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American Literature Research Guide


Dictionaries & Encyclopedias  - General and background information on a topic.

Electronic Resources

The Academy of American Poets   An index of poets with biographies, photos, poems and tips on how to read poetry.

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts A collection of digital documents including items from American literature, English literature, and Western philosophy. Allows users to make their own ebook version, including PDF documents.

American Authors on the Web

American Verse Project The American Verse Project is a collaborative project between the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative (HTI) and the University of Michigan Press. The project is assembling an electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920. - Article Focuses on Southern literature and writers.

Children's Literature Web Guide Internet resources related to books for children and young adults.

Documenting the American South  A collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century.

English Literature and Composition Resources on the Internet This site contains a list of links to sites with information on English literature, composition/rhetoric and writing.

English Literature on the Web Extensive list of links to literary resources.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary  Contains information about the life and writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

LitLinks Provides annotations on web sites specializing in literature - drama, poetry, essays, critical theory and fiction.

Literary Resources on the Net  Links to web sites dealing specifically with English and American literature, excluding most single electronic texts, and limited to collections of information useful to academics.

Project CROW:American Literature Surveys Resource for online teaching and learning of American literature.

Walt Whitman Archive The Walt Whitman Archive is an electronic research and teaching tool that sets out to make Whitman’s vast work, for the first time, easily and conveniently accessible to scholars, students, and general readers.

Biographical Resources  -  General and background information on an author.

Literary Criticism - Analyzes, compares and contrasts, interprets, or evaluates works of literature. Contains biographical information on authors and critical essays regarding their literary works. Choose the title that is most related to your author and literary time period. NOTE: An index in the last bound volume indexes all of the titles and volumes by title or author. The excerpts in the "criticism" resources are actual reprints from scholarly journals and books. Each article or book excerpt/reprint can be used as a quote or source in a research paper.

Print Indexes

Plot Summaries - Includes type of work (drama, poetry, biography, novel, history, speech, treatise, etc.), characters, a critique or short critical analysis of the book and a plot summary.