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Bloom’s Literary Reference Online

Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature. Available from Facts on File.

Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center (LRC) is a comprehensive literary reference database, which provides users with a broad spectrum of reference information from antiquity to the present day. LRC is a completely full-text database that combines information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources not available anywhere else. LRC contains detailed information on the most studied authors and their works and is an essential resource for public, academic and high school libraries. Available from EBSCOhost.


Novelist lets you search among hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and readable nonfiction titles by using a favorite author or title to find other books of interest. You can retrieve author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more. Lexile range searching is available in the advanced search page.

Novelist K-8

NoveList K-8 Plus focuses on nonfiction reading materials that support the school curriculum, as well as the recreational reading interests of children and students from preschool through middle school. Lexile range searching is available in the advanced search page.




A Celebration of Women Writers

Hosted on the University of Pennsylvania Library web page, this site seeks to recognize the contributions of women writers throughout history. It includes a comprehensive listing of links to biographical and bibliographical information about women writers and complete published books written by women.



Nobel Prize for Literature

The official website of the Nobel Foundation includes articles, biographies, photographs, and occasional excerpts from all of the Nobel Laureates since 1901.

Pulitzer Prize

This homepage of the Pulitzer Prizes includes a history of the prizes,guidelines and entry forms, and a searchable archive of all prize winners since 1917. A new addition to the site is the full texts of winning journalism entries from 1995-2000, including photographs and cartoons.

Powell’s Books: Award Winners

Lists award winners in all major awards for fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books.

Book Discussion Guides

Random House Reading Group Center

Find out how to start your own reading group or join an online book forum. Reviewed books are listed by title and category.


Internet Speculative Fiction Database

This searchable database for science fiction, fantasy, and horror includes author bibliographies, publication bibliographies, award listings, magazine content listings, anthology and collection content listings, yearly fiction indexes, and forthcoming books.

Romance Writers of America (RWA)

The site for this national organization has material about the romance genre especially for readers, members, booksellers, and librarians. There is also a list of all RITA Award winners for the best published romances, upcoming releases, current bestsellers, and the “top ten favorite books” as selected by the members. An excellent site for reader guidance in the romance genre.