Sunday, October 28, 2012

New! Database Trials of Interest - Literature Online (LION), Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, TLS Historical Archive

It's been some time since you heard from me!  I hope your semester is going well. I wanted you to know that I have initiated three literature-related database trials, which are now accessible through the Library homepage.

Literature Online (LION). This searchable database is a portal to both full-text primary sources (plays, poems, stories, etc.), secondary sources (literary criticism and literary reference works from publishers such as Cambridge, Oxford, and Routledge), and multimedia (video clips of poets reading poetry, audio clips of poetry readings, and unabridged audio recordings of the 38 Shakespeare plays). It also includes the content from The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, the MLA International Bibliography (MLAIB)* and ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature). For a more robust list of sources click here. *Note-there is no plan to discontinue our MLAIB subscription via EBSCO if we do decide to subscribe to LION. The trial runs through November 18, 2012.

Columbia Granger's World of Poetry. This searchable database is a portal to full-text primary sources (poems) and secondary sources (criticism and explication, biographical sketches of poets). If you've ever used the multiple editions of Granger's Index to Poetry (in our reference and circulating collections) to find a poem, this resource will do that for you, searching across several editions of this print title. Once you locate a poem, you'll frequently be able to read the poem and listen to it online, or learn what anthology contains the poem. You will also find criticism about the poem and information about the poet. The trial runs through November 24, 2012.

TLS Historical Archive, 1902-2007. The Times Literary Supplement is a British literary weekly which offers comprehensive coverage of important publications, in every subject, in several languages – but also theatre, opera, exhibitions and film. In this searchable full-text database you will find, amongst other things, a letter to the editor from Winston Churchill, book reviews written by Virginia Woolf,  a 1932 review of Huxley's Brave New World, a poem by Sylvia Plath, and a film review of Roger Vadim's  Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The trial runs through November 22, 2012.

How to Access these Trials:
from the Library's Database Trials page (you'll need to be connected to the UVM Network to access these databases)

We'd love your feedback. Submit your comments to me or through the online feedback form found on the Database Trials page.