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English Subject Guide: online library support

Subject Guide - help and guidance on finding resources in your subject area

 Welcome to the English LibGuide

  Use this guide to help you make the most of the library and information resources and services.  

New to the University?  Explore the Library Induction to learn all about the Library basics. 

Using your subject guide


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Sarah Jones

Rachel Browning, Penryn Campus Library

Your Library Champion

Your Library Champion is Emily Mason (Exeter) and Chloe Penrose (Penryn)

Where to start your search

Library Search

Search for textbooks, ebooks, journals, articles and more. 

Library Search LibGuide available for guidance.

For a full selection of databases and archives, use the A-Z Databases List.

Expand your search


Click here for the 'Which resources do I use?' guide

This guide will help you: 

  • Choose which resources to use for different modules
  • Find criticism and commentary on literary works
  • Locate primary texts from the era you are studying




Use this tutorial guide to help you locate information for your assignments.



Visit this tutorial guide for help with locating and using library resources when undertaking dissertation research.


  Click here for the Shakespeare resources guide

  Unsure how to access the texts of Shakespeare's plays and poems?

  Need a critical article or essay relating to the Bard? 

  Visit this guide for help.


Click here for the guide to Finding Shakespeare's Sonnets

First year English students - you have been asked to find a Shakespeare sonnet using EEBO and English Poetry Online to compare the differences between the versions. 

This guide will show you how to find the sonnet you have selected.    





Click here for the Library Research: EAS2026 Desire and Power guide

This guide introduces you to the skills and resources required for effective library research for Module EAS2026‚Äč.

Effective Searching & Referencing

It is important to plan your search strategy, and manage your search results so that you get the most from your online searching.

Keep a record of all the material you need to cite in your assignments, papers, projects etc. 

Use the Search Techniques and Referencing guidance to assist you.

  • It is  easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of information available to you.  
  • Invest time in planning an effective online search strategy so that you can quickly and easily discover relevant and high quality information. 


As you search you need to keep track of all the material you will be using in your academic work so that you can cite and reference it appropriately.

Top Tip

Always check your module handbook for specific departmental guidance on the style required for your assessed works and dissertations.  Check with your personal tutor or dissertation supervisor if you need clarification.

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Find out more about the skills support available to help you develop a range of academic skills including essay writing, referencing, critical reading and getting the most out of lectures.

Academic Skills Support

Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a great resource to use when you are planning and conducting your research. 

It is targeted at social science researchers but is useful across all subject areas as it covers key research methodology topics that are applicable across the research spectrum.

Sage have produced a comprehensive LibGuide to help you get the best from the resource.

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