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Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost)  

Get smart! Thousands of scholarly journal articles are at your fingertips! Whether you’re doing research for school, work or your own pleasure, you’ll find top–notch current information on a variety of topics. For teens and adults. Provided by the New Jersey State Library.
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Bloom’s Literature (Facts on File Online)  

Read all about literary movements, authors and their characters in this well-respected literary database featuring the noted Harold Bloom Just added: 100 full length performance videos of classic plays including Much Ado about Nothing, The Glass Menagerie, Antigone, and Cyrano de Bergerac This database is provided with funding from the Ocean County Library.
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Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online  

Biographical and critical essays on the lives, works and careers of more than 143,000 past and present authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers, and playwrights are now available 24/7. From A (Afro- American Poets) to Y (Yiddish Writers), this is a collection of reference books that have been scanned page by page for electronic access. Everything is keyword searchable. This database is provided through funding from the Ocean County Library.
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Literature Criticism Online  

Over 1200 volumes of literary criticism from the famous reference sets Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, and Shakespearean Criticism are now available 24/7. These are the reference books that teachers have recommended and required for years for literature research papers. Now scanned page by page and available electronically, everything is keyword searchable so very specific themes and topics can be located quickly. This database is provided through funding from the Ocean County Library.
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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.
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Literature Resources for Students  

Reference works written specifically for high school students, Literature for Students is a compilation of digitized books from Gale Virtual Reference Library—with criticisms, information about novels, short stories, drama, Shakespeare and more—available free at home or in the library. This database is provided with funding from the Ocean County Library.


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Access Video on Demand  

Watch documentaries, educational films or helpful how-to videos from home on your computer or mobile device. Access Video offers streaming video on demand covering a wide-range of subjects available anywhere or anytime you have an internet connection. From arts & humanities to science, mathematics, and technology, you will find your favorites from top-quality producers such as BBC, the History Channel, and NOVA all with easy search and browse options. Teachers, these videos come with public performance rights and can be shown into easy to use clips for classroom use. Please note: these are streaming videos not downloadable and the service does not include any feature films. This database is provided with funding from the Ocean County Library.
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Contemporary Authors  

Information on modern writers needed? Start here with biographical information, lists of their works, and short summaries of their major writings. Novelists, non-fiction writers, poets, playwrights, journalists, and screenwriters are covered. This database is provided with funding from the Ocean County Library.
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Literary Reference Center (EBSCOhost)  

Need a criticism of Pride and Prejudice? Or an article on Harper Lee? And what exactly was Mrs. Warren’s Profession? Find info about authors and their work with this comprehensive literary database. Includes a far-reaching collection of literary journals, major literary encyclopedias, books, monographs, and sources not available anywhere else. Provided by the New Jersey State Library.
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Writing Improvement Program  

Get to the point! Sharpen your writing skills with practice essays and exams featuring instant feedback. Suitable for all ages. Click on "New User" and enter your library barcode in the Username field. Choose a password. Verify password. Returning users login with their barcode and existing password. Writing Improvement is at the bottom of the page on the right side. This database is provided through funding from the Ocean County Library.



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