This page provides a list of databases for searching for articles on English Literature in scholarly journals and other periodicals. A brief description is provided for each database to help researchers choose the most appropriate one for their purpose. The advantages and disadvantages of different levels of database searching also are discussed,
There are a number of electronic resources you can use to research your area. The databases on this page are some of the more useful ones. You can also search for a specific journal using the search box below. If you cannot find what you need, please contact the Subject Specialist using the contact information under the Home tab of this Guide.
NOTE: Due to license agreements, some journals and/or specific issues may not be available in full-text.
If you are faculty, staff, or currently enrolled in classes at Jacksonville State University, you can access the Library's electronic resources from your home computer.
Access is granted through an authentication application called EZproxy. It is very easy to use, and it allows our users to access our resources from any browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) or service provider (AOL, Mindspring, etc.).
When you're prompted for a student/staff ID and your last name, type in your student/staff number (all numbers, no dashes, no spaces) including ALL leading zeroes and your last name. For example:
Click the "Submit" button and you're in! Once you have been authenticated, you can begin searching the resource. If you have any problems accessing the databases, use the contact information in the Help box above to contact us.
To find articles on a topic, you will need to search in databases that index the articles in various online journals or digitized, electronic versions of books. For information on British/English authors, you may want to start with the following databases. For additional databases, redirect to the LibGuide for English Language and Literature: Electronic Databases by Subject.
Available electronically and in print: Per PR873.T76
Studies in Romanticism
Studies in Romanticism was founded in 1961 by David Bonnell Green at a time when it was still possible to wonder whether “romanticism” was a term worth theorizing (as Morse Peckham deliberated in the first essay of the first number). It seemed that it was, and, ever since, SiR (as it is known to abbreviation) has flourished under a fine succession of editors: Edwin Silverman, W. H. Stevenson, Charles Stone III, Michael Cooke, Morton Paley, David Wagenknecht (1978-2010), and Charles Rzepka. Ever since the tradition founded by Morton Paley, the journal has published thematically-controlled “special issues,” as well as miscellanies, and many of these issues have been especially fortunate in including cutting-edge work by young scholars.
Available electronically and in print: Per PN751.S8
One of the first interdisciplinary journals in the humanities, Victorian Studies remains the flagship journal in the field. Publishing essays on topics from literature, social and political history, fine arts, science, philosophy, economics, and law.
Available electronically and in print: PR1.V5
Levels of electronic database searching
Electronic databases may be searched on three levels:
Advantages of searching a native (single) database
Disadvantages of searching a native database
Advantages of simul-searching multiple databases by provider
Disadvantages of simul-searching multiple databases by provider
Advantages of Gemfinder Discovery Search
Disadvantages of Gemfinder Discovery Search
To cross-search EBSCOhost, Gale/Cengage, or JSTOR databases:
1) Go to the library's Electronic Resources page (http://www.jsu.edu/library/resources/index.html)
2) Scroll down to Frequently Used Resources
3) Select the database vendor you wish to cross-search
4) Follow instructions provided by the vendor
Many authors have journals or newsletters devoted to them, but these publications may not be indexed in a database. A basic internet search can turn these up. Many have contents pages, and even selective full text of articles, available online. The search algorithm is simple. In the search box of the internet search engine, type the name of the author, within quotation marks, followed by the word "society" (no quotation marks). For example:
"john cooper powys" society
Whether the author's group calls itself an Association, a Circle, or a Society, within the results list the search brings up should be a link to that group; and connected to that link, access to resources not available through databases.