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Literature Online

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Literature Online is the leading online resource for the study and teaching of literature in English. It is a fully integrated service that combines the texts of over 355,000 literary works with a vast library of key criticism and reference resources. Literature Online’s collection of accurate poetry, prose and drama is relied upon by researchers around the world on a daily basis and the essential criticism and reference resources, including an ever-growing library of full-text journals and author biographies, helps keep you up to date on the latest research into every aspect of literary and linguistic study.

Literature Online includes

  • a library of over 350,000 works of poetry,prose, and drama from the 8th Century to the present day
  • 900 video clips of poets reading their own and others’ works
  • the full-text of more than 200 volumes from Cambridge University Press’s Companions to Literature Series
  • dramatic audio recordings for all of Shakespeare’s plays


The Library has made a video on how to use ProQuest databases to search for up-to-date research. It can be found here

ProQuest also have a dedicated support centre here


English; Literature