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Gale Virtual Reference Library - This resource collects more than 115 volumes from such critically lauded For Students titles as Drama for Students, Novels for Students, Poetry for Students and Short Stories for Students. Volumes in each series explore the most often studied works of literature in detail, providing author information; plot summaries; discussions of principal themes, plot, characters, setting, etc.; age-appropriate historical and cultural commentary; and full text criticism.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library - Provides in-depth literary and historical background on the most commonly studied nonfiction essays, books, biographies, and memoirs in a streamlined, easy-to-use format. Covering 15-20 works per volume, this reference series gives high-school and undergraduate students an ideal starting point for class assignments, term papers, and special projects.

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This database is the definitive source for brief plot summaries, character profiles, and critical analyses of the most studied works of literature. It covers works by more than 8,500 long and short fiction writers, poets, dramatists, and essayists, and provides more than 15,000 biographical records. Included are the full texts of Masterplots, Masterplots II, and 35 volumes of Salem Press Critical Surveys.

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Glossary of Literary Terms
Definitions of common literary terms
How to Write an Effective Essay
Quick and clear video explanation for structuring your essays
Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
A guide to Shakespeare related information on the internet
Project Gutenberg
Free ebooks of many classics
Free online study guides for many assigned titles old and new. Just don’t forget to cite them as a source. Yes, your teacher can tell if you don’t read the book.
Study guides for a large number of books