Literary Reference Center
Includes authors from antiquity to the present day, writing in various genres. This database provides plot summaries, author biographies, and readable criticism useful for students. Sources include books, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, and scholarly literary journals.
Contemporary Literary Criticism Select
Full text database providing an extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors. Each CLC-Select entry also contains a link to a "Biographical/Critical Introduction" page that lists the major works of the author, provides biographical information, discusses their major works, the author’s critical reception, further readings about the author, and links to the full text critical journal articles. Coverage: Writers now living or who died after December 31, 1959.
Scribner Writer's Series
Full text database of biographical and critical essays on the lives and works of important authors from around the world. Writers selected span a wide variety of time periods and represent different literary genres. More than 1,600 authors are covered, with each entry averaging from 15-20 pages in length. Entries include a concise essay, hyperlinks for cross-referencing, a citation and biographical information that places the author’s work in personal and historical context.
Dictionary of Literary Biography
Full text database providing biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.
Twayne Author Series
Full text database of literary criticism, offering in-depth introductions to the lives and works of writers most often studied in high school and college. Also includes the history and influence of literary movements and the development of literary genres. Features the content of nearly 600 books that comprise three print series: –Twayne’s United States Authors, Twayne’s English Authors and Twayne’s World Authors.
What Do I Read Next?
A readers’ advisory tool for all ages that finds the best examples of fiction and nonfiction. Includes more than 115,000 recommended titles and over 62,500 plot summaries. Genres include inspirational, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror, western and historical novels, general fiction, classic fiction and nonfiction. The user-friendly software includes custom, in-depth search options by title, author, subject, genre, locale and more.
From the Boston Public Library
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Google Scholar (Coverage Varies)
Multi-disciplinary index to peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, and other scholarly literature. Includes the full-text of publications freely available on the web and citations for materials published by commercial publishers. Stronger coverage in the sciences. Results are ranked by Google's determination of relevance.