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The databases listed below contain research in English Literature (journal articles and book articles). Choose a database appropriate for your specific topic. The MLA International Bibliography is a good general database in this subject.
Choosing keywords. Try searching on alternative keywords if you don't get the results you expect.
Combining search terms. Combine concepts with AND. Combine alternative keywords with OR, e.g. (film OR cinema) AND (horror or suspense)
Phrase searching. Try putting common phrases in quotation marks, e.g. "industrial revolution"
Truncation/wildcard. Put an asterisk at the end of the stem of the word to search for any letters which come after it, e.g. film* will find film, films, filming, etc.
Refining search. Refine your search using the filters available, e.g. date, language
Evaluating results. Read the abstract and subject headings to decide whether the article is relevant to your research.
Finding full text. If you don't see a PDF link, look for the Find@Stir button - this may take you to the full text. You can also download the LibkeyNomad browser plug-in, which will provide access to articles. If we don't have the article, see Step 3 below (If the library doesn't have the book/article).
Searchable digital archive collection of core scholarly journals, many starting with the first issue (some of which date from the 1800s). Stirling University has full-text access to the Collections: Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, Arts & Sciences III, Biological Sciences Archive and Ireland Collection. We also have access to the 19th Century British Pamphlets collection.
Provides access to the Citation Indexes for: Science; Social Sciences; Arts & Humanities; Conference Proceedings and Books. Use for finding journal articles and conference papers. Databases can be searched simultaneously or select specific databases using the More Settings option.
Historic Books searches over 360,000 books. Use this to access to Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and Early English Books Online (EEBO). Historic Books also provides access to nineteenth century books from the British Library.
A database containing information about who read what and how in the UK between 150 and 1945. Use this to study the reading habits of Britons for five centuries. Reading Experience Databases for other countries are available from this site too.
Directory of historical book owners, with information about their libraries and signposts to further reference sources. It currently covers seventeenth-century English owners with the potential to be expanded.
Wide-ranging site on literature, history and culture in the age of Queen Victoria. Includes political and social history, gender matters, philosophy and religion, as well as resources on Victorian authors.
Compiled by Professor Janet Millgate, the Union Catalogue provides records for the nearly 14,000 letters written by or to Scott that have proved traceable worldwide. The catalogue is hosted by the National Library of Scotland.
Online resource created in the Special Collections Division at Edinburgh University Library. Designed around the Corson Collection of Walter Scott material held at Edinburgh University, it includes resources relating to Scott's life and works.