English Language and Literature Research Guide
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For related Internet sites, see Chadwyck-Healey's Literature Online with MLA, the Voice of the Shuttle or Jack Lynch's Literary Resources on the Net.

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Literature in English in SML: The Collection

The Sterling Memorial Library's collection of literature in English is extraordinary in both scope and depth. It includes not only literature of the United Kingdom and the United States, but also literary writings in English from Ireland, Canada, Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean. Sterling's collections in these areas are augmented by the splendid resources of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Yale Center for British Art, and Sterling's Manuscripts and Archives Department, and further supported by rich holdings in English language studies and in American, British, and Commonwealth history. While the collection's strengths have usually been described as being in American literature and eighteenth- and nineteenth- century British literature, all periods are comprehensively represented. The only categories not historically collected at the research level (as defined by the Research Libraries Group) are folklore and folk literature, provincial and local literature, Native American literature, Mexican-American literature, and genre fiction. In recent years, collecting in some of these traditionally less well-represented categories (e.g., Irish literature, detective fiction) has reached the research level.


Sterling holds relevant materials in monograph, serial, microform, and electronic formats. Literary manuscripts and archives are held by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Significant microform collections, print collections, and online databases include:

Online Databases

Poetry databases


The library also maintains a list of connections to the catalogs of other libraries around the world.


Old English period through the present
Bibliographic access through Orbis

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library collections, especially:

Yale Collection of American Literature, including James W. Johnson Collection and the Pound Archive

Osborn Collection, including manuscript verse from the seventeenth through nineteenth century

Tinker Collection

Arts of the Book
Drama Library
Elizabethan Club
Franklin Collection
(The Papers of Benjamin Franklin are located partially in the Beinecke and partially in room 230 of Sterling Memorial Library.)
Manuscripts and Archives Department
Yale Center for British Art


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