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Literary Research on the Web
The OWL Literary Terms
A list of literary terms that can help you interpret, critique, and respond to a variety of different written works.
Links to web pages on several hundred 19th and 20th Century American and British writers. Pages selected for the quality of the content.
Modern American Poetry
"Started as a multimedia companion to the Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2000), MAPS has grown over the past decade to more than 30,000 pages of biographies, critical essays, syllabi and images relating to 161 poets."
PAL: Perspectives in American Literature - A Resource and Reference Guide
Large collection of information on specific authors, time periods, types of literature, and big ideas that have affected literature. Much of it is bibliographies, but there are also outlines of topics that are sort of like class notes.
Poetry Center Digital Archive
Sponsored by San Francisco State University, the archives house "...over 4,000 hours of original audio and video recordings dating from 1954 to the present".
"Launched in 1996, Poets.org is the award-winning website of the Academy of American Poets."
Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color
Criticism and biographies of women writers who are/were African American, Asian American, Chicana/Latina, Arab American, Indigenous/Native American. Good source for nonmainstream writers who may not get coverage elsewhere. From the University of Minnesota
Issues of Authority & the Web
Google and Google Scholar are useful tools. Sometimes Google will bring up content that is NOT available in the Library, including government research, videos, interviews, and archival research documents.
Students may also employ the "trick" of adding .org; .edu; .gov to any Google search in order to retrieve more professional resources. For example:
La Lorona and "urban legend" site:.edu
American Literature site:.org
National Poetry Prizes site:.gov
The librarians recommend that students start with a Library owned resource before relying on the Internet for sources and that they use a General library resource to find leads on websites.