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.  


Gale LitFinder

Discover literature content from more than 150,000 full-text poems, 840,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays published in the 16th-20th centuries, 2,400 full-text speeches, and 1,250 full-text plays. It also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary. Within LitFinder's collection, users can access works from over 80,000 authors from 660 nationalities.

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.