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Books & Literature Research Databases

Library databases are searchable collections of up-to-date and accurate information from trusted sources such as encyclopedias, journals, reference books and other authoritative resources. The Library subscribes to these so you can access high-quality, reliable information for free.

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eBooks & eAudio

Full text electronic books.
Listen to streaming audio of adult and children's classic fiction, non-fiction, plays, and poetry.
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Thousands of always available audio books, primarily adult titles. Currently available on Macs, PCs, and via an iOS (Apple) or Android app.
Our largest eBook collection. Find adult, teen and children's fiction, nonfiction, popular authors, current and backlist titles. Compatible with most eReaders and other devices, including Kindle.
TumbleBooks add animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books, producing an electronic picture book which you can read or have read to you. You'll also find chapter books, math stories, puzzles and games, and videos. All content is available for PCs and Macs. Some content is also available for use on iPhones/iPads. To access, select "mobile" from the "Choose" menu in the top right corner.

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Shared catalog for materials owned by most Pennsylvania libraries.
Includes fiction authors, titles and themes. Provides suggestions of books that are similar to those of a particular author or a certain title.
Information about more than 38,000 fiction titles of interest to students in grades K-8. Full text reviews from professional journals and book talks for selected titles are available in this database.
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Search the holdings of more than 9,000 libraries at one time. If you find something that you want, and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh doesn't have it, you can use Interlibrary Loan to borrow the item.
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Literature & Criticism

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Full text information on African American history and culture.
Biographical and critical articles on current writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures and television.
Provides critical overviews of the most-studied plays of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Includes discussions of themes, characters, critical reception, dramatic devices and traditions as well as cultural and historical context.
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Full-text archives of many core scholarly journals, particularly in the humanities, social sciences & music.
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Literature Criticism Online provides more than 200,000 reprinted essays of both critical perspectives and in-depth contextual information needed to understand the social, political and historical implications of hundreds of literary works, writers and literary periods. These scholarly overviews and analysis are copied from the print editions of Gale's popular and authoritative Literary Criticism series, and are available in PDF format.
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Author information, literary criticism and plot summaries for authors from every age and literary discipline.
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Searchable literary criticism of selected authors and works. More titles added as they arrive. Current offerings include volumes on Toni Morrison and Jane Austen, and individual works by Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller.
The Scribner Writers series provides students, teachers, and others access to more than 2,000 original, comprehensive, scholar-signed essays on the lives and works of more than 1,400 important authors from around the world and from all time periods. Each entry averages 15-20 pages in length and includes a concise essay and biographical information that places the author's work in personal and historical context. In addition to the original collection (American Writers, British Writers, European Writers, and World and Genre Writers) customers will have access to an additional 15 volumes, including World Poets, British Writers Classics, American Writers Classics, Latino and Latina Writers, and more.
Short Story Index Retrospective is the definitive tool for locating historical short stories written between 1915 and 1983, Content Includes bibliographic entries on more than 150,000 short stories published over 150 years, citations to short stories published from the 1830s to the 1980s, from some 350 periodicals and collections of short stories. Subject Indexing Includes: locating stories according to topics and themes, locales where stories take place, genres, names of individuals, peoples, or professions that stories are about.
The Twayne's Authors Online series of literary criticism offers in-depth introductions to the lives and works of writers, the history and influence of literary movements, and the development of literary genres. This eBook resource features the content of nearly 900 books from six print series - U.S. Authors Series Classic, English Writers Series Classic, World Authors Series Classic, Masterwork Studies, Studies in Short Fiction, and updated editions of U.S. Authors, World Authors and English Authors. Each collection was carefully coordinated with input from librarians and educators to include authors universally studied in high schools and colleges. Because Twayne's Authors Online is an ideal starting point for research papers on literary works and figures, special projects and presentations. Students can go directly to an entry on a specific author, combine search criteria for a more complex search, or explore thematic and chronological topics to make connections among writers.

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