British Literature Research Guide

Databases  Reference  Books  Journals  Videos  Web Sites 

This guide will point you to many of the Library's resources in british literature and will link you to additional resources. If you need help with your research ask a librarian.  


Search library databases for journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, case studies, editorials, reports, reviews, and other documents. The following are recommended for research in british literature. 

To select the database(s) most suited to your needs, click on DatabaseInfoIcon for more information about each database. 

Most Frequently Used Databases in Literary Scholarship:

Most Frequently Used Databases for Finding British Literature:

Additional literary works are available online from our Databases for English as well as Quick Reference: Literature. Or select other databases from all database options.

Are you looking for an article you can't find from the links above?

Help Using the Databases

Select your guide or video tutorial from our Catalog and Database Help page. 

Advance Database Tools for Organizing your Research

Learn about bookmarking your articles, creating alerts, saving your searchs, and more from videos on using advanced tools in the databases. 


Reference & Books 

Select from the following reference works to find literature, poetry, and other english collections.

Multi-volume Critical Reference Series

Additional Reference & Books in the Library

Reference and Primary Literature Online

Library Catalogs

Where to Browse in the Library

Books and other materials can be found in ODU Library's Reference Stacks, Reference Atlases, and Main Stacks in the following ranges of the Dewey Decimal System 

Are you looking for an item you can't find through the links above?



Web Sites

Visit the following sites for authoritative information on authors, literature from different time periods, and awards.

English Literature and Authors


Literary Awards

Medieval Literature

Renaissance Literature

Romantic & Victorian Literature

20th Century Literature 

Past last updated: 6 May 2015 | ODU Library Reference Services.