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Can't Access an Article?

Some eResources just provide citation details and an abstract (a short summary) rather than the full article.  You can use the abstract to decide if the full text is worth reading. 

If you want to read the full text and it is not available:

  • Use "Is it @ SSU?" buttonis it at SSU icon  to see if the article is available anywhere else in the Library
  • Alternatively, look up the journal title (not the article title!) on the Library Catalogue to see if we have a subscription
  • Still no luck?  Check Google and Google Scholar for a copy - easily done if you search by "article title"
  • I really want this article and can't get it!  Apply for an inter-library loan - you can have a certain amount of these for free whilst at Solent. Please remember that there is a charge for the Library so only request items that you really need:

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If you only want to see articles that are available: 

  • Restrict your searches to Full Text using the options provided

  • Set up Google Scholar library links (see Google Scholar tab).

Picking Relevant Results

Sometimes you will get quite a few results and you will need to pick out the most relevant. 

First, ensure you have a good set of results to choose from:

  • your initial search uses all relevant words, "phrase searching", truncatio* and more
  • sort your results by relevancy
  • apply any relevant filters such as fulltext/peer reviewed/location/subject

Now look through your results:

  • Note where your search words appear in the title/sentences - this helps you decide if something is worth clicking on.
  • ​For each relevant article, click through and read the summary/abstract.  If it looks of interest, read the conclusion or last paragraph.  If it is still of interest, download and read the entire article.
  • Repeat multiple times!

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Video: Simple Searching

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Literature Online - Contents


Literature Online (LION) is the leading resource for those studying literature in English. It combines over 355,000 literary works including poetry, prose, and drama from the 8th to the 21st century with a huge library of criticism and reference material. It provides easy to access to thousands of literary articles, essays, biographies, and encyclopaedia entries.

Literature Online homepage

Detailed Author Information

LION contains more than 17,000 author entries from over 100 nations. These includes links to criticism, journal articles, and additional citations, alongside reference materials, some full text works and extensive bibliography and biography details. You can search and browse by name, literary movement or period, nationality, and ethnicity.

Author page for Charles Darwin

Texts (Literature Collections)

This is a catalogue of over 355,000 full-text works divided into Drama, Poetry, and Prose, including many major works. The works are arranged into 14 easily searchable collections including English Poetry, American Drama 1714-1915, and Nineteenth Century Fiction.

You can search for first lines or keywords in a poem, plays by genre or playwright, or prose titles by author or literary movement. You can also easily check for variants in spelling, including Old English, to make searching easier.


You can search for over 400 journal titles for full-text materials written about an author and their works including journal articles, monographs, and dissertations. You can do this across all sources or limit to just ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature). 

Video and Poetry Archive

A collection of video and audio recording which includes poets reading their own works, links to poetry readings at The Poetry Archive, and a complete audio collection of the 38 plays of Shakespeare.


This is a useful section to get an overview or background of subjects, authors, and titles. Limit your search to major literary reference works including dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and glossaries. It also includes bibliographies, biographies, and other resources, which give an overview of an author and their texts such as Knowledge Notes Student Guides and Penguin Classics Introductions.


Searching Mintel

The Mintel home screen has recently changed and no longer has the "Category Overview" menus which featured on the previous version. The best way to find reports on Mintel is to search by keyword from the home screen, then use the filters to narrow your results by sector, demographic etc. This video gives an introduction to searching on Mintel:

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