Introducing the brand new Literature Online (LION) Interface

lion_trademark_colourThough we’re sad to see the demise of the purple lion we’re also excited to announce that June 28th 2014 will see the full release of the brand new Literature Online (LION) interface.

With a fresh new look, and a more powerful search engine, the new Literature Online will provide users with a faster, more efficient search experience, while you will continue to benefit from the bespoke features and functionality that make Literature Online the premier tool for serious literary research.lion_new_home

Important information about My Archive

The ‘My Archive’ feature on the older version of Literature Online will be deactivated on the 28th of June. In order not to lose your saved documents and searches you must create a new account in the new interface and add the items to it.

Access to the old version of LION will be available from here: until the 28th of June.

About Literature Online

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.

More information

A guide to all aspects of Literature Online (LION) including content, searching, and viewing results is available here:

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please email


Problems linking to Cambridge Companion eBooks

There is currently an issue with links to ‘Cambridge Companion’ eBooks from both Summon and the Library catalogue.

Library catalogue:




Instead of taking you directly to the requested eBook you may see an error message reporting that your request could not be completed:

Couldn't complete request

This has been reported to ProQuest and will hopefully be resolved soon but in the meantime you can still access the eBook by clicking the ‘Criticism‘ link on the menu bar and then choosing ‘Cambridge Companions to Literature’:


Then use the A-Z list to choose the title you’re interested in:

Narrative link

You can then browse the contents of the book and access chapters by clicking the title or ‘Full text’ links:


If you notice any other problems or have questions please email:

Penguin Classics eBooks available through Literature online

Penguin Classics

We’ve uploaded nearly 300 Penguin Classics eBooks directly to our Library catalogue to make it even easier to find a whole range of fantastic eBooks including texts by key English and American writers such as Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, Mark Twain and the Bronte sisters as well as modern translations of works by Emile Zola, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Giovanni Boccaccio, Farid Attar, Cao Xueqin and many others

Literature Online

Click here to browse this collection or go to LION directly to discover a whole world of content with a fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 382 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources.

Viewing the eBooks

When accessing any of the eBooks you will notice that the first page only includes the introduction. To view the complete book click the ‘View Penguin Classics Edition’ link at the top of the screen:


Then just click the title link to view the complete book:


If you have any questions or problems please e-mail the eResources team.

Current e-resource issues

The e-resources don’t seem to like the cold weather! These are the current problems we are aware of.

  1. LION: If you would like to use Literature Online, please use this link  or the links available in your Subject Guides as content is not currently available through Summon. **Update** LION is now searchable via Summon 07/01/13
  2. 19th Century British Library Newspapers:  this database is currently only available on the Ipswich campus.
  3. Dawson e-books via Summon: if you find a dead link to an e-book on Summon, please search for the book on the library catalogue which has the correct (and working!) link.

We have reported all these issues to the various publishers and will update this message as soon as we have an answer. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause.