Here are useful resources for your studies.
Oxford English Dictionary, the authority on the English language. (Can be accessed for free while on campus)
Oxford Bibliographies offers a combination of annotated bibliography and encyclopedia. The website covers various categories, among them British and Irish Literature and Victorian Literature. First time visitors are recommended to take a look at the guided tours offered on the website. (Can be accessed for free while on campus)
Further excellent resources:
- History Guide
- Literature Guide
- Library of Anglo-American Culture & History
- Tutorials (especially the Clio Online Guide Großbritannien und Irland by Wilfried Enderle)
- Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog (KVK), which also allows you to search for key terms
- Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB) with its list of journals on British and American Studies (many of which allow free access on campus or even from home via a VPN link to the University (cf. http://www.zdv.uni-mainz.de/1615.php))
The Communications and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster has 'Nine Top Tips for Media Students' that are valid for you, too.