Twenty First Century Novels Database 

Three volumes that offer in-depth analysis and information on the "great novels" of this century.  These articles include literary and historical context, themes, style, critical reception, and a bibliography, which can provide further sources for research.  

Black Literature Criticism

This three-volume database provides critical and biographical information on the major black literary figures since 1950 from American to Africa and beyond.  Features include author biographies, a list of major works, critical reception, criticism, and works cited.  

Bloom's Literary Reference Online

This searchable database offers a plethora of information from professor Harold Bloom.  It covers topics like authors, works, characters, timelines, literary movements, themes, and much more.  

A Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory by J.A. Cuddon

This book provides definitions and explanations for a wide range of literary terms, theories, and more.  It is a more in-depth and scholarly approach to How to Read Literature like a Professor

How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

A great introduction to literary theory and thinking deeper than plot.