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Virtual Research Guide:
Books & Literature

Resources in this research guide include databases, digital reference books, and Internet sites covering the following areas: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short stories, literary criticism, reading, writing, and publishing. The materials included in this guide would be generally classified in the 800s of the Dewey Decimal System.


Featured Databases
Literary Reference Center: A collection of articles from periodicals and reference books covering books, authors, and all aspects of Literature. Includes full-text reviews, essays, biographies, and criticism. Also includes plot summaries, poems, plays, short stories, and classic texts.
NoveList Plus: An online reader's advisory service that contains a listing of over 120,000 fiction titles categorized by subject and genre. Also includes over 90,000 book reviews.
Digital Reference Collections
GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library): Literature
Digital Reference Book Titles
The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry & Poetics: Provides a comprehensive reference for those interested in the history of poetry or in any aspect of the technique or criticism of poetry. Provides surveys of national poetries; descriptions of poetic forms and genres; detailed explanations of the devices of prosody and rhetoric; and overviews of all major schools of poetry ancient and modern, Western and Eastern.
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Nonfiction Classics for Students: Provides critical overviews on the most frequently studied nonfiction essays, books, biographies, and memoirs. Includes discussions of literary format, themes, and structure.

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Reference Guide to World Literature: Covers writers from the ancient Greeks to 20th-century authors. Includes biographical-bibliographical entries on nearly 500 writers and approximately 550 entries focusing on significant works of world literature. Each author entry provides a detailed overview of the writer's life and works. Work entries cover a particular piece of world literature in detail. 2 volumes.

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LitFinder: This resource is a primary-source database that includes over 125,000 full-text poems and 10,000 plays, short stories, essays, and speeches. It also includes 850,000 poem citations and excerpts, along with explanations and analysis of the included literature. LitFinder covers all eras of history and is constantly updated with coverage of contemporary and emerging authors. Spanish-language poems with English translations are also included. The content is easily accessible using a variety of search capabilities.
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WorldCat: A union list of the books and other materials available at most of the major public and academic libraries of the United States.
Suggested Internet Resources
About.com: Contemporary Literature
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts
Bartleby.com Great Books Online

Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Digital Book Index
Famous Poets & Poems
Google Book Search
Literary Criticism (Internet Public Library)
The Literature Network
The Online Books Page
Poet's Corner
Poetry Archives
Project Gutenberg
Representative Poetry Online