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Contemporary Literary Criticism
Information and critical essays about contemporary books and authors

Literature Resource Center Video Tutorial 1 Video Tutorial 2
Articles about literature, author biographies, and plot overviews.

Recommended Websites

Online Dictionaries

American Heritage Dictionary

Merriam Webster Visual Dictionary

Rhyming Dictionary

YourDictionary.com Dictionary & Thesaurus
Search 19 different dictionaries and thesauri.

Literary Criticism

Internet Public Library’s Guide to Literary Criticism Contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.

NYPL Best of the Web: Literature
Recommended websites for researching books and authors.

SparkNotes Literature Study Guides
Barnes & Noble SparkNote editors provide thorough summaries and insightful critical analyses.

SparkNotes No Fear Shakespere

SparkNotes No Fear Literature

Poetry

Poetry Online
Read classic poems online and learn about poetry.

Poets.org
Recommended Poetry Websites

Writing Help

EasyBib
Automatically generate a bibliography.

ReadWriteThink
Fun activities to practice reading and writing. Includes a “Classroom Resources” section that, despite the classroom orientation, might be helpful for parents and students as well.

Purdue OWL
Learn to write essays and bibliographies.