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Books, Arts & Literature Databases

Literary reference Center

What is it? The Literary Reference Center provides full text literary journals and respected literary reference works. Contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full text of thousands of poems and short stories.

Why use it? Research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest. Learn more about a literary movement for book discussions.

About Books

What is it? Everything you want to know about books & authors. For more information, view this Ten Minute Tutor from the State Library of Ohio.

Why use it? It is THE place to find read-alikes, author biographies, plot summaries, specific settings, specific genres, book publishing, and purchasing, series information, book reviews, and more!

American & English Full Text Literature Collections

What is it? Electronic books of American and English literature - poetry, drama, fiction, and the Bible - originally published in print – produced by ProQuest / Chadwyck-Healey.

Why use it? Explore American poetry from 1600 to the present. Compare different editions of Shakespeare’s work. Read early American fiction. Explore English drama.