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100 Best First Lines from Novels

Description: A great list of recognizable first lines from some of English literature's most revered novelists.

100 Best First Lines from Novels

Artists for Literacy - Songs Inspired by Literature

Description: An extensive (and alphabetized!) list of songs with literary allusions. Includes, in most cases, lyrics and lesson plans.

Artists for Literacy - Songs Inspired by Literature

Cliffs Notes

Description: Literature notes for poetry, novels, plays, philosophy, essays, Shakespeare, short stories, etc.

Cliffs Notes

Dictionary / Thesaurus / Encyclopedia

Description: The ultimate resources for all your vocabulary needs! Also has fun references, such as the Word of the Day, Games, Translators, etc.

Dictionary / Thesaurus / Encyclopedia

eNotes

Description: 3500+ literature guides AND lesson plans! Browse by categories (e.g. gothic, feminism, literary theory, etc.). Not all guide information is available to non-members.

eNotes

IMDB (Internet Movie Database)

Description: The Internet's most comprehensive film database.

IMDB (Internet Movie Database)

JSTOR - The Scholarly Journal Archive

Description: An extensive collection of scholarly articles on a variety of academic subjects. Strong collection of secondary resources on English Literature.

JSTOR - The Scholarly Journal Archive

Literary Encyclopedia

Description: A global literary reference compiled by experts at several universities around the world. Some features are only available to members.

Literary Encyclopedia

Lyrics.com

Description: Search or browse this database for songs from all genres.

Lyrics.com

Quotations Page.com

Description: One of the most reputable quotation pages on the Internet. This site allows you to search or browse by category.

Quotations Page.com

SparkNotes

Description: Comprehensive and accessible literature guides (poetry, writing, novels, non-fiction, history, philosophy, etc.). Also includes a section on Film Study.

SparkNotes

The Literature Network

Description: A searchable database with an extensive collection of authors and texts, including specific sections on Shakespeare, the Bible, and quotations. Also has a forum feature for discussion.

The Literature Network

The Literature Page

Description: The Literature Page is your place to read classic books, plays, stories, poems, essays, and speeches online. Over 240 classic texts.

The Literature Page