The William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library
Literature Criticism Subject Guide

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Table Of Content
Databases Specialized Web Search Engines
Research Guide Web Portals
Online Reference HU English Department
Associations & Organizations HU School of Liberal Arts



Online Reference

  • 20th Century Poetry in English - website of The Academy of American Poets for finding essays on poetry, biographies of more than 450 poets, and text of more than 1400 poems
  • American Authors - provides biographical and critical material on about 100 American authors including a timeline of U.S. political and literary history
  • -Internet publisher of literature, reference, and verse that provides access to full text poetry, fiction, and essays
  • Celebration of Women Writers - "promotes awareness of the breadth and variety of women's writing" and contributions of women writers throughout histor
  • Eighteenth Century Studies - This collection archives works of the eighteenth century from the perspectives of literary and cultural studies. Novels, plays, memoirs, treatises and poems of the period are kept here (in some cases, influential texts from before 1700 or after 1800 as well), along with modern criticism.
  • English Server - unique website, for both faculty and students, where 281 writers, artists, editors and scholars gather to publish and discuss their work publishes 31812 documents in a range of humanities topics including essays, fiction, journals, theory, drama and poetry in its collections
  • Internet Classics Archive - a searchable archive of 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors that is maintained by Daniel C. Stevenson (MIT) and that includes mainly Greek and Roman texts (in English translation), but also some Chinese and Persian works
  • Internet Poetry Archive - makes selected poems from a number of contemporary poets available over a worldwide computer network
  • Literary Resources on the Net - a collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature
  • Luminarium- excellent information on writers and authors of medieval, Renaissance, and 17th English Literature
  • Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet - guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources available on the Internet
  • PAL: Perspectives in American Literature - A Research and Reference Guide - an online version of the volume by Paul P. Reuben that provides carefully organized collection of resources covering over 300 years of American literature.
  • Romantic Chronology - useful site for information on the Romantic period in English Literature
  • Women and Gender Studies - provides access to a wide range of resources in support of Women's Studies


Associations & Organizations

  • Modern Language Association of America ( MLA) - an organization of scholars, teachers, researchers, librarians, and others interested in the modern languages and literature. This site provides information about the organization; about the MLA Style of citation; job information; publications, reports, and other documents;and other resources
  • PEN American Center - a membership association of prominent literary writers and editors that seeks "to promote a culture of reading, and to defend free expression. "


Specialized Web Search Engines

Academic search engines for quality information:

Subject-specific search engines excellent for hard-to-find information:


Web Portals


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