Digital resources

We have a large collection of books for English and American studies available in the Central Library, most of them in open access. Do not forget, the Library is there for you!

However, no library can hold all the books you may need. The Department has therefore been active in acquiring access to major on-line digital resources.

In a series of grants from the Czech Ministry of Education, the Department has been arranging access to essential digital resources for allEnglish Departments in the country since 2001. The resources were Literature Online and Literature Resource Centre. The grants further provided access to the Oxford English Dictionary for the whole of Masaryk University, as well as the purchase of several bibliographic databases on CD-ROM.
The most recent of the projects, LR1307 ELIZA (2013-2017), also covered specialized digital resources for the history of art, film studies, classical studies, and law. Since 2018, purchasing licences for the resources is organized by the newly established CzechELib — National Centre for Electronic Information Resources.

Please note: You will need to use VPN to access the following resources. They are only available to students and staff of Masaryk University.

Gate to all Electronic information resources accessible from Masaryk University

Specialized resources for English Studies

Online Resources

Literature Online (publisher: ProQuest)
An amazing digital library: full text of over 350,000 works of literature in English (poetry, prose, drama) in reliable editions, with guaranteed correspondence to printed versions of the texts. Search across all texts.
Also includes literary criticism and theory — full-text articles and bibliography. Available at Masaryk University since 2001.

Literature Resource Center (publisher: Gale)
Large full-text database of literary criticism and theory. Full text of over 900,000 articles, critical essays and reviews from 350 scholarly journals and literary magazines, and much more. Available at Masaryk University since 2010.

Oxford English Dictionary
The ultimate dictionary of English.

The Times Digital Archive 1785–2014
Complete archive of the 230-year history of the paper. Fully searchable. Pages are shown as facsimile of the printed edition. Texts can be printed but not downloaded as text.

The Times Literary Supplement (1902–2014)
Complete archive of TLS from its origin to 1990.

Off-line resources

(Availability — applies to all the CDs below: these are currently (end of 2017) being handed over from the Department to the Central Library where they will be available as standard library items. In the meantime, contact Jiří Rambousek for information.)

The Times Literary Supplement — Oct 1994–Dec 2002
Full text of all TLS articles except feature articles. Searchable. Unlike the on-line version, the CD lets you store articles as text. 1x CD-ROM.

Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare
11 main editions from First Folio (1623) to Cambridge edition (1863-6), 28 editions of individual plays and poems, plus selected apocryfes; over 100 adaptations from the 17th–19th centuries.

English Bibliography, 15th Century to 1945
Includes 2,4 million records. 2x CD-ROM.

English Bibliography 1901 to 1945
Approx. 2,3 million records. 2x CD-ROM.

English Bibliography 1945 to the Present
Bibliography of books in English since 1945, edition 3/2003. Also includes The British Library General Catalogue of Printed Books (BLC) to 1975.
1x DVD-ROM.

The Economist 2000 (publisher: Financial Times Information, Chadwyck-Healey)
Searchable full text of the Year 2000. 1x CD-ROM.

The Independent 2000 (publisher: Financial Times Electronic Publishing)
Searchable full text of the Year 2000. 1x CD-ROM.

The Guardian 2000 and The Observer 2000
Searchable full text of both papers from the Year 2000. 1x CD-ROM.