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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography includes over 60,000 biographies, 72 million words, and 11,000 portraits of significant, influential or notorious figures who shaped British history.
Oxford English Dictionary Online (OED)
A guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words past and present, from across the English-speaking world. Find the history of individual words, and of the language, traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.
The Literary Encyclopedia is a constantly evolving and updating repository of authoritative reference work about literary and cultural history. All of the articles are solicited by invitation from specialist scholars in higher education institutions all over the world, refereed and approved by subject editors in the Editorial Board.
Very Short Introducations
Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subjects from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory.
Who's Who & Who Was Who
Who's Who is the leading source of up-to-date information about over 35,000 influential people from all walks of life, worldwide. Containing autobiographical listings of people from around the globe who have an impact on British life, including senior politicians, judges, civil servants, and notable figures from the arts, academia, and other areas.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Literary Sources provides access to 8 different literature databases including more than 1,5 million critiques, poems, plays, dramas, biographies, articles and quotations. With a series of databases, it supports scholars researching the Western Literature. It includes:
The Handbook series contains in-depth, high-level articles by scholars at the top of their field. Each Handbook offers thorough introductions to topics and a critical survey of the current state of scholarship, creating an original conception of the field and setting the agenda for new research.
Theses and Dissertations
Proquest Dissertations & Theses Global
The world's most comprehensive collection of full-text dissertations and theses.
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University of Southampton PhD/ MPhil theses
University of Southampton Undergraduate / Masters dissertations
- a limited number of undergraduate dissertations are held on Blackboard under the Research Project module code
- for Masters and further examples of undergraduate dissertations students should ask enquire at the Faculty Office or discuss with their supervisor