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All about Austen online

You can celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen no matter where you are – all you need is a State Library card and our eresources.

The Library offers access to hundreds of subscription databases and free websites. Library members can access many of these anywhere, anytime using their Library card.

Here are our top three eresources picks on Jane Austen and her work:

Screen grab of eresource Literary Reference Center Plus

1. EBSCO's Literary Reference Center Plus


EBSCO has developed pages for 'most-studied authors', which can be accessed from the homepage. This is probably the easiest way to locate information about Jane Austen.

The Jane Austen page includes biographical information and principal works, some analysis and a list of references and further reading. The 'Related Information' box offers an easy way to find more detailed information, including plot summaries, literary criticism, and reviews.


Screen shot of eresource Gales Literature Resource Center


2. Gale’s Literature Resource Center 

This database contains thousands of articles about authors, analysis of works and reviews. The most effective search for material relating to Jane Austen is to search for ‘Jane Austen’ in the search box and select ‘Person, by or about’ in the drop down menu.

The results can be quickly and easily navigated using the options on the left. Either refine by Content Type (Biography, Reviews, etc.) or limit the search by selecting a subject, work or person of interest.

To get you started, here is a direct link to the Jane Austen Search.





Screen shot of eresource Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts

3. Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts 

This freely available website is a collaboration between several UK institutions which hold original, handwritten manuscripts by Jane Austen. The manuscripts include fair copies and working drafts of Austen’s novels and her juvenilia.








To do your own search for Austen related material just go to the eresources page and search by database name, or browse via the subject heading  'International Literature and language

Happy Jane Austen 200!