Resources by Subject : English Language and Literature


ISF Library Catalog You can borrow up to 7 books (besides textbook) from The Clifford C. F. Wong Secondary Library.
HK Public Library Catalog Each registered reader can borrow a maximum of 8 books from the Hong Kong Public Libraries.
Gale eBooks Off campus access requires ISF login

Gale eBooks is a nonfiction ebook collection. It covers multidisciplinary content published by authoritative publishers, delivered through a user-friendly platform.

Loyal Books Free access

“7000+ Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads.” “All audio books on are in the public domain. This means that no one holds a copyright on these books and therefore anyone including is free to distribute them.” (Loyal Books)

Project Gutenberg Free access

“Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for you to enjoy.” (Project Gutenberg)

ProQuest Ebook Central Access with Hong Kong Public Libraries login

“This is a collection of authoritative and scholarly English e-books from world-renowned publishers/university presses, covering the subject fields of business & economics, humanities, science & technology and social sciences.” (ProQuest Ebook Central)

Read Print Free access

Read Print is a free online library, that contains thousands of Free Online Books. It allows you to bookmark your reading progress.





Britannica School Access via the given link does not require manual login.

Encyclopedia tailored for secondary students, to support student research and reinforce curriculum standards.

Digital Commons Networks Free access

It “brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. Curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, the Network includes a growing collection of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.” (Digital Commons Networks)

Gale Books and Authors Off campus access requires ISF login

“Answer the age-old question, “What do I read next?” Search and match reading interests to books, authors, genres, or topics.” (Gale Product Menu)

Gale In Context: Biography Off campus access requires ISF login

“Discover the world’s most influential people by searching narrative biographies, news, magazine, and multimedia content.” (Gale Product Menu)

Gale Literature Criticism Off campus access requires ISF login

“Explore the most extensive compilation of literary commentary available. Includes analysis from book excerpts, periodicals, and more.” (Gale Product Menu)

Gale Literature Resource Center Off campus access requires ISF login

“Find up-to-date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras.” (Gale Product Menu)

Gale Literature: Dictionary of Literary Biography Off campus access requires ISF login

“Explore the lives, works, and careers of the world’s most influential literary figures from all eras and genres; multi-series.” (Gale Product Menu)

Gale Literature: LitFinder Off campus access requires ISF login

“Access literary works and authors throughout history, including full-text poems, plays, short stories, speeches, and more.” (Gale Product Menu)

Gale Literature: Scribner Writer Series Off campus access requires ISF login

“Browse original scholarly essays on authors from around the world. Places authors and their works in personal and historical context.” (Gale Product Menu)

Gale Literature: Something About the Author Off campus access requires ISF login

“Examine the lives and works of children and young adult authors and illustrators.” (Gale Product Menu)

Gale Literature: Twayne’s Author Series Off campus access requires ISF login

“Find in-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers. Includes influences of literary movements.” (Gale Product Menu)

Gale OneFile: Communications and Mass Media Off campus access requires ISF login

“Search millions of articles covering all aspects of communications, including advertising, public relations, and more.” (Gale Product Menu)

Gale Reference Complete Off campus access requires ISF login

“Gale Reference Complete enable users to access millions of pages of primary sources, e-reference and periodical content on Gale’s superior platforms designed to streamline the student and researcher workflow.” (Gale Reference Complete)

Google Scholar Free access

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. (About Google Scholar)

JSTOR Access with ISF login

Covered “more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.” (About JSTOR)

OmniFile Full Text Mega Access with Hong Kong Public Libraries login

“OmniFile Full Text Mega is a full-text database of essential publications for research across many disciplines, including art, education, humanities and technology. In addition to full text, it provides indexing and abstracts for thousands of publications.” (OmniFile Full Text Mega)

ProQuest eLibrary Access with Hong Kong Public Libraries login

eLibrary covers more than 11,000 editor-created Research Topics pages deliver the essential elements on a vast array of people, places, historical events and eras, literary genres, current events, broad curricular themes and much more. Editor’s Picks and Trending Topics make it easier to explore appropriate subject matter and get started. Researchers can access primary and scholarly sources, and all content is in 100% full text. 1,700+ magazines, newspapers, transcripts and digitized reference book content, more than seven million images, maps, websites, videos and interactive simulations, all expertly curated by ProQuest editors. (eLibrary)





English Review Magazine Archive Click here to see the password

“English Review magazine includes in-depth analysis of key texts, contextual background, and articles designed to focus students’ exam skills, including tackling unseen extracts. The editorial board includes academic experts, teachers and examiners.” (English Review Magazine Archive)

The New York Times Access with ISF login

The New York Times is a daily newspaper based in New York City, and one of the world’s great newspapers.







Cambridge Online Dictionary Free access

“Cambridge dictionary is another highly respected online dictionary for official and academic purposes. It boasts three outstanding features which are dictionary, grammar, and translator. Also, the dictionary supports translation for over 20 languages. ” (Top 8+ Best Online Dictionaries (2021))

Collins English Dictionary Free access

“Collins dictionary is one of the best platforms for learners, translators, and teachers. Boasting over 4.5 billion words, Collins is an embodiment of top-tier features. It comes with unique options that can help you improve your grammar and fluency. These include Thesaurus, video, translator, and scrabble. Its search engine features an autosuggest feature that enables you to select the word you are looking for by just typing a few letters.” (Top 8+ Best Online Dictionaries (2021))

Dictionary by Merriam-Webster Free access

“The dictionary by Merriam-Webster is an online dictionary for English word definitions, meanings, and pronunciation. Although originally based on Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, the Dictionary has since been significantly updated and expanded with new entries and revised definitions. It also has additional content and engagement features specifically designed for the digital user.” (About us)

Macmillan Online Dictionary Free access

“Macmillan dictionary is the best place to learn something new every day. It is fully integrated with Thesaurus, and it provides synonyms and a ton of related other terms. It is one of the best dictionaries for English speaking users from all over the world. It comes with stars and colors to display how frequently words are used in English.” (Top 8+ Best Online Dictionaries (2021))

Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries Free access

“Renowned as the best tool for students and learners, Oxford online dictionary is a robust platform that helps define words both in British and American English. For enhanced clarity, Oxford dictionary features pictures, example sentences, synonyms, and audio pronunciation, among others. It also boasts critical symbols that help show how important a word is to the English language. It is the ideal dictionary to use when writing a thesis or research paper.” (Top 8+ Best Online Dictionaries (2021))

Road to IELTS – Academic Module Access with Hong Kong Public Libraries login

“Road to IELTS – Academic Module is an online preparation and practice resource for IELTS candidates who would like to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level or join a professional organisation in an English-speaking country. It covers 4 skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking, and contains over 120 hours of interactive activities, advice videos from British Council experts, hints and tips on question types as well as downloadable practice tests. It is a valuable resource for those who would like to acquire more in learning English at intermediate level or above. With comprehensive content, this resource is also suitable for those who wish to improve their English standard.” (Hong Kong Public Libraries)