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Bloom's Literary Reference Online discus logo

Comprehensive source for literary research on writers and their works throughout history and the world.


Books and Authors

Books & Authors is specially designed to complement the browsing habits of today's Web user, integrating easy-to-follow menus that allow users to broaden and narrow their searches according to author, title, series, awards and other criteria. An "if you like" search connects readers to themes and genres that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.


Gale Literary Sources

Unlock information in primary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies. Search across centuries to see the broader continuum of the story.


Literature Criticism Online

The largest curated online collection of literary criticism in the world, this resource brings together 10 acclaimed multidisciplinary series representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres. Multiple search and browse options are combined with an engaging format that matches the look and feel of the print originals.


Literature Resources Center

Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.


Literary Reference Center discus logo

Sources include major respected reference works, books and literary journals Provides plot summaries, synopses and work overviews; articles/essays of literary criticism; author biographies; book reviews; classic and contemporary poems and short stories; author interviews and more


NextReads

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NoveList Plus discus logo

Includes author read-alikes, book discussion guides, reading lists, searchable award lists and more.


Something about the Author

An easy-to-use source for librarians, students and other researchers, each volume of this series provides illustrated biographical articles on approximately 70 children's authors and artists.


E-Books


Contemporary Novelists , 7th ed., 2001

Concise discussions of the lives and principal works of contemporary novelists, written by subject experts.


Contemporary Poets , 7th ed., 2001

Concise discussions of the lives and principal works of poets from around the world, written by subject experts.


Critical Insights: Themes

Each volume in the series explores a specific literary theme and offers in-depth critical analysis from a variety of perspective.


Critical Survey of Graphic Novels

Critical Survey series focuses on all aspects of the graphic novels format, aiming to establish it as an important academic discipline and research topic in libraries. The series provides unique insight into the stories and themes expressed in historic and current landscape of the graphic novel medium.


Scribner Writers Online Series

Bio-critical essays on the lives and works of more than 1,400 important American and British authors. Entries include concise essays, citations, and biographical information that places the author's work in personal and historical context.


Best of the Web

Bartleby Project - Links to Full-Text Literature and Poetry

Fantastic Fiction

Good Reads

LibraryElf

LibraryThing

Project Gutenberg over 49,000 free e-books

Shelfari

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