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Updated 4/18/15

For Fairy Tales, Legends, and Folk Tales, visit the Culture Web Guide Page.


Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
This site covers authors, themes, media, culture and news about science fiction and includes a section on fantasy.

Fairrosa Cyber Library of Children's Literature
Articles, reviews, lists, links and more.

Find a Novel, Short Story, or Poem Without Knowing its Title or Author

Helpful page from the Library of Congress to help readers identify a literary work when they know only its plot or subject, or other textual information such as a character's name, a line of poetry, or a unique word or phrase.

What's Next
A guide to adult books in Series.


Barnes and Noble Review



A home for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs and much more.

L.A. Times Books and Talks

Library Journal


An online community dedicated to books and book clubs, with reading lists, discussion questions and more.

Modern Library's Best 100
Good reading list.
"A review-and-recommendation site for lovers of crime and mystery fiction. Full-length reviews, author interviews, and an automatic recommendation system that links similar books together. Everything on the site is free."(Weekly Bookmark)

Oprah's Book Club

Provides reviews, indexes and reading lists for genre fiction and general fiction.

Publisher's Weekly

The Romance Reviews
"The Romance Reviews (TRR) aims to be a one-stop site for all your romance needs. It is an interactive site for all romance lovers to chat, deliver and receive up-to-date news about books and authors."

Stop, You're Killing Me!
"A resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books. We list over 4600 authors, with chronological lists of their books (over 52,000 titles), both series (5300+) and non-series."

Whichbook enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggests books which most closely match your needs.


ALEX: Catalog of Electronic Texts
"A collection of digital documents collected in the subject areas of English literature, American literature, and Western philosophy."

Banned Books Online

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Electronic Text Center

Internet Public Library
Maintained by librarians, this guide to resources on the Internet includes an Online Text section that houses over 7700 e-texts.

Online Books Page

Online Library of Literature
Offers text to a number of different works of literature.

Poet's Corner
"Our goal is to create the largest, most diverse, and most user-friendly public library of poetic works ever assembled. The materials on display are selected from an inventory of thousands of works by hundreds of authors, transcribed and gathered here by the Editors and by many volunteer contributors from around the world.  There are many works here, both obscure and familiar, from well and lesser known poets. Works range from medieval ballads in Middle English to traditional ballads, popular songs of centuries past, and interpretations of American Indian chants.  The poems on display range from lone quatrains to entire books, with a large selection of sonnets, narrative poems, and topical works to choose from. The site itself is named for the corner of Westminster Abbey which serves as both resting place and memorial for many of England's great poets, though the works in the collection span the English-speaking world."

Project Gutenberg
"The Project Gutenberg Philosophy is to make information, books and other materials available to the general public in forms a vast majority of the computers, programs and people can easily read, use, quote, and search." Choice Magazine (01/99) -- "What this site lacks is authority, graphics and scholarly editions. This is not a place to do serious research. But it is a great place for the general reader or beginning undergraduate to get a copy of a missing book or for devoted computer users."

Representative Poetry Online
"Includes over 2,000 English poems by 310 poets from the early medieval period to the beginning of the twentieth century. Its current editor is Ian Lancashire, a member of the Department of English, University of Toronto."


Gale Literary Index
Gale's Literary Index is a master index to the 43 literary series published by Gale. It combines and cross references more than 130,000 author names including pseudonyms and variant names, and more than 140,000 titles into one source. The series contain complete biographies on authors and critical essays on their writings. Included in the reference series are the Dictionary of Literary Biography and Contemporary Authors.  The index does not provide full text (that would be asking too much for free)."

Literary Criticism Online

Spark Notes
Written by Harvard students and graduates, this is the literature section of the Sparknotes study guides.


Isaac Asimov FAQ

Jane Austen

Boccaccio - Decameron Web
Includes maps, religion, art, history and all sorts of good information related to Boccaccio and his times.

Chaucer: An Annotated Guide to Online Resources
Links to biography pages, criticism, study guides and more.

Christina Rossetti

Mark Twain
From's Classical Literature site.

The Official Website of Mark Twain

Shakespeare on the Internet
A great link site to Shakespearean resources on the Net. Links to biographical, historical and critical information. A great place to start.

Similar to Masterplots. Free Online Literature with more than 2000 Classic Texts. Study Guides to the most read books and Help for Teachers. Reference Books, Dictionaries, Quotations, Classic Non-fiction, Biographies and Religious Texts.

Mattman's Arthurian Resources

Modern Library's Best 100
Good reading list.

Victorian Women's Writer's Project
Courtesy of Indiana University.



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