Research Center: Literature
Bloom's Literary Reference Online
Literary Reference Center
Literary Reference Center (LRC) is a comprehensive literary reference database,
which provides users with a broad spectrum of reference information from antiquity
to the present day. LRC is a completely full-text database that combines information
from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference
works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources not available anywhere
else. LRC contains detailed information on the most studied authors and their
works and is an essential resource for public, academic and high school libraries.
Available from EBSCOhost.
Novelist lets you search among hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and
readable nonfiction titles by using a favorite author or title to find other
books of interest. You can retrieve author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion
guides, and more. Lexile range searching is available in the advanced search page.
Novelist K-8 Plus
NoveList K-8 Plus focuses on nonfiction reading materials that support the
school curriculum, as well as the recreational reading interests of children
and students from preschool through middle school. Lexile range searching is available in the advanced search page.
A Celebration of Women Writers
Hosted on the University of Pennsylvania Library web page, this site seeks to recognize the contributions of women writers throughout history. It includes a comprehensive listing of links to biographical and bibliographical information about women writers and complete published books written by women.
Yahoo's browsable index includes over 8,000 pages for different authors and is divided into categories such as Literary Fiction, Nature Writers, Travel Writers, and more.
Nobel Prize for Literature
The official website of the Nobel Foundation includes articles, biographies, photographs, and occasional excerpts from all of the Nobel Laureates since 1901.
This homepage of the Pulitzer Prizes includes a history of the prizes,guidelines and entry forms, and a searchable archive of all prize winners since 1917. A new addition to the site is the full texts of winning journalism entries from 1995-2000, including photographs and cartoons.
Powell's Books: Award Winners
Lists award winners in all major awards for fiction, nonfiction, and children's books.
Random House Reading Group Center
Find out how to start your own reading group or join an online book forum. Reviewed books are listed by title and category.
Welcome to Book Lust
Nancy Pearl, the recipient of the 2004 Women's National Book Award, is the author of Book Lust and its sequel, More Book Lust. Her website includes "Nancy Pearl's Picks," a weekly recommended reading list.
Internet Speculative Fiction Database
This searchable database for science fiction, fantasy, and horror includes author bibliographies, publication bibliographies, award listings, magazine content listings, anthology and collection content listings, yearly fiction indexes, and forthcoming books.
The Mystery Reader
This companion site to The Romance Reader (see below) provides news, reviews of mystery novels, interviews, and an author address book. Reviews are divided into broad categories, including police/detective, historical,and romantic suspense.
This "booklover's guide to mysteries and thrillers" features book reviews, author interviews, and related reference materials. Searchable, or browse by genre (mystery, suspense and thrillers, and crime and noir). Also includes award and top-10 lists, a "books into movies" section, and links to author Web sites.
Overbooked is a web site for ravenous and omnivorous readers. Overbooked provides information about fiction and readable nonfiction.
The Romance Reader
This site provides book reviews, features, author interviews, and contests for readers of romance novels. There is also an "eagerly awaited" section that lists new releases for popular romance authors.
Romance Writers of America (RWA)
The site for this national organization has material about the romance genre especially for readers, members, booksellers, and librarians. There is also a list of all RITA Award winners for the best published romances, upcoming releases, current bestsellers, and the "top ten favorite books" as selected by the members. An excellent site for reader guidance in the romance genre.