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eBooks To Go  Downloadable ebooks,eaudio books, emusic and evideo - available 24/7!

Literature Criticism Online  

Literature for Students (GVRL)  Always available eBooks on authors, literature themes & symbolism.

Literature Topics - Junior Reference Collection  Select Literary Topics, Genres, and Movements for information from books, primary sources and multi-media.

Club Read - Teens  Looking for something to read or listen to this summer? Check out the latest books, graphic novels, magazines, music, eBooks and audiobooks.

Literature - Hot Topic  Looking for critical reviews, essays and author biographies? Look no further! The library has gathered their best resources on popular authors or obscure ones. Try the Artemis for one stop searching.

Literature Collection (GVRL)  An all encompassing source of information and criticism about authors and their works, playrights, poetry, short stories and graphic novels.

African American Literature

Encyclopedia of African American Folklore: Volume I, A-F  

Encyclopedia of African American Folklore: Volume II, G-P  

Encyclopedia of African American Folklore: Volume III, Q-Z  

Encyclopedia of African American Literature [Five Volumes]  The most comprehensive work of its kind, this encyclopedia extensively covers the historical, political, and cultural contexts of African American literature and provides full information about writers and their works.

Free within Ourselves: The Development of African American Children's Literature  Provides a narrative history of African American children's literature in relation to its social contexts.

Student Encyclopedia of African Literature  Some 600 alphabetically arranged entries chronicle the growing field of African literature in a work written expressly for students.


American Ethnic Writers  Explores the rich tradition of American ethnic writers and the ways in which they have expressed their sense of identity through literature, both fiction and nonfiction.

Authors and Artists for Young Adults  Discover fascinating and entertaining facts about the writers, artists, film directors, graphic novelists, and other creative personalities.

Contemporary Authors   A bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television, and other fields.

Authors - Women

American Women Writers, 1900-1945  Provides overviews of American women writers who wrote or published their most significant works between 1900 and 1945. Offers biographical information about the author, an analysis of the author's major works, an overview of the critical reception of the author's works, and a bibliography that lists works by the author and works that have been written about the author and her works.

American Women Writers: Colonial Times to Present  Contains biographical and critical essays on 1,328 American women writers covering all genres and all periods of American history.


Archetypes and Motifs in Folklore and Literature  Provides a detailed analysis of the most common archetypes or motifs found in the folklore of selected communities around the world. Includes examination of such motifs as Bewitching, Chance and Fate, Choice of Roads, Death or Departure of the Gods, the Double, Ghosts and Other Revenants, the Hero Cycle, Journey to the Otherworld, Magic Invulnerability, Soothsayer, Transformation, Tricksters, and more.

Elijah's Violin and Other Jewish Fairy Tales  A collection of thirty-six Jewish fairy tales from virtually every corner of the world, including Morocco and India, Spain, Eastern Europe, Babylon and Egypt.

Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales: Volume 1: A-F  The encyclopedia's coverage is global and multicultural. It extends beyond Europe and North America to include information about significant individuals, titles, and traditions from regions and cultures throughout the world.

Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales: Volume 2: G-P  

Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales: Volume 3: Q-Z  

Fairy Lore: a Handbook  Customs and beliefs concerning elves, dwarfs, gnomes, trolls, mermaids, brownies, pixies, leprechauns, and many more, all belong to fairy lore.

More Folklore

Graphic Literature

Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels, 2010  Focuses on English-language comics, plus a small selection of influential Japanese and European works, with special emphasis on the new graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s.

May Contain Graphic Material: Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Film  Provides a historical survey of films based on graphic novels and comic books, focusing on 15 innovative films and film franchises that have been crucial to the development of this wildly popular film genre.

Jewish Literature

Masterpieces of Jewish American Literature  Provides biographical and critical information related to 10 major works of Jewish American literature.


Encyclopedia Mythica at Pantheon  An encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion. Here you will find everything from A-gskw to Zveda Vechanyaya, with plenty in between.

Fabulous Creatures, Mythical Monsters, and Animal Power Symbols: A Handbook  From early times humans have been fascinated by the animal and bird kingdoms. Over the centuries, a strong mythology of mystical and mythical creatures has developed

Greek and Roman Folklore: A Handbook  Offers some overview of definitions of folklore and some limitations, ancient and modern, in the way we tend to approach it.

Heroes & Heroines of Greece and Rome  Features well-known heroic figures, as well as the demigods, nymphs, sorceresses, and other creatures that inhabited the mortal world and figured prominently in the myths of the heroes and heroines.


Reading Printables for Grades 6-8  These will sharpen your language arts skills. Scroll down to the Reading section.


Shakespeare Collection  

Resources include the most recent Arden Shakespeare editions of the complete works, as well as editions and adaptations of Shakespeare's works, other works published during Shakespeare's time, prompt books, the Gordon Crosse Theatrical Diaries, criticism, reviews, images,a timeline and references.

Shakespeare for Students  Each entry includes an introduction; a plot synopsis; a character list; a discussion of the work's principal themes; information about the style and literary devices used; a conversation about the work's historical context; and a critical overview.

Study Aids

Spark Notes  You've read the book, but you need help with the analysis. Use the Spark Notes to help you understand what you've read, and what it means.


Timelines - World Book  Find a timeline of Political Leaders, World History, Arts & Literature or Science. Create a login to edit the timeline and make it your own.