Internet Reference Library


Atlantic Unbound
the Atlantic Monthly's online journal.

Author Guides
This directory is "an index of indexes" containing pointers to individual author guides or other cumulative documents that deal with specific writers.

Bartleby Great Books Online
Includes thousands of full-text poems, novels, plays, essays, and other works in the public domain, as well as close to 100,000 quotations. Resources are carefully edited to ensure accuracy of data entry. A trustworthy place to locate classic works. Searchable and browsable. (LII)

Bestseller Lists 1900 - 1998
This site includes annual fiction and nonfiction bestseller lists through 1998, provided by "Publisher's Weekly." (LII)

Find searchable full-text editions of thousands of classic works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry; some reference titles and contemporary articles; plus study guides and book notes for standard high school and college assigned reading. "Bibliomania is supported by an Academic Board which comprises leading literature professors from Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Oxford universities." (LII)

CCBC: Cooperative Children's Book Center
The CCBC is a "research library for Wisconsin school and public librarians, teachers ... and others interested in children's and young adult literature." Resources of general interest include bibliographies and booklists, interviews with authors and illustrators, and links to related resources (including award winners). Also features an overview of the CCBC collections, information on CCBC events, Wisconsin-related materials, and resources on intellectual freedom and graphic novels. From the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (LII)

Children's Literature Web Guide
Guide to internet resources related to books for children and young adults

The Cortland Review
An online literary magazine presenting original works, some reads by the author in audio format.

Electronic Poetry Center
This gateway to resources in electronic poetry and poetics, based at State University of New York at Buffalo, focuses on contemporary experimental poetry. It is a combination library, scholarly forum, information clearinghouse, and digital poetry publisher. Its Author pages include biographical information, lists of publications, and samples of the authors' work. Most sound files require RealAudio; help screens are provided for other formats. (LII)

English Literature Resources
Extensive partially annotated list of links to literary resources produced by the UC Santa Barbara English department.

The English Server
Sponsored by Iowa State University, this site provides "an alternative niche for writings in the arts and humanities." It offers 45 collections on such diverse topics as art, architecture, race, Internet studies, sexuality, drama, design, multimedia, and current social issues and includes audio and video recordings.

Literary Resources on the Net
A searchable "collection of [annotated] links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature, excluding most single electronic texts." See the General Sources section for links to syllabi and resources for writers and writing instructors. Other National Literatures features links to literature sites covering countries where English is not the primary language. (LII)

Literature (Languages other than English) Resources
Annotated list of links to resources for literature in other languages.

The Literature & Culture of the American 1950s
Provides a partially annotated list of links to readings on this subject.

Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes: How to Find a Novel, Short Story, or Poem Without Knowing its Title or Author
This Library of Congress guide "helps readers identify a literary work when they know only its plot or subject, or other textual information such as a character's name, a line of poetry, or a unique word or phrase".

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
"An annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources available on the Internet." Presents a timeline, chart of contemporary events and publications, and a biography quiz. Includes links to full-text works, including various editions; study guides; Elizabethan theater; literary and historical criticism; Renaissance studies; and educational resources, such as courses and lesson plans. Searchable. (LII)

The 150 Best English Language Novels of the 20th Century
"The Friendswood library has consolidated four sources' lists: Harvard Bookstore
's Top 100 Recommended Titles, Modern Library's 100 Best Novels, Koen Book Distributors' Top 100 Books of the Past Century, and Library Journal's 150 20th-century Most Influential Fiction.  The list includes only English-language books written in the 1900's."

Online Books Page
Currently indexes over 15,000 on-line books and shorter texts by author and title, searchable. Can also browse by author, title, or subject. Also links to many other sources of online books. (LII)

Online Literary Criticism
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. From The Internet Public Library. (LII)

An Outline of American Literature
This site from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Information Programs is a somewhat terse survey of American literature, presenting a highly select group of genres and authors chronologically from pre-colonial times through the 1980s. Includes a glossary and links to related sites. Written by Kathryn VanSpanckeren, a professor of English at the University of Tampa. (LII)

Perspectives in American Literature
This is a "a carefully organized and knowledgeable compendium of sources, definitions, and key topics for use in connection with undergraduate courses in American Literature." The site provides outlines and bibliographies for thousands of authors, themes, and literary movements in the U.S. from colonial days to the present. Maintained by a Professor of English at California State University, Stanislaus. (LII)

Poetry Daily
A new poem is posted daily. "Poems are chosen from the work of a wide variety of poets published in the English language. The daily poem is selected for its topical or seasonal interest, as well as for its literary quality." Past poems are archived for a year and arranged by author, title, or date used. News contains links to recent articles, reviews, and interviews of poets. (LII)

Post WWII American Literature and Culture Database: Genres
Sponsored by the English Department at UC-Berkeley, provides links to information regarding modern genres of literature such as Punk, Feminist, Science-fiction, etc.

Shakespeare Resource Center
This searchable site provides a brief biography, play synopses, the text of Shakespeare's last will and testament, and a list of recommended books. There is also information and annotated links on the Authorship Debate , the Globe Theatre, Elizabethan England, and Shakespeare's use of language (including a searchable glossary of words from plays and commentary on syntax, usage shifts, and rhetorical devices). (LII)

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