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English Language and Literature

Graduate Students - Loan Periods, etc.

As a graduate student:

  • you may sign out up to 100 books from the stacks
  • your loan periods (for regular stack items) will be 120 days from the date of sign-out, with unlimited renewals (*unless the book is recalled)
  • you have access to the wonderful graduate study space on the 6th floor of the Library!

Reference Tools

Reference tools aren't just for the basics - the tools listed below actually provide a wealth of information for advanced researchers.

Finding and Borrowing Books

Books are an important form of scholarly communication, particularly in the Humanities.  tips:

  • Try to identify the appropriate LC Subject Headings and use the library catalogue to discover books at Brock and use Worldcat or Google Books to search out a wealth of materials.
  • Locating a bibliography on your author or topic is KEY to quickly and easily finding a compendium of resources to work from. 
  • You can also use Proquest Dissertations and Theses for their bibliographies to locate obscure resources.

An Example from the library catalogue:

bibliography example from library catalogue

Literature Databases

The top research databases for literature research are the MLA International Bibliography and the Annual Bibliography of English Language & Literature, which may be searched together through Literature Online.  Note that these tools index not only articles but also books and book chapters (that may or may not be at Brock).

Locating Scholarly Journals and Researchers

Google Scholar can be useful for discovering those authors and articles that have been cited by others.  Note: in the Humanities, it can be more challenging to track citations as there is not a comprehensive tool to use. Web of Science now includes book citation index so it is possible to track citations for journal articles and books!

example cited by in Google Scholar

Interlibrary Loan/ RACER - articles

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What if Brock does not have the article I need?

RACER Interlibrary Loan allows users to search in all Ontario university and worldwide libraries to place requests for items that Brock does not own.

First-time users need to register & create a PIN. More information here.

Search RACER Now

Need help? Watch the RACER Set up and Simple Search video tutorial.