The UCR Library collects resources in English literature and related studies supporting both coursework and research conducted by our students and faculty.  We offer subject-specific and general research educational services at the library and provide access to information that includes the entire UC Libraries System and beyond.

Conducting Research

Books & Articles

Books are useful for getting a broad introduction or background information for topics in English Literature. Search by topic keywords in the UCR catalog or the Melvyl (UC) catalog.

Scholarly articles are carefully evaluated (peer-reviewed) by subject experts to provide reliable and credible information. Locate articles by searching the English literature databases. The most popular databases are listed on this page.


Many English literature journals are found electronically and can be browed in the UC Journal finder. Use the UCR catalog to find both print and electronic journals available in the library.

Specialized Resources

Encyclopedias such as Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism are useful for finding collected full-text criticism across genres.

Databases such as Proquest Digital Dissertations are useful for finding dissertations and theses related to English Literature studies. Also check out the UCR English literature dissertations to see what has been written by graduates of the UCR English program.

Quick Reference

Literary research guide : an annotated listing of reference sources in English literary studies

Johns Hopkins guide to literary theory & criticism

The Oxford companion to English literature

Oxford English dictionary