Research facilities

This site lists some general bibliographical sources for students of English, or of Literature and other Humanities in general. More specific bibliographical sources on PTTS subjects can be found under "PTTS: general info".

Databases and electronical resources
Libraries in Münster
National libraries
Web of Science

Databases and electronic resources

For an alphabetical and a field-specific list please visit:

Modern Language Association of America International Bibliography
Contains bibliographical information on journals, articles, essay collections, monographies, dissertations, bibliographies etc. (from 1963 onwards). Access through libraries or VPN (virtual private network).

Web of Science
Arts and Humanities; Social Science; Sciences
Interdisciplinary database - not only gives access to bibliographical information on many texts, but also to the bibliographies of these texts themselves. Entries from 1991 onwards.
Access only through libraries or VPN. Please click here.
Also see Web of Science

British Library
Comprehensive research library

Library of Congress
Comprehensive research library

Universitätsbibliothek Münster

Verbundkatalog aller Hochschulbibliotheken in NRW
For inter-library loan (Fernleihe) follow this link

Suchportal DIGIBIB
Connects several databases and electronical resources for comprehensive research

Highbeam Database
Commercial research database (offering a free trial)
Provides full text articles from many academic journals.

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Comprehensive research library

Encyclopaedia Britannica
Encyclopedic database

Voice of the Shuttle
List of humanities links and materials

Digital Research Library

World Literature
provides short blurbs about texts and authors
and many other topics

Free texts for download

The Web Concordances and Workbooks

Libraries in Münster

Central University Library (Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Münster)
Krummer Timpen 3-5
D-48143 Münster

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Saturaday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
For further details click here!

Library of the English Department
Johannisstr. 12 - 20
D-48143 Münster
Tel.: +49 (251) 83-24636
Fax: +49 (251) 83-24827

Opening hours during summer term 2009:
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Online bookshops

Missing Link
Online bookshop with many anglophone titles in stock

Amazon UK

National libraries


Gambia National Library

Kenya National Library

Malawi National Library

National Library Republic of Mauritius

National Library of Namibia

Seychelles National Library

National Library of South Africa

Swaziland National Library

National Library of Uganda


Library of Congress

National Library of Jamaica

National Library of Trinidad and Tobago


National Library of India

National Library of the Philippines

National Library of Singapore


National Library of Ireland

National Library of Malta

The British Library


National Library of Australia

National Library of New Zealand

National Library of Papua New Guinea

National Library of Vanuatu

Web of Science

The Web of Science offers access to the following databases:

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI) 1994 to present
    This is the one Literature students are most likely to use.
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED) 1994 to present
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) 1994 to present

Entries of the citation databases contain not only bibliographical information and abstracts, but also references for the texts cited in the articles themselves. These texts have also been made accessible for retrieval.
This means that there are three starting points for your research:

“General Search” – for a traditional research by entering key terms, author names, titles of journals, or names of corporations.
“Cited Reference Search” – searching for articles which cite the author name or article title entered.
“Related Screen” – provides a list of articles whose list of references contains at least one source cited by the original article.

Further information on the WoS can be found here.
Access to WoS via PCs located in the university network or VPN. Please click here.