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Resources in British Literature

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This page lists the Literatures and Languages Library's most commonly used resources in British literature. The list includes databases, digital newspaper archives, online reference resources, and e-books of primary sources, in addition to selected electronic texts of secondary sources. Hover over a resource's link to learn more information about the resource.

If you need research help or have any questions, please contact Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian at green19[at]illinois.edu or 333-4942.

 Resource guides for British Literature topics:  http://guides.library.illinois.edu/british_literature

General Sources


Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL)


Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI)

Biography Resource Center

British Periodicals

CARLI Digital Collections

Contemporary Authors (in Literature Resource Center)

Contemporary Literary Criticism Select (in Literature Resource Center)

Current Biography

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete

Digital Dissertations (ProQuest)

EBSCO: Academic Search Premier (Full-Text)

English Drama

English Poetry

English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC)

Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984


Literature Compass

Literature Criticism Online

Shakespeare's Sonnets (a guide to the sonnets, by Dympna Callaghan)

Shakespeare Survey

William Shakspere's Small Latine & Lesse Greeke

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online


17th-18th Centuries


The Carlyle Letters Online

A Concise Companion to the Romantic Age

Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe and His Contemporaries

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)


Eighteenth Century Fiction

English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC)

Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period


19th Century


19th Century British Library Newspapers

19th Century UK Periodicals

A Brontë Encyclopedia

A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

A Companion to Charles Dickens

A Companion to Jane Austen

Dickens: Letters

A History of Victorian Literature

Nineteenth Century Collections Online

Victorian Studies Bibliography

Victorian Women Writers Project

Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900, Series 2

Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals

Why Victorian Literature Still Matters


20th Century/Contemporary Literature


A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

A Concise Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Drama

A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry

The State of the Novel: Britain and Beyond

W.B. Yeats Collection