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About Online Resources
The library pays for you to be able to use high quality information collected together into databases. In library research, a database is where you find:
films, TV and radio programmes
specialist subject information
Each database contains thousands of items which you can search simultaneously and quickly to find the most recent or most relevant information. If the database has a Search icon, you can use the library search tool to find what you need.
Remember, if you can’t find what you are searching for, ask one of the library staff, or if you would like more direct one to one support on library searching or advanced library searching, you can . book an appointment with a member of the library team
Help using online resources
Key Online Resources
The British Library has a range of material on Gothic literature as well English language and literature learning modules.
Excellent online resource for plays, critical analysis and performance. Lots of full-text plays and playwright information, select plays for performance by character numbers.
Philip Allan Archive Service
The Philip Allan Archive includes the online version of the English Review magazine, designed especially for A-Levels. Please ask your librarian for the login details.
Spark Notes features some of the set texts such as
For each text there is a succinct plot overview, analysis of major characters, themes, motifs and symbols, as well as essay topics, quizzes and further reading suggestions.
The Literature Network
An author index that includes 3500 full books and over 4400 short stories and poems by over 260 authors.
Excellent dictionary site from Oxford University Press.
The Poetry Foundation
An American poetry website that features biographies and key poems of some of the world's most famous poets.
One of Britain’s most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally.
Comprehensive and interesting guidance about how best to read and discuss a wide range of texts. The site also contains a history of English Literature.
Box of Broadcasts
BoB is an on demand TV and radio service for education. Record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels, and search the extensive archive.
With BoB you can...
Search programme transcripts and subtitles
Create your own playlists, clips and clip compilations
Embed content in your work and share on social media
One-click citation for easy academic referencing
Available on all devices
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How to log in:
Select your institution: The Manchester College
You will be asked to log in with your student/staff email address and password.
Need help logging in, finding information or using online resources?
Take a look at our user guides to find out more about how to use our online resources.
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