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Your Subject Librarian

I'm Diarmuid Kennedy the Subject Librarian for Arts, English & Languages.

I'm here to help, so please get in touch if you need any advice on research, finding information or using the library. 

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Kanopy - English

QUB now has access to Kanopy (a video streaming service which includes movies, documentaries, foreign films etc. Content can be embedded in Canvas).

Browse Kanopy Literature content.

Drama Online

QUB staff and students now have access to the Drama Online Core CollectionThis gives access to 2965 play texts, 323 works of context and criticism, 129 works on theatre craft along with other resources.


The English referencing guide is available below.


Welcome to the Arts, English and Languages library subject pages.  If you're new to QUB take a look at Welcome to Queen's! New Student Guide to the Library at Queen's.

On this page you'll find general information, follow the links for more specialist information about your subject area.  Following the library on social media is a good way of keeping up to date

If you are just starting your degree our guides to Understanding Research Literature will demystify the world of chapters, journals, articles, bibliographies and editors.

Details about borrowing, requesting and accessing library services can be found here.  You can check the library opening times here.

Get in touch if you have any questions.

Literary Encyclopedia

The Literary Encyclopedia is a constantly evolving and updating repository of authoritative reference work about literary and cultural history. All our articles are solicited by invitation from specialist scholars in higher education institutions all over the world, refereed and approved by subject editors in our Editorial Board. The LE is thus uniquely selective, reliable and authoritative.

Useful Shelf-marks

Useful shelf-marks for English are:

P - Philology and Linguistics
PR - English Literature
PS - American Literature

These large sections break down into themes, the most useful are:

Philology and Linguistics
P101-410 Language and linguistic theory.

English Literature:
PR1490-1799 Anglo-Saxon literature
PR1803-2165 Anglo-Norman period. Early English
PR2199-3195 English renaissance
PR3291-3785 17th and 18th centuries
PR3991-5990 19th century
PR6000-6049 1900-1960
PR6050-6076 1961-2000
PR6100-6126 2001-

American Literature
PS700-893 Colonial period (17th and 18th centuries)
PS991-(3390) 19th century
PS3500-3549 1900-1960
PS3550-3576 1961-2000
PS3600-3626 2001-

Standard Loan English books will be on Floor 2 of the McClay Library.  A smaller selection can be found in the Short Loan collection on the Ground Floor of the McClay Library.