An Introduction to Dickens Journals Online

Please watch the video, and connect through to the website to have a look around!

The resource is used in over 200 countries round the world, as well as by our own MA by Research students.  There are literally hundreds of research projects that can take off from the rich content in the archive!

We’ve a range of ‘how to’ videos available on You Tube to further explain how to get the most from the site. These are listed at the end of the video.

Please go right ahead and think up some questions to ask me!

John Drew
Director, Dickens Journals Online

8 thoughts on “An Introduction to Dickens Journals Online

  1. The editing of Dickens’s weekly magazines was a mammoth task, and his trusty “sub” (editor) was a man called W. H. Wills. We had a great project a year or so back where a researcher examined ALL of W. H. Wills’s contributions to the magazines, over an 18 year period, in order to produce the first ever literary biography of this neglected figure!

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  2. I imagine it’s difficult with scanned materials but are there indexing/searching facilities on the site?


  3. Yes, Paul–thanks for asking. Each article is indexed by Library of Congress authorized subject categories, so you can filter the contents down, say, by genre, and subject. If you want all narrative poems about the Arctic, for example, the site will tell you!


  4. Thanks for this John. the DJO site is one of the most useful sites we have to direct people to when they email the Museum with research requests.


  5. Hi folks, it’s Saturday 19th June 2021 and John and I are live and online happy to answer questions about our research, the MA and Dickens. The video above introduces DJO – Dickens Journals Online – a massive online repository of journals edited by Dickens. These journals were miscellanies of articles and stories in episodic instalments, and feature the first publication of Great Expectations, Hard TImes, A Tale of Two Cities, not to mention Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White, No Name and The Moonstone, and Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. It’s a great resource – searchable too – that has opened up the possibility for researching this vast archive of previously hard-to-access material.

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  6. Coming up in less than 15 minutes: an original blog post from the leading expert on Dickens’s unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood…


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