Literature - Finding Articles

For some assignments, our Discovery Service will give you enough sources to work with.

Sometimes you may want to try specific databases or journals – perhaps your lecturer has recommended particular names as a good way of finding articles. This page lists key sources for Literature:



An academic journal archive containing thousands of articles on a wide range of subjects. You will need to search other databases to find the most recent years.

A full text database which includes classic and contemporary short stories and poems, classic novels, author biographies, criticism and reviews, synopses and journal articles.

Brilliant for literature assignments as it contains the full text of thousands of critical articles and book chapters, plus biographical details and plot summaries which you can listen to.

The world’s leading source of articles and chapters on literature, language, folklore and related culture.

Collections of articles from a variety of humanities and social sciences. We have bought the collection which includes Literature and Film so this is excellent for Literature students.


• ELH  (in Library only) 

A long-standing, peer-reviewed journal covering major works in English and American literature.

Internationally recognized as the leading, peer-reviewed journal in the field of Commonwealth and postcolonial literatures

An international peer-reviewed journal covering the latest developments in stylistic analysis, the linguistic analysis of literature

The major, peer-reviewed journal covering English and American literature across the 1800s.


The most well-known, American, peer-reviewed journal covering all aspects of literature around the world from medieval to modern – very popular with staff and students in Portsmouth.

A long-standing, peer-reviewed journal covering all areas of English literature and the English language from the earliest period to the present.

Britain’s principal international, peer-reviewed journal of radical literary studies. Postcolonial literature, queer theory, Gothic and the work of Jean Rhys, Angela Carter and Charlotte Brontë are just some examples of popular articles in this journal.

News Services & Archives

1271 London and provincial newsbooks, newspapers, periodicals, pamphlets and single-sheet ephemera, 1600 to 1800.

• 19th Century UK Periodicals not in Discovery 

A collection covering the growth of readership, including magazines for women, children and leisure interests.

• British Library Newspapers not in Discovery 

Search and read a wide range of national and regional newspapers from 1741-1950.

Over 150 national and regional newspapers including the Morning Chronicle 1801-1865, Southampton Herald 1830-1900, Hampshire/Portsmouth Telegraph 1800-1900, Portsmouth Evening News 1878-1904. Archives are available covering 1800-1950, with different date ranges for each newspaper.

The text of 460 journals published between the 1680s and the 1930s. This archive includes millions of facsimile pages from a wide range of publications from scholarly and professional titles through to art periodicals, penny weeklies and illustrated family magazines.

This archive includes key sources with input from major literary figures e.g. Conan Doyle, Defoe, Dickens, Mrs. Gaskell, Smollett.

Use with care as this tabloid is known for its strong views but it can help with some assignments and certain dissertation topics. Search for stories or use the browse feature to flick through the paper on particular days, including special editions published in connection with Queen Victoria, George V, Elizabeth II's coronation and Winston Churchill. Use Nexis UK if you want to go beyond 2004.

• Gale Primary Sources not in Discovery 

Search all the newspaper and magazine archives which we buy from Gale Cengage in one go. Once you've done a search, use Term Clusters and Term Frequency in the left-hand column to help you analyse your results.

• The Guardian and Observer Archives not in Discovery 

Access stories and photos from The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)

The world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper containing useful background for Victorian topics in particular.

• Nexis not in Discovery 

Full text articles from many news sources and trade journals both UK and international. Archives sometimes stretching back to the mid 1980's.

Regional and national newspapers from the UK, Europe, the USA and Australasia, dating from the 1980s onwards so can be useful for reaction to, and background on, contemporary authors.

This online archive includes African-American newspapers as well as titles that pre-date a state’s admission into the Union. There is a wide variety of titles and date coverage e.g. Afro-American (Baltimore), Daily Hot Blast, (Anniston, Alabama) Detroit Free Press, The Washington Globe, with the oldest newspaper dating from 1800. There are numerous ways to search or browse.

• The Times: Digital Archive 1785-2013 not in Discovery 

Search over 200 years of articles. Articles are full facsimiles of what was published on the day and you can view the article in its original page location if you want.

Your Subject Team

Anne Worden

Faculty Librarian


Phone: (023) 9284 3243

Sharon Bittner

Assistant Faculty Librarian


Phone: (023) 9284 3234

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