Reference and Full Text Databases

As many of these e-resources, which are licensed by the University Library, can be accessed from within the University data network only, you may have difficulties opening these links from home. How the University data network can be accessed from home is explained on the webpages of the University IT-services.

  • African Writers Series : key texts of modern African literature.
  • Atlas of North American English
  • Contemporary Writers in the UK
  • DOEC - Dictionary of Old English Corpus
  • Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL) : The Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL) comprises electronic editions of the two major historical dictionaries of the Scots language: the 12-volume Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) and the 10-volume Scottish National Dictionary (SND).
  • Early Modern English Database
  • Handbook of Pragmatics: The Handbook of Pragmatics provides up-to-date information on research in the field of linguistic pragmatics, conceived as the interdisciplinary (cognitive, social, and cultural) science of natural language use. This electronic encyclopaedia of one of the major fields of language studies is a continuously updatable source of state-of-the-art information for anyone interested in language use.
  • Literature Online: a fully searchable library of more than 349,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, plus biographies, bibliographies and key criticism and reference resources. This database includes the ABELL (the MHRA's Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature). Find and log in on the University Library database server.
  • Merriam-Webster: free online dictionary and thesaurus
  • Middle English Dictionary
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: An illustrated collection of more than 50,000 specially written biographies of the men and women from around the world who shaped all aspects of Britain's past. Access from the University Library database server.
  • Oxford Reference Online (Core Collection): about 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. Find and log in on the University Library database server.
  • Twentieth-Century Drama: plays from throughout the English-speaking world, covering the history of modern drama from the 1890s to the present.