Literature and Language


Bloom’s Literary Reference Online

Literary criticism by Harold Bloom, plus information about authors, works, characters, and themes in great literature.  Search or browse, and remember to use the links within each entry to find related information.


JSTOR is a digital library for scholars, researchers, and students. It provides access to more than 12 million peer-reviewed academic journal articles, books, and primary sources  in 75 disciplines. HLiterature and Language subjects covered include: Classical Studies, Film Studies, Folklore, Language & Literature, Philosophy, Performing Arts, and Religion. Almost every college uses JSTOR, so get to know it now! 


Literature Criticism Online


New! A searchable collection of hundreds of volumes of literary criticism. Includes Contemporary Literary Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, and Drama Criticism.

Literature Reference Center (EBSCO)

This is a full-text literary database that combines information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias, reference works, and hundreds of literary journals. LRC contains detailed information on the most studied authors and their works and is an essential resource for public, academic and high school libraries.

Novelist Plus

A great, fun tool to explore fiction and non-fiction.  Find favorite authors, series, read-alikes and recommended book lists, or just describe the kind of book you like to find many excellent suggestions.  Lots of reviews of each title, plus author profiles, lesson plans, book talks, and more.  Start any book report/review assignment here.

Oxford English Dictionary Online

The OED is the most complete dictionary of the English language.  It traces the history and origins of every word in the English language back to its roots, with citations demonstrating the evolution of each word's meaning and use from 1150 AD to today. This electronic edition contains all the information published in the 20 volume set, plus frequent updates.   

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a reliable, free, online resource written and edited by philosophers from around the country and around the world.