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Encyclopedia of American Literature

This award-winning Encyclopedia surveys the vibrant terrain of American literature in 350 essays from leading scholars, encompassing the range and depth of American literary history from the 1600s to the present day.

Encyclopedia of British Literature

This encyclopedia provides comprehensive coverage of literature from the Abbey Theatre to Israel Zangwill, covering the entire history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages (Anglo-Saxon, English, Welsh, Scots, Irish, and Latin).

Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

Written by an international roster of more than 300 authors, this encyclopedia comprehensively documents and interprets the books read by children throughout the world.

EBSCO eBooks (formerly NetLibrary)

Over 5,000 eBooks are available to GBC students in the EBSCO eBook collection. Search by subject, title or author and research right from home.

Shakespeare for Students

Diverse blend of criticism along with plot summaries and character profiles that help further decode these dramatic masterpieces for students.


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ALEX: A Catalog of Electronic Texts

A collection of public domain documents in English Literature, American Literature, and Western Philosophy.

American Verse Project

Electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920.

Bartleby Library

Great Books Online. Search full text of collection by keyword.


"Bibliomania has thousands of e-books, poems, articles, short stories and plays all of which are absolutely free."

Cambridge History of English & American Literature

18 volume provided online by Bartleby.com

Complete Works of Shakespeare

MIT has compiled a source for all of Shakespeare's works.

Google Book Search

Browse books online. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given us permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy. Buy the book ... or borrow it from the library If you find a book you like, click on the "Buy this book" and "Borrow this book" links to see where you can buy or borrow it. Searches can be limited to "Full View Only".

The Heath Anthology of American Literature

Links to more resources.

Literary Criticism

Selected links to critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.

Literature Collection

Currently has over 70 books and 600 short stories by famous authors. All works are in the public domain. Search by author or by book.

Literature Network

Almost 3,000 online books and 4,000 short stories.

Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature

Award winning site that covers English Literature from the Medieval times to the 19th century. Includes author biographies, works, quotes, essays and articles and links to other resources.

The On-Line Books Page

More than 40,000 listings of books and historic magazines in English and many foreign languages. You may search by author, title, subject, or language or browse periodical titles.

Page By Page Books

Hundreds of classic books and documents can be viewed for free from this site. You may browse the contents by author or title. Content is formatted for viewing on your computer and downloads quickly "page by page."

Poetry Archive

Search for poets or poems. Poems can be searched by title, theme or form. Also includes a glossary of poetic terms.

Project Gutenberg

The granddaddy of all eBook pages, Project Gutenberg has volunteers adding pre-1923 books (novels, plays, poetry, works of nonfiction) to its collection continually.

Read Print

Public domain classics. Search by author or by title. Has a special Shakespeare section.

Simonds History of American Literature

Chronologically arranged background on authors and time periods.

World Literature Online

Background and cultural information as well as links for further research.


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