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Search Advice English Language and Literature: Other resources

Early English Books Online (EEBO)

You can find "all" English books published between 1473 and 1700 with Early English Books Online (EEBO). More information on EEBO is available in their LibGuide.

And what about all other library services? Please visit the library website!

These LibGuides primarily focus on how to search and handle scholarly information. For all information on day-to-day library services please visit the our pages with practical information and library locations.

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What about the Internet?

Several guides have tried to map the English language and literature on the Internet. These guides have become obsolete. You will have to search for information on the Internet yourself and evaluate the websites you find.

Evaluating websites

If you want to use information from websites other than regular scholarly articles and books you should be extra careful and think about the role you give that information in your argument or analysis.

Ask yourself the following questions when reading webpages and be extra careful if the answer is negative most of the times.

  1. Is the name of the author/maker available (and do you know more about the author)?
  2. Can you find an e-mailaddress of the author/maker?
  3. Is the webpage free of (lots of) advertisements?
  4. Is the use of language careful, not childish, correct?
  5. Is it clear how the information on the page came about?
  6. Are sources mentioned (so no phrases like "research shows that") without any quotation of sources?
  7. Are claims well-founded (so no phrases like "as is common knowledge")?
  8. Is it a balanced piece or does all information point in the same direction?
  9. Is the author open about matters still unknown or uncertain?
  10. Can you find when the page was written or updated?
  11. Is the page unbiased or in any case without strongly political or commercial aims?

These questions do not relate of course to the use of scientific articles or e-books published on websites.