Fiction, Nonfiction, Plays, and Poems

These databases not only contain thousands of articles on literary theory and criticism, many also contain the full text of several classics so that you can download and read them from your computer.

We've separated them into two categories: Research for theory/criticism and databases for those of us that just like to read books!

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Just for Reading!

LCPL Catalog Read books from the library!
NoveList If you liked this, read this! This database contains recommended reading lists based on interest, and also allows you to search by keyword, genre, and author to find your next great read.
Overdrive Use your library card and PIN to check out ebooks and audiobooks and read on your tablet, computer, phone, or ereader!
Talking TumbleBooks A database of audiobooks for school-age kids separated into fiction, nonfiction, plays, poetry, Spanish books, and children's books. No need to download - listen online!
TumbleBook Cloud eBooks for middle school and high school students. Selection covers the classics, plays, poetry, graphic novels, and much more! Read straight from your browser.
TumbleBook Cloud Junior Read-along eBooks with professional narration and eBooks kids can read themselves. Designed for kids in early elementary school.
TumbleBookLibrary Animated, talking picture books for kids in elementary school!
Zinio Sign in with your LCPL card and PIN and choose from over a hundred magazines - both current issues and back issues - to read on your tablet, phone, or computer.

Literary Research

Contemporary Authors Search for authors by first name, last name, or both. Results include information about the author, bibliography, resources for further reading, and more!
EBSCO Research Databases Search multiple databases at once, including play indexes and recommended reading lists by age group.
Gale Literary Sources Search for academic articles, essays, and topics about literature. Includes items from Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and more.
Gale Virtual Reference Library Visit a virtual bookshelf containing hundreds of e-textbooks on several topics. Results from this resource are also included in Gale Literary Sources.
INSPIRE Free to Indiana residents: a searchable database of databases. Find hundreds of further resources for literary theory and book notes! Need home access?
LCPL Catalog Our very own catalog contains helpful materials for your literature research.
Literature Criticism Online Browse articles about authors and their works, or browse by topic. Also includes a search engine that allows you to search for articles by year (helpful if you're required to have more recent sources!) Results from this resource are also included in Gale Literary Sources.
Literature Reference eBooks Encyclopedias of the arts and literature (includes a reference book for graphic novels).
Literature Resource Center (Gale) Contains full-text articles from journals and lit magazines, as well as critical essays, full-text works, and biographies. Designed to give the researcher contextual understanding of their topic. Results from this resource are also included in Gale Literary Sources.
LitFinder Full-text poems, short stories, novels, essays, speeches, and plays. Also includes biographies, summaries, photographs, and a glossary. (Via INSPIRE)
Something About the Author Thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators, all in an easy-to-use interface. Handy features include the ability to print, e-mail, download and access content by "Inside this Entry" and "Inside this Volume."
WilsonWeb Play Index A catalog for plays and textbooks/articles about plays. This database does not contain full text, but will direct you to the appropriate book.

Can't Find It?

If you can't find what you're looking for in any of our databases, give your local library a call. They can help you figure out which databases would be most helpful to you to further research your topic.

If you'd like to ask a librarian, but it's after library hours, just head over to our Ask a Librarian page! This form lets you contact us at any time of day or night. We'll get you an answer within 24 business hours. Happy researching!