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Library Databases

Academic Search Elite

Articles from scholarly journals in nearly every academic discipline. Excellent for students and researchers.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Search a library of reference books online - business, history, literature and political geography.

Literature Criticism Online

A gold mine of reviews and criticism of novels, plays, poetry and other works by over 4000 authors writing from the late nineteenth century onward. The full-text or excerpted criticism is from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers and scholarly journals.

Just type in the author, title or topic in the search box. Great for student assignments or book clubs.

Shakespeare for Students

Features plot summaries, character discussion, historical context and more for all of Shakespeare's major plays. An ideal resource for students or anyone completing an essay or project on the Bard.

TumbleBookCloud

Listen and read along with ebooks for kids and teens, including chapter books, graphic novels, plays, novels and poetry. Can be used on any computer or mobile device.

On the Web

CliffsNotes

CliffsNotes has an extensive collection of study guides for over 300 different literary works, all available for free.

First Peoples of Canada

Created by the Canadian Museum of Civilization, this is an extensive resource that covers the history, traditions, and folklore of a broad range of different First Nations from across Canada.

Internet Public Library Literary Criticism Collection

The ipl2 Literary Criticism Collection is hosted by the iSchool at Drexel University and has a huge amount of information to help you dive into thinking critically about literature. Resource pages are broken down into categories based on time period and country of origin and include links to both biographical sites and literary criticism sites.

My Shakespeare

Dive into the rich world of Shakespeare with full-text, interactive editions of his plays. myShakespeare replaces traditional footnotes with multimedia resources for the 21st-century student.

Purdue Online Writing Lab

Need help citing that source or creating a bibliography? Purdue University's dynamite website will walk you through APA and MLA style citations and help you avoid the cardinal sin of paper writing: plagiarism.

SparkNotes

SparkNotes offers hundreds of free online study guides that break down challenging books chapter by chapter, discuss important themes, and pose good study questions to help get you thinking about what you've just read. They also have a great "No Fear Shakespeare" section that will help you navigate the bard.

UBC’s Research Help Page

This fantastic, straightforward guide takes you through the entire essay-writing process from beginning to end.

University of Victoria Writer’s Guide

The University of Victoria's Writer's Guide has a ton of useful info on everything from how to write an essay, to the writing process, to important literary terms.