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Key Resources

Below is a list of the main databases which provide onlineaccess to literary texts. Additional resources for primary texts are listed on the Specialist Databases tab. 

Below is a list of the key databases for literature. These provide more functionality than Library search and are particularly useful if you want to look at a range of materials on a specific author or look at a literary period or literary movement. Literature Online  will allow you to search the contents of Literature Online and the ABELL bibliography at once. More specialist databases relating to individual authors or literary periods/genres are available by clicking on the Specialist Databases tab at the top of this guide.

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