Literature Online  Connect to Literature Online
Also known as: LION
Access: Internet-delivered database. There are three ways to connect:
  1. from a public computer in the University of Delaware Library
  2. from a University of Delaware campus connection in your dorm, lab, or office
  3. from an off-campus connection (University of Delaware ID required)

Literature Online is a fully searchable library of more than 330,000 works of English and American poetry, drama, and prose, as well as biographies, bibliographies, and key secondary sources.

The University of Delaware Library's subscription to The Literature Online Complete Collection provides access to English poetry from 600 to the present, American and African-American poetry from 1603 to the present, The Faber Poetry Library, English drama (including Shakespeare) from 1280 to 1915, and English prose from 1500 to 1900. The secondary sources in Literature Online provide access to ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature) with associated full text, major literary reference works, and Web sites that have been selected for their relevance to literary studies.

ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature) contains more than 755,000 records of articles, monographs and dissertations from 1920 to the present.

Reference works included in Literature Online are:

  • Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism (Columbia University Press, 1995)
  • Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998)
  • Encyclopedia of the Novel (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998)
  • New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (Princeton University Press, 1993)
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (Oxford University Press, 1990)
  • Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged (1961)
  • Concise Oxford Dictionary
Links: Has Get It! links. The full text of some 61 literary journals, as well as 38 volumes of the Cambridge University Press series New Essays on the American Novel are indexed and linked to ABELL Full Text. There are also links to EEBO (Early English Books Online) and JSTOR. See Linking from Literature Online to Other Scholarly Resources for details.
Personalization: Create a profile and use “My Archive,” which allows you to save 50 records (for journal articles, primary works or reference material) and up to 25 different searches. You can also subscribe to the Literature Online newsletter and register for author email alerts.
Help: KnowledgeNotes student guides include contextual overviews, character lists, chapter-by-chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading. For further assistance, Ask the Library.
Related Resources:

Literature Resource Center

Databases for English and American Literature.

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This page is maintained by Erin Daix, Collection Development Department.

Last modified: 05/19/14