English & Language Arts

  • AntiStudy: Free Book Summaries
    Over 5000 free book notes and chapter summaries online. Searches SparkNotes, CliffsNotes, and over a dozen other sites to find study guides for the book you're reading in school.
  • AuthorSheets
    Need information about an author? Use AuthorSheets, from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, for all of your literary criticism needs.
  • Bartleby: English Usage, Style & Composition
    Full-text, searchable versions of useful reference books on grammar and language, including William Strunk's The Elements of Style and The American Heritage Book of English Usage.
  • Book Rags
    Similar to Schmoop and Cliffs Notes, Book Rags provides summaries, plot analysis, and other information for students writing papers about books.
  • Dictionary.com
    Search several online dictionaries to find word definitions and usage. Be sure to visit the sister-sites Thesaurus.com and Reference.com
  • Guide to Grammar and Writing
    No matter how obscure your grammar question, this site can help you. It indexes grammar and writing topics based on your problem, providing sentence-level, paragraph-level, and even paper-level assistance.
  • OWL: Online Writing Lab
    Find clear instructions for overcoming writer's block, gathering information, and writing a great paper. OWL also offers tips on style and avoiding plagiarism.
  • OWL: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide
    This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
  • Poetry 180: A poem a day for American High Schools
    Hear or read a poem each day of the 180 days of the school year.
  • Poets.org
    Find a Poet or Poem at The Academy of American Poets website.
  • Shmoop
    Shmoop provides excellent information on theme, plot analysis, and literary devices used in many of the books you have to read and write about for school.