Skip to Main Content

English Literature Research Guide

Overview Sources

Covers historical eras and literary periods, genres and movements. Each chapter, covering various aspects of the subject or topic, is written by an authority in the field. Examples: History of the Gothic, Science Fiction, Modernism, Post-modernism, LGBT literature, Graphic Novel.  

Reference Books for Background Information

These reference books (biography, encyclopedias, companions, handbooks) will provide brief or extended essays on people, historical events/ periods, literary concepts/theories, and cultural/political ideas/ideologies. 


The entries for the biographical sources below are all commissioned and written by authorities on the subject.




* Core and Interdisciplinary Databases

Core Database - Theses

Core Databases - Literature Criticism 

Core - Shakespeare

Core- Medieval and Renaissance

Core- Performing Arts

Book and Journal Collections Full-text


Streamed Video



Paper Copy Book Review Indexes

Locating Book Reviews

Reviews 18th and 19th Centuries.

Forster, Antonia. Index to book reviews in England, 1749-1774. Southern Illinois University Press, 1990.    Z1035 A1 F67 1990 Reference Collection (paper copy)

Forster, Antonia. Index to book reviews in England, 1775-1800. British Library, 1997.  Z1035 A1 F672 1997 Reference Collection (paper copy)

Combined retrospective index to book reviews in humanities journals, 1802-1974.  Research Publications, 1982.  10 volumes Z1035 A1 C63 1982 Reference Collection (paper copy)

Combined retrospective index to book reviews in scholarly journals, 1886-1974. Carrollton Press, 1979.   15 volumes Z1035 A1 C64 1979 Reference Collection (paper copy)

Reviews 20th Century

An Index to book reviews in the humanities, 1960-1990.  31 volumes Z1035 A1 I63 Reference Collection (paper copy)

English Literature Librarian

Profile Photo
Lonnie Weatherby
Humanities & Social Sciences Library-
Bibliothèque des sciences humaines et sociales
3459 McTavish
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 0C9

McGill LibraryQuestions? Ask us!
Privacy notice