The Literature Network
Offers searchable online literature. Start with the author index. Currently has 1900 books (including the Bible), 3000 short stories and poems by over 250 authors. Also has a quotations database of 8500 quotes.
Literature, reference, and poetry. Very useful, comprehensive site. (Bartleby the Scrivener is a short story by Herman Melville).
English Literature on the Web
Link to pages on British and American authors. Click on 'General' for hundreds of literature links. This is from the home page of Mitsuharu Matsuoka, a professor at Nagoya University, Japan.
Project Gutenberg
The project is scheduled for completion at the end of 2001, with 10,000 books online--and it's all free. These etexts are mainly in the public domain, so most were published prior to 1923. Help with downloading books is available at the site.
Features study guides to literature, history, film, and test prep. Need help reading Shakespeare? No fear Shakepeare offers side-by-side translation of the better known works--free! This site is blocked in the school building.
The Works of the Bard
This Shakespeare site has its own search engine. It's the oldest on the web, and really helpful if you're tracking down a quote, or looking for a particular passage. Other Shakespeare sites this web author recommends are listed, too.
The Online Books Page
Over 25,000 free books on the web--hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.
The Internet Public Library Online Literary Criticism Collection
A first-stop for finding literary criticism on the web. The collection contains 4699 critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.

Note: There are MANY good literature sites on the web. A good place to start looking is from one of the general reference sites, or the English department of any college or university.


Simpson's Contemporary Quotations
Author, subject, and keyword indexing to "The most notable quotations, 1950 to 1988." From Bartleby.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
This is the 1919 edition of this old, reliable. From Bartleby.
The Quotations Page
Uses nine different collections of quotations--from the motivational to the cynical--plus readers' contributed quotes. Search by phrase or author.
Mathematical Quotations Server
This is a very popular site from the mathematics department at Furman University. There's a random generator, or you can search by keyword.
Creative Quotations
"Creative Quotations connects you to 50,000 quotations to inspire your creative thinking. CQ is one of the oldest, largest and most creative quotation resources on the Internet. You can search by keyword, source, topic and author (including her/his name, nationality, profession and birthday)."

This site from the Academy of American Poets includes critical essays, biographies, and audio clips of poets reading their work.
The American Verse Project
American poetry prior to 1920. Several search methods are available. From the University of Michigan.
Representative Poetry Online
This site is edited by a professor from the University of Toronto and includes poetry from Caedmon (Old English) to present-day poets. Several indexes make it easy to search. Includes a glossary of poetic terms and forms, and writings on poetry.
Poetry Magazine
New poetry every month. The archives lists over 1300 poets and their work. A listing of poetry contests is included, so you can get published yourself. The magazine also accepts submissions.
Here are some links to individual poets
Carl Sandburg Robert Frost Emily Dickinson
Robert Pinsky William Blake Rudyard Kipling
Edward Lear Langston Hughes Maya Angelou
Edgar Allen Poe Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Walt Whitman

Suggestions for other links are welcome. E-mail us from the home page.


Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
Paradigm is an interactive, menu-driven, online writer's guide and handbook. Topics include discovering what you want to write, organizing, revising, and editing.
This site began as an experiment in using JavaScript to prompt student achievement. Choose Topic-O-Rama if you need help finding a topic, Thesis Builder to help you create the most important sentence of your essay, or the Outliner option to generate the framework of your essay. Good support when you need to write on a controversial topic.
Citation Style for Research Papers
Includes recommended methods for citing sources for APA, MLA, Turabian, Chicago, and AMA styles, along with an explanation of which style should be used for the subject you are writing on (if your teacher has not specified a style).
Purdue OWL
"The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects."


Taking someone else's words and presenting or publishing them as your own is wrong (not to mention illegal if you publish.) It will earn you a failing grade for an assignment or class. At many colleges it is grounds for expulsion. These sites will help students define and avoid plagiarism and let you know what's available to teachers who want to prevent or detect it.
Plagiarism: What it is and How to Recognize & Avoid It
A very good source for students and teachers. Produced by Writing Tutorial Services, Indiana University. Part of the Writing Resources Library.
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