Library Study Guides: Language Arts



American Literature – Non-fiction section 810-819:    Works and critical essays on influential American authors.
British Literature – Non Fiction section 820-829: Have a project on Shakespeare or another famous British author?  Browse the 820s.
World Literature – Non-Fiction section 830-899:   Material focusing on non-American/British authors.


   Articles from subscription databases– Obtain passwords from library for use at home.


Literary Reference Center – EBSCOhost Database
A searchable database of full-text critical essays and interpretations of literary works.
Bloom’s Literature
Examine great writers, important works, memorable characters, and event in world literature.



     Websites you can trust

+Books online

iBiblio :   A collaboration of several open access publishers that make thousands of classic and contemporary works available online.  Read Shakespeare in a searchable format on your computer.

Online Books – from University of Pennsylvania – over 1,000,000 books

Project Gutenberg – 45,000 free eBooks

+Folklore, Myths, Legends, & Fairy Tales

Aesop’s Fables – more than 665 fables

Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books

Encyclopedia Mythica – myths from around the world

SurLaLune -fairy tales across cultures, history, and modern interpretations

World of Tales – folktales, fables, and fairy tales from around the world.

+Primary Sources

Digital Scriptorium – image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts

Dime Novel & Paper Story Collection – from Stanford University

Making of America – digital library of American Social History from antebellum period through reconstruction.

Manuscripts Online – written culture in Britain from 1000 – 1500

Victorian Women Writers Project – British women writers of the 19th century

+Renaissance & Shakespeare

Folger Shakespeare Library  – over 80,000 digital images of Shakespeare’s work in various formats

Britain Express – events and daily life in the Tudor period

Galileo Project

Renaissance – the Elizabethan World

Renaissance Interactive – from Annenberg Learner

Shakespeare Resource Center

Shakespeare Uncovered from WNET