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English Information

Welcome to the Collections Guide for English. 

Once you know the call number (or classmark) you are looking for, you can use a floor plan to help you find the area of the library to visit. Most books that are relevant to Arts & Humanities are held in the Maughan Library.

Books are organised on the shelves using call numbers (or classmarks). We use the Library of Congress Classification Scheme which creates call numbers (or classmarks) using a series of letters and numbers - eg DD237 PEU.

  • The initial letters denote the general subject area (eg DD denotes the history of Germany)
  • The numbers denote a more specific subject area (eg DD237 denotes general works on the history of Germany post 1918)
  • The final combination of letters and numbers denote the author.

Journals for English

One of the best known collections of journal articles relevant to the Arts & Humanities is JSTOR, which focuses on older journal articles. There are many other collections which offer more recent articles of a similar academic standard.

You can use Library Search to access an extensive selection of ejournals and print journals. Titles include:

  • Essays in Criticism
  • Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance
  • MLN / Modern Language Notes
  • Shakespeare Quarterly

Arts & Humanities print journals are held on the ground floor of the Maughan Library. These are reference only and cannot be taken out of the library.

Databases & Ebook Collections

Archives and Special Collections

The Foyle Special Collections Library has extensive holdings of rare and historical material relating to English Literature and the history of the book.  These include:

  • Rare Books Collection largely comprising pre-1900 items, including first editions of works by Ben Jonson, John Milton, Alexander Pope and Charles Dickens
  • Adam Collection which focuses on 20th century English and European Literature
  • Skeat and Furnivall Collection  which contains material on Old and Middle English literature and Elizabethan literature
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office Historical Collection which has extensive holdings of travel literature.
  • Jeremy Adler Collection
  • College Collection
  • Hamilton Collection
  • Marsden Collection
  • Miscellaneous Collection
  • Rare Journals Collection
  • Wheatstone Collection

Please see also our online exhibitions on Byron and book illustration .

English Image

Here is an example of an item held in Special Collections on this subject:
Charles Dickens. Bleak House. London, 1853. Foyle Special Collections Library