Recommended resources for English Language and Literature

Licensed resources

Licensed resources for MU

Make sure to use the following resources via the university network or with remote access enabled.

Dictionaries and encyclopaediae

Oxford English Dictionary

An online version of a monolingual dictionary mapping the development of the English language.

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics

A reviewed and regularly updated online encyclopaedia.

Full text databases

ProQuest Language & Literature

An extensive source of articles from academic journals covering topics in English language, American and world literature, and linguistics.

Sage Journals

Articles from academic journals on linguistic topics, book reviews and essays.

Literature Online (LION)

Full texts of English and American literature, encyclopaedic information about authors and literary movements, handbooks and reviews.

De Gruyter

Offers free access to a large number of journals and chapters dealing with topics of linguistics and semiotics, literary studies, history and culture.


Academic journals (over 2,000 titles), books and other primary sources.

You can also use the comprehensive Discovery search service, which searches a large part of the university’s purchased resources.

Newspapers and journals


Current issues of journals and newspapers (3 months archive) from around the world, e.g. The Guardian or The Washington Post. Available also as a mobile app.

The Times Digital Archive 1785–2014

Online archive of London-based The Times, also captures the graphic design of newspapers and allows full text searches.

The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive 1902–2014

An archive of digital versions of the literary supplement to London-based The Times.

Freely available resources

Freely available resources

Oxford Text Archive

An archive of full-text resources in the field of language and linguistics, structured by focus, period or collection; partially freely available, it is possible to log in using a Masaryk University account.


University of Virginia Library catalogue, containing full texts of English literature with the possibility of searching by author or title.

University of Oxford’s Podcasts

Podcast series from the University of Oxford on topics ranging from language and linguistics to specific literary works by world-renowned authors.

Literary History

Biografie a literární kritiky k autorům 19. a 20. století a jejich tvorbě.

Early Modern Literary Studies

Biographies and literary criticism of 19th and 20th century authors and their work.

Internet Archive

The digital library offers free access to a range of textual and audiovisual materials, including approximately 28 million of books and texts.

British studies

British studies

British Council Literature

Profiles of British and the most important living Commonwealth authors, which are composed of biographies, bibliographies, critical reviews and information about the awards received.

Discovering Literature

An overview of artistic directions on the British Library website; here you will find high-quality images, texts by experts, artists or journalists, as well as short documentaries or teaching resources.

Great Writers Inspire

The University of Oxford offers a collection of video, audio and text resources for selected authors and historical periods; together they can be searched in the Library tab.

The Bodleian First Folio

A digital version of Shakespeare’s First Folio; is available in its original form of scanned images or as a text transcript in a downloadable PDF.

The Shelley-Godwin Archive

An archive of handwritten original texts and their digital transcription, three authors are included: Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and William Godwin.

The Victorian Web

A signpost with links for accessing e-books, texts, articles, information about authors, social and political history, and other topics related to the Victorian era.

Beckett Digital Manuscript Project

An archive of Samuel Beckett's manuscripts that contains scanned manuscripts as well as a text transcript that allows full-text search. Licensed resource, outside the university network, use remote access.

Resource guides

Oxford LibGuides

A signpost for freely available resources on British literature.

American studies

American studies

Common Place

A journal containing articles on early American life, American culture, and history.

Making of America

A selection of American historical journals, monographs and war documents.

Library of America

A non-profit organization providing free access to informative interviews and information about authors.


Freely available works in digital form from well-known and lesser-known American authors.

Documenting the American South

The initiative offers access to text, image and audio files related to South American culture, history and literature. DocSouth currently includes 16 thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artefacts, letters and songs.

Electronic Texts in American Studies Libraries at University of Nebraska – Lincoln

A digital library of documents, primary texts, and literature related to US history and culture.

Resource guides

American Literature Sites

Signpost for freely available and licensed resources on American literature.

American Studies

Electronic texts dealing with American studies; the site contains links to general and thematic pages, popular magazines and scholarly journals or series.

Black Past

A resource guide on African American culture and history, provided by the non-profit organization.

Columbia University Libraries

A resource guide on African American culture and history, provided by Columbia University.

This guide was created in cooperation with the Department of English and American Studies.
Materials were prepared by Júlia Činčuráková; the guide is maintained and updated by Mgr. et Mgr. Lucie Tomaňová.

Mgr. et Mgr. Lucie Tomaňová

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