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Comprehensive source for literary research on writers and their works throughout history and the world

Full text of more than 600 subject-specific encyclopedias, biographies, chronologies and dictionaries — all from well-respected publishers

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A collection of ebooks on various subjects.

Explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics

A collection of premier reference books that you can view and search online. You can search a single book, within a subject or across the library’s entire book collection.

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Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world

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Collection of literary criticism on a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres

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Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world

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Information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals

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Sign up for the Library’s NextReads interactive newsletter. Reading recommendations are delivered right to your inbox. Choose from these non-fiction options for adults Armchair Travel, Biography & Memoir, Healthy Wealthy & Wise, History & Current Events, Home Garden & DIY, Nature & Science, and Spirituality & Religion. Adult fiction lists are available in these genres Christian Fiction, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction A to Z, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery,  Romance, and Thrillers & Suspense. Children’s lists for all ages include Kids Books, Picture Books, Teen Scene, and Tween Books.

NoveList K-8 Plus is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.

Created especially for people who love books, NoveList Plus is the premier online database for reading recommendations, available through libraries around the world. Helping readers of all ages find just the right book to read, this comprehensive source of popular and professional book information includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.

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Salem Press has recently updated our online platform with all new features, search capabilities and a great new design. It is now easier than ever before to access all Salem Press’ award-winning content in one database.

Grades 7-12 eBook database

Contains over 1,400 read-aloud storybooks, chapter books, graphic novels, songs, and National Geographic videos. Books are available in English, Spanish, and French.

Core Collections are impartial, authoritative guides that help librarians build and maintain well-rounded collections of the most highly recommended reference, nonfiction and fiction books.

Ebooks

Contemporary Novelists, 7th ed., 2001

Concise discussions of the lives and principal works of contemporary novelists, written by subject experts

Contemporary Poets, 7th ed., 2001

Concise discussions of the lives and principal works of poets from around the world, written by subject experts.

Each volume in the series explores a specific literary theme and offers in-depth critical analysis from a variety of perspective

Critical Survey series focuses on all aspects of the graphic novels format, aiming to establish it as an important academic discipline and research topic in libraries. The series provides unique insight into the stories and themes expressed in historic and current landscape of the graphic novel medium.

An easy-to-use source for librarians, students and other researchers, each volume of this series provides illustrated biographical articles on approximately 70 children’s authors and artists. Entries cover: personal life, career, writings and works in progress, adaptations, additional sources and photographs

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Features discussion and analysis of poems of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Provides an overview of the poem and discussion of its principal themes, images, form and construction.

Bio-critical essays on the lives and works of more than 1,400 important American and British authors. Entries include concise essays, citations, and biographical information that places the author’s work in personal and historical context

Provides critical overviews of short stories from all cultures and time periods. Includes discussions of plot, characters, themes and structure as well as the story’s cultural and historical significance.

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