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Literary

General Literary Criticism

Some authors and poets are listed on the LRC's Author Guides. See those pages for biography and literary criticism books and websites.

How to Read Literary Criticism - The OWL at Purdue

InfoTrac (Available on & off campus. Must create activate network login on RSC campus first.) Literary criticism and other resources. EBSCOhost is another great database for literary criticisms and research.

Internet Public Library: Literary Criticism - Contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.

Literary History - Recommended literary and poetry criticisms, articles, and websites.

Literature (Books)

The LRC's Argumentative/Persuasive Orientation

American Passages: A Literary Survey (Video Series) - Takes an expanded view of American literary movements, bringing in a diversity of voices and tracing the continuity among them.  

C-SPAN American Writers - A companion site for C-SPAN's television series on American authors.

Documenting the American South -Primary sources for the study of Southern history and literature.

iTunes U - Educational content from hundreds of universities including lectures, slideshows, PDFs, films, exhibit tours and audiobooks, most of it available for free. For PCs, download free QuickTime with iTunes.

Internet Public Library's Native American Authors - Search for information about Native American authors by tribe, author, or title.

Literary Visions Video Series - Noted critics, authors, scholars, and actors enliven this exploration of literature and literary analysis.

Literature Associations on the 'Net

Shmoop Literature Study Guides - Shmoop is written in student-friendly language. Shmoop content is written primarily by Ph.D. and Masters students from top universities, like Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, and Yale.

Timeline of American Literature and Events 1620 -1920 - Music and Movies are also included 1890 -1920.

The UVic Writer's Guides and Literary Terms

Voices From The Gaps: Biographies - Women writers and artists of color.

Voice of the Shuttle - Browse or search recommended links on literature in English and other languages.

Writing About Literature - The OWL at Purdue

Writing a Book Report - The OWL at Purdue

Writing a Thesis Statement for a Literature Paper

Writing Out Loud Interviews on Write TV - Interviews with writers, poets, artists, biographers, memoirists, and journalists.  

Audio Books 

Librivox - Free public domain audiobooks in mp3 and ogg format.  

Ebooks 

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century - 52 previously inaccessible published works and biographies of the authors. From the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Archive.org E-books - Over 7,000 ebooks from Cornell University.

Bartleby's Great Literature - Want to read Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass", John Keats' poems, Agatha Christies's "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"? The complete works are here plus many more.

Bartleby's Quotations Books and Search Engine  

Books.google.com - If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. Some books can be downloaded in PDF or printed.

Bookshare - Free accessible books, textbooks, and periodicals for U.S. K-12 and college students with qualifying print disabilities.

EBSCOhost Ebooks (Formerly Netlibrary) - Database of Full-text electronic books that may be browsed or checked out for 24 hours. Available on-campus to current RSC students and faculty/staff. Talk to a librarian about making an account for off-campus access.

Electronic Text Collections - Comprehensive list of electronic text collections.

Hathi Trust Digital Library - A partnership of 90 major research institutions and libraries. The digital library aims to "ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future".

The Internet Classics Archive - Over 400 works, mostly Greco-Roman and some Chinese and Persian, translated into English.

National Academies Press  - Read thousands of books online for free.

The Online Books Page - Listing over 30,000 free books on the Web.

Project Gutenberg - Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books. Texts work well with screen readers. 

Literature (Mythology) 

Folktexts: A library of folktales, folklore, fairy tales, and mythology

Germanic Myths, Legends, and Sagas

The Internet Classics Archive - Over 400 works, mostly Greco-Roman and some Chinese and Persian, translated into English. Contains some mythology.

Perseus Digital Library

Shmoop Mythology Study Guides

World Myths and Legends in Art (Minneapolis Institute of Arts) 

Literature (poetry)

Some authors and poets are listed on the LRC's Author Guides. See those pages for biography and literary criticism books and websites.

American Academy of Poets - Find poet biographies, poems, hear audio of poems, and more.

Contemporary American Poetry Archive

Electronic Poetry Center - Contemporary poets, links to interviews, poems, videos, and more.

Great Literature - Want to read Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass", John Keats' poems, Agatha Christies's "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"? The complete works are here plus many more.

Image in Poetry - The OWL at Purdue

Internet Poetry Archive - Selected poetry from living poets around the world.

iTunes U - Educational content from hundreds of universities including lectures, slideshows, PDFs, films, exhibit tours and audiobooks, most of it available for free. For PCs, download free QuickTime with iTunes.

The Library of Congress Poetry Resources

Links to Modern and Contemporary Poetry Resources includes electronic journals 

Literary History - Recommended literary and poetry criticisms, articles, and websites. 

Modern American Poetry - Contains biographies and poetry analysis.

Poetry Resources from the Library of Congress

Poetry Tool - Discovery poetry terms, meanings of poems, information about poets, and more. From the Poetry Foundation.

Representative Poetry Online

Rhyming Dictionary

Shmoop Poetry Study Guides- Shmoop is written in student-friendly language. Shmoop content is written primarily by Ph.D. and Masters students from top universities, like Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, and Yale.

Voices and Visions Poet Video Series -The lives and works of 13 renowned American poets are interpreted through dramatic readings, archival photographs, dance, performances, and interviews in this series.

Voices From The Gaps: Review - Poetry - Critiques of women poets of color.

Writing About Poetry - The OWL at Purdue 

Writing Out Loud Interviews on Write TV - Interviews with writers, poets, artists, biographers, memoirists, and journalists.  

Movies 

Academy Awards Resources and Databases

Internet Movie Database - Complete cast and crew lists for films, box office information, and production details.

Movie Review Query Engine - The Internet's largest index of movie reviews.

National Film Registry - 25 films are selected each year to be included in the National Film Registry.

Rotten Tomatoes - A great site for accessing movie reviews by critics.

Timeline of American Literature and Events 1620 -1920 - Music and Movies are also included 1890 -1920. 

Documentaries: 

American Public Media

Hulu Documentaries

LRC's Streaming Videos

PBS Frontline - Over 60 documentaries. Find other documentaries at PBS Video.

Snag Films 

Speeches 

American Rhetoric: The Power of Oratory in the United States - Database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two. Top 100 speeches, scholar section, and more.

Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World - Hundreds of speeches delivered from 1848 to 2001. The site "primarily collects speeches by living women.

Say it Plain, Say it Loud - A century of great African American speeches.

Speech Writing and Presentation:

A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking Companion Website

Public Speaking Skills for Business 

Speeches and Presentations Writing Guides

Writing with Writers: Speech Writing