Facilities at Queen’s
Offices of the School of Graduate Studies are in Gordon Hall. Offices of faculty in the Department of English are in Watson Hall, and the main office of the Department and of the Administrative Secretary for Graduate Studies is Watson 411. Mailboxes for all graduate students are also located in Watson 411.
Graduate Teaching Assistants share a limited amount of office space in Watson Hall and Mackintosh-Corry Hall. An additional office is reserved for scheduled interviews with undergraduate students by Teaching Assistants.
All graduate students have access, by application, to study carrels in the Stauffer Library.
All graduate students are provided with university computing accounts, which afford access to the internet, e-mail, and various software applications provided free to students under a university license. These accounts also enable students to use the Queen's Library Online Research Resources, which comprise numerous databases, online publications, journal archives, and reference works. Students may also produce their own web pages through their computer accounts. Several semi-public sites on campus offer access to these online services;ITServices maintains a list of these sites and their facilities. The Stauffer Library has an outlet at each study station for plugging in laptops.
The holdings of Queen's University Library are housed in five libraries. The main humanities collection is in Stauffer Library,while Special Collections are held in Douglas Library. The Library holds most major journals in complete runs. It also provides many journals online, some through JSTOR and Project Muse. In addition to numerous online databases, such as the Oxford English Dictionary, the library subscribes to several important online collections of texts, such as Literature Online, Early English Books Online, which makes available many books printed in English up to 1700, and Eighteenth-Century Collections Online, a large collection of texts printed before 1801. Complementary holdings in other disciplines support library holdings in literature; History, for example, is very strong in Canadian, American, and modern European fields.
The library has created an English Subject Guide, providing links to starting points, both electronic and hard copy, for research in the literary study.
The Queen's University library system relies very heavily on staff and graduate students for the growth and integrity of its holdings. Each academic department has a member of staff designated as the library representative. Graduate students are encouraged to suggest titles to their supervisors, who will refer orders to the representative.
The main stacks of the Stauffer Library are open. There are other collections, however, which may be of more interest to advanced students. The Special Collections Library has received important gifts through the years, and these have formed the nuclei for later purchases. The Edith and Lorne Pierce Collection is the basis for an extensive Canadian collection which continues to expand. There are also strong holdings in Anglo-Irish literature and in the nineteenth-century novel, particularly Dickens.
Closely allied with Special Collections are the University Archives, which have been very active in the field of Canadiana and have purchased a great deal of manuscript material from major writers. Much of this material has not yet been closely examined, and provides an excellent field for research.