Restoration and eighteenth-century literature

This guide has been designed as a starting point for research involving the Restoration and Eighteenth century time period.

If you need help, please contact Ivana Niseteo, Liaison Librarian for English, French, French Programs (FASS), Global Humanities, Linguistics, and World Languages & Literatures at 778.782.6838 or or Ask a librarian.

Reference sources

For additional reference sources, take a look at SFU Library’s Background reference sources guide.

Encyclopedias and companions

Search for more by including the words encyclopedia OR dictionary OR handbook OR companion OR manual in your KEYWORD search (e.g. Wordsworth AND companion)

Dictionaries and literary terms


Biographical information

  • Nonconformist women writers, 1720-1840 [print]
You can also try searching the Library Catalogue for SUBJECT Authors - Biography. For individual biographies and discussions of a single person's theories, search for the person's name as a SUBJECT (e.g., Pope, Alexander).


Literary criticism

  • MLA International Bibliography. Contains scholarly articles on English literature, linguistics, language and folklore.
  • Literature Online. Contains works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources.
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online. Online index to bibliographies in Renaissance and Reformation with a bibliographical essay on sources.
  • Literature Criticism Online. Full text access to six major Gale literary criticism series, covering literature from 1400 to the present.
  • Project MUSE Search. Full text access to the back files of Humanities and Social Science Journals; Good English Literature content.
  • JSTOR. Full text access to the back files of Humanities and Social Science Journals; Good English Literature content. Note the most recent 2-5 years are excluded.
You can search for literary criticism about a particular author or work by using the library's catalogue's advanced search. Search "criticism and interpretation" as a SUBJECT on the first line, and search the title of the work or the author's last name as ANY FIELD on the second line (e.g. SUBJECT: "criticism and interpretation" AND ANY FIELD: Wordsworth).

Primary sources

For additional primary sources, take a look at SFU Library’s Primary Sources guide.

Images & film

SFU Library has a comprehensive guide for finding images within SFU subscribed databases and online, including how to properly cite images in APA, MLA, and Chicago formats.

  • ARTstor. A repository of over one million digital images and related data.
  • Oxford Art Online. Reference resources on all aspects of visual arts. Sources include Grove Art Online, Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics & Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
  • Films on Demand. Streaming videos

For sound recordings and performances available on video/DVD at the library, search the SFU Catalogue for the title of the work, and limit to the appropriate material type using the drop down menu to the right of the search box.

Related topics


  • British History Online. Contains some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.
  • Historical Abstracts. Journal articles, book reviews, dissertations on the history of the world outside of Canada & the United States.
  • 1700: scenes from London life [print]
  • Down and out in eighteenth-century London [print]
  • London in the eighteenth century: a great and monstrous thing [print]
  • Bibliography of British & Irish History. An authoritative guide to what has been written from the Roman period to the present day.
  • The beau monde: fashionable society in Georgian London [print]


  • ATLA Religion Database. Indexes journal articles on all aspects of religion and theology, including church and religious history.
  • Christianity and revolutionary Europe, 1750-1830 [print]
  • A companion to the Catholic Enlightenment in Europe [print]
  • The religious Enlightenment: Protestants, Jews, and Catholics from London to Vienna [print]
  • Religion and politics in enlightenment Europe [print]


Additional sources