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Gale's Literary Index provides an index of authors, titles and subjects
to the sets and volumes of Gale's Literary Criticism reference sets.
The SHS library has many of these sets.
- Internet Public Library
Online Literary Criticism Collection IPL offers over 4500 critical
and biographical websites about authors and their works.
Writers and Poets. Includes important literary prize winners and
list index to authors.
Resources on the Net Links to English language resources by
Perspectives in American Literature A research and reference guide
to American literature from early American through late twentieth
- Project Gutenberg Full-text
- Classics Archive Find
full-text classic literature in a searchable or browsable database.
- Classic Reader This
collection currently contains 651 books and 906 short stories by 196
authors. New works are added to the collections on a regular basis.
- Bartleby Library Full-text
classic poetry and prose, quotations and more.
- Bibliomania A British
site that provides full-text for over 2000 classic works, as well as
study guides and reference materials.
- Google Book Search Allows you to search the text of over seven million books online.
Text Center Full-text English language resources from the
University of Virginia.
- On-Line Books
Page Links to full-text books available on the internet. Also
includes foreign titles.
- The Cambridge
History of English and American Literature Considered one of the
most important words of literary history and criticism, this complete
online version of the text contains thousands of essays with topics
ranging from poetry, fiction, drama to history, theology and political
writing. From Bartleby.com
- Sparknotes Mostly a
commercial site, but also has hundreds of free study guides to classic
literature and drama.
- Folklore and
Mythology Electronic Texts Full-text folk tales and myths from
around the world.
- Mything Links "An
annotated and illustrated collection of worldwide links to mythologies,
fairy tales and folklore, sacred arts and sacred traditions" from the
Pacifica Graduate Institute.
- Bulfinch's Mythology A
classic source for mythology which includes full-text Greek, Roman, and
other classical myths as well as legends of the Middle Ages, including
those of King Arthur and Charlemagne, with links to other sources.
Mythology Provided by a professor of history from Temple
University, this site provides excellent information on Greek and Roman
mythology, study guides for Homer, Sophocles and Euripides, as well a
glossary for mythological terms.
- Mythweb Offers an
encyclopedia of mythology, colorful illustrations and an easy to read
- Today in Literature
This is a high-tech page-a-day calendar which offers an "original
biographical story each calendar day about the great writers, books,
and events in literary history."Articles are footnoted with a wide
variety of links to related articles and texts. Free use but requires
registration. Archived stories require subscription.
- Dictionary of Phrase and
Fable First hypertext edition of Brewer's dictionary of Phrase and
Fable from Bartleby.com.
Search Bartlett's Dictionary of Familiar Quotations from Bartleby.com.
- Quotation Ring
Searchable access to an interconnected Web Ring of quotation related
- The Quotations Page
Great popular quotations and quotation links plus motivational quotes
for the day.
- Quoteland.com Quotations
by topic, literary quotes, humorous quotes and more.
- The Quotations
Archive A comprehensive database of general purpose quotations,
searchable by subject, author, or keywords, plus links to other
Kicks Biographical information of Beat Generation authors and poets
and includes articles and samples of their work.
- Authors on the Web
Provides links to author biographical sketches.
- Litweb provides biographies for
over 500 well-known authors. Each biography includes facts about the
author's life. a complete list of works, and links to additional
information. as well as facts about prizes in literature.
- American Writers
This C-SPAN companion site offers an in-depth look at 45 American
writers who helped shape a nation, featuring biographical and
historical background information for each featured author.
- A Celebration
of Women Writers This site is devoted to promoting an awareness of
the importance of women's writing. Can be browsed alphabetically by
name, century, or country. Also provides links to sites devoted to
- Voices from the Gaps: Women
Writers of Color This site from the University of Minnesota focuses
on North American women writers of color, and provides biographical
information, some critical analysis and lists of works by and about the
writer as well as links to related Web sites.
- Teenreads.com Caters to
young adult readers and provides author interviews, book reviews, a
message board and an excellent newsletter.
- Guys Read An excellent web
site which help visitors to find find books that would interest boys
and adult males. Searchable by subject, author or title, and provides
lists of favorite books.
- American Verse
Project Archive of volumes of American verse prior to 1920.
- Bartleby Verse
Archive of American and English Poetry from 1250-1920.
Corner This is a searchable anthology of more than 4,700 works by
more than 560 poets, which is ever-expanding.
- Norton Poets This site
contains short biographies of nearly 100 contemporary poets, a
multimedia section allowing one to listen to poets reading their own
work, provides links to author's individual sites and an impressive
related reading list of links.
Writers and Poets. Includes important literary prize winners and
list index to authors.
Poetry Links Guide to poetry, arranged alphabetically, from eiNET directories
- The Internet
Poetry Archive A unique site providing access to some contemporary
works, including those by Seamus Heaney, Yusef Knomunyakaa, Phillip
Levine, Czelaw Miosz, Robert Pinsky, Margaret Walker and Richard
Wilber. Links to biographical, poetry text, bibliography, etc.
- Poets.org Provides a searchable database of the works of selected major poets from the American Academy of Poets.
- Modern American Poets This site from the Dept. of English at the University of Illinois is an online journal and multimedia companion to the Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry which
studies over 150 modern American poets. Contains sample poems,
criticism and analysis, commentaries, biographical info. and more.
- Favorite Poem Project
Founded by former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, this is a collection of
Americans reading their favorite poems, a continuing database, plus two
anthologies of poetry to explore.
Atlantic Online: Poetry Pages Search a collection of poems
published in the digital edition of the Atlantic Monthly magazine since
Representative Poetry Online Extensive resources on poets, poetic
language, literary criticism, and poems from the University of Toronto.
- Poetry 180: A Poem a Day
for American High Schools Established by Billy Collins, Poet
Laureate of the United States, this site is an effor to expose students
to poetry on a daily basis.
- Online Poetry
Classroom A resource for teachers and students alike, this site
contains texts of over 1200 poems, biographies of over 450 poets , a
timeline of poetry, and clips of authors reading their own poems,
teacher forums, lesson plans, and links to more virtual poetry
- Types of Poetry From Shadowpoetry.com, this page provides a definition and an example of more than 50 different kinds of poetry.
of poetic terms A study guide for poetry which includes a large
glossary that can be downloaded and searched.
- Playbill Resources and
links for drama and dramatists.
- Complete Works of
Shakespeare All of Shakespeare's works, searchable by keyword.
Includes related articles and recommended links.
- The Oxford Shakespeare
The 1914 Oxford edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare
ranks among the most authoritative published this centruy. Search the 37
plays, 154 sonnets and miscellaneous verse which constitute the literary
cornerstone of Western civilization. From Bartleby.com
- The Folger
Shakespeare Library Holds Shakespearean material and also a vast
collection of rare Renaissance books and manuscripts on all disciplines.
- Mr. William Shakespeare
and the Internet A very user-friendly Shakespeare site that
includes information on his life and times, including a timeline and
genealogy, sources for his works, scholarly criticism, the theatre, the
Renaissance, teacher materials, links to other good sites and more.
Grammar and Writing:
Grammar On-line Web grammar guide includes an English grammar
clinic for questions from Edufind.com.
Research & Writing for
High School Guidance, support, resources and links for writing from
the Internet Public Library.
- Online Writing Lab
From Purdue University, this site provides vast resources for writers
and teachers of writing.
- Guide to
& Writing From traditional sentence level lessons on parts of
speech to more in-depth areas such as essay writing, this is the
ultimate guide to grammar and technical aspects of writing
Elements of Style Strunk's Elements of Style on-line provides
elementary rules of language usage and principles of composition. From Bartleby.com.
- Grammar Resources on the Web
This site from the University of Chicago provides grammar resources
that are integrated into a narrative about grammar and good writing.
Materials include grammar books and essays, English for non-native
speakers, science and technical writing, thesauruses and dictionaries,
gender-neutral language and classic style guides.
- NoodleTools A suite of
interactive tools designed to help students with online research,
especially great for bibliograpahic citation.
- MLA Style Provides
guidelines and examples on MLA documentation of WEB sites from the
Modern Language Association Web site.
of Literary Terms and a Handbook of Rhetorical Devices Searchable
indexes for both the glossary and the handbook provides definitions and
explanations for literary terms and devices.
- Acronym Finder A
large searchable database, containing about 155,000 acronyms,
abbreviations and definitions.
- The Searchable
Phrase Finder This site provides word resources, including:
Meanings and Origins, sayings, cliches, provers and quotations. Other
features are Euphemisms, Popular Fallacies and phrases with Biblical
Errors in English Provides lists of common errors in grammar usage
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