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Books and Literary Criticism
Black Literature Criticism: Classic and Emerging Authors Since 1950
Find information and analysis of the works of such writers as Toni Morrison and James Baldwin as well as less well-known writers of note.
Drama For Students
Each volume examines about 15 plays that are most discussed in literature classes. Each entry includes plot summaries, major themes, critical commentary and more.
Literary Movements for Students
Discusses such movements as Greek Drama, the Harlem Renaissance, Magic Realism and Transcendentalism.
Literary Newsmakers for Students
Each volume of this series discusses recent literary releases such as The Memory Keeper's Daughter and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Literary Reference Center
Find literary criticism, plot summaries, book reviews, author biographies, literary journal articles as well as full-text poems and short stories in this full-text resource.
Plot and character summaries, and critical analysis, of
Looking for a good fiction or nonfiction book? Search
by subject, plot summary, and more.
Student Resources in Context
Aimed at middle school and high school students, this source has information on many topics including history, literature, science and social studies from articles and reference books.
U*X*L Encyclopedia of World Mythology
This source “helps students with the plot points, historical context, and mythological allusions they need to fully understand how mythologies not only reflect cultures of old but also remain meaningful in society today.”
Biographies, booklists and contact information for 20,000 living authors.
Internet Public Library
Find information by author, title or literary period.
"The premier free source for literary analysis on the
web." Addresses the classics.
Free alternative to Cliff's Notes. Requires free
registration for detailed information. Also covers history
and the sciences.
Writing a Research
Writing a Research Paper
A+ Research and Writing Step-by-Step
Practical help from the Internet Public Library.
Online Writing Lab
A step-by-step tutorial from Purdue University.
College of DuPage
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Son of Citation Machine
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Chicago-formatted bibliographic reference
and parenthetical citation.