Reference

Books, Literature and Reading

Categories

* Audiobooks
* Authors
* Bestsellers
* Book Clubs
* Book Reviews & News
* Books and Literature Festivals and Events
* Children's Literature
* eBooks
* Literary Magazines
* Literary Prizes and Awards
* New Zealand
* Online Texts
* Organisations
* Poetry
* Publishing & Printing
* Quotations
* Science Fiction & Fantasy
* Series and Sequels
* Shakespeare

Sites

* Artemis: Literary Sources
Artemis allows you to cross search all of Gale’s literary resources in one search. These resources include LitFinder, Literary Resource Center and Gale Virtual Reference Library.
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* Books and Authors
Explore the latest fiction and non-fiction, and find out about authors. Profiles, plot summaries and awards information.
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* BorrowBox
eAudiobooks from well known Australian and international authors.
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* Literary Reference Center
Access a broad spectrum of information about thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes for all literary research needs.
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* Literature Resource Center
Research the most-studied authors and literary disciplines. Biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis, plus reviews, poems and short stories from journals and magazines.
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* NoveList K8 Plus
Teen's and children's tool to find new authors and reading options. You can use your favourite writer, book, genre, series or story as a starting point.
* NoveList Plus
Find new authors and reading options using your favourite writer, book or genre as a starting point.
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* OverDrive
Free eAudiobook and eBook collection. Contains some Project Gutenberg titles. Regularly updated. Requires free OverDrive software installation.
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* Poetry & Short Story Reference Centre
Access this full-text resource for thousands of classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques.
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* Popular Magazines
Articles from the most searched for magazine titles based on searches performed by library customers. Titles range from Time, National Geographic, Newsweek and Fortune to Vanity Fair, Men's Health and Sports Illustrated.
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* Short Story Index
A detailed index of more than 76,500 stories from more than 4,025 collections. This reference database grows by 4,000 records each year, and includes coverage dating back to 1984.
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* Wheelers eBooks
Access a free eBook service of fiction and non fiction titles. The collection focuses on New Zealand titles. Access this with your library card number and password / PIN. Currently available outside libraries only.
* The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English
Published by Cambridge University Press, 1993. Electronic Resource from Credo reference.
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* The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature
Published by Oxford University Press, 2000. Electronic Resource from Oxford Reference Online.
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* The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature
Published by Oxford University Press, 1996. Electronic Resource from Oxford Reference Online.
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* The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature
Published by Oxford University Press, 1996. Electronic Resource from Oxford Reference Online.
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* The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature
Published by Oxford University Press, 2000. Electronic Resource from Oxford Reference Online.
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* The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms
Published by Oxford University Press, 1996. Electronic Resource from Oxford Reference Online.
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* Literature @ Credo referenceplus
A collection of reference books covering Literature.
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* Literature @ Oxford Reference Online
A collection of reference books covering Literature.
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* AustLit
AustLit is a non-profit collaboration between ten Australian Universities and the National Library of Australia providing authoritative information on hundreds of thousands of creative and critical Australian literature works relating to more than 75,000 Australian authors and literary organisations. Its coverage spans 1780 to the present day.
* BookCrossing.com - Read and Release!
* Bookish
Get reading recommendations based on up to four of your favourite books.
* Bookseller + Publisher
Bookseller + Publisher Online, incorporating the Weekly Book Newsletter, is the online information portal for book industry professionals in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region.
* Cambridge History of English & American Literature
From Bartleby.com
* Chicklit
Aims to increase your chick lit reading pile to towering heights; to provide a fun place to browse for books and chat with other fans of the genre; and to provide the latest, greatest and most thorough chick lit information available.
* Decameron Web
This mini-library or virtual encyclopedia includes the text, sources, translations, annotations and commentaries, bibliographies, a growing selection of critical and interpretive essays, as well as visual and audio materials.
* Encyclopedia Mythica
Mythology, mysticism and folklore from around the world. Provides articles, images, genealogy tables and correct pronunciations.
* Field of Words
Field of Words is a website dedicated to helping emerging writers grow. Runs writing competitions and offers critiquing and editing.
* Geoffrey Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales
Provides a wide range of glossed Middle English texts and translations of analogues relevant to Chaucer’s works, as well as selections from relevant works by earlier and later writers, critical articles from a variety of perspectives, graphics, and general information on life in the Middle Ages.
* Goodreads
Get great book recommendations from people you know. Keep track of what you've read and what you'd like to read. Form a book club, answer book trivia, collect your favorite quotes.
* Google Book Search
* Historical Novels .info
Historical fiction listed by time and place.
* The Holy Grail
by Sir Thomas Malory From Bartleby.com
* The Internet Classics Archive
The emphasis here is on writers of Western antiquity, though works by some Eastern masters are included. Over 400 manuscripts are online - including the great poems of Homer, Ovid, Virgil, and Omar Khayyam, as well as the usual works from Plato's agora set.
* Library Booklists and Bibliographies
This website consists of four sections: original booklists on various topics, primarily but not entirely focused on themes, places, characters, and plots of crime novels; annotated lists of other booklists, primarily but not entirely focused on fiction, for adults, kids, and teens; a growing calendar of authors' birthdates, organised by month, with links; and some resources for reading groups (discussion questions, recommended books, how to start a group, etc.).
* LibraryThing
LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalogue their books. Because everyone catalogues together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.
* Literature-Map
The tourist map of literature - simply enter an author into the search box and find more like them.
* MysteryNet
Online mysteries, mystery games, mystery books and resources. For everyone who enjoys a mystery.
* The Online Medieval and Classical Library
A collection of Medieval and Classical texts
* Open Book
Programme looking at new fiction and non-fiction books, talking to authors and publishers and unearthing lost classics. From BBC Radio 4
* Overbooked
Overbooked specializes in providing timely information about literary & genre fiction as well as readable nonfiction. Includes author web pages, reviews, themed and title booklists.
* Pacific Rim Voices
Pacific Rim Voices consists of a series of projects - the Kiriyama Prize, the young readers’ website PaperTigers, and an online literary magazine, WaterBridge Review - centered on books and reading as a means to encourage greater understanding of and among the peoples and nations of the Pacific Rim and South Asia.
* Seattle Public Library: Reading Lists
Collection of reading lists for children, teens, and adults, created by staff at the Seattle Public Library. Includes a series of lists on Pacific Northwest explorers and travellers, fiction set in Seattle and Washington state, Seattle mysteries, local science fiction and fantasy authors, and more.
* Teleread
News & views about e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
* The Thrilling Detective
* Uchronia: The Alternate History List
Uchronia: The Alternate History List is a bibliography of over 2800 novels, stories, essays and other printed material involving the "what ifs" of history.
* WaterBridge Review
Aims to celebrate and promote the world of books from and about the Pacific Rim and South Asia.
* Whichbook.net
Search for books by genre or type, including happy/sad, conventional/weird, funny/serious, romantic/realist, sex/no sex, and types of characters, plots, settings, etc. Each book has a reader comment, sometimes an extract, and the option to search for similar titles.