Subject Guide for Books and Literature


Literature Resource Center

Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline... covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors.

NoveList Plus

Use this readers' advisory tool to find a good book by topic, authors similar to your favorites, and book discussion guides. Also includes Novelist K-8.




Search by title or prize.

Book Clubs and Reading Groups

Love to Read. Finding Books and Book Clubs

Internet Public Library pathfinder and links to books and book clubs.

Book News and Reviews

Barnes and Noble Review

An online publication with reviews and features from established critics, reviewers, and columnists.

Book Page

A monthly collection of general interest book reviews.  


Brief reviews of books by genre. Features items for teens.


Create an account and make your own catalog of books you own or have read. Share book reviews and ratings with others, get reading recommendations from like-minded readers, or talk to other book lovers on this social book site.

New York Times Book Review

Specializes in literary and genre fiction information.  Maintained by volunteers.

Books and Literature


The Web site of the American Library Association's Booklist provides access to reviews of books for adults, young adults, and children, written by librarians. The overall ALA Web site is searchable, and you can browse the reviews by category (Adult, Youth, Nonfiction, etc.).

180 literature guides online for free viewing. You may also purchase the titles for downloading or printing.


HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

Modern English Collection

From the University of Virginia, this large collection contains fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, letters, newspapers, manuscripts and illustrations from 1500 to the present, arranged for browsing by author's last name or by category of interest.

Online Literary Criticism Collection

From the Internet Public Library, this site contains over 4745 critical and biographical Web sites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, by nationality, or by literary period.

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature

From a professor of English at California State University Stanislaus, an excellent source for information on specific authors by period of American history from the Colonial Period to the Present. Additional information including obituaries for some authors, introductory essays for each period (e.g., Early 19th Century Transcendentalism, The Harlem Renaissance) and bibliographies.

Reading group guides, discussion, questions, advice and ideas.

Bookstores and Used and Rare Books

Online marketplace for used, rare, and out-of-print books.


"Comprehensive source of new, used, and hard- to- find books, music, and movies."

Search the largest bookseller online for rare and other used books.

Free one-stop book search site to the collection of over 150 million books.

Independent Bookstores in Illinois

Listing of bookstores.

Powell's Books

Web site of large independent bookstore which began in Chicago.  In-print and out-of-print books. Includes author interviews and staff picks.

Citing Sources

Citing Sources

Duke University online guide to citations from four of the best known style manuals.

Online Writing Lab

Purdue University writing lab information on citations, grammar, spelling, etc.

Literary Resources


Author pseudonyms, aliases, nicknames, etc.

Internet Public Library Literary Criticism Collection

Links to critical and biographical websites about authors and their works.

Online Books

Great books online.  Searchable source for free online books.


HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

Internet Public Library Online Texts

Links to recommended resources for online texts, including books, poetry, stories, and magazines.