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English: Books & Journals

Covers Creative Writing; English Literature; English Language

Academic sources

You will be expected to use academic sources in your assignments. Many of these academic sources will come from books and journal articles. 


Books are particularly useful for an introduction to or broad overview of a topic. The Library has both print books and E-Books and you will find both by searching Library Search.

In the library, books about the same subject are assigned the same shelfmark number which you will find on the spine of each book and listed on the catalogue. Here is a selection of shelfmarks for English:

Autobiography: literary criticism 809.93351   

English Literary History 820.9

English literature   820 

Poetry: criticism techniques 801.951 

Standard Usage of Language: education 428.007

Standard form of Language: Dictionaries 428.3

Linguistics 410

Linguistics: education 418.007

Grammar 415



Use journals to find:

  • useful information, research and discussions
  • different view points from different authors
  • current information as journals are published quicker than books.
You can find journal articles by searching Library Search and also by searching individual databases as listed on the Databases' tab of this guide,

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