These materials are useful for basic research in English studies. If you need more help with your research or finding resources, contact Library staff

Searching for Books

Library Catalogue

Find books at our library catalogue. The items you need will likely be found in the following areas:

Virtually browse the shelves

When you find a book that goes well with your topic and you want to see what would be around it on the shelf, click on Browse the Shelf on the book’s item details page. You can use the arrow keys on either side to see what other books have been shelved in that subject and may be useful for your papers.

A view of the online library catalogue with a full width orange button that reads "Browse the Shelf".

Library Databases

Literary Criticism

Begin search for works of literary criticism in the Academic Search Premier & JSTOR databases. Use the word “criticism” as one of the search terms. E.g. Margaret Atwood and handmaid’s tale and criticism.

Do similar searches in the library catalogue for books with literary criticism.

The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: Contains literary criticism and history of English and American literature. All eighteen volumes of this title are now available online.

Writing & Citing

Web Resources

General Web Resources

English Literature – Medieval

English Literature – Early Modern

English Literature – 18th Century

English Literature – Romantic

English Literature – Victorian

English Literature – 20th Century

Canadian Literature

  • Canada’s Early Women Writers: Includes “biographical and publication information for more than 470 women who lived in Canada or wrote about Canada” and published before 1940.
  • Canadian Literature Archive: Information on selected Canadian authors and publications.
  • Canadian Poetry: Produced by the University of Toronto, includes biographies, bibliographies, and some full text poems of contemporary poets, links to poetry journal websites, and links to other Canadian poetry sites.
  • Canadian Poetry Archive: From the National Library. Contains the full text of selected poems from over 100 early English- and French-language Canadian poets from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

American Literature

Australian Literature

Postcolonial Literature

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