LION (Literature Online) is a database which provides the full text of 350,000 English and American novels, plays and poems. The emphasis is on texts up to 1914, including many titles in the Penguin Classics range, although the poetry continues up to the present day. The content also includes literary criticism in books and journal articles; author biographies; literary reference works; multi-media material; and related web links.
In addition to the LION core collection, Goldsmiths also subscribes to two additional collections: Twentieth Century Drama and the African Writers Series.
The ‘Multi-media’ section consists of three databases. Poets on Screen provides nearly 900 filmed clips of poets reading their poems or other classic poems. Shakespeare Audio Plays contains dramatised, unabridged audio recordings of Shakespeare’s 38 plays. Poetry Archive Audio has links to the text and audio of over 900 poems on the Poetry Archive web site.
The ‘Reference Shelf’ consists of the Concise Oxford Dictionary, Webster’s Dictionary, Shakespeare Glossary, and the King James Bible. The core collection includes the contents of fifteen leading literary reference works.
How do I access LION?
Access is via the E-resources A-Z list on the Library web pages, at For off-campus access you need your IT username and password (click on the green ‘W’ to log-in on the ‘Shibboleth’ screen).
A general search divides the results into the above categories. Alternatively you can search within a particular category, e.g. authors, texts or criticism, or browse the indexes.