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Reading & Literature Research
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  • 20th Century Poetry Collections - Provides online access to great modern English and American poetry. (Available via Texshare. Call 214.509.4905 for login information.)
  • Allen Public Library Good Reads - Lots of resources to find a good book or research the book you have. http://www.cityofallen.org/departments/library/adult_programs/goodreads.htm
  • Contemporary Authors - Presents complete and up-to-date biographical and bibliographical information and references on more than 125,000 U.S. and international authors. (Available via Texshare. Call 214.509.4905 for login information.)
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism - Offers full text critical essays on over 800 contemporary authors and their works, with biographical, critical, principal works, and further study information. (Available via Texshare. Call 214.509.4905 for login information.)
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography - Provides over 12,000 biographical and full-text critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of influential literary figures from all eras and genres. (Available via Texshare. Call 214.509.4905 for login information.)
  • Literature Resource Center with Scribner & Twayne's - Provides full-text literature criticism, biographies, bibliographies, and work overviews covering authors from every genre, time period and discipline. Combining Gale's most-used literary databases in a single online service, the Literature Resource Center covers more than 130,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers such as philosophers, filmmakers, and anthropologists. (Available via Texshare. Call 214.509.4905 for login information.)
  • Novelist Plus! Looking for a good book? Novelist Plus includes fiction and narrative nonfiction, author readalikes, book discussion guides, award lists, series information, and feature articles.(Call 214.509.4905 for login information.)
  • ProQuest Learning: Literature - Offers over 3,000 author pages giving access to biographies, original works, book reviews and criticism, and contextual multimedia to enhance the study of a particular text. Poetry resources include over 185,000 full-text poems, as well as The Poets on Screen collection, which offers contemporary poets giving readings of their favorite works. Drama students will find theater reviews, images from productions, and images and video for historical background or to inspire stage design or costume. (Available via Texshare. Call 214.509.4905 for login information.)
  • WorldCat - More than 147 million bibliographic records and nearly 1.4 billion holdings representing the collections of more than 71,000 participating libraries, patrons and Web users find what they are looking for. WorldCat includes records for books, videos, serial publications, articles, downloadable audiobooks and music, electronic books, sheet music, genealogical references, cultural artifacts, digital objects, Web sites and much more. (Available via Texshare. Call 214.509.4905 for login information.) A non-subscription version is available.

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