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Literature and Writing Center

Writing Guide

Writer's Reference Center

Writer's Reference Center provides users with a convenient one-stop location for all of the tools necessary to write and research effectively.

Digital and Print Books

Kenison Library Catalog

Search Atriuum, the Kenison Library's catalog of books, ebooks, DVDs, CDs, and magazines. 

Overdrive EBooks & Audiobooks

Overdrive offers eBook, audiobook, and streaming video titles to support reading and learning goals. 

Literary Guides

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Ebooks from Gale, ABC-CLIO, DK, and Encyclopedia Britannica to support the K-12 core curriculum.

Cliff Notes

CliffsNotes study guides are written by real teachers and professors for students, as a supplement for their reading. 

Purdue Online Writing Lab (Purdue OWL)

This resource will help you begin the process of understanding literary theory and schools of criticism and how they are used in the academy.

Literary Criticism

Bloom's Literature

Bloom’s Literature contains a wide range of reference essays and scholarly criticism examining great authors—from William Shakespeare to J. K. Rowling—and their works.

Books and Authors

Books & Authors offers libraries of all kinds a powerful tool that promotes the discovery of literature, and where to find it in your library.

NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus helps you find works of fiction by listing titles based on your interests, suggesting similar works, and providing reviews.


Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. 


All Readers features detailed book and movie reviews from many different genres of books. 

Based on the Book is a compilation of over 1,450 books, novels, short stories, and plays that have been made into motion pictures. offers readers informed book reviews in a variety of genres, interviews with authors, and reader polls. 

The Book Seer is a fun way to get Amazon recommendations with a simple interface. 

What Should I Read Next? - enter a book title and immediately get a list of similar books. 

Public Domain

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 53,000 free ebooks - download them or read them online. 

Google Books

In Google Books you can search the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books, many of them in the public domain. 

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