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Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center

Expansive collection of author biographies, plot summaries & work overviews, full-text essays from leading publishers, literary reference books & monographs, cover-to-cover full-text for literary magazines & journals, book reviews from…

Novelist Plus

Novelist Plus

A fiction database that provides reviews for over 135,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, What We're Reading, Book Discussion…

WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery

Identify resources at your library and in the collections of the world’s libraries. Library users and staff use WorldCat Discovery to search the WorldCat database of electronic, digital and physical resources;…

authorcheckWant to know when the library has ordered a new title by your favorite best-selling author? Author Check allows patrons to make a list of their favorite authors through the library’s website, receive an email notice when the library orders a new title, and allow patrons to place their own holds. Click here or on the icon above to go directly to the site.

Book Blogs

Booklist Blog
“Keir Graff and editors from Booklist’s adult and youth departments write candidly about books, book reviewing, and the publishing industry.”

HTML Giant
Literature Blog for hipster reads.

The Millions
The Millions is an online magazine offering coverage on books, arts, and culture since 2003. The Millions has been featured on NPR and noted by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Village Voice, among others.

Websites

The following links are free websites, the library does not subscribe to them.

Reading Group Choices
Selects discussible books and suggests discussion topics for reading groups.

LitLovers
“We’re a resource for all things literary. If you belong to a book club or like to fly solo, this is your site. Come on in…and look around. You’ll be amazed at all we offer.”

GoodReads
“Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love.

NPR Books

What’s Next-Books in Series
Helps you search for fiction books in a series.

Amazon.com

Barnes & Noble

eNotes
“We have thousands of literature study guides, lesson plans, literary criticism, and a vibrant community.”

Free Booknotes
A comprehensive guide to free book notes, free book summaries, literature notes, and study guides (like “cliff notes”) for over 1600 books, plays, and poems.

CliffsNotes
Use these free CliffsNotes literature notes to help with your homework and tests.