Ebook Collections: Literature Online (LION)

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Literature Online (LION)


Literature Online (LION) is an online resource for the study and teaching of literature in English. It combines the texts of over 355,000 literary works with a vast library of key criticism and reference resources. Literature Online’s collection of  poetry, prose,  drama, criticism and reference resources, including an ever-growing library of full-text journals and author biographies, which helps to keep you up to date on the latest research into every aspect of literary and linguistic study.

Finding Resources on Literature Online (LION)

You can access Literature Online using this link.

Literature Online has a number of search options which are available from the homepage 

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Author search - as well as providing biographical information in the Author search, Literature Online also highlights any full-text works by the author which are available in Literature Online with a book icon 

Texts search - use this to find works of poetry, prose or drama using the search functions, or browse by year.  Some texts will be available as full-text documents, others may just include an introduction to the text, this is often the case for 20th century works.  The Texts search also allows you to view video and audio files, including videos of 20th century poets reading their own and other poets' works, and audio recording of Shakespeare plays.

Criticism search - you can produce a list of material written about an author or their works, including references to articles, monographs and dissertations and related entries in major reference works and relevant websites.

When you search for criticism material, Literature Online lists information available in the MRHA's ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language Literature) and MLA International bibliography .

Not all the results in Criticism Search are full text.  Where full-text is available it will be indicated with a Full-text icon 

When there is a citation only this is indicated with a citation icon  if the University doesn't have access, you can request the item using the Inter-Library Loans Service

Reference search - allows you to search a range of reference sources including Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Companions,Biographies and Bibliographies.  To aid you understanding of literary works you'll also find the Introduction from every title in the Penguin Classics collection, and a series of Knowledge Notes student guides.


Downloading, Printing and using Mobile devices

You can Download or Print resources from Literature Online for your own use.  Many files are available as PDF files and can easily be printed or saved.  

Where there is full-text, but no PDF, you can use the Print Icon  to print the file, but you can't save these.  Instead you can use the Save to My Archive option  more information on this feature can be found in the Literature Online Archive box below.

The Proquest platform for Literature Online is designed for use with mobile devices.  PDF files can be downloaded to your device, and you should be able to read all other files on a range of mobile devices.

Literature Online - My Archive

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Creating an archive

If you use Literature Online frequently, or want to save files you can create your own Archive account.  Select the My Archive icon at the top of the Literature Online page.

You will need to choose the option to Create an account 

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Complete the new profile form and click Submit.  NB: your username must be at least 5 characters long:

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Saving items to the archive

When you find a resource on Literature Online (LION) which you would like to save to your archive, select the Save to My Archive option at the top of the page Picture of Save to My Archive button


Accessing your archive

To access items in your archive choose the My Archive option at the top right of the page on Literature Online (LION) 

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To open the a document in the archive click the title in blue.

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