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  • American Writers – A great source for researching America’s most prolific authors! 
  • Teenreads Authors – An excellent site to get the scoop on some of your favorite authors!  Includes interviews with the authors, plus the titles of books they’ve written.

Citing Your Sources

Ever wonder how to cite your sources for research papers?  Here are some great sites to help you cite!

Grammar, Vocabulary Writing Resources


  • American English Poetry: 1250-1920 – This extensive poetry collection (at contains numerous separate collections of poetry.  The collections may be searched by keyword, and browsed via Indexes to Poems: Chronologic, Author, Title, and First Line.  Designed to be user-friendly and enjoyable, this site seems to be steadily growing.
  • Anthology of Modern American Poetry – A companion to the text, Anthology of American Poetry, published by Oxford University Press.  Includes excerpts from previously published analyses of poems, biographical information, relevant illustrations, manuscripts, drafts of poems, bibliographies, historical background, statements on poetics, interviews , mini-essays on important issues pertinent to the poet, book reviews, archival resources, and study questions…needless to say, it’s pretty impressive and quite informative!
  • British Poetry  – A selection of the most famous British poets from Chaucer to modern times..
  • Poetry 180 (Billy Collins, Poet Laureate) – Our U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, has designed this website to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem each day for the 180 days of the school year.  I t has the full text of 180 interesting, well-written poems available for your reading pleasure!  “Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race.  By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed.”
  • Sonnet Central – Sonnet Central is an archive of English sonnets, commentary, pictures, and relevant web links.  Sonnets can be accessed quickly via an alphabetical list of authors.

Reviews, Criticism, and Analysis of Literature

  • The Cambridge History of English and American Literature – This online publication contains all eighteen volumes of Cambridge History of English and American Literature.  Includes an index to authors, bibliographies, and chapters.  A large resource on literary criticism and history, the Cambridge History of English and American Literature is considered the most important work of literary criticism and history ever published.  
  • Glossary of Literary Terms and a Handbook of Rhetorical Devices – This book “contains definitions and examples of more than sixty traditional rhetorical devices, all of which can still be useful today to improve the effectiveness, clarity, and enjoyment of your writing.”—Source
  • Guys Read
  • A Literary Index – A Literary Index provides both an overview and a review of the more significant collections of Internet literary resources of interest to scholars, students, and lovers of literature.
  • Novel Guide – Source for literary analysis on the web.  They provide an educational supplement for a better understanding of classic and contemporary Literature Profiles, Metaphor Analysis, Theme Analysis, and Author Biographies. 
  • Paradigm Online Writing Assistant – Learn how to write informal essays, thesis/support essays, argumentative essays, exploratory essays, and document your sources.
  • Sparknotes – Online study guides written by Harvard students for many popular novels including 1984, Animal Farm, Beowulf, Fahrenheit 451, Frankenstein, Great Expectations, My Antonia, The Odyssey, The Scarlet Letter, To Kill a Mockingbird, and many others commonly used in high school classrooms.



His Life

  • Ise: The Annex – An introduction to Shakespeare’s life and times.
  • Shakespeare Online – The emphasis of this site is on original analysis and essays on Shakespeare’s life and times.

His Times

His Works

  • Shakespeare Illustrated – Explores nineteenth-century paintings, criticism and productions of Shakespeare’s plays and their influences on one another.
  • The Shakespeare Mystery – A great page from the PBS Frontline series on the seemingly endless debate of who actually wrote Shakespeare.  A complete resource page including full-text articles, debates, and links for a mystery that may be forever unsolved. 

Other References

  • – Named after the humble character of Bartleby the Scrivener (or ‘copyist’) of Charles Dickensian fame, publishes the classics of literature, non-fiction, and reference, free of charge!  You really MUST check out this site for all of your literature needs!
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary