These resources provide in-depth research for classic to contemporary literature, including author biographies, poetry, literary criticism and more.

See also: Book Reviews

Library Databases

Academic Search Elite

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

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.

Access Information: Licensed for West Vancouver residents only

On the Shelf

Poetry Collections

Anthologies of poetry from Romantic to Modern.

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

Criticism, biography and fiction about Shakespeare.

Short stories, Canadian (English) -- 21st Century

Contemporary stories by Canadian writers.

On the Web

Canadian Poetry Online

Biographies, personal philosophies, lists of works and representative poems – plus reviews and criticism – for a large number of Canadian poets.

CanLit Guides

CanLit Guides is a free, open educational resource, created and maintained by the journal Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review. Resources cover Canadian literary history, theory, works, authors, and more. Great for educators, students, and private study.



Over 300 CliffsNotes study guides available free.

Gale Literary Index

Search by author or title to find essential information, including extensive reviews, about a range of literature in any of the literary criticism titles published by Gale. Check our catalogue for the titles returned from your search.

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.

Shakespeare Resource Center

Links about William Shakespeare's life, his plays and poetry, Shakespearean language, the Globe Theatre and Elizabethan England collected on one site.


Study guides to major works of literature, from the ancient classics to contemporary titles. Guides include plot summary, chapter summaries, and discussions of characters and themes. Good lists of discussion questions, too.