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What is English literature?

Instead of English Literature, Literature in English, would perhaps be a more apt expression.

English is today a global language and English literature refers to the literature of the whole of the English speaking world.

While the national literature of England continues to be influential, great English literature has also emerged from nations that the English brought the language to through trade. These nations include the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India and Singapore, who have all become powerful players on the world’s stage.

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MLA Style

This guide is based on the MLA Handbook (8th ed.). It provides some commonly used citation examples to help you apply in your assignments.

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Guide to HW0221 Essay Writing

This guide was created to support Unit 6: Annotated bibliography: Gathering information and Using NTU databases under course HW0221 – Essay Writing : Crafting an Argument.

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Singapore Literature in English

This guide is created by Emma Wilcox and maintained by Vincent Wong. Singapore literature in English: an annotated bibliography NTU professor, Koh Tai Ann has compiled an annotated bibliography of all works of fiction (poetry, short stories, novels and plays)...

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Fresher’s Guide

As an NTU student you can make use of the resources and facilities at all of the seven libraries that make up NTU Library, but you’ll find that most of the materials you need are found at the HSS Library. Here are a few FAQs, the answers will help you obtain the resources you need for your assignments.

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Selected Resources

Book Reviews

New York Book Review

Published fortnightly, this famous magazine of literature, culture and current affairs, includes archives dating back to the 1960s.

JSTOR database

A good place to look for book reviews. Go to advanced search, key in the name of the title and check the ‘reviews’ box.



There are several ways to discover books for your research area – the serendipidous way of browsing the book collection or the more targeted approach of searching the catalogue for a list of relevant books.

Browsing the collection

Books are arranged in a systematic fashion. They follow a classification system known as the Library of Congress Classification. This is most evident from the call numbers assigned to each book.

The main English Literature collection is located in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library (HSSL) and classified with the call numbers PN to PZ. However the study of English literature occasionally requires you to refer to materials on Philosophy, Religion and Sociology and these items have different call numbers.

Below is a selective listing of topics which may be of interest to you:

Search Terms LC Class
Philosophy (General) B 1 – 5802
Australian Literature PL 7008 -7008.9
African languages & literature PL 8013.E5
Poetry PN 1031 – 1085
Motion pictures PN 1993 – 1999
English literature PR 1 – 9680
South Asian Literature PR 9484 – 9489
Singapore literature (English) PR 9570S5 – .S53
American literature PS 1 – 3576
Fiction in English PZ 1 – 4

Searching for books

Another way to obtain a list of books on a specific area of research is by searching the Library Catalogue using the appropriate subject headings for the required subject field.

The following is a selection of key critical introduction to literature book series found in the HSS Library. They are written by leading academics and include useful bibliographies and references to aid further research:

Key Critical Introduction to literature series

Cambridge Companion to Literature series : 145 titles

Bloom’s classic critical views: 25 titles

Routledge guides to literature: 56 titles

Ashgate: the Nineteenth Century Series : 58 titles

Continuum Introduction to British literature and culture series: 7 titles

Cambridge studies in American literature and culture: 112 titles

Victorian literature and culture series: 25 titles

Select book lists by subject

American literature 19th Century

Film theory & criticism

Feminism in literature

Victorian literature & culture

Singapore Literature


Can’t find that book?

While the library seeks to build a collection sufficient to meet your research needs, we do not have every title that is published out there. Therefore, if you can’t find that title you are looking for, here is what you can do:

Recommend a title

You can recommend the title for the library to consider purchasing for our collection. You can send in your request to with as much of the following details as possible:

  • Title
  • Author/Editor(s)
  • Place of publication
  • Publisher or producer
  • Date of publication
  • ISBN
  • Edition
  • Price

NTU Staff can submit their request using Staff Link.

Go to “Resource Request”, “Library Services”, “Book recommendation” to submit your recommendation.

Do note that it can take up to 4 weeks for a new title to be ready for the shelf.

Can’t wait? Need the title urgently, then I would suggest that you consider using the Interlibrary Loan service.

Interlibrary Loan

This is a service provided by the Access Services Division to access publications and books not held by NTU Library. It is available to NTU academic staff, administrative staff, graduate students and final-year students. You can find more information at the Library’s ILL webpage.


Electronic books (e-books) are books in digital form and can be viewed on an Internet-linked computer or an e-book reader. Some e-books are available for public access via the Internet (see Web Resources) but NTU library subscribes to many additional e-books which form a key component of our English literature collection.

Individual e-books

You can search for individual e-books via the library catalogue under ‘advanced search’. You can also find ebooks via OneSearch, by selecting the ebook box under the tab ‘Source type’.


E-book collections for English literature

This is a collection of digital facsimile page images of 125,000 English language titles published between 1473 and 1700. The user can view images of, for example, the original manuscript of the earliest edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales or the first folio edition of Shakespeare’s plays. This collection provides an awesome literary experience and offers invaluable research opportunities.

EBBO features
  1. Search EBBO by keyword, author or title.
  2. Search terms can encompass old English spellings either by checking them from a list or letting the database search for you. For example the word ‘fair’ has 17 old English variants. You can select one or more variants; click ‘select variant’; make a selection example: ‘faire’ and ‘fayr’. Alternatively, click ‘check for variants’ and EBBO will be searched using all 17 variants of the word. ‘Variant forms’ can also be searched; ‘murder’ for example as a variant form can appear as ‘murdered’ or ‘murdering’. This function must be selected by clicking on ‘variant forms’ and is automatically searched in conjunction with the variant spellings such that ‘murder’ retrieves ‘murdered’, ‘murthred’ and ‘murthred’.
  3. Text can be marked for printing or downloading.
Accessing EBBO

There are two ways of accessing EBBO:-

  1. Through the library catalogue. Go to advanced search and key in e-book as the subject, followed by title and/or author.
  2. Via NTU library databases: in the NTU library website select databases, then select humanities databases, Early English Books Online is listed.Note: Please do not hesitate to ask one of our library staff if you require assistance as this is a collection not to be missed.

This is a chronological continuation of EBBO. ECCO is a collection of digital facsimile page images of the full text of 180,000 titles published in the British Empire between 1701 and 1800. It includes virtually the entire canon of the works of British and American writers in the eighteenth century. Resources include contextual essays on the history and key issues and ideas of the era and a collection of images. Texts are fully searchable by keyword, author, subject and title. Function to save, bookmark, print and download texts. An e-Table of Contents is available for each title.

This is a collection of 957 literature titles published by Cambridge University Press. The collection is divided into 3 categories: American Literature; English Literature; and European and World Literature.

Full text of 10,000 academic works in 20 subject areas. including Literature. It excludes reference books.

Oxford Reference provides more than 100,880 concise definitions and in-depth, specialist encyclopedic entries across the Literature discipline. Coverage comprises  information on writers, works, movements, historical context, literary theories, and allusions—from African American literature and Irish literature to Canadian and Italian, from Classical to Romantic, from poetry to plays. Entries are complemented by chronologies, line drawings, and charts wherever useful.

Literature Online database has a collection of 350,000 fully searchable works of poetry, drama and fiction from old English to the contemporary. This includes the ebook version of the Penguin classics series. There is also a collection of reference and critical books, including 219 titles of the Cambridge companion to Literature series. Go to the ‘browse full content’ tab to find the Cambridge companions.

This is a multi-disciplinary e-book library. It offers access to the full text of reference, scholarly and professional books. Select eBooks under “In Our Collection” to browse titles available at NetLibrary subscribed by the Library.


Here you can define the content that will be placed within the current tab.

Reference Works

Need quick information on a Literature period or basic information on an author? This is where Reference books come in handy.

Reference books are special types of books for you to refer when you need quick and basic information. They are usually not read from cover to cover. The information gathered from these reference materials will serve as basis and propel you into greater research on that specific area.

Below are some reference titles on English Literature which might be useful for researchers & students requiring quick information. Click on the hyperlinked titles to see the catalogue records and retrieve their call numbers. Most of them are located in Humanities and Social Sciences Library. Electronic copies are denoted [e-book] and direct access will be provided where available.

Content at a glance:




What is the difference between a Dictionary, an Encyclopedia and a handbook? Well, they vary in the amount of information given.


Handbooks, as the name suggest, are meant to be handy or pocket books. Hence you can expect the information given in handbooks to be short and concise.

  1. A handbook to literature Call No.: PN41 H288 2009 (Reserve shelf)Includes an alphabetical listing of more than 2,000 literary terms and facts; historical timeline of British and American literature a listing of Nobel and Pulitzer prize winners. A companion website includes tests on literary terms explained in the book.
  2. The handbook to literary researchCall No.: PN73.H236 2010
  3. A reader’s guide to contemporary literary theoryCall No.: PN94S464 2005 (5th ed), PN94.S464 1993 (3rd ed)
  4. A new handbook of literary termsCall No.: PN41.M636
  5. The seventeenth-century literature handbookCall No.: PR71.S497
  6. The Renaissance literature handbookCall No.: PR411.R393
  7. The Oxford handbook of Tudor literature, 1485 – 1603Call No.: PR413.X98
  8. The Oxford handbook of philosophy and literatureCall No.: PN45.X98
  9. Themes & motifs in Western literature: a handbookCall No.: PN43.D123


  1. Oxford English DictionaryThis electronic version of the complete twenty volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is continually updated. Entries provide detailed information about words, their etymology, compound forms, derivatives and earliest recorded use. For example, a search for the word ‘skyscraper’ will produce an entry which ranges from 1794 to the present day.  The  user will learn that the word ‘skyscraper’ was first used to describe a triangular sky sail, a high standing horse, later it described a tall man,  then a tall hat or bonnet, then an exaggerated story, until its present use. Full quotations are provided of instances of the word’s usage throughout history.
  2. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography57,874 biographies make up the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The biographies are of people living between 4BC and 2006 who were  connected with the British isles and British history. English litertaure students will be interested to read the biographies of famous authors, all of which are written by leading scholars;  for example the biography of George Eliot is written by Rosemary Ashton, Professor of English language and Literature at University College London and the biography of Geoffrey Chaucer by Douglas Gray, Tolkein Professor of English literature at Oxford University.
  3. Columbia dictionary of modern European LiteratureCall No.: PN771.C726
  4. A dictionary of bibilical tradition in English LiteratureCall No.: PR149.B5D554
  5. The dictionary of classical, biblical, and literary allusionsCall No.: PN43.L346
  6. Dictionary of film terms: the aesthethic companion to film artCall No.: PN1993.45.B386
  7. Dictionary of literary influences : the twentieth century, 1914-2000Call No.: Z1039.C45D554
  8. A dictionary of literary symbols (2nd Edition)Call No.: PN56.S9F346 2007
  9. The film studies dictionaryCall No.: PN1993.45.B642
  10. A Dictionary of Shakespeare (eBook)
  11. Dictionary of Writers and their Works (eBook)
  12. Historical dictionary of science fiction literatureCall No.: PN3433.4.S775
  13. The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (eBook)
  14. The Palgrave literary dictionary of ChaucerCall No.: PR1903.A563


Encylopedias provide the most comprehensive information as compared to dictionaries & handbooks. Other than providing articles on a particular subject area, they usually include a list of references for researchers to further investigate on the topic.

  1. Classic love & romance literature: an encyclopedia of works, characters, authors & themesCall No.: PN56.L6B797
  2. Encyclopedia of Chinese filmCall No.: PN1993.5.C4Z63
  3. Encyclopedia of contemporary literary theory: approaches, scholars, termsCall No.: PN81.E56
  4. Encyclopedia of feminist literary theoryCall No.: PN98.W64E56
  5. Encyclopedia of French film directorsCall No.: PN1998.2.R333 V1 – V2
  6. The encyclopedia of novels into filmCall No.: PN1997.85.T552
  7. The Greenwood encyclopedia of Asian American Literature (3 Volumes)Call No.: PS153.A84G816 V1 – V 3
  8. The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature (eBook)
  9. The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (eBook)
  10. Schirmer encyclopedia of filmCall No.: PN1993.45.S337 V1 – V4
  11. South Asian literature in English: an encyclopediaCall No.: PR9570.S642S726

Core databases

Literature Online is the leading full-text database for research in English Literature. It has three main components: primary resource texts (350,000 original works of poetry, drama and prose), literary criticism (350 full text journals, The Cambridge Companions to Literature ebooks, New Essays on the American Novel ebooks) and reference materials (17 leading reference works for literature, specially commissioned authors’ biographies, electronic editions of the Penguin Classics introductions and KnowledgeNotes student guides). The ‘texts’ section includes an audio and video collection of Poets on Screen (poets reading their works), Shakespeare audio plays and the Poetry Archive Audio).

The primary texts are searchable, so you could search, for example, for all instances of the word ‘love’ in the works of Shakespeare. Critical resource citations are taken from ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature). Click here to view a guide to help you navigate the database. NTU subscription links to the JSTOR database, so you can find articles in JSTOR here too.

This leading bibliography for English literature is compiled by the Modern Language Association. You can use it to search for books, book chapters, journal articles, dissertation abstracts and selected websites. NTU Library’s subscription includes a linking to the full text of journal articles when they are found in JSTOR and Project Muse databases. The MLA includes a thesaurus and a Directory of Periodicals which provides information about journals and book series. The database also has a series of indexes which you can use to perform advanced searches such as by literary influences (such as literary influences on Angela Carter) and literary sources (for which authors was Jane Austen an important literary source), and also by literature topics and techniques. Click here to view a guide on how to use the MLA.

This database provides full-text backfiles (archive copies) of core scholarly journals in many disciplines. Some journals date back to the 1800s. NTU Library’s subscription also has a linking to the full text of recent articles.   Topics covered include: Feminist and women studies; Film Studies; Language & Literature; Performing Arts; Philosophy. JSTOR now also contains some ebooks. You can browse by subject ‘language and literature’.

Oxford bibliographies are structured as articles which provide a critical overview of key publications in a given subject area: books, journal articles, as well as useful websites, scholarly blogs and associations. There is also a linking to recommended books in the NTU library catalogue and to the full text of recommended journal articles. The strength of the Bibliography is that it provides a guided pathway by an expert in a particular discipline to various aspects of a subject and to the range of resources available in a variety of formats.

For example, key in ‘Sartre’ and you get an introduction to the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre written by a philosophy professor and an overview of key publications about Sartre.  If a researcher is interested in an aspect of his philosophy such as ‘consciousness and self’, there is an overview of this topic and a summary of ideas in key books and journal articles, together with citations and links to the texts in NTU library catalogue, Google Books and WorldCat.

Project MUSE is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers providing 100% full-text, affordable and user-friendly online access to scholarly publishers in humanities and social sciences. From here you can search within the journals or browse journals by discipline. For English Literature, the following subject areas are included: African American and African Diaspora Studies, Film, Theatre, and Performing Arts, Literature, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Women Studies.  Project Muse also includes a collection of ebooks.

Primary resource databases

The following databases contain full text images of original manuscripts, which can be searched by keyword or topic. The following databases are cross searchable using the ‘Artemis’ link on the database homepage; Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Seventeenth-Eighteenth Century Burney Newspaper Collection, Nineteenth century UK periodicals, The Sunday Times Digital Archive 1822-2006 and The Times Digital Archive 1785-2009.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.

This database currently contains images of works by such authors as Malory, Spenser, Bacon, More, Erasmus, Boyle, Newton, and Galileo. The database also includes musical exercises by Henry Purcell, novels by Aphra Behn, and prayer books, pamphlets, proclamations, almanacs, calendars, and many other primary resources.

A collection of digital facsimile page images of 180,000 titles (books, pamphlets, essays, sermons, broadsides) published in the English language between 1701 and 1800, based on the English Short Title Catalogue.

Comprises digitised versions of newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757 – 1817) held at the British Library. It represents the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media. The newspapers and news pamphlets were published mostly in London, however there are also some English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India. The Burney collection is cross-searchable with Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO). In the Burney and ECCO collections, images can be magnified for easier reading or reduced for on screen navigation. You can save and print article images, create persistent links and email them to others.

Comprises digitised versions of key 19th Century UK periodicals from the British Library, the National Library of Scotland and the National Library of Australia. It also includes some periodicals published in Canada, Ceylon, India, New Zealand and South Africa. A full title list can be found here. The database is divided into two parts: Part I: New Readerships: Women’s, Children’s, Humour and Leisure/Sport, Part II: Empire: Travel and Anthropology, Economics, Missionary & Colonial. The database can be searched either by ‘keyword’ (significant fields such as title and author), or by ‘entire document’ which searches the entire text of all documents in the database.

Related databases

Comprises secondary source material pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Citations for books and journal material (articles, reviews, review articles, bibliographies, catalogues, abstracts and discographies) are included, as are citations for dissertation abstracts and essays in books (including entries in conference proceedings, festschriften, encyclopedias and exhibition catalogues). View its Database Information Page.

Reference Databases

This database includes over 1 million entries across 25 subject areas, including English Literature. Users can search terms or browse within key literature Oxford reference materials like The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms, The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, and many more. View its Database Information Page.


All students of English literature will need to search for journal articles during the course of their studies. Journal articles provide a critical commentary on literary texts and are a forum for the scholarly exchange of ideas. Reading the journal articles will provide you with valuable insights into the thinking of world-renowned academics in your field of research. Being relatively short, journal articles also provide a useful introduction to critical ideas.

Content at a Glance

How to search for journals

How to search for journal articles

Selection of Journals for English Literature

Open Access Journals

How to search for journals

  • Using NTU Library Subscribed E-journals A-to-Z list

If you have a specific journal in mind, always try to find the electronic copy in the NTU Library Subscribed E-journals A-to-Z list first. There are four key tabs for searching or browsing the A-to-Z list:


      1. Browse the index of e-journal providers (example: JSTOR Language & Literature Collection)
      2. Browse by title of journal (example: Comparative Literature)
      3. Browse by subjects (i.e. by discipline; for literature it is ‘language and literature’)
      4. Search for titles either by Title Name, Publisher Name, ISSN, Subjects or all of the above

The search result will present the databases that the journal can be found in and the period covered. Search example: For example a search for the journal title Comparative Literature yields the following results: Eng_journals

The results above show that Comparative Literature is available in four subscribed databases (Academic Search Premier, JSTOR (2 databases) and Literature Online). Click on any of the links to access the journal. Important Note: An embargo of one year means that the last one year of journal articles will not be available for viewing yet. In the above example, Academic Search Premier has an embargo of one year for Comparative Literature. Search the library catalogue for a print edition, if no edition is available; contact our library staff who can help to arrange document delivery for specific articles.

The HSS library has a selection of journals available in print format. These journals are located on a display shelf on your right as you enter the HSS Library. You can search for print journals by keying in the journal title in the library catalogue. Important Note: The library catalogue only allows for searches by journal title and not by the title of individual articles. If you want to search using the article title, use the databases instead. Do ask for the help of a librarian if you are unable to locate an article.

How to search for journal articles

If you do not have a specific journal in mind and would like to search on a specific subject or topic, use the databases instead. View the list of recommended databases for English literature. For example if you are studying the nineteenth century author Wilkie Collins, you could search for articles about him and his works from the literature database Literature Online. Once inside the database key in ‘Wilkie Collins’ and a list of journal articles will appear under the title ‘criticism’. Eng_journals-criticism

Selection of Journals for English Literature

Here is a selection of journals relevant to English literature. Click on the links to access the electronic versions directly. Print editions can be loaned from the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Library. The journals have been divided into the following categories:

Journals at a glance

Medieval Literature

Early Modern Literature

Renaissance Literature

Eighteenth Century Literature

Nineteenth Century Literature

Early Twentieth Century Literature

Contemporary Literature

Film Poetry

Irish Literature

International Literature

Asian Literature

Literary Forms

Literary Criticism

Literary History

Medieval Literature
  1. Exemplaria: a Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Print / Electronic Call number: PN661.E96
  2. Speculum: a Journal of Medieval Studies Print / Electronic Call number: PN661.S741

Early Modern Literature
  1. Early Modern Literary Studies Electronic

Renaissance literature
  1. Ben Jonson Journal Print / Electronic Call number: PR2638.B456V15
  2. English Literary Renaissance Electronic
  3. Shakespeare Quarterly Electronic

Eighteenth Century Literature
  1. Eighteenth Century Studies Electronic

Nineteenth Century Literature
  1. Journal of Victorian Culture Print / Electronic Call number: DA533.J86
  2. Nineteenth Century Literature Print / Electronic Call number: PR451.N714
  3. Nineteenth Century Prose Print Call no: PR4023.N714
  4. The Dickensian Print Call no: PR4579.D548V102
  5. The Gaskell Society Newsletter Print Call no: PR4711.G248
  6. The Victorian Newsletter Print Call no: PR1.V645
  7. Victorian Studies Electronic
  8. Yearbook of English Studies Print / Electronic (1979-2006) Call no: PR2638.B456V15

Early Twentieth Century Literature
  1. English Literature in transition 1880-1920 Print / Electronic Call no: PR1.E58V49

Contemporary Literature
  1. Boundary 2: An International Journal of Literature and Culture Print / Electronic Call no: PN2.B765V4
  2. Contemporary Literature Print / Electronic Call no: PN2.C761
  3. Contemporary Women’s Writing Electronic
  4. Critique: Studies in Contemporary fiction Print / Electronic Call no: PN3503.C934
  5. Modern Fiction Studies Electronic
  6. Notes on Contemporary Literature Print Call no: PN771.N911
  7. Twentieth Century Literature Electronic

  1. Cinema Journal Electronic
  2. Film Criticism Electronic
  3. Film Quarterly Electronic
  4. Journal of African Cinemas Electronic
  5. New Review of Film and Television Studies Electronic
  6. Screen Electronic Interdisciplinary Textual Practice Electronic‘works at the turning points of theory with politics, history and texts. It is intrigued by the processes through which hitherto marginal cultures of ethnicity and sexuality are becoming conceptually central, and by the consequences of these diverse disturbances for educational and cultural institutions.’

  1. John Clare Society Journal Print / Electronic Call no: PR4453.C6J65S
  2. Keats-Shelley Journal Print Call no: PR4836.K25
  3. Poetry Northwest Print Call no: PS614.P745
  4. Poetics Today Electronic
  5. The Wordsworth Circle Print Call no: PR1.W925

Irish Literature
  1. Canadian Journal of Irish Studies Print Call no: PR8700.C212
  2. Etudes Irlandaises (Irish Studies) Print Call no: DA925.E85 In French and English; includes a section on literary studies pertaining to Irish literature.
  3. Irish University Review Print Call no: PR8700.I68
  4. The Irish Review Print / Electronic Call no: DA925.I68 Critical and creative writing forum in English and Irish.

International Literature
  1. Ariel Print Call no: PR1.A698
  2. Australian Literary Studies Electronic
  3. Canadian Literature Electronic
  4. Comparative Literature Electronic
  5. Comparative Literature Studies Electronic
  6. Early American Literature Electronic
  7. MELUS: Multi-ethnic literature of the United States Print / Electronic Call no: PN843.M529
  8. PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America Electronic
  9. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature Print / Electronic Call no: PR1.J86

Asian Literature
  1. Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies Print / Electronic Call no: DS501.H339 Includes articles pertaining to Asian literature
  2. The Atlantic Literary Review Print Call no: PR1.A881 This is a journal with a special interest in Indian writing in English.

Literary Forms
  1. Comparative Literature Studies Print / Electronic Call no: PN851.C737C
  2. Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory Print Call no: PN80.I61

Literary Criticism
  1. The Cambridge Quarterly Electronic Devoted to literary criticism this journal aims to critically evaluate established views.
  2. Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate Electronic
  3. Critical Inquiry Electronic
  4. Critical Quarterly Electronic
  5. Cultural Critique Electronic
  6. Diacritics Electronic
  7. Essays in Criticism Electronic
  8. The Year’s Work in English Studies ElectronicPublished by Oxford University Press. This journal is the qualitative narrative bibliographical review of scholarly work on English language and literatures written in English.
Literary History
  1. ELH: Journal of English Literary History Electronic
  2. New Literary History Electronic

Open Access Journals

Some journals do not require a subscription and are available online. Be careful to check the credentials of such journal, such as whether it is peer reviewed, before making use of it in your essay. Search for free online journals on the Directory of Open Access Journals. Some useful online journals for English literature are: Kritika Kultura, a journal of Philippine literary studies and cultural studies, published by Ateneo de Manila University. Senses of Cinema

AV refers to the audiovisual collection. In general, most of the Audio Visual collection is located in the Business Library at Level B2. Staff and Masters/PhD students can borrow the titles home while undergraduate students can approach the service desk to borrow a title and view it in within the library. Do browse through the loan privileges for students (undergraduates and postgraduates) and staff, including faculty. AV titles are not stored at the HSS Library as the Library lacks the equipment for students to view the materials.

AV and English Literature

Note that many English Literature courses require students to view AV titles (mostly DVDs). These titles are placed at the Service Desk in the Business Library where students can request from Library staff to view the materials in the library. Certain AV titles are also flagged as restricted materials. Such materials have been flagged as objectionable by the Media Development Authority (MDA), not the Library. Due to MDA regulations, only students, which are enrolled in the course which requires the viewing of the restricted AV, will be allowed to view these titles.

Viewing Movies in the Library’s Cinema Rooms

Students who wish to view movies together with their friends or classmates may book to use the Business Library’s cinema room. The room seats up to 20 people. The cinema room can be booked online at the following link:

Locating AV titles

Go to the library homepage and choose the AV tab in OneSearch. Search by the title of film or select ‘author’ to search by Director. Eng_AV Asia Pacific Films database aims to curate and streams culturally and historically significant films from Asia and the Pacific that entertain, educate and inspire viewers to think beyond boundaries. Includes films from Singapore and the region.

Web Resources

There are a wide range of resources on English literature available on the web. In order to ensure that the information that you find is reliable, it is advisable to search through respected sites such as BUBL Link where the sites have been selected by experts for the use of students and researchers. If you use Google Scholar, be sure to load the FindIt@NTU link to your toolbar, that way if you find a useful article but there is no free full text available, FindIt@NTU will automatically search through  NTU’s subscribed resources and direct you to the location of the full text of the article in our databases. Go to the library tools page in this subject room for information about how to install and use FindIt@NTU.

Guide to Research in English Literature

Virtual Training Suite

This is a free online tutorial, created by UK lecturers and librarians to help university students develop their Internet research skills in English Literature

General Resources

  1. BUBL LinkThis is a catalogue of Internet resources that includes of a wide range of sites covering the literature of different countries, genres and historical periods.
  2. The British Academy PortalA directory of online resources compiled by the British Academy.
  3. Oxford Text ArchiveThis is an archive of electronic texts and resources useful for research into literary and linguistic topics.
  4. Voice of the Shuttle This is a website for humanities research created by Alan Liu, a professor in the English division at the University of California. The website provides more than seventy pages of annotated links to specialist sites and covers all aspects of English literature studies.

Here is a selection of specialist sites:

  1. A Celebration of Women WritersThis website allows access to the bibliographical and biographical information about women writers from all over the world.
  2. Contemporary Postcolonial and Post-imperial Literature in EnglishThis site includes biographical and bibliographical information about authors in various former colonies including Singapore.
  3. Mr William Shakespeare and the InternetThis is an annotated guide to Shakespeare resources available on the Internet. It includes primary documents, reviews of web sites, books and DVDs, as well as the texts of significant introductions to editions of the bard’s works.
  4. Romantic CirclesAn academic peer-reviewed website dedicated to Romantic literature and culture, published by the University of Maryland.
  5. Introduction to Modern Literary TheoryThis website offers concise explanations of literary theories.
  6. Darkness Visible  This website dedicated to Milton’s Paradise Lost, was set up by students at Christ Church college Cambridge, UK, the college where Milton studied in 1625-1632, to celebrate the poet’s 400th birthday in 2008. The website is intended for students reading Paradise Lost for the first time and provides a host of resources including guides to the poem’s plot, characters and language, the critical reception of the poem over the years and the cultural and historical milieu in which Milton wrote.

Full Text Resources

Project Gutenberg

  1. This site was established by volunteers to provide free access to ebooks of cultural works. Currently there are 42,000 ebooks from leading publishers available for free download.
  2. Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts Digital EditionA project of the University of Oxford and Kings College London, this site is an archive of images of original manuscripts. The material includes excerpts from Austen’s novels as well as other material written by Austen from the age of 12.
  3. text digital library of twentieth and twenty-first century UK poetry magazines.
  4. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare


  1. The poetry archiveThis site provides brings poetry alive with an A-Z of English language poets reading their own works. It includes historic recordings and interviews.
  2. BBC archive. In Their Own Words: British NovelistsThis site is an archive of BBC interviews with some of the twentieth century’s most-read authors.

Reserves, or commonly referred to as red-spot books or RBR (recommended book room) titles, refers to the list of core readings recommended by your course lecturers.

Browsing the Reserves collection

Reserve titles for English Literature are located at the Humanities & Social Sciences Library, Reserves book room.

Reserve titles can only be borrowed for 2 hours. Borrow them using your student card at the Service Desk. Do return them on time as overdue fines are set at S$0.50 per hour.

Searching for Reserves

Watch this video to find out how to find the books that have been reserved by your lecturer for your course.

Student Works

The NTU’s Digital Repository, DR-NTU (Restricted Access) allows access for students and staff to:

  • Exam papers
  • Research reports (of staff and graduate students)
  • Student reports (FYPs)
  • Theses and dissertations

Final Year Projects (FYPs)

Visit the Collection Page for the HSS Student Reports to view the archive of Final Year Projects (FYPs). Enter your search terms and click ‘Go’. Or browse by ‘author’, ‘title’, ‘subject’ and ‘date’. A screen capture of the search interface can be seen below:


Note: To view the full text of a selected article, you will be required to log in using your NTU network user name and password.

Staff Publications

The Digital Repository, DR-NTU (Open Access) aims to capture, store and preserve the scholarly output of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and make it available to the global research community. The journal article and conference paper publications of NTU faculty in the DR-NTU (Open Access) are searchable using Internet search engines such as Google.

We encourage research staff to deposit their research papers with us in the DR-NTU (Open Access). Many publishers now allow the self-archiving of publications in institutional repositories. Copyright policies and archiving guidelines from Sherpa Romeo lets you know whether the journals or publishers that you are working with will allow self-archiving.

If you would like to submit your journal article or conference paper for inclusion into the HSS collection, please look through the instructions about submissions to DR-NTU or contact me.

Browse through the current submissions to the DR-NTU from HSS.

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