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Research Databases

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Search the full-text of hundreds of electronic reference books on a wide range of subjects, including: the arts, business, education, history, law, medicine, and science.
Humanities Full Text
This database indexes, abstracts and delivers the full text of feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, drama, and poetry, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, radio and television programs, and more.
Literary Reference Center
Full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works. Contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full text of thousands of poems and short stories
Literature Criticism Online
Use this resource to find commentary on classic and contemporary books, plays, and poems. Essays are drawn from the following reference books: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Drama Criticism, and Children's Literature Review.
Literature Resource Center
Comprehensive literary database that combines biographies, bibliographies, critical analyses, and plot summaries of authors and their works.
MLA International Bibliography
Subject index for books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics.
NoveList K-8 Plus
This database offers lots of ways for young readers to find great fiction titles, with thousands of book reviews, and features that allow you to search by plot, setting, series name, and favorite authors and titles. The "Teacher Resources" tab has lots of useful material for teachers and media specialists.
NoveList Plus
Looking for a good book? NoveList Plus includes thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles, author readalikes, award winners, book discussion guides, articles, recommended reads and features that allow you to search by author, title, series, plot, and genre.
Short Story Index
This database indexes (1984+) over 90,000 short stories from thousands of anthologies, collections, and periodicals. The full-text of over 4,000 short stories is also available.
WorldCat
Catalog of books and other materials (recordings, software, music scores, magazines, etc.) owned by libraries around the world. Millions of bibliographic records in over 400 languages.

General Sites

Allreaders.com
A fiction database that recommends books with reviews based on the preferences you select. Also browsable by genre.
Bookreporter.com
Author bibliographies, author profiles and interviews, book reviews and excerpts, awards, group discussion guides, publishing news, and teen and kids services.
BookSpot
Awards, reviews, reading lists, author and publisher information, news, and reading resource guides.
Center for the Book
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress promotes books, reading, literacy and libraries, and the scholarly study of books. Programs include the Books & Beyond author series, the National Book Festival authors program, reading and writing contests, and the Read.gov website. Find resources, books and related information for all age groups.
Genrefluent
Genre fiction reviews from the author of the well-known reference guide Genreflecting .
Gnooks
This book recommendation search engine suggests authors and books based on what you already like.
Goodreads
A site for keeping track of your books. Recommend books to friends, create online book clubs, and much more!
Guide to Book Genres
Site contains a listing of different genres with links to useful booklists.
Library Thing
Catalog your own books online and keep track of what you’ve read!
Literary Locales
Links to pictures of locations that figure in the lives and works of famous authors.
Overbooked
A "website for ravenous readers" specializing in literary and genre fiction information and resource links.
Shelfari
A social networking site for book lovers. Keep track of books you've read, review them, and discuss them with your friends.
Tastekid
Tastekid provides recommendations for music, movies and books. Type in something you like, and Tastekid suggests others you may also enjoy.
Web Sites for Book Lovers
A comprehensive list of links for book-related information from the Morton Grove Public Library.
What’s Next
The Kent District Library's searchable database of books in series.
Whichbook
Using the sliding scales to chose a book based on your mood.
Wired for Books
Listen to authors read from their work and discuss their writing. Requires RealAudio.

Award Winners

Agatha Awards
Awards honoring the traditional mystery.
Audie Awards
The Audies recognize excellence in audiobook publishing.
Book Sense Book of the Year Award
Awards for adult and children's books from the American Booksellers Association.
Bram Stoker Awards
Horror Writer Association awards honoring the best writing in horror and the occult.
Costa Book Awards
Annual award that celebrates the best of contemporary British writing. Formerly known as the Whitbread Award.
Edgar Awards
Awards for achievement (fiction and nonfiction) in the mystery field from the Mystery Writers of America.
Independent Publisher Awards
The “IPPY” Awards honor exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles.
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Over one hundred public libraries from around the world (including ours) participate in the nomination process for this prestigious literary award.
Lambda Literary Awards
Dispensed annually by the Lambda Literary Foundation in recognition of excellence in gay and lesbian literature.
Man Booker Prize
Major British literary prize awarded to "the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland."
National Book Awards
Information on the nation’s preeminent literary awards from the National Book Foundation.
National Book Critics Circle Award
Awards in fiction, general nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry, and criticism from active book reviewers.
Nebula Award
Selected by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in the following categories: novel, novella, novellette, short Story, and script.
Nobel Prize in Literature
Information about the prize and winners since 1901.
PEN Literary Awards
Awards recognizing American fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry, literary translation, editing and publishing.
The Pulitzer Prizes
Current and historical information documenting 80 years of American excellence in journalism, letters, drama, and music.
RITA Awards
Awards for achievement from the Romance Writers of America.
Spur Awards
Annual award for distinguished writing about the American West. From the Western Writers of America.

Black Fiction

African American Literature Book Club
Information about African-American authors and reviews of African-American literature.
African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
Full-text digital collection of over 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers.
Electronic Text Center: African American
Electronic versions of books, plays, stories and poems by African American writers.
The Urban Book Source
A comprehensive site for news, reviews and interviews of African-American fiction.

Book Discussion Groups

African American Literature Book Club
Author profiles, book reviews, writer's resources, and discussion boards.
Book Spot: Book Discussion Center
Online discussions, publisher guides, discussion guides for kids, and tips for getting started.
The Jewish Reader: A Guide for Book Groups
Monthly book selections include excerpts, essays, and discussion questions.
New York Times Forums: Books
Participate in a wide range of online discussions about books and reading. (Free registration required)
On the Same Page
News and information about Cincinnati's annual citywide reading project.
Oprah's Book Club
Book selections, reviews, author information, and book dicussion guides.
PenguinPutnam Reading Guides
Use the "Browse" tab to access over 200 fiction and nonfiction reading guides.
Random House Reading Group Guides
Browse the guides by title, author, or category (Biography & Memoir, Books into Movies, History & War, Women's Interest, etc.).
Reading Group Choices
"An opinionated guide of great books to read and discuss."

Book Sellers

Abebooks
Good source for new, used, out-of-print, and rare books.
Alibris
The leading global supplier of rare and out-of-print books, manuscripts, maps, photos, prints, and autographs.
Amazon.com
Barnes and Noble
Book of the Month Club
Joseph-Beth Booksellers

Books Featured in the Media

Based on The Book
Over 750 book titles, short stories, and plays are included in this database of motion pictures produced after 1980. Search by movie title, movie release year, book title, or book author.
Booknotes on C-SPAN
A companion web site to C-SPAN's Sunday author interview series. Although Booknotes stopped running in late 2004, the entire archive of programs is available online.
Booktv.org
An online complement to Book TV, C-SPAN2's book program, with extensive coverage of non-fiction books.

eBooks

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
A searchable web version of the complete works of Shakespeare, including a glossary, discussion area, and links to other Shakespeare resources.
eBook Locator
Search the database of thousands of eBooks by author, title, publisher, subject, publisher, and ISBN number. Also includes reviews, excerpts, and author bios.
Project Bartleby Archive
An electronic text project from Columbia University providing searchable text of books not under copyright restrictions.

Historicals

Historical Novels
Extensive booklists of historical fiction by both time and place. Also includes reviews.

Libraries

Sites by Subject · Libraries

Mystery and Suspense

Poisoned Pen
Recommendations, reviews, and news from a bookstore dedicated to mystery books.
Stop, You’re Killing Me
Excellent resource for mysteries and suspense novels. Search the site by author or character (sleuth).

News and Reviews

Booklist
The online edition of the American Library Association's book review journal.
BookPage Online
Reviews, news, and interviews in the online edition of the bookstore and library newspaper.
Bookreporter.com
Author bibliographies, author profiles and interviews, book reviews and excerpts, awards, group discussion guides, publishing news, and teen and kids services.
Bookwire
Comprehensive information about the book publishing industry, including news, awards, reviews, author interviews, book links, event guides, and bestseller lists.
Library Journal Book Reviews
Book reviews from the staff of Library Journal magazine on new & prepublication books, best-sellers, fiction, non-fiction, literature, and reference books.
New York Review of Books
The online edition of the literary review journal.
New York Times Book Review
A leading source of review information, with book reviews, reader forums, book excerpts, and book industry news.
Publisher’s Weekly
Reviews and industry information from "the online edition of the international news magazine for book publishing and bookselling."
Salon.com Books
Reviews, feature articles, and recommendations from the innovative online magazine.

Out of Print & Rare Books

Abracadabra Booksearch International
One of the world's largest book search companies, this website includes books wanted, books for sale, and search request sections.
AddALL Used and Out of Print Book Search
Searches different websites for hard-to-find used and out-of-print books as well as their current market value.
Alibris
The leading global supplier of rare and out-of-print books, manuscripts, maps, photos, prints, and autographs.
Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America
The ABAA promotes ethical standards and professionalism in the antiquarian book trade. Searchable access to members' catalogs.
Bibliofind
A database of the rare and used books for sale by thousands of booksellers around the world.
The Bibliophile Mailing List
An online resource for sellers and/or collectors of rare, scarce, and out-of-print books.
Bookfinder: Glossary of Book Jargon
This on-line resource defines descriptive terms to help users interpret information in book trade listings.
eBay Books
This book section of "your personal trading community" includes a section for rare books.
International League of Antiquarian Booksellers
The website for 2000 leading booksellers from 20 nations around the world. Includes book search.
Maremagnum Liborum
Provides access to nearly one million titles from over three hundred booksellers. Search this site in English, French, German, or Italian.
Octavo Editions
A guide to currently available titles from a publisher/preserver of rare books and manuscripts in digital format.
Preserving my Heritage
Learn how to care for and preserve your family treasures, heirlooms, and works of art. From the Canadian Conservation Institute.
Trussel’s EclectiCity
A resource with links to a multitude of book-related sites, including stories, articles, dictionaries, bibliographies, and translations.
UKBookWorld
The British marketplace for scholarly and collectible old, rare, and out-of-print books.

Poetry

The Academy of American Poets
A regularly updated source for biographies, photographs, and poetry of Academy members. Also includes information on awards, programs, exhibits, and National Poetry Month.
HTI American Verse Project
The University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative, a growing searchable electronic archive of American poetry published prior to 1920
Poetry at the Library of Congress
Information on current and past Poets Laureate, and poetry news and resources.
Poets & Writers Online
A current source for information on writing contests, grants and awards, plus a directory of writers, literary links, and other resources from Poets & Writers Magazine.

Publishers

Harlequin
Harper Collins
Henry Holt & Company
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Penguin Putnam
Random House
Simon and Schuster
St. Martin’s Press
W. W. Norton & Company

Romance

All About Romance
Reviews, author information, commentaries, booklists, message boards, and discussion lists.
The Romance Reader
Reviews, news, interviews, and book lists.
Romance Writers of America
The official organization website, including news, event information, author and publisher links, book lists, and information about RWA awards.
Romantic Times BOOKclub
The online edition, including feature articles, book reviews using a five star system, news, a searchable database of author bibliographies and pseudonyms, and writer resources.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Fantastic Fiction
A database of science fiction and fantasy, searchable and browsable by author, title, award, series, country of origin, and year, also including a short collection of online science fiction and fantasy.
Locus: the Newspaper of the Science Fiction Field
News, reviews, resources, and recommended reading lists from the online version of an award-winning journal of science fiction and fantasy.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
The official organization website, including writing resources, reviews, and information about the Nebula Awards.
Science Fiction & Fantasy Book List Site
"A comprehensive bibliography of science fiction and fantasy authors and their books." Includes links to official and fan sites.
SF Site
A comprehensive and fun site, including reviews, interviews, awards and related links.
University of Michigan Fantasy and Science Fiction Website
A resource guide including a symbolism dictionary, electronic texts, and links to fantasy and science fiction resources.

Supernatural

Dark Echo
Reviews of horror fiction, inter-views with horror authors, and essays about horror fiction.
Horror Writers of America
The official organization website, including events information, news, book lists, writer resources, and information on the Stoker Awards.
Horrornet
Horror publishers, author web-sites, news, and The Pit, a horror discussion forum.

Westerns

Readwest Online Magazine
Reviews of westerns, original western fiction, and western author information.
Western Writers of America
The official organization website, including the online edition of Roundup Magazine and information about the Spur Awards.

Writing and Book Associations and Foundations

Horror Writers of America
The official organization website, including events information, news, book lists, writer resources, and information on the Stoker Awards.
National Book Critics Circle
The official website of the organization of book reviewers, including information on the National Book Critics Circle Awards.
National Book Foundation
The official foundation website, including information on the National Book Awards.
Ohio Center for the Book
Pulitzer Prize
The official website for the Pulitzer Prize.
Romance Writers of America
The official organization website, including news, event information, author and publisher links, book lists, and information about RWA awards.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
The official organization website, including writing resources, reviews, and information about the Nebula Awards.
Western Writers of America
The official organization website, including the online edition of Roundup Magazine and information about the Spur Awards.