Subject specific information: Language, literature

All SEAS members of staff, full-time and part-time students may access our electronic resources from on-campus locations, licenses permitting.

  Web-site of the journal Internet-based, full-text version is available from institutional IP-addresses Authorization for subscribed journal is arranged automatically via M/e/o/s Minerva Electronic Online Services User ID and password is required for the Internet-based, full-text version
1. American Quarterly      
2. European Journal of English Studies      
3. Foreign Language Annals      
4. Journal of Linguistics (abstracts only)     Journal of Linguistics (1997-2000, 2007)
5. MELUS      
6. Modern Language Journal Modern Language Journal (2000-) Modern Language Journal (2006-2008)  
7. Natural Language and Linguistics Theory Natural Language and Linguistic Theory (1997-)    
8. New York Review of Books New York Review of Books (1963-)    
9. Phonology     Phonology (1997-2007)
10. Shakespeare Quarterly      
11. Times Literary Supplement     Times Literary Supplement (21st October 1994-)
12. ZAA (1995-2003), ZAA (2004-)      

Finding further journal articles on your topic

There will be occasions when you will wish to extend and update the references you have been given, for example when writing an essay or doing research.  The best way to find references in the periodical literature is to use indexing and abstracting services.

Some definitions

Are lists, usually in alphabetical order, enabling you to find information on a particular subject or by a particular author.  Most journals produce their 
own indexes.
Are summaries of a piece of work, usually in enough detail to allow you to decide if the original item is worth consulting. 
These articles critically examine work in a subject area, comparing the contributions of workers in that area.  They give a broad picture, useful in exploring a new subject.  They appear in special review publications: in Education, for example, there is a periodical: 
Review of educational research 
They may appear as articles in a periodical which also contains original work.  It is possible to find these using indexes and abstracts, or using the ‘limit’ function on CD ROMs. 

Many key resources are now available electronically as CD ROM or online services.

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MLA International Bibliography 1963-1999

ICAME Collection of English Language Corpus

Living Poetry

Oxford English Dictionary 2nd ed.

N.B. the above list does not include all the CD-ROMs and online services available in the SEAS Library - see the Library Web pages for a full list. If you have any queries please ask at the Issue desk.

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As of 2005 the Periodical Contents Index database is available only in the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Periodicals Contents Index PCI is an electronic index to millions of articles published in 4,250 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences. It reveals the contents of thousands of scholarly journals, published from the latter part of the eighteenth century to the latter part of the twentieth century. PCI Index

Subscription expired:

The LRC+MLA Bibliography is available in the National Library of Foreign Literature since 2008.

Literature Resource Center provides direct access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline in a single Internet-searchable service, including the Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography databases, full-text criticism from the Contemporary Literary Criticism Select database, and the MLA International Bibliography LRC link
Literature Online As well as a wealth of primary full-text material, Lion also includes over 1,500 biographies of major English and American writers and direct access to the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL), with links to the full text of over 70 literary journals Lion link


The Internet

One of the most popular Internet resources is the World Wide Web, which links millions of electronic pages of text, also graphics, sound and video.  A good introductory book is:

Winship I & McNab A (1996)  The student's guide to the Internet  London : Library Association Publishing

A text written specifically for Education is:

Myhill M (1994) The world at your fingertips : a guide to electronic information sources relevant in education  ? : LISE

BUBL LINK - Language: Internet resources for language listed by the BUlletin Board for Libraries - Libraries of Networked Knowledge service

BUBL LINK - Linguistics: Internet resources for language listed by the BUlletin Board for Libraries - Libraries of Networked Knowledge service

BUBL LINK - Literature: Internet resources for language listed by the BUlletin Board for Libraries - Libraries of Networked Knowledge service

BUBL LINK - Women's Studies: Internet resources for language listed by the BUlletin Board for Libraries - Libraries of Networked Knowledge service

CliffsNotes - all of the CliffsNotes Literature guides are available free online!

Gender Inn: the women's and gender studies database

Online Literature Library - selection of classic texts in electronic format

Project Gutenberg

Canterbury Tales Project


Great Books Online

The Online Library of Books and Journals (subscription-based)

LITWEB - the online companion to The Norton introduction to literature

Department of English Studies E-TEXT LIBRARY

Links by the Department of English Studies, SEAS, ELTE

Hungarian Electronic Library (in Hungarian only)

American linguistics Internet resources

PALA - The Poetics And Linguistics Association

Links by the Department of English Applied Linguistics, SEAS, ELTE

Links by the Department of English Linguistics, SEAS, ELTE

Links by Péter Szigetvári, Department of English Linguistics, SEAS, ELTE


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The Library has many books on research methods. These can be found using subject searching on HORIZON.  For example:

Bell J (1993) Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education and social science.
Buckingham : Open University Press

Guidance on citing references:

MLA Handbook recommendations for references and the APA Publication manual both available at the SEAS Library.

If you are citing Internet references, guidance is available on the Web itself:

Cite them right!

APA Guidelines

BUBL page on bibliographies - the BUlletin Board for Libraries includes links to guides on citing Internet resources.

Local guide to writing essays and thesis papers, issued by the SEAS departments

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Theses at SEAS Library

Details of theses are on HORIZON.  A copy of all theses is held at the SEAS Library. 

Other theses

In Education, British Education Theses Index gives details of theses accepted for higher degrees at British and Irish Universities.  From 1950 to 1989 it is available on microfiche; from 1976 onwards it is included with the British Education Index which is available online.

Index to theses, published quarterly, lists theses by subject and contains an author index. Recent years have an abstract. 

Dissertation Abstracts, published monthly on microfiche, gives details of American and Canadian theses. Coverage between Jan. 1994-Dec. 1998 is available in the ELTE University Library.

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From within the SEAS Library access to the Web is free, and access to some online services is via password.  From a PC at home or work, with a Web browser such as Internet Explorer or Netscape it should be possible to look at Web pages; some services are based on IP-addresses belonging to the University.

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Should you require instruction in using a CD ROM or online database, this can be booked at the SEAS Library,  which can be contacted at 411-6500/2352 ext.

There is a library e-mail address for queries:

And the Library Web pages are at:


The Computing Facilities within SEAS has a technical manager in Office E359 at Rakóczi út 5., his extension is 4302. 

The Computing Facilities Web pages are at:


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