English Literature

Center for Research Libraries

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This is a library collection that can be searched and items may be ordered for loan. A few items are available online through the e-collection.

The Center for Research Libraries makes available more than 4.5 million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources to its members libraries to supplement their own humanities, science, and social science holdings. Center materials can be obtained for extended loan periods and at no cost by users affiliated with member libraries. Last year, 92 percent of the Center’s interlibrary loan requests were sent by two-day express within one business day, and 90 percent of copies were delivered within one business day as well.

The Center’s resources include:

  • 6,500 international newspapers, many dating to the 1700s--the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America
  • 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 ethnic titles
  • Foreign journals that are rarely held in U.S. libraries
  • More than 800,000 foreign dissertations
  • Area Studies - Major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and more.

The majority of these resources are in print or on microform. They can be ordered through our ILL department. There is also a growing e-collection.

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Credo Reference

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Credo Reference is an online reference library that provides you with access to a selection of reference books including encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, not to mention a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy and literature to law.  (from the website)


  • Language dictionaries
  • English dictionaries
  • Thesauri
  • Quotation dictionaries
  • Subject dictionaries and encyclopedias
  • Literature guides

See the 100 books available on Trent's subscription. (The selection of titles is reviewed annually and may change based on use.)

The following brief videos from Credo Reference demonstrate their product:


Direct link to list of books.

This resource was formerly called xreferplus.

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Stable URL: 

A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

Find a stable link at the bottom of the record, under "Retrieved from...".  Add the proxy prefix http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

A complete link will look like this:



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Criterion-on-Demand is an online digital delivery feature film system. Users may stream or download from a selection of over 2900 films ranging from classic film, documentaries, international film, North American feature films, cult classics, and more.


Criterion-on-Demand makes use of the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in on both PC and Mac. Users wishing to stream or download films will need to have the plugin installed. See information and download for  Silverlight [external link].  NOTE: The Chrome browser no longer supports Silverlight; use Firefox or Safari.

Allows requests for films that Criterion holds the rights to that have not yet been added to the Criterion-on-Demand service (2-6 weeks). Requests should be sent with sufficient lead time to libraryhelp@trentu.ca and should include the 'show date' along with the film information.

Use of streaming media is covered by Copyright. Streaming media is for educational use to support study, teaching, and research and any content streamed through Criterion-on-Demand may not be copied or reproduced in any form. It is intended for instructors, students, or persons working under the authority of Trent University.

When streaming media is shown on Trent's premises for educational purposes, to an audience consisting primarily of students, instructors, or any person who is responsible for setting curriculum at Trent University, members of the general public may be present. Admission fees cannot be collected for public showings unless proof of performance rights have been obtained from the distributor/creator.

Streaming media, or media that is available for download through Criterion-on-Demand, cannot be used on other websites or computer environments such as third party websites or social media platforms.

Various Dates. Studios include: 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Lionsgate Films, The Weinstein Company, Fox Searchlight, Alliance Films, Warner Brothers, Miramax Films, Mongrel Media, and more.
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The URL in the address bar of your browser usually works as a permanent link to a film.  Be sure to include the proxy prefix at the beginning: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=


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DeGruyter is a German academic publishing house. In 2011 DeGruyter acquired BEPress journals, access to the BEPress journals can now be done either through Scholars Portal (preferred) or directly through the DeGruyter site. There is a slight delay in coverage between Scholars Portal and DeGruyter with the most recent articles in a journal being available via DeGruyter before they appear in Scholars Portal.

Stable URL: 

A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.  

Via Scholars Portal:

1. There is a Permalink at the bottom of each record which is a stable url for that article.

If it doesn't already include the proxy information, add the proxy prefix to the beginning:

Example: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://resolver.scholarsportal.info/resolve/10811680/v16i0001/49_trotcvpncoc2

2. Many journals in Scholars Portal Journals also use the DOI system to create a stable link.

To link to a particular article via DOI, look for the line that provides a doi and use it create a link.

DOI: 10.1080/10811680.2011.536498
Link: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10811680.2011.536498

To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix:

DeGruyter is also DOI compliant.

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals

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This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. The aim is to cover all subjects and languages. There are over 5500 journals in the directory. Currently over 2350 journals are searchable at the article level and more than 460,000 articles are included in the DOAJ service.

"Open access" journals are defined as journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. The journal must exercise peer-review or editorial quality control to be included.See more information.


This site is maintained by support from membership. Through OCUL, Trent is a member of the DOAJ.

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A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

To find a stable URL to an article, look for the line that says:
The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at:

You may also find a doi link.

To link to a particular article, use the doi at the end of this url:

Example: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-7-148

Do not use the proxy prefix for these journals, since they don't have restricted access.

Duke University Press Journals

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Duke University Press publishes and distributes more than thirty periodicals that span a stimulating range of disciplines within the humanities and sciences--from East Asian cultural studies to French history, from lesbian and gay studies to mathematics and the history of economic thought, from feminism, culture and media studies to medieval and early modern studies. (from the website)

These journals are browsable and searchable from the publisher's website AND on Scholars Portal Journals, where you can search them simultaneously with thousands of other online journals.

We have over 1,500 e-books published by Duke University Press from 2010-2013 (coming Summer 2013).  They are accessed through ebrary and Scholars Portal Books.  They can also be found on TOPCAT, with links to the book on either site.

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Journals are monthly. Books are negotiated each year.
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A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

See the pages for ebrary and Scholars Portal Books for linking to e-books. 

See the Scholars Portal Journals page for linking to journals on that site.

Journals on the Duke site:
Duke University Press Journals uses the doi system to create a stable link.

To link to a particular article, look for the line at the top of the abstract that says:


Add it to the end of this url:

To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix:

Example: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/DOI:10.1215/01455532-2007-006

Since this database also contains links to Get it! you can use the "Save Citation" data to create a link to the article.

Early Canadiana Online


Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is a full text online collection of books and pamphlets documenting Canadian history from the first European contact to the late 19th century. The collection is particularly strong in literature, women's history, native studies, travel and exploration, and the history of French Canada.

Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is a digital library providing access to 2,008,165 pages of Canada's printed heritage. It features works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th Century.

ECO is produced by the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions (CIHM), a nonprofit organization for preserving and providing access to early Canadian publications, first on microfiche and now online.

ECO began in 1997 as a pilot project to create an online digital library. Over three years, 550,000 pages of text were taken from the CIHM's microfiche collection and scanned into digital images. This part of the collection remains free and accessible to the general public.

The second phase of ECO began in 2000 and is scheduled to continue to 2004. During this time, 1,250,000 pages of colonial, federal, and provincial government publications will be scanned and published. This portion of the collection is available to all registered ECO members.

Along the way, a few special projects have also been added to the collection. These include 20,000 pages of text detailing the history of Hudson's Bay Company, and 22,500 pages of Jesuit Relations texts, translated into English by Reuben Thwaites. These collections are also accessible to the general public.

Individual collections include Canadian Women's History, Colonial Government Journals, The Early Governors General of Canada, Early Official Publications, English Canadian Literature, History of French Canada, Hudson's Bay, Jesuit Relations, and Native Studies.


Part of the collection is available without a subscription; Trent subscribes to the entire collection.

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Early English Books Online

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Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.

This collection now contains about 100,000 of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement. Libraries possessing this collection find they are able to fulfill the most exhaustive research requirements of graduate scholars - from their desktop! - in many subject areas, including: English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science.

(from the website) Read more.


Each individual book title can also be found in TOPCAT (over 100,000 items). Search by title, author, subject, or keyword.

You can choose to simultaneously search Eighteenth Century Collections Online (books), by clicking in the box that offers this option.

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This is a collection of e-books, mostly (but not all) scholarly. E-books are accessed online; they are not physically located in our library, but we purchase the right to access them on the web. 

E-books purchased by a library are different than individual purchases for your e-book reader because they are mounted on a server, available for viewing to a large number of readers. Libraries purchase access for their users. Software is used to provide a platform on which users can use e-books. ebrary is one of the platforms used to provide our e-books. (See other providers.)

With ebrary, you can

  • create an account for yourself,
  • select books to add to your "Bookshelf" for easy retrieval later,
  • make notes and highlight portions of your readings,
  • print or copy selections or pages.

Books are searchable through an advanced search by author, title, subject, full text, call number, key field, and more.

See the ebrary guide. There are other Help features available from the ebrary start page.


Trent purchases many individual e-books available through the ebrary platform; often with a single-user or 3-user limitation. (1,000+ titles)

The following major collections are also available thorugh ebrary, normally with unlimited simultaneous users.

  • Cambridge University Press (2,300+ titles)
  • Canadian Public Documents Collection (30,000+ titles)
  • Canadian Publishers Collection (8,000+ titles) - excludes Canadian University Presses collection 2014-16 (in Scholars Portal Books)
  • Canadian Trade Publishers (6,000+ titles) - not all scholarly; subscription
  • Duke University Press (2,000+ titles)
  • Oxford University Press (3,000+ titles) - excludes Oxford Scholarship Online 2012-15 (in Scholars Portal Books)
  • Springer (15,000+ titles)
  • Taylor & Francis (11,000 titles)


As of 2015, there are over 70,000 books available at this site.


Many of these e-books can be downloaded to an e-book device, mobile device, or computer. Not all books can be downloaded; you'll be informed if the book you selected is not eligible. Generally, books with a single-user license are not downloadable.  See the information sheet on downloading.

These e-books are not in a format compatible with Kindle.


  • You must have an ebrary bookshelf account. It's easy to create one using the "sign in" page - click "Create an account".
  • You must have Adobe Digital Editions (free software) installed on your computer. Use a computer to download, then sync your device to transfer.


  1. Sign in to your Bookshelf account.
  2. Chose a book, and click the "download" button.
  3. Choose the part (or all) of the book you want to download.
  4. When the document is downloaded it will open in Adobe Digital Editions.
  5. Transfer the e-book to your mobile device.


  1. Create an Adobe ID account.
  2. Install "BlueFire Reader" from the App Store.
  3. Login to your ebrary account.
  4. Select a book and click "download".
  5. Now you can read the e-book using BlueFire.

Downloaded books are saved for 7 days, after which they are deleted from your device. For further details, see the ebrary Help page.

Single-User Books

Some books are purchased with a single-user license to reduce the cost.  Each book will identify how many users can simultaneously read the same book.  One of the following messages will be shown:

  • Your institution has unlimited access to this book.
    • Any number of simultaneous users allowed.
  • Your institution has access to one copy of this book.
    • Can only be viewed by one user at a time.
  • Your institution has access to three copies of this book.
    • Up to three simultaneous users are allowed access.

If you view a single-user book, it is not available to any other Trent user.  It is automatically released only when:

  • you open another book,
  • the book remains idle for 15 minutes, or
  • your browser is closed.

(There used to be a “Release this title” button when viewing a single-user book, but no longer, given the automatic release.)

    If you open a single-user book that is in use by someone else, you are initially shown a preview-only copy of the book. 

    • This allows you to view the Table of Content, Index, and the first few pages of each chapter. 
    • You may not realize this is a preview copy, unless you try to move beyond the limitations, when it will indicate you're previewing and provide you with an option to wait for the book.
    • If you ask to be placed in the queue for the book, you have 5 minutes to access it once you're notified that it's available.  If you don't, it's released to the next user in the queue.


    See ebrary's Help with copying and printing.

    Trent's limit for printing from ebrary is 100 pages per session.  However, many publishers have enforced their own limits.  A session is usually determined by your browser; as long as your browser remains open, your session is still active. This is in place to avoid violation of copyright. 

    Be careful that you don't violate copyright when you print.  See our webpage on "Fair Dealing" and "Short Excerpts".


    See the mobile access information for ebrary. Complete ebrary books can be downloaded to your computer, then transferred to an ebook reader, or a mobile device

    Also see the Scholars Portal guide to Mobile Ebooks.

    See more information about e-books see our webpage on Purchasing E-Books for the Library.

    Ebrary software is also used on the Scholars Portal Books site, although it has a different look to it. There is some overlap of coverage on both sites. Scholars Portal Books provides access to e-book collections from:

    • Cambridge University Press
    • Canadian Health Research Collection
    • Canadian Publishers Collection
    • Oxford University Press
    • Springer
    • Open Access (Internet Archive Project).

    See information about features on the Scholars Portal Books information sheet.

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    Irregular, as new titles are purchased by the library.
    Stable URL: 

    A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

    In ebrary, the url of a particular book in the address bar of your browser is a stable url and it can be copied and used later.

    EBSCO Group


    Databases include:

    Academic Search Elite Database description.
    Full text for more than 2,000 journals, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed titles. Indexing and abstracts for all 3,484 journals in the collection. Almost any subject is covered.

    America: History & Life Database description.
    The history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With indexing for 1,700 journals from 1964 to present, this database is the most important bibliographic reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history. Strong English-language journal coverage is balanced by an international perspective on topics and events, including abstracts in English of articles published in more than 40 languages. 

    Bibliography of Native North Americans Database description.
    Citations to literature about native peoples of North America published from the sixteenth century to the present. Native North Americans include Aleuts; Eskimos or Inuit of Greenland, northern Canada, Alaska, and eastern Siberia; and other native peoples of Alaska, Canada, the United States, and Mexico north of the northern boundary of Mesoamerica.All citations are to published materials: books, journal articles, essays, conference papers, and US and Canadian government documents.

    Business Source Complete Database description.
    This is the world's definitive scholarly business database, providing the leading collection of bibliographic and full text content. As part of the comprehensive coverage offered by this database, indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886 are included. In addition to the searchable cited references provided for more than 1,200 journals.

    Historical Abstracts Database description.
    Historical Abstracts is an exceptional resource that covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more - essential for libraries supporting upper-division and graduate research. This authoritative database provides indexing of more than 1,700 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955.  

    Regional Business News 
    Full text coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

    CINAHL is the authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. This database provides indexing for 2,857 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health. The database contains more than 1,000,000 records dating back to 1982.  We currently subscribe to CINAHL from Ovid but we plan to move to EBSCO in the future.  

    A companion database to CINAHL, Pre-CINAHL is intended to provide current awareness of new journal articles, and includes a rotating file of limited bibliographic information (no subject searching), available to searchers only for the time when these articles are being assigned additional indexing.

    Political Science Complete Database description.
    Full text for more than 520 journals, and indexing and abstracts for over 2,900 titles, (including top-ranked scholarly journals), many of which are unique to the product. The database also features over 340 full-text reference books and monographs, and over 36,000 full-text conference papers, including those of the International Political Science Association.

    Public Administration Abstracts Database description.
    Bibliographic records covering essential areas related to public administration, including public administration theory, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains more than 93,600 records, which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline.

    Public Affairs Index Database description.
    A bibliographic database covering all aspects of global contemporary public policy issues ranging from public health, the environment, housing, human and civil rights, to international conflict and natural disasters. It draws on a diverse array of scholarly publications, conference papers, government documents and current reference works to provide up-to-date information on the broad range of topics of concern to the world today.


    This database works with to locate full-text availability.

    See mobile access information for EBSCO.

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