Queen's University Library subscribes to numerous databases. Many academic journals are gathered together for ease of search in databases. Summon on the library homepage is a good first choice for a topic such as Age of Machinery.
Having already read an encyclopedia article you have a good sense of the causes and effects of the industrial revolution in England and can use keywords accordingly:
My search terms are: victorian or 19th century and machine or industrial revolution and literature (or whatever your specific area of interest) with limits set to peer review and academic journals. These criterion brought back results:
Keeping in mind my information literacy goals I limit my results to peer reviewed, academic journals published since 2000. This will give me a recent set of high quality academic journals.
Using the additional features of the database for saving and citing:
Academic Search Complete is an excellent choices when beginning your research. Please come to talk with me as your research gets underway if you would like help choosing and using a database.
Queen's University Library Subject Guides offer help in selecting the key databases in any field.
Victorian Studies, which began publication in 1956, is devoted to the study of English culture of the Victorian period. It includes interdisciplinary articles on comparative literature, social and political history, and the histories of education, philosophy, fine arts, economics, law, and science.