman, Robin Truth, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; PN3352.E2 G66 2018

Modernism à la mode : fashion and the ends of literature (Sheehan, Elizabeth M., author.) Frost Library; PN3352.F37 S54 2018

Maestros de la escritura (Villanueva, Liliana (Architectural historian), author.) Frost Library; PN3355 .V555 2018

Autistic disturbances : theorizing autism poetics from the DSM to Robinson Crusoe (Rodas, Julia Miele, 1965-, author.) Frost Library; PN3426.A87 R63 2018

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

Alternate worlds : the illustrated history of science fiction (Gunn, James E., 1923-, author.) Frost Library; PN3433.5 .G856 2018

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

Historia de la ciencia ficción en la cultura española Frost Library; PN3433.6 .H57 2018

Rockets and ray guns : the sci-fi science of the Cold War (May, Andrew (Freelance writer) author.) Frost Library; PN3433.6 .M39 2018

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

The gothic : a reader Frost Library; PN3448.G68 G68 2018

Old futures : speculative fiction and queer possibility (Lothian, Alexis, author.) Frost Library; PN3448.S64 L68 2018

Listen to the poet : writing, performance, and community in youth spoken word poetry (Williams, Wendy R., author.) Frost Library; PN4151 .W55 2018

Essayism : on form, feeling, and nonfiction (Dillon, Brian, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; PN4500 .D553 2017

The theory of inspiration (Clark, Timothy, 1958-) Frost Library; PN46 .C53 1997

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

News literacy : the keys to combating fake news (Luhtala, Michelle, author.) Frost Library; PN4731 .L78 2018

Enemy of the people (Kalb, Marvin L., author.) Frost Library; PN4738 .K25 2018

Fayke newes : the media vs the mighty, from Henry VIII to Donald Trump (Taylor, Derek J., author.) Frost Library; PN4751 .T39 2018

A day in the news : a stylistic analysis of newsspeak (Morini, Massimiliano, author.) Frost Library; PN4783 .M67 2018

Newspaper design : editorial design from the world's best newsrooms Frost Library; PN4783 .N495 2018 x

Fake news, propaganda, and plain old lies : how to find trustworthy information in the digital age (Barclay, Donald A., author.) Frost Library; PN4784.F27 B37 2018

Reporting Islam : international best practice for journalists (Ewart, Jacqui, author.) Frost Library; PN4784.I73 E93 2018

Geographies of journalism : the imaginative power of place in making digital news (Gutsche, Robert E., Jr., 1980-, author.) Frost Library; PN4784.R29 G88 2019

Reporting from the wars 1850 - 2015 : the origins and evolution of the war correspondent (Turner, Barry, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; PN4784.W37 T87 2018

Reporting war and conflict (Williams, Kevin, 1955-, author.) Frost Library; PN4784.W37 W55 2019

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

Re-evaluating women's page journalism in the post-World War II era : celebrating soft news (Voss, Kimberly Wilmot, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; PN4784.W7 V67 2018

Why journalism still matters (Schudson, Michael, author.) Frost Library; PN4867.2 .S38 2018

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

Let us make men : the twentieth-century black press and a manly vision for racial advancement (Haywood, D'Weston, author.) Frost Library; PN4882.5 .H39 2018

On press : the liberal values that shaped the news (Pressman, Matthew, 1981- author.) Frost Library; PN4888.E8 P74 2018

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

Citizens at the gates : Twitter, networked publics, and the transformation of American journalism (Barnard, Stephen R., author.) Frost Library; PN4888.S62 B37 2018

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

Storm Lake : a chronicle of change, resilience, and hope from a heartland newspaper (Cullen, Art, author.) Frost Library; PN4899.S76 C85 2018

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

The Mexican press and civil society, 1940-1976 (Smith, Benjamin T., author.) Frost Library; PN4974.S6 S65 2018

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

Refugee news, refugee politics : journalism, public opinion and policymaking in Europe Frost Library; PN5110.5.R44 R45 2019

The Late-Victorian little magazine (Claes, Koenraad, author.) Frost Library; PN5124.P4 C53 2018

Hyperlocal journalism : the decline of local newspapers and the rise of online community news (Harte, David, 1968- author.) Frost Library; PN5124.R44 H37 2019

Ripped, torn and cut : pop, politics and punk fanzines from 1976 Frost Library; PN5124.U53 R57 2018

The literariness of media art (Benthien, Claudia, 1965-, author.) Frost Library; PN53 .B45 2019

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

Speaking subaltern = Ḥibr mil ʻal-fam (Abbadi, Jinane, author.) Archives and Special Collections; PN56.3.O74 A33 2018 x

The Gypsy woman : representations in literature and visual culture (Matthews, Jodie, author.) Frost Library; PN56.3.R58 M38 2018

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

The spectacle of twins in American literature and popular culture (Dillon, Karen, 1980- author.) Frost Library; PN56.5.T85 D55 2018

Women's life writing and the practice of reading : she reads to write herself Frost Library; PN56.5.W64 W66 2018

Animal fables after Darwin : literature, speciesism, and metaphor (Danta, Chris, author.) Frost Library; PN56.A64 D26 2018

The Routledge companion on architecture, literature and the city Frost Library; PN56.A73 R68 2019

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

Das Täterbild in der Überlebenden-Literatur (Fang, Chunguang, author.) Frost Library; PN56.C663 F35 2017

Future humans in fiction and film Frost Library; PN56.D94 F888 2018

Handmaids, tributes, and carers : dystopian females' roles and goals Frost Library; PN56.D94 H36 2018

Worlds gone awry : essays on dystopian fiction Frost Library; PN56.D94 W67 2018

Food and literature Frost Library; PN56.F59 F65 2018

Literarische Störungen in Texten über die Shoah : Imre Kertész, Liana Millu, Ruth Klüger (Bock, Dennis (Writer on concentration camps), author.) Frost Library; PN56.H55 B63 2017

Queering transcultural encounters (Navarro-Ayala, Luis, author.) Frost Library; PN56.H57 N38 2019

Domestications : American empire, literary culture, and the postcolonial lens (Aboul-Ela, Hosam M., author.) Frost Library; PN56.I465 A26 2018

Red thread : on mazes and labyrinths (Higgins, Charlotte, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; PN56.L223 H54 2018

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