Literature Resources

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20th Century American & English Poetry (Provided by the Texas State Library’s TexShare Program)

Includes the full-text of American and British poetry from the 20th century. *

Artemis Literary Sources (Provided by the Texas State Library’s TexShare Program)

Search several literary databases at once. Subjects covered include author biographies, literary themes, overviews of important literature, and reviews.*

Black Drama

Contains the full text of plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries.*

Black Short Fiction

Short fiction produced by writers from Africa and the African Diaspora from the earliest times to the present compiled from early literary magazines, archives, and the personal collections of the authors.*

Britannica E-Books

A collection of online reference titles especially useful for homework assignments. Titles for older students cover science, literature, and history. Titles for younger users introduce basic concepts such as shapes and numbers. *

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online features profiles of more than 143,000 past and present authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers, and playwrights. The biographies discuss the lives and careers of the literary figures profiled, along with the critical response to their works.*

EBSCOhost eBooks (Provided by the Texas State Library’s TexShare Program)

Read e-books on all subjects including some vocational textbooks, technical manuals, and Texas history. Note: downloadable e-books available by remote use only.*

Essay & General Literature Index (Provided by the Texas State Library’s TexShare Program)

Essay & General Literature Index cites records contained in collections of essays and miscellaneous works published in the United States, Great Britain and Canada.*

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Full-text reference books on topics including biography, business, the environment, history, law, social sciences, medicine, religion, the sciences, and multicultural studies.*

Literary Reference Center (Provided by the Texas State Library’s TexShare Program)

Literary Reference Center combines information from over 1,000 books, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, and hundreds of literary journals.*

Literature Criticism Online

Includes Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Shakespeare Criticism, Literature Criticism 1400-1800, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Drama Criticism, and Children\'s Literature Review.*

Literature Resource Center (Provided by the Texas State Library’s TexShare Program)

Biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors and their works.*

MLA International Bibliography

The Modern Language Association's definitive bibliography on topics related to language and literature. Some full text.*

NoveList Plus

A complete readers resource with information on well over 200,000 fiction and narrative nonfiction titles.*

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

An online reference e-book offering the most complete picture available of ancient Egyptian civilization, from the predynastic era to its eclipse in the seventh century CE. Here is the Egyptian world in illuminating, accessible detail: art, architecture, religion, language, literature, trade, politics, everyday social life and the culture of the court.*

Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

An online reference e-book that comprehensively documents and interprets the books read by children throughout the world. It includes brief biographies of every major author and illustrator. Also included are essays on all genres of children's literature, individual works, prominent trends and themes, and the traditions of children's literature in many countries throughout the world. *

Oxford Essential Quotations

With over 12,000 quotations, Oxford Essential Quotations brings together the sayings of over 3,000 authors. This resource allows you to search over 600 subjects to find an apt quotation for any occasion.*

Play Index (Provided by the Texas State Library’s TexShare Program)

Play Index covers classic and historical plays, along with the works of contemporary playwrights covering one-act plays, radio and television plays, classic drama and monologues.*

Short Story Index (Provided by the Texas State Library’s TexShare Program)

Short Story Index is an essential resource for readers seeking short stories by author or genre, or for those researching a body of work of a literary figure. It provides detailed indexing for hundreds of thousands of short stories and full text for nearly 5,000 stories.*

Something About the Author Online

Something About the Author Online brings you thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators totaling more than 12,000 entries and nearly 17,000 images.*

Theatre in Video

Contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world\'s leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.*

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Bartlett's Familiar Quotations Online

A collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in ancient and modern literature.

HPL Paperback Classics

Local school reading list titles includes fiction and nonfiction.