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Top resources for the English tripos

(find more in the English Literature A-Z Databases)

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) - Current searchable online edition of the OED. Useful for history of individual words, and of the English language.

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB)- Concise, scholarly biographies of historical and literary figures. Searchable and quotable.

Cambridge Companions Online - a wide selection of authoritative guides offering introductions to a multitude of subjects.

Oxford Very Short Introductions - very short introductions to a large variety of subjects.

Proquest One Literature - Includes Author Pages (with scholarly biographies, lists of works, and links to related journal articles) and online versions of reference books such as The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms.

Oxford Scholarly Editions Online - Online, searchable editions of primary texts. Includes editions of works by Dickens, Donne, and Dryden through to Virgil, Wordsworth and the New Oxford Shakespeare.

ARTstor - A digital library of images and accompanying scholarly information.

The Bible - 20 versions of the English Bible.

Times Digital Archive 1785-2010 - Searchable digital copies of The Times Between 1785-2010.

Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive - Every page of every copy of the TLS published from 1902-2011.


The Cambridge Literature Timelines are a resource aimed at developing contextual knowledge of the literatures studied in the English Tripos. They provide a visualisation of the historical, social, political, and literary events that shape and surround the tripos papers and the texts studied for them.


British Library Literature Timeline - Interactive timeline from the British Library. Detailing the evolution of English language and literature, from the 11th century to the present day.

Voice of the Shuttle: literature in English  - Extensive Web directory created by Alan Liu of the University of California. 

Literary Resources on the Net - Collection of links to online resources for English and American literature. Created by Jack Lynch of Rutgers University. 

Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present

Practical Criticism & Critical Practice:

The faculty's virtual classroom: An Introduction to Practical Criticism - includes a short history of the paper and an introductory online class.

The Forest of Rhetoric - silva rhetoricae - Resource explaining the major concepts of classical rhetoric.

PhilPapers - Extensive database of journals and books on philosophers and theorists such as Theodor W. Adorno, Roland Barthes and Walter Benjamin.

Prac Crit - An online journal of poetry and criticism, dedicated to reading contemporary poems up close.

The Faber Poetry Library - A collection of some of the most influential poets of the twentieth century.


The Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics are available online. Use them to gain quick access to short chapters on a wide range of authors, time periods and genres. 


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