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Literature Resources

Literary Criticism Guides

This resource is compilation of database resources, reference material, web sites, and book reviews located at the Central Library.

Based on the Book

Looking for a book based on a movie or other way around? 'Based on the Book' is a compilation of over 1,200 books, novels, short stories, and plays that have been made into motion pictures." Site provided by MCPL.

Native American Authors

Full listings of authors alphabetically, and also listing by tribe or title of work can be found here. Site provided by IPL.

IPL Criticism Guide

"The IPL Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period."

Gale Literature Resource Center

TexShare provides a great resource for literature. "Literature Resource Center on GaleNet is a complete literature reference database designed for both the undergraduate and graduate student as well as the sophisticated casual user. Rich in biographical, bibliographical, and critical content, the Literature Resource Center is the premier Internet resource for information on literary figures from all time periods writing in such genres as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, journalism, and more."

What's Next?

Search for the next book in an adult series. Site provided by Kent District Library.

"If you like..." Author Search

Discover other titles you might like based on your current favorite authors. Site provided by Hennepin County Library.

Juvenile Series and Sequels

Search for the next book in a juvenile series. Site provided by Mid-Continent Public Library.

Websites for Book Lovers

A rich collection of websites for book lovers. Site provided by Morton Grove Public Library.

Electronic Text Collections

The On-Line Books Page

v5000+ full text listings; searchable by author, title or subject.

Alex: A Catalog of Electronic Texts on the Internet

Lists of full text classics and out-of-print books.


Perseus Project: Primary Text Index: English Translations

Full text Greek classics; includes works by Homer, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Euclid and more.


The Pulitzer Prizes

Provides a history of the award as well as an archive of past and present recipients.


Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Contains online discussion area, Internet links, quotations and the option to search the works by keyword.

English literature

English Literature on the Web

Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature

Medieval, Renaissance and 17th Century English literature

British & Irish Authors on the Web

Find comprehensive information on authors. Maintained by an English Literature Professor at Nagoya University.


The Poetry Archives

An expanding archive of classical poetry.

The Academy of American Poets

Searchable index of 600 poems, and biographical information of American poets.

Def Poetry Jam

This site includes poetry contests, poetry news, and DPJ store. Site provided by Russell Simmons.

Internet Poetry Archives

This web site features a few contemporary poets and their works.

Poet's Corner

Searchable index of over 6,700 poems and biographical information on over 780 poets.

Bartleby Verse Search

Search for a poem by verse. Site by

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