Literature Resource Center

Biographical information on over 90,000 current writers, excerpts of criticism of literary works written since 1900, as well as detailed essays on 2,000 Major writers.

Books & Authors

Books & Authors brings ease, authority and fun to the
question of “what do I read next?” It is the reader’s
go-to site for everything: book suggestions from
experts, titles, biographies and more. It complements the
browsing habits of today’s Web user, with menus that
easily broaden and narrow searches according to author,
title, character, subject and other criteria.

Oxford English Dictionary

The OED is the definitive record of the English language.

Novelist Plus

Use Novelist to find books to read based on other novels you've liked, authors you enjoy, or types of fiction, such as romance or mystery. You can search by author, title, specific types of novels, or even lists of best books.

Select Reads

Find new and interesting reads in our library catalog.


A full-fledged author database.

New Book Alerts

New Book Alerts is a free online service that showcases the newest titles purchased by your local library.

You can select to receive alerts via email and/or RSS feeds. If you see a new title that you are interested in, just click "check catalog" to place a hold on the item right away.

Scribner Writers Series

Scribner Writers Online provides original, comprehensive, scholar-signed essays on the lives and works of more than 1,400 authors from around the globe and from all time periods.

Twayne’s Authors Series

The acclaimed 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 to the development of literary genres.

Michigan Authors And Illustrators

A searcheable database of Michigan authors and illustrators. Provides biographical and contact information. Indicates whether person will do library presentations.

Worldcat (free Version)

Worldcat contains records for books, web resources and other materials from library catalogs around the world.

Literary Reference Center

This rich full-text resource that provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

This full-text database provides a historically rich collection of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, and biographies.