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Downloadable eBooks

A great source for free eBooks is Project Gutenberg. The books that are available through this service are older titles that are no longer under copyright protection. If you are a student, you will likely find access to a lot of the materials you may need to read for English class! Books are available in simple text, HTML and ePub formats.

For more eBook options and download information, visit our eBooks page.

Literary Criticism and Reading Guides

Literarature Resource Centre contains detailed information on the most studied authors and their works
Summary, character profiles, metaphor analysis, theme
analysis, quotes, and author biographies

Plot overview, character list, analysis of major characters, themes, motifs and symbols, quotations, facts, study questions, essay topics and quizzes, and suggestions for further reading on the book/author.

Cliff's Notes
Almost 200 Cliff's Notes books that can be viewed online – free! Cliff's Notes are also available free in theNetLibrary database.

Critical Reading: A Guide
A guide on critical reading and analysis of poetry and fiction, prepared for first-year students at Brock University.

IPL Literary Criticism
Brought to you by the Internet Public Library, browse for criticism by author's last name, title beginning with an initial, or by literary period.


Representative Poetry Online
A collection of poetry covering more than 1300 years, searchable by poet, title, or time period. Includes a section on Canadian poetry.

Canadian Poetry Audio Archive
A sampling of contemporary recordings of Canada's most acclaimed poets, reading from their works.


Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
The most complete site featuring the Bard.


Dictionaries, etc.

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations - Search over 11,000 quotations.

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

Roget's II: The New Thesaurus

RhymeZone Rhyming Dictionary - Find rhymes, synonyms, and definitions.