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Literature, Poetry, and Criticism

Literary Reference Center Plus EBSCOHost

Literary Reference Center is a full text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing. Content includes over 35,000 plot summaries, synopses, and work overviews; nearly 100,000 articles and essays of literary criticism; nearly 257,000 author biographies; more than 660 literary journals; more than 705,000 book reviews; 99,000 classic and contemporary poems; more than 23,100 classic and contemporary short stories; more than 7,300 author interviews, 72 literary videos, and more than 8,200 classic texts.

Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections (Poetry 600-) Chadwyck-Healey

These databases contain the full text of English and American poems from 600 through the present and are organized in the following collections:
  • African American Poetry: Includes the early history of African American poetry, from the first recorded poem by an African American (Lucy Terry's 'Bars Fights', c.1746) to the major poets of the nineteenth century, including Paul Laurence Dunbar and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.
  • American Poetry: Contains over 40,000 poems by more than 200 American poets from the Colonial Period to the early twentieth century.
  • English Poetry: Contains essentially the complete English poetic canon from the 8th century to the early 20th. Over 160,000 poems by more than 1,250 poets are drawn from nearly 4,500 printed sources.
  • Faber Poetry Library: A collection of some of the most influential poets of the twentieth century, including the poetry of Thom Gunn, Siegfried Sassoon, T.S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Wendy Cope and Seamus Heaney. In total The Faber Poetry Library contains 140 volumes by 50 poets.
  • Twentieth-Century African American Poetry: Contains modern and contemporary African American poetry, featuring almost 9,000 poems by 62 of the most important African American poets of the last century, including Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde and Rita Dove.
  • Twentieth-Century American Poetry: Includes 50,000 poems drawn from 750 volumes by over 300 poets, including Adrienne Rich, Andrei Codrescu, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Denise Levertov, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton, and Cathy Song.
  • Twentieth-Century English Poetry: Includes more than 600 volumes of poetry by 283 poets from 1900 to the present day, including W.B. Yeats, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, Wilfred Owen, Thom Gunn, Fleur Adcock, Paul Muldoon, Tony Harrison, Benjamin Zephaniah and Carol Ann Duffy, and incorporating the poets in The Faber Poetry Library.

Poetry Portal
This poetry gateway provides access to a variety of poetry-related sites, including online poetry, as well as those dealing with writing poetry, interpreting poetry, the theoretical issues surrounding it, and its connections to other art forms.

North American Women's Letters and Diaries, Colonial to 1950 (1675-1950) Alexander Street Press

Includes over 154,000 full-text pages of both previously published and unpublished letters and diaries of North American women from 1675 to 1950, the largest collection of women's diaries and correspondence ever assembled.

Library of Southern Literature
Part of UNC-Chapel Hill's Documenting the American South site, the Library currently includes over 50 digitized complete texts of significant literary works of the South published up to 1920, including novels, memoirs, slave narratives, poetry and nonfiction no longer in print. Up to 100 digitized texts are planned.

Literature in Context (Content from this database is now included in the ABC-CLIO eBook Collection [formerly Greenwood Digital Collection])

Learn more about the ABC-CLIO eBook Collection here.

Gale's Literary Index Thomson Gale
Gale's Literary Index is a free master index to the major literature products published by Gale. The index may be searched by author and title to entries in, among other things, the following series published by Gale and housed in Hackney Library's reference collection: Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. The link to the Literary Index is found in the sidebar under "Literary Index" on the lower left of each page.

Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers (Content from this database is now included in the ABC-CLIO eBook Collection [formerly Greenwood Digital Collection])

Learn more about the ABC-CLIO E-book Collection here.

NoveList Plus (Current) EBSCOHost

This database is an online readers' advisory tool that helps readers--adults and young adults--find new books based on books they've read or topics in which they are interested. NoveList Plus is similar to the NoveList product, but it includes an expanded collection, as well as access to reviews and information on non-fiction as well as fiction reading materials.

The On-Line Books Page
Contains an index to thousands of online books, links to directories and archives of online texts, and special exhibits of interesting types of online books.

EServer (formerly The English Server)
Publishes texts in the arts and the humanities, including journals, novels, collections of texts, art, and scholarship.

About.com Contemporary Literature
Links to web pages for authors from around the world.

Nebraska Writers & Beyond
Although the initial section focuses on Nebraska authors, the second section includes authors from around the world.

Online Literary Criticism from the Internet Public Library
Only includes links to critical articles about authors and their works.

An Outline of American Literature
A guide to American literature written by Kathryn Van Spanckeren and published by the U.S. Information Agency.

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature
Another guide to American literature. This one was written by Paul P. Reuben of California State University.

Children's Literature Web Guide
Provides links to internet resources including awards; commentary; discussion groups; and resources for parents, teachers, and storytellers about children's and young adult books.

The Labyrinth
Provides links to medieval literature, including Old and Middle English, Old French, Latin, Italian, and Arthurian Studies, among others.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Contains the text of all of Shakespeare's plays. Will soon contain text of his poetry, search capabilities, and discussion groups, as well. (They are currently being re-created after a disk failure.)

Mr. Shakespeare and the Internet This one-stop evaluative site regarding all things Shakespeare provides links to his works online; information about the life and times of Shakespeare; information about Shakespearean theater, both historical and modern; annotated bibliographies of criticism; information about the Renaissance period and some of Shakespeare's contemporaries; tips for teaching Shakespeare and sources to help in doing so; and more.

Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color (in United States)
An instructional web site focusing on the lives and works of North American women writers of color.

Publisher's Weekly Bestseller Lists, 1900-1995 Includes links to lists by decade of bestselling hardcover books in the twentieth century.


The Word Spy
This site, developed by Paul McFedries of The Complete Idiot's Guides fame, compiles "recently coined words, existing words that have enjoyed a recent renaissance, and older words that are being used in new ways." A must-visit site for English word lovers!

iLoveLanguages(formerly the Human-Languages Page)
A comprehensive catalog of language-related resources, including on-line language lessons, translating dictionaries, and native literature, among other things.

Language Links
Links to language-related sites dealing with teaching and learning languages.

Part of the LANIC site (below), this section has links to newspapers in Latin America and around the world.

LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center
A Web-based information center housed at the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas, Austin.

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition & Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA)
Formerly known as the National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, this is a useful site for ESL and foreign language teachers. Scroll down to the section titled "Online Library" for many useful full text documents on second language teaching.

Center for Applied Linquistics
Another useful ESL site. It includes the National Standards for Pre-K-12 limited English proficient students.

Carolina TESOL
Professional association of North and South Carolina ESL educators.


Internet Movie Database
Includes a database of over 260,000 film and television productions made since 1892, with information including actors, directors, filming location, and awards received.

Movie Review Query Engine
Provides links to over 185,000 reviews (from newspapers, entertainment magazines, and a newsgroup) of more than 25,000 movies. Includes links to other film-related sites.

Style Manual

Frequently Asked Questions About MLA Style
Although MLA does not publish its complete documentation guidelines on the web, this frequently-asked-questions page helps out with specific questions regarding MLA style. (The complete MLA Handbook is available on reserve at Hackney Library's circulation desk.) For guidelines on how to cite an NCLIVE article in MLA style, see our Citing NCLIVE Articles page.


This site (by Sharon Stoerger of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) provides everything you ever wanted to know about plagiarism, including links to full-text articles, case studies, plagiarism prevention and detection tools for instructors, guidelines for students in how to avoid plagiarism, and more.

Library Research Guides for English
Research Guides used in Hackney Library orientations for English courses suggest resources appropriate for completing assigned projects and papers.

Last updated November 9, 2012