Databases: By Subject: Literature

Databases:

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.

BookFlix

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

Explora

Explora - Designed with public library patrons in mind, Explora provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

Explora for Kids

Explora for Kids is a research database designed with students and educators in mind. Elementary school students can learn about their favorite subject. Look up words. Read magazines, newspapers, biographies, primary sources, country information. Find pictures. Translate articles into more than 30 languages. 

Explora for Teens

Explora for Teens is a research database designed for middle and high school students and educators. Learn more about your favorite subject. Read magazines, newspapers, biographies, primary sources, country information. Find images for class projects and learn vocabulary.  Translate articles  into more than 30 languages.

Granger's World of Poetry

The Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry Online, updated weekly with new full-text poems, biographies, and commentaries, offers users access to 250,000 poems in full text with 450,000 poem citations. Granger’s also includes a wide range of critical and historical tools and features to enhance understanding and enjoyment of poetry.

Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits is content-rich, authoritative, engaging and easy-to-use.  It's features are age-appropriate, reliable, and perfect for today's young learners. Its curriculum-related content covers a broad range of educational topics with a modern, graphical interface. The design helps kids explore and gain comfort with database searching. Kids InfoBits addresses the way kids learn and conduct research – and makes it fun!

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.”

Novelist K-8 Plus

Novelist K-8 helps librarians, teachers, parents, and other adults who care about children in grades K-8 find fiction and non-fiction books to read tailored to their reading level and interests.  Or, kids can try it themselves to help them select books they’ll enjoy.  Using simple search techniques, find helpful resources such as expert reading recommendations, read-alikes, book discussion guides, thematic book lists and more.

NoveList Plus

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

Oxford Reference

The Oxford Reference Collection combines quick reference coverage of many subjects with the rich resources of the Oxford Companions. From ready-reference to comprehensive scholarly articles, Oxford Reference provides users with reliable and authoritative answers to their research questions. 

Oxford Research Encyclopedias

The Oxford Research Encyclopedias offer long-form overview articles written, peer-reviewed, and edited by leading scholars. Each of the twenty-five distinct encyclopedias cover both foundational and cutting-edge topics in order to develop, over time, an anchoring knowledge base for major areas of research across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. 

Very Short Introductions

Very Short Introductions provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects. In this digital resource, hundreds of titles can be searched at once, opening up new pathways across subjects. Students can use Very Short Introductions to consider study options, embark on a new module, topic, or essay, or revise a particular subject.  Teachers and other educators can assign chapters, or whole books to students. Adult learners can also gain new insights through an introduction to a topic.

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.

Websites:

Bartleby.com

Thousands of classics and reference works online for free.

Gutenberg.org

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

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