February 21, 2018

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Contemporary Literary Criticism Select is an extensive collection of more than 11,000 critical essays on contemporary authors. Each entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, a list of principal works, critical essays, and sources for further study. Search by author, title, nationality, subject/genre, critic name and more.

Literature Resource Center contains up to date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 writers.

Salem Literature (in the library)

Salem Literature give you instant access to our Salem e-book collection. Critical Insights: Jane Austen, Critical Insights: I know why the caged bird sings and Critical Insights: To kill a mockingbird. Just like the printed books, only fully searchable! Read, email and print from the library or your home computer.

Salem Literature (at home)




Goodreads is a “social cataloging” website where people build personal bookshelves of things they have read and want to read, as well as many reviews by fellow readers. The site also gives you book recommendations based on the books you add to your book shelf.

Mid-Continent Public Library has great readers’ advisory tools, including the largest and most authoritative list of books in a series called “Juvenile and Young Adult Series and Sequels”

Lit Lovers Great information for book clubs, including reading guides.

New York Times Book Review

Overbooked: a resource for omnivorous readers Includes starred reviews and themed booklists.

Bookmovement Find recommended reads for book clubs, reading guides for discussion and ideas for starting your own book club.