Books & Literary Criticism

Books & Literary Criticism Research Materials

TumbleBook Library

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Booklist

Booklist

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Description: Book review journal of the American Library Association, connecting library and education workers to the books and resources needed to support and enrich their communities.

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BookPage: America's Book Review

BookPage

A discovery tool for readers, highlighting the best new books across all genres, BookPage is editorially independent; only books we highly recommend are featured. Any publisher-sponsored content is clearly labeled as such.

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Books in Print

Books in Print

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Description: Search the availability of current books, audio and video in a database of millions of titles. Also contains full text reviews from standard magazines.

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Boundless by Baker & Taylor

Boundless by Baker & Taylor (formerly, Axis360)

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Formats Available: Audiobooks, Ebooks, Graphic Novels

Description: check out audiobooks or ebooks for 14 days to use on your smartphone, tablet or computer (not compatible with Kindles)

 

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Comics Plus Powered by Library Pass

Comics Plus powered by Library Pass

 

Use at Home? Yes

Formats Available: Graphic Novels

Description: Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; on your computer, tablet, or phone. No holds. No wait lists. No limits.

 

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Core Collections

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Description: Contains seven key H. W. Wilson collection development titles – Children’s Core CollectionFiction Core CollectionGraphic Novels Core CollectionMiddle and Junior High Core CollectionPublic Library Core Collection Non-fictionSenior High Core Collection, and Core Collection en Español in an easily searchable interface.

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Gale eBooks

Gale eBooks

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Description: Contains the full text of hundreds of reference books on a wide variety of subjects, including history, business, medicine, science and humanities. Includes tables of content, indexes and illustrations.

 

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Gale Literature Resource Center

Gale Literature Resource Center

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Description:  search across more than 165,000 entries, including biographies, overviews, and full-text literary criticism—past and present.

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Hoopla

Hoopla Digital

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Formats Available: Audiobooks, eBooks, Magazines, Music, Video

Description: Stream or download up to 5 titles per month in a variety of forms. Videos check out for 3 days, Binge Passes and Music for 7 days, eBooks and Audiobooks for 21 days.

 

The library has a daily allotment of checkouts from Hoopla. If you receive a message that the daily limit has been reached, all available checkouts have been used for the day. The next day’s allotment resets at midnight.

 

If you receive an error message from Hoopla about your account settings, please visit the Hoopla settings menu and re-enter your library card number and PIN. If you do not know your PIN, please contact the reference department at 630-584-0076 x1.

 

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WorldCat Discovery

Illinois Libraries Group Catalog

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Description: Use WorldCat Discovery to search the holdings of libraries across the state of Illinois.

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Inkie.org

Inkie.org through Biblioboard

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Formats Available: eBooks (plus some Audiobooks, Music, and Video)

Description: Always available collection of primarily eBooks, provided for free to everyone in Illinois thanks to the generosity of the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries Systems (RAILS). Also includes local collections from other Illinois libraries and PressBooks tool to convert your manuscript into eBook format.

 

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Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy

Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy

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Description: From the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom, keep up to date with news of book bannings and censorship, new policies and reports from the Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Freedom to Read Foundation, and read peer-reviewed articles on privacy and intellectual freedom.

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Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)

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Description: Coverage back to the mid-1960s makes this the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science.

 

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Literary Reference Source

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Description: Full-text literary database covering all genres and timeframes, including thousands of synopses, critical essays, book reviews, literary journals and author biographies, plus full-text classic novels, short stories and poems.

 

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NoveList K-8 Plus

NoveList K-8 Plus

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Description: Search for picture books through chapter books by author, title, series name or subject. Includes helpful educator’s tools.

 

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NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus

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Description: Fiction and nonfiction guide for all ages. Find read-alike books and authors, book reviews, book group discussion questions and author websites.

 

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OverDrive Libby

OverDrive/Libby/eMediaLibrary

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Formats Available: Audiobooks, eBooks, Magazines

Description: Check out up to 10 eBooks or Audiobooks for up to 3 weeks. Check out an unlimited number of magazines for 3 weeks. Only Kindle-friendly library eBook vendor.

 

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Inkie.org

PressBooks through Inkie

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Easy-to-use online tool that allows you to create professional quality versions of your book in ePUB, MOBI, PDF and more—all through your library.

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Salem Literature

Salem Literature

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Description: Contains the series Critical Survey and Masterplots, great resources for plot summaries, author biographies, and outlines of the major themes discussed in literary works.

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Scholastic BookFlix

Scholastic BookFlix

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Description: Online literacy resource that pairs classic fictional video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks. Reinforces core reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration. Includes helpful educator’s tools.

 

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Shakespeare Survey

Shakespeare Survey

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Description: A great resource from Cambridge University Press for students and Shakespeare lovers. Since 1948 Survey has published the best international scholarship in English, and many of its essays have become classics of Shakespeare criticism. Each volume is devoted to a theme, or play, or group of plays. The books are illustrated with a variety of Shakespearean images and production photographs.

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TumbleBook Library

TumbleBook Library

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Description: A collection of animated, talking picture books and puzzles created from existing picture books, Large Print chapter books and classic children’s books. There are also books in Spanish and French.

 

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UlrichsWeb Global Serials Directory

UlrichsWeb

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Description: The authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types from around the world.

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WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery

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Description: Locate books, periodicals, computer programs, films, maps, sound recordings, videotapes, dissertations and other formats in thousands of libraries worldwide.

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