English Literature

Project MUSE

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Project MUSE is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers providing 100% full-text, affordable and user-friendly online access to over 300 high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from over 120 scholarly publishers. (from the website)  See a list of titles covered.

Use the search engine to find an article, subject, author, etc. You can search across all journals, or select specific journals.

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These journals may be accessed in several ways. They can be searched or browsed on the MUSE or Scholars Portal Journals site.

Individual titles may also be found on our shelves in print. Check TOPCAT for individual titles in print or online.

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Varies, depending on the journal.
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Ongoing.
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 MUSE, the url in the address bar of a citation is usually durable - you can copy it and use it later.  Try it in a different browser to see.  Most articles also have a DOI.

See the Scholars Portal Journals information sheet for durable links through SPJ.

Periodicals Archive Online

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Periodicals Archive Online is a major online periodical archive that makes the backfiles of periodicals in the humanities and social sciences available electronically, providing access to the full text of a growing number of digitized periodicals that have been indexed in its sister database, Periodicals Index Online.

Currently, Periodicals Archive Online contains over 500 journals, providing access to over 12.9 million article pages - representing over 1.9 million articles. Periodicals Archive Online continues to add new titles, to give undergraduate and graduate students, university faculty and libraries access to a growing collection of the most historically respected journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Periodicals Archive Online covers the humanities and social sciences in 37 key subject areas. It is international in scope with the inclusion of more than 60 foreign-language titles, of value to both customers in English-speaking countries and internationally.

(from the website)

Trent has access to sets 1-6. See the title list. This is an archive of journals, which means that it offers historic coverage, and not current volumes.

You can search the entire set of journals for articles by keyword. You can also browse journals by language, title, or subject.

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These journals are included in GetIt Trent! so it can be searched as its own database, but citations to these journals found in other indexes will also be linked to the articles in this database.

Use "My Archive" to create an account for yourself and save items for later viewing.

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Varies by title, but generally covers early issues until about 10 years ago.
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Ongoing
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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 for an article in this database, click on "Bookmark this page" on the upper-right of a page of an article, and copy the "durable URL" provided.

Oxford Journals Online

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As a major international publisher of academic and research journals, Oxford Journals publishes and develops titles in partnership with the world's most prestigious learned societies.

The collection includes over 180 titles covering Life Sciences, Mathematics & Physical Sciences, Medicine, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Law, and including some of the most authoritative journals in their fields. (from the website)

Access to journals is available by searching, browsing by title, and browsing by subject.

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All journals have been optimized for mobile devices. If you access the journal website on a mobile device, you will be automatically redirected to the mobile version. The mobile site is prefixed with "m". See more.

These journals may be accessed in several ways. They can be searched or browsed individually on the publisher's or Scholars Portal site, or they can be searched as part of the E-Journals database on Scholars Portal Search.

Individual titles may also be found on our shelves in print. Check TOPCAT for individual titles in print or online.

E-Mails of table of contents alerts are available for all Oxford Journals.

November 2010:
Oxford is pleased to announce the successful migration of all Oxford Journals content to the latest version of the HighWire Press online platform, known as HighWire 2.0. All journals published by Oxford - over 1.2 million journal articles - are now benefitting from the more user-friendly, dynamic, and standards based platform.

Access also available via Scholars Portal.

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Availability varies by title; with some archives dating from 1995 onwards, and others from 2002.
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Ongoing
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. This database uses 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.

Example:
DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2009.02.013
Link: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2009.02.013

To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix:
http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

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

Oxford Digital Reference Shelf

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Oxford Reference Library offers over 300,000 "Overview" pages, providing a quick definition for every unique topic;  270 "Timelines"; a new online-only Quotations title; and regularly published topical theme articles.  Reference books are also included.

Many book titles are locked (you'll see a lock icon) because our Library has not purchased access. To see only available works, click "Show full text results only".

The titles available to Trent are listed below, with a direct link. To search within a book, use the "Search within work" box instead of the main search box (to avoid links to unavailable works).

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Each title in this collection is also entered in TOPCAT.

Previously called Oxford Digital Reference Shelf, this database changed name, platform and location in September 2012.  Now there's a search engine to search all books at once, however it includes titles unavailable to Trent, so you'll find locked content. If you are asked to purchase access or to recommend a title to your Library for purchase, it's because we don't have access to that title.  Look for links that don't have a lock icon beside them.

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Varies by title; all recent
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 Oxford Reference, the url in the address bar of your browser should work as a stable url.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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56,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2009.

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, in association with the British Academy is the first point of reference for anyone interested in the lives of the peoples of the British Isles and their connections overseas, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2009. It is the product of research instituted at the University of Oxford and funded by the British Academy—Britain's national academy for the humanities and the social sciences—and by Oxford University Press. It is the achievement of 10,000 contributors and advisers, a worldwide community co-ordinated by project staff in Oxford.

The Oxford DNB aims to provide full, accurate, concise, and readable articles on noteworthy people in all walks of life, which present current scholarship in a form accessible to all. No living person is included: the Dictionary's articles are confined to people who died before 31 December 2009. It covers people who were born and lived in the British Isles, people from the British Isles who achieved recognition in other countries, people who lived in territories formerly connected to the British Isles at a time when they were in contact with British rule, and people born elsewhere who settled in the British Isles for significant periods or whose visits enabled them to leave a mark on British life.

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Access is limited to 1 simultaneous user.

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Up to 2009 (date of death).
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3 times a year
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. At the bottom of each entry you'll find persistent links.

In the DNB, the url of the entry is provided, including the date it was accessed, for entry into a bibliography. The information before the comma and date is a persistent link.

Example: [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/16119, accessed 4 March 2008]
The persistent link is: http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/16119

To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix:
http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/16119

 

The DNB also uses the doi system to create a stable link.

To link to a particular article, look for the line that says:
doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/xxxxx

To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix and the doi website:
http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/

Example: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/16119

OED Online

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The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to South Africa, from Australia and New Zealand to the Caribbean. It also offers the best in etymological analysis and in listing of variant spellings, and it shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

As the OED is a historical dictionary, its entry structure is very different from that of a dictionary of current English, in which only present-day senses are covered, and in which the most common meanings or senses are described first. For each word in the OED, the various groupings of senses are dealt with in chronological order according to the quotation evidence, i.e. the senses with the earliest quotations appear first, and the senses which have developed more recently appear further down the entry. In a complex entry with many strands, the development over time can be seen in a structure with several 'branches'.

(from the website - see more)

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Ongoing. This is the 2nd edition.

Medieval Travel Writing

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Presents manuscripts of some of the most important works of European travel writing from the later medieval period.

The chief focus is on journeys to central Asia and the Far East, including accounts of travel to Mongolia, Persia, India, China and South-East Asia. The collection also includes a number of important accounts of travels to or through the Holy Land although in this it makes no claims to full or even broad coverage: a separate collection, covering crusading and pilgrimage narratives, would be required for that.

It features a number of medieval maps such as the famous ‘Beatus’ and ‘Psalter’ maps, individual manuscript illuminations, and some modern translations of key travel texts.

A good number of manuscript images are provided in full colour. The original documents are in a range of languages including French, Latin, German, Spanish, Dutch and English. Translations will be an important feature of the project and the full text search capability will be especially useful for undergraduates. Supporting the manuscripts are relevant secondary texts, maps of journeys, bibliographies and glossaries.

(From the website)

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Includes images: maps and illuminations.

Available from Adam Matthew Digital through a CRKN agreement (June 1, 2008 - May 31, 2011).

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13th to the 16th centuries
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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.

A persistent link in this database is the link to the .pdf document.

See more information on using this database for teaching, including linking and copyright.

Mass Observation Online

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Original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass-Observation organisation, together with printed publications, photographs and interactive maps. The documents are from the Special Collections Library, University of Sussex.

Mass Observation Online offers revolutionary access to one of the most important archives for the study of Social History in the modern era.  The material covers:

  • The end of the ‘Hungry Thirties’ when the impact of the Depression was still being felt;
  • The onset of war, the Blitz and war on the home front;
  • The post war world, with the rise of consumerism and television.

The archive has always been immensely popular with students because it offers immediate and engaging evidence of major trends such as the increasing role of women in work, the birth of the welfare state, anti-Semitism and anti-communism, the growth of secularism and the increasing importance of radio, television and cinema in people’s lives.  Through interviews, overheard conversations, directive responses and diary entries it offers brilliant cameos describing life in the jazz halls, what people thought of the movies they saw, how people survived the random terror of the Blitz, and where they lived and worked.

Additional features include interactive maps, a bibliography, a chronology, and a collection of photographs by Humphrey Spender.

(From the website)

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Includes images, maps, photographs.

Available from Adam Matthew Digital through a CRKN agreement (Available until 2019).

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1937-1972
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N/A
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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.

A persistent link in this database is the link to the .pdf document.

Literature Resource Centre

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The Literature Resource Center is a complete literature reference database designed for both the undergraduate and graduate student. Find biographical, bibliographical, and critical content on literary figures from all time periods.

Includes three hallmark author databases:

  • Contemporary Authors Online, offering biographical coverage of more than 130,000 writers;
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, featuring entries on all authors appearing in CLC since vol. 95 of the print series and complete profiles of 266 most studied authors from editions prior to vol. 95; and
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography Online, containing more than 13,000 biocritical essays on authors and their works written by academic scholars.

 

Includes full text journals as well as reference materials.

Searchable simultaneously with the MLA International Bibliography. See the information page on Artemis Literary Sources for more information on searching and limiting.

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A mobile app for all Gale databases is available.

Citations in MLA style are provided at the bottom of each document.

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Contemporary Literary Criticism is covered only since vol. 95.
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Irregular.
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.

At the bottom of a full record, find a link that says, "Document URL". This will link you back to this item.

To ensure off-campus access, be sure the proxy address is included. You should see "lib.trentu.ca" embedded in the url.

If not, add the proxy prefix to the front of the url:
http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

It would then look like:
http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CN2812731999&v=2.1&u=ocul_thomas&it=r&p=LitRG&sw=w&asid=7de0906588dfeee5d314f0cfb836ff91

JSTOR

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The JSTOR archive is a searchable database of full-text research journals in a variety of academic disciplines. All articles are full text. Individual journals can be browsed or searched. A search of the entire database can be performed.

See the number of associated journals for each subject covered on the Search screen (click "Browse by subject").

The Trent Library subscribes to the Arts & Sciences I, II, III, IV, V, VI, Arts & Sciences Complement, and Life Sciences (Biological Sciences / Health and General Sciences combined) collections. This includes over 1100 journals. These journals include complete backruns, from the first volume to 3-10 years ago (no current volumes). 

Journals in JSTOR have "moving walls" that define the time lag between the most current issue published and the content available in JSTOR. The majority of journals in the archive have moving walls of between 3 and 5 years, but publishers may elect walls anywhere from zero to 10 years.

New in 2013!  JSTOR also hosts a "Current Scholarship Program", providing current collections of journals.  Trent subscribes to many individual titles, as well as the University of Chicago Press package of 41 titles.

JSTOR, a not-for-profit organization, began in 1994 as a pilot project by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help libraries meet the space and budgetary challenges posed by the growing volume of scholarly research.

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JSTOR does not need to be searched directly to find articles available within it. When you search another major index (such as Historical Abstracts or Sociological Abstracts) and it identifies a citation to a journal that is available through JSTOR, the Getit_sm_trans service will connect us to the article in JSTOR.

Available through a CRKN agreement (renewed for 2014-17).

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Varies by journal. Begins with volume 1 of each journal and often has a "moving wall" that determines which recent volumes are available.
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Ongoing.

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