Books and Literature

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American and English Literature  
These literature collections are electronic books of American and English literature--poetry, drama, fiction, and the Bible.

Dictionary of Literary Biography (mobile)
This resource provides more than 16,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. This series, which has a 30-year history, includes the DLB Main Series, the DLB Documentary Series, and the DLB Yearbook Series - all delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals. Citations are provided for all entries.

Literary Reference Center (mobile)
This resource consists of full-text literary journals and respected literary reference works. It also 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 Criticism Online (mobile)
This database provides digital access to multiple popular literary criticism series, including Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. Literature Criticism Online allows easy access to criticism drawn from thousands of sources. It covers authors who lived from 1800 through 2009. Citations are provided for all entries.


NoveList (mobile)
A resource for readers of fiction that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 135,000 fiction titles. It also includes Author Read-alikes, What We're Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Annotated Book Lists. For school media specialists and teachers there are Picture Book Extenders and articles on Teaching with Fiction.

NoveList K-8 (mobile)
This resource features a student-focused interface and a database of young adult, children's and easy titles designed for children in pre-K, elementary or middle schools.

Novels and Short Stories for Students (mobile)
Novels for Students contains easily accessible and content-rich discussions of the literary and historical background of works from various cultures and time periods.  Short Stories for Students contains concise synopses of the story's plot, characters and themes, along with a brief author biography, a discussion of the story's cultural and historical significance and excerpted criticism geared specifically towards the high school student.  (From Gale Virtual Reference Library)

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (mobile)
Track down older magazine articles with this database, which indexes the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States from 1890 through 1982. Article citations can be used to obtain a copy of the article.  Fill out the Periodical Article Request Information of our Interlibrary Loan form to submit a request.

TumblebooksTumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books, which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks consist of animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

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