Monday, January 31, 2011

TRIAL: The Literary Encyclopedia

The Library has arranged a two week trial of The Literary Encyclopedia. Trial access ends on February 15th. (We previously trialled The Literary Encyclopedia in March 2007).

The Literary Encyclopedia is a collaborative global project that provides a description of most literary and cultural texts of scholarly interest in the English-speaking world, as well as informed guidance to critical reading, cultural topics and the historical context of cultural production. The publication is written and owned by a network comprising more than 2,280 contributors and distinguished editors who are mostly university teachers around the world. Since all articles are reviewed by qualified editors before publication, and our contributors have research publications in the area of their contribution, The Literary Encyclopedia can be cited with confidence in scholarly essays.

To access The Literary Encyclopedia, go to – if you are on-campus you will get immediate access, while if you are off-campus you will need to enter your university username and password for Institutional Login via the UK Federation (Shibboleth).

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Anonymous said...

This looks like a relatively inexpensive way of accessing reasonably correct and useful information: a sort of scholarly wikipedia. I would use this, if we subscribed.

Sarah Peverley said...

A nice resource, which is growing all the time, and which offers good coverage of all periods of literature. I would use this and would recommend it to my students.

Anonymous said...

There are some excellent entries on here. As the previous comment suggests, it works like a scholarly wikipedia, with the benefit that the entries are attributed to recognisable authors. Certainly worth subscribing to.

Matthew Bradley said...

As above - could be a useful recommendation for students INSTEAD of Wikipedia.

Paul Baines said...

this is set up and run by academics for non-commercial and intellectually sound reasons. From relatively simple beginnings it has developed some interesting and sophisticated features, with still a lot of potential for further development. A lot of emerging scholars contribute to it. I am in favour of taking it.

Lucienne Loh said...

I think this is a wonderful resource with which many colleagues (including myself) in the English department have been involved.

The LE depends on, and harnesses, the intellectual generosity of a community of scholars across the world and it's unique in the sense that it is not driven by profit nor part of any major publishing conglomerate, and I think this is a major reason why we should continue to support it.

It's also a wonderful resource for students who need brief but expert introduction to a whole range of literary terms.

I do hope you'll continue to support this excellent resource as well as its overall mission to be an alternative, independent source of literary information in a world of faceless publishing.