English Language - 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 English Language:


A key source for tracking down articles on a broad range of journalism and media topics.

Good for any topics on language and communication issues, plus journalism, newspapers and TV


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 leading international peer-reviewed journal publishing articles at the boundaries of discourse analysis and the social sciences. It focuses on theory formation and analysis of the relationships between the structures of text, talk, language use, verbal interaction or communication, on the one hand, and social, political or cultural micro- and macrostructures and cognitive social representations, on the other.

An international peer-reviewed journal for the study of text and talk. Articles cover the structures and strategies of written and spoken discourse, with special attention given to cross-disciplinary links.

A popular and highly regarded, peer-reviewed journalfor all those involved in English Language Teaching, whether as a second, additional, or foreign language, or as an international Lingua Franca. The journal links the everyday concerns of practitioners with insights gained from relevant academic disciplines such as applied linguistics, education, psychology, and sociology.

An international peer-reviewed journal which focuses on the description of the English language within the framework of contemporary linguistics.

A very popular, easy-to-read, peer-reviewed journal containing reports on all aspects of the English language, including style, usage, dictionaries, literary language, Plain English, the Internet and language teaching, in terms of British, American and the world's many other 'Englishes'. Its global readership includes linguists, journalists, broadcasters, writers, publishers, teachers, advanced students of the language and others with a professional or personal interest in communication.

A popular, peer-reviewed, international journal of sociolinguistics concerned with language and discourse as aspects of social life.

An international, peer-reviewed journal aimed at language teachers, researchers and policy makers. Articles cover classroom practice in all its aspects, relationships between policy, theory and practice, multilingualism and multiculturalism, new technologies and foreign languages and much more.

Read expert overviews of research in the field of second-language teaching and learning. You will find critical survey articles of recent research on specific topics, second and foreign languages and countries.

A very popular, peer-reviewed journal aimed at professionals in the field which includes articles on English language teaching and learning and standard English as a second dialect. 

A popular, peer-reviewed journal covering the study of English in global, social, cultural and linguistic contexts.

News Services & Archives

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.

• The Guardian and Observer Archives not in Discovery 

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

• 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 - note that you will find Latin American sources in the Spanish section and Francophone African sources in the French section. 

• 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.

• UKPressonline not in Discovery 

Access facsimile articles (including photos) from the Daily Express and Daily Mirror from the early 1900s onwards. Useful if you want the tabloid view on topical issues.

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