Literature Online (LION)

With over a third of a million full-text works of poetry, prose and drama in English, together with the definitive online criticism and reference library, Literature Online is the world’s largest cross-searchable database of literature and criticism. LION database can be accessed within the framework of TÁMOP 4.2.5 application won by Educatio Public Services Non-profit LLC, by institutes applying for it.

Literature Online’s launch in 1996 broke new ground in publishing and set the standard for the delivery of scholarly materials over the Internet. Today, Literature Online features even more authors and literary texts – with extensive coverage of 20th-century works by multicultural authors. It also offers more comprehensive indexing of websites as well as a huge library of criticism and reference material, including:

  • Over 190 full-text literary journals (fully searchable and accessible through their tables of contents) with over 110,000 critical articles;
  • Over 6,500 essays of literary criticism from complete, full-text literary reference books and textbooks covering critical terms, literary movements, world fiction, and poetry;
  • More than 22,000 of the latest poems, short stories, and essays by top contemporary authors identified and searchable from our full-text journal collection. Most of these works are not available in any anthology;
  • Information on over 10,000 contemporary authors;
  • Over 3,800 commissioned biographies of contemporary and canonical authors worldwide;
  • A wealth of bibliographic information to support study and research in literature;
  • Nearly 900 Poets on Screen video clips showing key modern poets reading contemporary and classic poems;
  • Eight complete cross-searchable reference titles from respected academic publishers:
    • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (Oxford University Press, 1990)
    • The New Princeton Encyclopaedia of Poetry and Poetics (Princeton University Press, 1993)
    • Encyclopaedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English (Routledge, 1994)
    • The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story (Columbia University Press, 2000)
    • The Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism (Columbia University Press, 1995)
    • The Columbia Dictionary of Modern European Literature (Columbia University Press, 1980)
    • Encyclopaedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998)
    • Encyclopaedia of the Novel (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998)
    • The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL) from 1920 onwards, comprising information on more than 880,000 journal articles, monographs, book reviews, and doctoral dissertations

Literature Online puts you at the center of a textual universe with:

  • the highest standards of accuracy texts through double-keying of complete, authoritative editions for 99.97% accuracy and careful reflection of the original layout on each page;
  • precision journal searching and browsing that allow easy access to more than 22,000 current works in today’s issues of literary journals – before they’re available in anthologies;
  • links to 5,200 Web resources;
  • KnowledgeNotes™, text-based student guides, provide critical study and in-depth introductions to key novels, poems, and plays that support literature teaching programs.

LION database can be accessed within the framework of TÁMOP 4.2.5 application won by Educatio Public Services Non-profit LLC, by institutes applying for it.

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