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Explore a wide range of research on writers and their works throughout history and the world.

Provides multimedia content to complement children’s and young adult books. Resources include audiobook readings, author videos, book discussion guides and lesson plans.

Provides critical summaries of the most-studied plays of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Includes discussions of themes, characters, critical reception, dramatic devices and traditions as well as cultural and historical context.

Answer the age-old question, “What do I read next?” Search and match reading interests to books, authors, genres or topics.

Research authors and their works, literary movements and genres.

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Resource covering all writing genres and time periods. Includes thousands of summaries, critical essays, book reviews, journals and author biographies, plus full-text classic novels, short stories and poems.

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

Book recommendations of fiction and nonfiction to guide readers of all ages in finding their next title to read.

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Provides critical overviews of novels from many cultures and time periods. Includes discussions of plot, characters, themes and structure as well as the work’s cultural and historical importance.

Features overview, discussions and analysis of poems from all time periods, nations and cultures.

Access reference titles related to literature, history, science, health and business. Includes H.W. Wilson: The Reference Shelf volumes on issues of importance in modern society.

Provides summaries of the story’s plot, characters and themes, author biographies, and criticisms as well as cultural and historical importance.

Resources about children’s and young adult books for readers and educators.

Includes ebooks, read-along chapter books, graphic novels, videos, and audiobooks for a teen audience.

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.

Explore the basics of writing with this resource that covers grammar, style, and research.


This series focuses on the graphic novel format, aiming to establish it as an important academic discipline and research topic in libraries. The series provides insight into the stories and themes of the graphic novel medium.

  • Drama for Students
  • Novels for Students
  • Poetry for Students
  • Short Stories for Students

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HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

A library of over 70,000 free ebooks, with a focus on older works.