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EAS2026 Desire and Power Library Research Guide: ProQuest One Literature / Literature Online

This guide introduces you to the skills and resources required for effective library research for Module EAS2026

Using ProQuest One Literature / Literature Online

Literature Online is now part of ProQuest One Literature and is a useful resource for both primary and secondary research. It contains the full text of more than 500,000 works of poetry, drama and prose, as well as criticism and reference resources.

Use the tabs to help you get started with the resource.

Enter your terms into the search box, e.g. metaphysical AND Donne.

Your results are displayed divided into content type.

 

For example, you would like to locate the works of John Donne.

Select the Author Pages teb from the Home page

Enter John Donne in the search box. Select "Donne, John, 1572-1631" which should be the first result.

For example, you are searching for texts written in the Elizabethan period

  • Select Advanced Search
  • Select Primary Texts on the left side of the page.
  • Click on Look up literary period
  • Choose "Elizabethan Period, 1558-1603"

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Explore the Literary periods for further options. For example, you could also search for texts within the Renaissance period.

ProQuest One Literature should also look for variant spellings to view how it does this

  • Select Advanced Search.
  • Select Primary Texts
  • Enter Jealousy in the search box.
  • Select Include Spelling Variants and Show Variants on Results Page
  • Click Search.

 

A list of texts will be displayed containing the variant spellings of jealousy. A list will also appear at the top of the page listing all the variant spellings.

For example, you are searching for biographical information on the works of John Donne.

  • Select: Advanced Search
  • Add John Donne to the search box
  • Select Reference Works as Content Type
  • Select Biography as Document Type

You will then be able to read the biography which should be the first result.

For example, you would like to hear John Donne's work read by other poets.

  • From the Main page scroll down to Audio & Video Collections.
  • Select Poets on Screen.
  • Search for John Donne
  • Click on "Death be not proud."

 

Or, you would like to listen to a Shakespearean Play.

  • From the Main page scroll down to Audio & Video Collections.
  • Select Shakespeare Audio Plays.
  • Under Browse specific issues select 2003 or search for the title.
  • Click on "Loves Labor Lost"

Here you can listed to the full play or select the relevant act.

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