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Welcome! to the English Subject Guide!

This guide brings together useful research resources for English students and staff.  

Explore the headings (above) for information that will help you to find books, journal articles and more to support your research. 

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Understanding Shakespeare

Ben Jonson

Cambridge Edition


LIterature & Childhood


the World

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Alexander Ritchie
Robertson Library
135 Union St East
+64 3 479 7827

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Special Collections Exhibitions Online

Scholarly Favourites

Who uses Special Collections? And why? And what research results emanate from physically examining books and manuscripts? These questions formed the basis of the forthcoming exhibition, beginning on 10 June 2016, at the de Beer Gallery, Special Collections, University of Otago. The exhibition, entitled Scholarly Favourites. Researching in Special Collections, reveals a variety of readers, and an equally wide variety of books and manuscripts used. In most cases the item was used for research; in others the item was a pure favourite, a work that resonated with the reader's sense of being. The book or manuscript had become important to them.

A Letterpress Legacy: The Dartmouth College Book Arts Workshop

In 2015, Dartmouth College celebrated the Workshop's 25th Anniversary with an exhibition entitled: 'The Secret Revealed. The Books Arts Workshop at 25 Years'. This exhibition showcased a selection of print and book arts materials produced by students and staff at Dartmouth over the years. To celebrate the University of Otago's association with Dartmouth College through the Matariki Network*, this exhibition highlights a small selection of materials borrowed from Dartmouth's Books Arts Workshop and Rauner Special Collections Library.

Keeping it in the Family: British and Irish Literary Generations, 1770-1930

Keeping it in the Family. British and Irish Literary Generations, 1770-1930 considers the family as an essential, if often overlooked, element of creative production. It presents the stories of talented families working (and sometimes quarrelling) together in creating some of the most remarkable literary, artistic, and scientific works of the long 19th century. Many of the families, like the Wordsworths and the Brontës, are well known; others, like the Hunts and Porters, were famous in the past, but deserve a new look. In some cases, the family connections are surprising.

Databases that will to help you find articles on English Literature

Use keyword searches to find articles on your research topic with these great databases! 

The article may be available in PDF or HTML. If the full-text of an article is not included, click on the   Article Link button to check availability.

These databases cover journals from several disciplines, including English Literature.

The article may be available in PDF or HTML. If the full-text of an article is not included, click on the   Article Link button to check availability.

These databases specialise in listing articles published in NZ publications. The full-text is not always available, but you can use the information in the citation/reference to track down a copy. Use Library Search | Ketu to see if we hold the journal/newspaper the article was published in, then browse by year, volume, issue, page number to find a copy of the article.

Some of these more specialised databases may also be relevant for your research topic.

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