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Library Databases

Literature Resource Center
Articles about literature, author biographies, and plot overviews.

Suggested Websites

Online Dictionaries

American Heritage Dictionary

Merriam Webster Visual Dictionary

Rhyming Dictionary Dictionary & Thesaurus
Search 19 different dictionaries and thesauruses.

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 Online
Read classic poems online and learn about poetry.
Recommended Poetry Websites

Writing Help

Automatically generate a bibliography.

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.