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Abe Books
Excellent source for used, rare, out-of-print book prices, AbeBooks is a network of over 13,500 independent booksellers.

Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Texts of Shakespeare's plays are available from this site at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Copyright Search
Helps determine copyright status for works published from 1978 to date.

Fadedgiant Books
The world's largest free online database of old book values and the ONLY free online old book price guide with values determined by auction prices.

Fantastic Fiction
This site contains bibliographies on over 30,000 fiction authors.  These authors are from all genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Western, and Mainstream. Can search by an author or a title of a series. Lists other series by the same author and gives suggestions for similiar fiction.

Folger Shakespeare Library
Provides online to the home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, as well as magnificent collections of other rare Renaissance books and manuscripts on all disciplines.

Links to free study guides and summaries for titles frequently assigned to high school and college students.

Galactic Central
Science fiction magazines, authors, and "oddments".

IPL Online Texts Collection
Over 19,000 full-text titles, searchable by author, title or Dewey classification.

Just One More Book
Just One More Book is a thrice-weekly podcast which promotes and celebrates literacy and great children’s books.

Literary Encyclopedia
This site profiles the lives and works of both major and minor writers. Alphabetical indexes link to over 5,000 authors, 18,000 works including poetry, essays, novels, etc. (many linking to the full text), and 1,652 topics. An interesting feature is the ability to create a timeline of works and historical events. Entries end with complete MLA-style citations.
This index to free internet articles on topics in English and American literature is designed to be convenient and useful for students, scholars, writers, teachers, reading groups, and general readers. All links lead directly to articles, and articles must meet basic academic standards to be included.

McGill Shakespeare Resources Page
This product of McGill University provides links to many Shakespearean resources on the Internet. Although a small portion of links are reserved for McGill students this is an excellent starting place for any Shakespeare research.

Modern American Poetry: An Online Journal and Multimedia Companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry
Includes scholarly commentary on the works of approximately 160 modern poets, including explications of individual poems.

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet 
Combines an annotated guide to Shakespeare resources on the Internet as well as presenting original materials such as a Shakespeare Genealogy, Shakespeare Timeline Summary, Shakespeare Biography Quiz, etc.

No Fear Shakespeare
No Fear Shakespeare puts Shakespeare's language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English—the kind of English people actually speak today.

OAIster...Find the Pearls
This project has over twenty million cataloged digital books, journals, portraits and other items that are free -just click and read.

Ohio Bookbinders
The KSU Stark Campus Library has created this list of Ohio bookbinders.

Online Literary Criticism Guide
Annotated links to some of the best sites for finding literary criticism on the web.

Poetry Archive
This site provides streaming audio recordings of poems. It also provides biographical information on a large number of poets and a glossary of poetic terms, among other useful features.

Poet's Corner - Poems
A free resource from Thompson Gale that provides brief explications of selected poems.

Project Gutenberg
A selection of literature and reference sources made available as electronic texts on the Net. 
Projects and programs promoted by the Library of Congress to help foster an interest in reading, books and libraries.

Representative Poetry Online: Prose and Verse Criticism of Poetry
Founded by the University of Toronto, Representative Poetry Online provides access to nearly 3,200 English poems by 500 poets. Also links to commentary of some well-known poems.

Literature, poetry, writing and history made fun and relevant. Got three wows! from one of our librarians.

Sparks Notes
Summary notes on a variety of high school subjects including literature. Also has a test prep section with practice tests.

Stop You're Killing Me!
"A website to die for...if you love mysteries."  Browse by author, character, location, historical time period, genre, etc.

The Ultimate Vamp-List
For the ultimate vampire fiction fan of any age, browse by category: Horror, Hot Blood, Romance, Mystery, Sci/Fi-Fantasy, Anthologies/Short Stories, Children/Young Adult, Roleplaying, Vampire Non-Fiction, Movie/Television, Manga/Comics/Graphic Novels, Buffy/Angel, Not Quite Vamps, and Miscellaneous.

What's Next?
The What's Next database helps you search series fiction. A series is two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits.

Cat searches online catalogs of libraries all over the world, then lets you narrow down the results to see where to find those items close to home.

Wright American Fiction 1851-1875
Similar to Project Gutenberg, this site has over 1700 fully digitized and searchable works of 19th century American fiction.

You Are What You Read 
Create your own Bookprint, a list of five books that have left an indelible impact on your life, shaping who you are and what you've become. Sponsored by Scholastic.