you have a paper due tomorrow and not enough resources
to write it? Perhaps your dog chewed up your copy
of Jane Eyre and you need to double check
the quotes you planned to use? Try out the following
links. Many universities and literary organizations
have embraced the Internet as a method of sharing
literature. Citation guides, critical works, even
study guides for literary classics are available
for the intrepid student, working towards that A+.
The Ocean County Library also subscribes to Ebscohost,
an online database of journal and magazine articles.
To access Ebscohost from home, all you need is your
Ocean County library card. Should you wander into
the library, a number of solid reference resources
for biographical and critical analysis are available,
including Masterplots, Dictionary of Literary
Biography, and Literature and Its Time.
Check with your local branch of the library to see
what is available!
Have an assignment but not a topic? This site has
suggestions for paper topics on a myriad of subjects
not limited to literature, including science, art,
history, business, and society. Suggested topics
are taken from 10,000 Ideas for Term Papers,
Projects, Reports & Speeches by Kathryn
Lamm (paper copies are in the Ocean County Library
Although navigation is not always clear and smooth,
this site from Gonzaga University is excellent for
its comprehensive look at different American literary
movements. Each section breaks down the definition
of what that movement entailed, along with examples
of works from that movement.
Plus Research & Writing
Three essays round out this resource. The step
by step process of writing a paper is explained,
along with a guide to locating valuable research
via your library and the web, and how to read information
you find online with a critical, appraising eye.
Each section is dotted with links to other resources
online. There is a lot to this site, so here is
a link to their table
of contents, and here is a link for those of
you who would like to download
to Grammar and Writing
Confused about when to use a colon versus a semi-colon?
Worried that your paragraph isn’t coherent? Try
this site! Using examples and explanations to illustrate
the rules of grammar, this site is easy, and almost
fun to read. A sizable FAQ rounds out this resource.
Created by Professor Charles Darling at Capital
Nuts and Bolts of College Writing
This guide literally does offer the "nuts and
bolts" of researching, forming, writing, and
formatting your research paper. Using examples and
guidelines, Professor Michael Harvey at Washington
College in Maryland, offers tips on finding substantial
information for your argument, how to bolster a
weak argument, watching your grammar, and plagiarism,
among other issues.
Guide for Writing Research Papers based on Modern
Language Association (MLA) Documentation
Presented by Capital Community College in Connecticut,
this excellent guide has step by step instructions
for researching and writing an academic paper. Examples
are given alongside explanations of how to prepare
your paper. The use of frames allows for easier
navigation, with short cuts to examples of how to
cite specific formats of works, as well as tips
on choosing solid resources and presenting your
paper in a coherent style following the MLA style
Guide for Writing Research Papers based on Styles
Recommended by the American Psychological Association
Another guide created and maintained at Capital
Community College. Although it is not as clear-cut
as their guide to using MLA, it does provide examples
of how to cite sources and it has a Question &
Set up in chart style, examples of citations for
the MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style, and Turabian
style guides by format are listed. A simple, basic,
and quick guide to use. Created and maintained by
Duke University Libraries.
With an editorial panel from Oxford University,
Bibliomania strives to make classic works of literature
available online. Hundreds of full text novels,
short stories, and dramatic works, as well as reference
works such as Webster’s Dictionary are displayed
in clear text, chapter by chapter.
Project Gutenberg is an ambitious attempt to make
e-text versions of books available for downloading.
Only books whose copyright has expired are included,
and for the most part that includes books published
pre-1923. The texts are in plain ASCII format, and
may be downloaded as a zip file or as text.
poems by 138 poets are archived here, with plans
for adding more. Every poem included is non-copyrighted.
Find your poem by scanning an alphabetical list
of poets and their works, and then click on the
title of the poem you need. Feeling giddy? Try out
their random poem. While the text used is basic,
viewing the poem using the Internet Explorer browser
was easier on the eyes than using Netscape and changing
the font size helps.
Public Library Online Texts Collection
IPL houses over 11,000 titles. A wide variety of
disciplines is included, and you will find texts
pertaining to history, science, religion, and philosophy,
as well as works of literature. Find your title
by browsing an alphabetical list of titles or authors.
A keyword search is also available.
Literature Resource Center
Extremely useful and easy to navigate, LRC is your one-stop source for all things related to authors and their works. It provides criticisms, work overviews, articles, bibliographies, author timelines, biographies, topical essays and literary term definitions. This database is provided through funding from the Ocean County Library. Access it from home using your library card number.
– This database is provided through funding from the Ocean County Library. Access it from home using your library card number.
This award-winning reference
resource profiles current and early 20th
Century authors. Search the database by author,
title or subject for biographical information, lists
of writings, media adaptations, and suggestions
for further readings on more than 120,000 U.S. and
international novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction
authors, journalists, scriptwriters.
Literary Criticism Collection
The Internet Public Library’s criticism collection
links to 3482 sites with biographical or critical
essays for authors and specific works. Links are
arranged by Literary period, or by an alphabetical
list of authors, titles or works. Although this
site does link to some restricted access sites,
its size and content still make this site useful.
Literary Resources on the Net
down by time period, Rutgers University has collected
a sizable number of links to solid resources online.
While American and English authors dominate this
list, links to sites concerning classical literature,
and authors from other countries, while limited,
are worth a look.
of the Shuttle
VoS, ‘weaved’ by Alan Liu at the University
of California, Santa Barbara, is a massive directory
of links. Each section includes links to general
resources on that topic, then is further broken
down by time period or nationality or genre. Most
resources are briefly annotated.
Voice of the Shuttle- English Literature
Voice of the Shuttle- Literatures (other than English) Page
Voice of the Shuttle- Literary Theory
Authors on the Web
A simple, yet quite comprehensive collection of
links to both classic and contemporary American
authors makes up this resource. Searching through
the non-alphabetized list is cumbersome. Use the
Find command on your browser. Maintained by Associate
Professor Mitsuharu Matsuoka of Nagoya University
in Japan. Try out the equally impressive collection
of links to British
& Irish Authors on the Web, and 19th
Century British & Irish Authors.
Postcolonial & Postimperial Literature in English
Maintained at Brown University, this extensive listing
of information by and about authors whose countries
were once under British rule is exhaustive. Social,
historical, demographic, and political essays for
countries, as well as pages for individual authors
make this site impressive.
This is an excellent collection of links to original
texts and critical resources on Medieval, Renaissance,
and 17th Century literature.
Presented by Brown University, the Victorian Web
presents an overview of literature and life during
the Victorian era. In addition to essays dealing
with religion, philosophy, technology, and gender
issues during the Victorian era, links to sites
on individual authors,
Bronte, and Thomas
Hardy are available.
Maintained by David Wilson-Okamura, Macalester College,
this collection of links to biographical, critical,
and bibliographical information on Chaucer is up
to date, informative, and lovely to look at.
Scott Fitzgerald Centenary
Created by the University of South Carolina, this
collection of Fitzgerald information is informative
and enjoyable reading. A chronology of Fitzgerald’s
life is included, along with several articles, an
extensive bibliography of Fitzgerald’ s work,
information about his work, Zelda Fitzgerald’s
work, and a biographical sketch of the author.
Milton Reading Room
Maintained at Dartmouth University, Milton’s
works of poetry and prose, including Paradise
Lost, and his essay on The Doctrine and Discipline
of Divorce, are available for reading at this site.
Each work is presented in clear text, and reference
links to definitions of particular words or elements
in the work make this site a valuable resource.
Alice Walker Page
A collection of links to sites with biographical,
bibliographic, and critical essays about Alice Walker,
her poetry, prose, and novels.
William Shakespeare and the Internet
This, quite simply, is a massive directory of links
pointing to information about William Shakespeare,
his life and his works, online.
and Mary Lamb Tales From Shakespeare
Written for children in the 18th
century, these are the plays of Shakespeare re-written
into prose. For a quick read in order to better
comprehend the play, they are helpful.
questions? We have answers!
and Compiled by K. Sparks