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Book Collection: Nonfiction - contains informative abstracts and full text for more than 2,000 popular nonfiction books. The database includes full text entries on social studies and science, as well as information on careers, health, sports, adventure, and technology. Check out the EbscoHost Mobile App.
General Reference Center Gold (Infotrac) - A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center Gold to find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images. Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. Go Mobile with Access My Library. Audience: Middle School, High School, Higher Education, General Public.
Literature Resource Center (Gale) - Access biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline. Includes Contemporary Authors, LitFinder, Scribner Writer's Series, Twayne World Authors, Twayne US Authors, and Twayne English Authors .Audience: Middle School, High School, Higher Education, General Public. Go Mobile with Access My Library.
LitFinder - Now includes Poems, Plays, Speeches, Stories and Essays. Essay Finder is a unique database based on books published in the 20th century. PoemFinder and StoryFinder are full-text databases wth thousands of entries by your favorite authors and poets. Search the PlayFinder by subject and age group! Try Advanced Search for finding by Author!
MasterFILE Premier - specifically for public libraries, this database provides full text for nearly 2,050 general reference publications with full text as far back as 1975. Also includes more than 350 full text reference books, 82,968 biographies, 90,915 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags. Check out the EbscoHost Mobile App.
Novelist Plus - With information on over 250,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles included, plus feature content including lists of award-winning books, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, Recommended Reads and more, NoveList Plus is a complete readers' resource. The Friends of the Library have provided funding for Novelist Select which brings Novelist content to our online catalog when you view your searches.
Novelist Plus K - 8 - an online database with fiction and nonfiction titles chosen specifically to support the school curriculum as well as the pleasure reading needs of students including BookTalks, Recommended Reads book lists, annotations, first chapter excerpts, as well as tools like Lexile scores for grade levels and popularity ratings.
The Twayne Authors Series - Twayne World, US, and English Authors
each contain the full text of 200 frequently used Twayne Literary Masters books on individual World, US, or English authors, for a total of 600 individual full-text titles. Audience: Middle School, High School, Higher Education, General Public
Augusta Evans Wilson - Augusta Jane Evans Wilson (1835-1909) was one of the most popular American novelists of the nineteenth century and certainly the most successful Alabama writer of her time. Her literary fame made her a prominent citizen of Mobile, where she spent most of her life. The Passion of Miss Augusta is a project which includes a film and an online museum based on the life and work of Augusta Evans Wilson (1835-1909), one of the most popular American writers of the nineteenth century, famous for the strong-willed female characters who often echoed her own life.
Online Literary Criticism Collection at the Internet Public Library - Links to over 4,000 critical and biographical resources dealing with American and British literature from pre-1500 to the twentieth century. Each link is annotated and can be accessed by author, work or literary period. The links are selected "for their overall usefulness" for high school and college students. A literary criticism guide and a pathfinder have been provided for further exploration of Web and print resources.
Sparknotes is like Cliff Notes but way more fun!. It contains plot summaries; discussion and analysis of major characters; themes, motifs and symbols; important quotations explained; and study questions and essay topics.
Literary History and Criticism
Greek Mythology Link
Irish Literature, Mythology, Folklore, and Drama - Excellent site for all aspects of Ireland, including a large section on culture.
Lit Links - links to myriad literary resources, arranged by author's name. Major categories include fiction, drama, poetry, essays, and critical theory.
Voice of the Shuttle - VoS English Literature: English Literature Page
Arts and News Daily - from the Chronicle of Higher Education. A reader's dream come true, this site is updated six days per week and features links to newspapers, magazines and journals, book reviews, articles, essays, editorials, news services, columnists, literary criticism, and 'amusements' in every area of the humanities
Authors On The Web - links to author and publisher sites. Browsable by author or genre.
Based on the Book - movies based on books, short stories and plays
20 Something Reads
Graphic Novel Reporter
The Faithful Reader
Bookwire - Book industry news, info, events, features, etc.
The National Book Awards
Reading Group Guides - find suggestions and guides for book clubs
Setting Based Book List - find books by location of setting
USA Today's Book Shelf - See book reviews, first chapters, best sellers, etc.
WorldCat - find books in libraries all over, results let you see nearby libraries who have what your looking for!
Textbooks - buy, rent, sell or get ebooks
Chegg.com - buy, rent and sell new or used textbooks or rent ebooks.
CourseSmart - buy college textbooks as ebooks or online resource up to 50% off the price of a hardback.
Full Text Online and E-Books
Get Free Books - a free ebooks site where you can download totally free, collected from all over the net
Free Ebooks - Free downladable Ebooks in html, pdf and txt formats. ePub and Mobi formats require a VIP membership.
NOLO Books Online - free consumer legal books online to help you with legal issues such as renter's rights, foreclosure, small claims, tickets, probate, etc.
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts - a collection of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.
Bartleby.com - a supurb collection of searchable full text books ranging from Gray's Anatomy to poetry collections.
Bibliomania - Short stories, books and poetry
Internet Sacred Text Archive - the largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship, and has the largest readership of any similar site on the web.
Classic Reader Short Stories - this site spotlights some of the world's greatest short stories, full text of other works: drama, fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Some author portraits and biographies are available. (heavy advertising on the pages)
Directory of Open Access Journals - This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and languages.
EServer Fiction - This site offers works of and about fiction collected from members, contributing authors worldwide, and texts in the public domain.
The Internet Public Library Online Texts Collection -- Read fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc. online
ManyBooks.Net - download out-of-copyright books to a smart device or e-reader
Public Library of Science - a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource.
Project Gutenberg - THE place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device.
Shakespeare: The Complete Works
The Collected Works of Edgar Allen Poe
American Verse Project - 85 volumes of pre-1920 verse, ranging from Emerson and Jones Very to Sandburg and H.D. Searches include single word, phrase, proximity and boolean.
Internet Poetry Archive
PoemHunter.com - poetry search engine with access to thousands of poems and poets with many downloadable e-books
The Poet's Corner - one of the largest text resources on the web, user friendly site promotes browsing and exploring
Walt Whitman Archive - includes works, biography, images and criticism
AddAll - for used, rare and out of print titles.
Abe Books - for used, rare and out of print titles
Alibris - for used, rare and out of print titles
Antiquarian Booksellers of America - A good site for finding rare books
BookBub - service for locating discount e-books
Bookfinder - searches a number of sites for rare and used books
Bookfinder4U - Get the best deal, this site compares prices at 55 online bookstores!
Books Price - check the price on multiple books simultaneously.
Chambal - like the above site, this site queries multiple online booksellers and reports the prices for any given title. It's worth checking both sites as the results are surprisingly variable!
Half.com - a part of eBay, these seem to be the cheapest prices of all!