English and American studies

MLA International Bibliography with full text Bibliography for modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics including many full texts

JSTOR Full text of the complete back files of important scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences (current issues not available)

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Linguistics Language Behavior Abstracts LLBA International literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences

Oxford English Dictionary Online The definitive record of the English language

Bibliography of Linguistic Literature Database BLLDB Bibliographical information for general as well as English, German and Romance linguistics

Oxford English Dictionary

English and American studies

Consultation hours for literature research

Our subject librarian for English and American studies would be pleased to assist you in making full use of the resources of the University Library Bern:

  • Assistance in researching your topic
  • Using specialized databases
  • Help with search strategies
  • Support for working with literature management programs

Please make an appointment by e-mail. The consultation can also be made via Teams or Zoom.

For further services of our subject librarians please visit the portal for humanities and theology of the University Library of Bern (in German).


Our collection in English languages and literatures can be requested through our online catalog swisscovery Universität und PH Bern. Open access holdings can be found in the following libraries:

English Studies Library

  • Specialized literature on literature and linguistics
  • Research focus: medieval English literature, modern English literature, North American literature, literary theory, modern English linguistics, language and communication

Basisbibliothek Unitobler BTO

  • Study literature, mostly in English
  • Secondary literature on William Shakespeare
  • Fiction in German translation

Münstergasse Library

  • Reference works in the reading room