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English: American Literature
American Literature

American Literature



Access online articles and databases from the comfort of your home by logging on with your library card number and password.

eLibrary Canada Type keywords related to your topic in the search box at eLibrary Canada.

EBSCO host Type keywords related to your topic in the search box in EBSCO MasterFILE.

Gale Literary Index Search for literary criticism through the Gale Literary Index. Use this index to find articles & essays on your topic. The books can be found and used only in the library. The following titles are available:Twentieth Century Literary Index (TCLC), Poetry Criticism (PC), Short Story Criticism (SSC) and Shakespearean Criticism (SC).


Shmoop Study Guides
Summaries and analysis of a wide range of novels and poetry.

Crash Course: Literature
YouTube video's explaining what you need to know about what you are reading!

Read Print Online
Read books online for free!

Project Gutenberg
Another site that allows you to read classic titles online.
Complete poems and some biographical information on a variety of poets.

Poetry Foundation
Search for poems or poets in this site. You can also search for poems on different subjects; for example, love, coming of age, death, relationships, and more.

SparkNotes Study Guides
Analysis and summaries for various novels.
Find criticism and complete novels and poetry.

Study Guides & Literature Essays
Type in the title of the work you are looking for in the top right-hand search box and find various links for the author or specific work.

To kill a mockingbird: timeline
Explains the historical background for the novel and film.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Study guide for Steinbeck's novel Of mice and men.

GradeSaver: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Plot summary and key issues found in the play.