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English Literature

This guide provides a general introduction to Library and information resources for the study of literature in English.

English Literature Writing Guide

English Literature Writing Guide (provided by the department of English Literature, University of Edinburgh, 7 September 2021)

Library books on study & research skills

Exam Papers


Exam Papers Online provides access to the collected degree examination papers of the University from 2004 onwards. They may be used by students as a study aid only.

The Library Subject Guide for Exams and Revision provides advice on how to get the most out of the Library and other University support for revising for and taking exams:

IAD and Digital Skills

Information literacy sessions, such as searching research literature, reference management, etc., are also run through IS Digital Skills and Training and the Institute for Academic Development (IAD)

The Digital Skills and Training team help to develop the digital and information literacy, desktop and IT productivity skills of University staff and students. Their wide range of free courses and workshops are available to all staff and students at the University.

The IAD provide a wide range of free courses and workshops concentrating on academic and study skills. There are courses for all levels of students (undergraduates, taught postgraduates and PhD students) and they have a combination of on-campus and online courses and workshops.

How to write an Annotated Bibliography - recommended resources and websites

The Library database, Oxford Bibliographies, offers good examples of annotated bibliographies. It combines the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia.

Recommended websites :

Tutorials from LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is on an online skills development service offering over 13,000 high-quality video courses in business, creative and technical skills. The University of Edinburgh has a campus-wide licence, offering staff and students unlimited access to the service via the web and mobile apps.

The selected list of short video courses below are for developing study skills. Please note: before clicking the course image to access the video, you will have to login first with your UoE LinkedIn Learning account via or via the University's MyEd web portal. If you don't do this first, you will see an error screen and you won't be able to see the video. If you haven't created your LinkedIn Learning account yet, see

Literature review (4m 32s)

Purpose of a literature review (2m 45s)

How to develop a literature review (2m 52s)

Exam tips (9m 4s)

Online exams (1m 31s)

Outline your research proposal (3m 5s)

Writing a research paper (1h 56m)

Information literacy (1m 47s)


Annotated bibliographies (1m 26s)

Annotated bibliographies

Study Hub - study skills resources

The IAD's Study Hub is a fantastic resource for taught students on academic and study skills. It covers advice on specific study skills topics, plus downloadable resources with useful study strategies. Skills and topics covered include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Reading at university
  • Time management
  • Effective studying
  • Making notes in class
  • Presentations and posters
  • Developing your English
  • Academic standards
  • Literature Review
  • Dissertation