Research Databases - Literature

American & English Literature Collection
Search a number of drama, poetry and literature database collections.

Books & Authors
Search for new books to read by author, title, genre, location, character traits and time eras. Create and save your own reading lists and book reviews.


Literary Reference Center

Full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works. Contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full text of thousands of poems and short stories.

Literature Resource Center
Extensive reference material for literary study, including biographical, bibliographical, critical, and contextual information on authors and their works.

The Ohio Digital Library
The Ohio Digital Library is a digital consortium of 179 Ohio libraries. The libraries share a collection of digital media that includes eBooks, audiobooks, music and video with holdings that include over thirty-one thousand copies of more than nineteen thousand individual titles. eBooks in the collection are downloadable in a variety of formats for a number of different devices. 

TumbleBooks are an online collection of read-along, animated titles for children.Hundreds of titles are available through the Tumble Library including:

   - Picture books with animation and music
    - Early readers with highlighted text
   - Chapter books with suggested reading levels
   - Puzzles & games that compliment the selected texts, with lesson plan suggestions for educators
   - Selections in English, French and Spanish  


Additional Resources for Research:

 - Author Web Sites

 - Google Book Search

 - IPL Literary Criticism Collection

 - Literary History

 - Literary Index

 - Shmoop Literature Learning Guides & Teacher Resources