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Search Advice English Language and Literature: Get going

This guide is aimed at...

Students and researchers in English language and literature.

In this Libguide we try to explain how to search for publications on English language and literature, both fast and extensive.

We also refer to other guides on specific databases or general subjects.

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I already have a title...

When you need a specific book, or a chapter from it, search for the author and title in our library catalogue.

When you need a specific article from a journal, search:

  • The author/title in our Google Scholar (with UBUlink). The fastest way, but you won´t find everything that is available in Utrecht.
  • The journal title in the list of electronic journals and browse to the specific volume, issue and page.
  • The journal title in our library catalogue, in rare cases we only have the print journal available.

A quick search with Google Scholar

Google Scholar: do a quick search for publications you can get hold of easily. Beware that you may miss important publications and that you will find a lot of titles that are not closely related to your subject.

A quick search for books in our library catalogue

Catalogue: search for books (print books and ebooks) which you are sure to be available in Utrecht. You won´t find chapter titles in our catalogue!

A quick or extensive search with MLA International Bibliography

MLA International Bibliography: important scholarly publications on language and literature. For journal articles, books and chapters from books. Unfortunately there is a significant chance that books are not available in Utrecht. For a quick search, limit your results to (peer reviewed) journal articles.

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Get Access

Students and employees at Utrecht University also have off campus access to the search engines, ebooks and electronic journals provided by the University Library. Use our bookmarklet: