Databases: By Subject: Literature


American and English full text literature collections

The American & English Literature Collection contains many works of poetry, drama, and prose based on books and other sources originally published in print. It also contains 21 historic editions of the Bible in English.


This online literary resource for children pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning.

Literary Reference Center

Full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works. Contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full text of thousands of poems and short stories. Research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest. Learn more about a literary movement for book discussions.

Literature Resource Center

Featuring “the most current, comprehensive, and reliable online resource for research on literary topics, authors, and their works,” the Literature Resource also “includes all genres and disciplines, all time periods, and all regions of the world.”


A “premier resource for full-text literary works,” LitFinder features “literature criticism, biographies, work and topic overviews, reviews, and full text of many literary works—all searchable at the same time and returned in organized lists.”

NoveList Plus

Let NoveList help you find a good book to read, with expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.

Virtual Reference Library

A “world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses,” the Virtual Reference Library features over one million articles about a wide array of subjects.


Thousands of classics and reference works online for free.

28,000 free books; 100,000 eBooks in a variety of electronic formats though Project Gutenberg's Resources .

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