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A guide to help you find library resources for English literature and writing

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Accessing Databases & ebooks from Home

If you are a student or faculty member at Brandon University, you can access resources from off campus.  Click what you need, and you'll see a white screen asking you to log in.  Once you log in, it should link to the resource you clicked.

To log in, you will need your Brandon University username and password - the same username and password you use to log into the Brandon University network when you're on campus. If you have not claimed your username and password or you are having trouble logging in with those, you should contact the Brandon University Help Desk (Phone 571-8500 Monday -Friday 8:30AM to 4:30PM).  You can also claim the id yourself.

Interlibrary Loans


Interlibrary loans (ILL) provides access to journal articles, books and other items not owned by our library. The service is available to all students, staff, and faculty. It's usually free but can take a week or two to arrive.

ILLs can be submitted to us via various Databases, as well as via our Online Forms (for information on how this is done see our ILL Flash Tutorial). In either case, you will need to use your Brandon University ILL account to do so.

For more information, see the Interlibrary Loan page.

Journal Articles! How Do I Get Them?

Academic journals contain articles that have a more specific focus on one aspect of a topic about literature. Articles contain the most up-to-date research and those found in scholarly journals are most likely peer-reviewed, meaning they have gone through a formal review and editing process by experts in the discipline. Articles in magazines, newspapers, or other "non-peer-reviewed" publications do not undergo this process--they are accepted at the discretion of a single editor.

In general, the most valuable and thoroughly researched information on literary topics can be found in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals, and these sources are what you should look for and use for papers in the English Department. For more detailed definitions of terms used here, check the page in this guide called Library (and Literary) Terms and What They Mean.

Key Literature Databases

Also check the Database list for other English and Creative Writing resources, as well as resources in related disciplines like Drama, History, Gender and Women's Studies, Native Studies, and Religion.