Some Words on Online Literary Guides
Online guides, such as Sparknotes or CliffsNotes, have a nice amount of summary and background, but take the time to evaluate their quality.
Use these sites as a reference and not as cited sources in your essay. They are no substitute for your own critical reading of the text or literary criticism found in scholarly journals or books.
Explore the following website for primary and secondary works along with useful information about literary criticism.
The Academy of American Poets
Find biographies on and poems by your favorite poets. The site also includes video, audio, and author interviews.
Purdue Online Writing Lab
Resources on writing literary essays. Topics include writing about fiction or poetry, literary theory, and literary terms.
The Literature Network
Allows you to search for primary texts, such as short stories, poems, and novels. Also includes author biographies.
Over 36,000 eBooks available to download. Search for literary works and primary texts.
Browse poems by title, author, or time period. Site also contains interviews, articles, and podcasts.
The Paris Review
Search the archive by author name or decade for author interviews.
Use Google Scholar for a preliminary search. Don't forget to check the library and library databases for titles you may find through Google Scholar! Many scholarly works still remain unavailable on the web.
Searching online? Try a search engine like SweetSearch as it focuses on more reliable sources.
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