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“Literature Online recently received a new web interface with upgraded search engine capabilities,” says John Novak of University of Nevada-Las Vegas, in a review of the classic resource for CHOICE. The review appears in the September issue and provides an excellent overview of the resource’s rebuilt technology that creates “a more user-friendly experience, while offering more search options for power users.”  

Messing with a classic is always a risk. LION has been considered an essential for teaching and studying literature for more than 15 years. And with good reason: it’s the world’s most complete resource for the study and teaching of English-language literature in all its forms.

Encompassing the full text of more than 350,000 important historical and contemporary works of prose, poetry and drama, LION helps students interpret these works with a nearly bottomless reservoir of contextual materials – authoritative criticism, encyclopedias, biographies and bibliographies and hours of literary audio and video clips. Says Novak, “This database has always been a good place to start the research process for literary criticism.”

LION’s role in teaching and research guided ProQuest literature experts and technologists who teamed to make this massive store of essential and in-demand content easier to use than ever before. By pairing cloud-based technology with responsive design they upped the power and made navigation more intuitive. Novak finds that although the technology has been amped up, “much of the look and feel of the new interface is familiar.”

That resource is now at users’ fingertips: a fully mobile-enabled platform provides Literature Online to researchers where they are, delivering authoritative and accurate resources when they need them.

Novak sums it up neatly: “Highly recommended.”

To see why LION is such a valuable database, read more here.

21 Oct 2014

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