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The Internet has tremendously changed the landscape of literature education, especially in recent years. Entries in literary journals, some of which are left neglected in libraries, can now be accessed online. You can also download copies of literature theses from almost anywhere around the world with just a click of a mouse. With the increasing accessibility to various literature sources, how do you find the best? What are the most respected sources for literature in the education field?
Gale Literature Resource Center is an online database for literature targeted towards high school students and college undergrads. It encompasses not only literature but also theater and the humanities. It boasts a collection of over 100,000 author biographies and over 70, 000 unabridged critical reviews and essays that deal with literatures across the ages and across genres. It also contains 11, 000 overviews of writings that are most frequently studied and over 30, 000 texts of poetry, short fiction and plays. It also includes useful references, like Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature.
Just like all databases, it has a search feature for easy access to what you're looking for. You can access this database through your school library, so ask your librarian if they have it.
In terms of free e-books, what are the most respected sources for literature in the education field? Apart from the popular Google Books and Project Gutenberg, another respected legal database for free e-books is Bartleby. It hosts electronic text copies of books whose copyrights have expired and presents them as web pages. The Harvard Classics, which include the complete poems of John Milton, Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and Homer's "Iliad", can be accessed through the site. Its comprehensive collection also includes references like the sixth edition of Columbia Encyclopedia. You can also use its search function to find a literary classic you need to read, whether it's a nonfiction treatise from Freud or a Shakespearean play.
The Norton Anthology of American Literature also has complementary website. It contains brief summaries of periods in American literature. It also gives you the option to explore the connections among these periods. It also has sections which are dedicated to authors, topic clusters and timelines. You can also take multiple choice quizzes which cover the Middle Ages to the 20th century and are based on the anthology's 7th and 8th editions. You can also check the audio recordings of lines from works like Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales."
Of course, the contribution of magazines to the development of literature cannot be ignored. Just like newspapers they now also have web platforms. So with regard to literary magazines, what are the most respected sources for literature in the education field?
The soul of The New York Review of Books is its book reviews. This fortnightly magazine has an online counterpart that features some articles for free, some for the price of a subscription. While it also has articles that deal with other aspects of culture and current affairs, it's still more known for being at the forefront of making dialogue as to the significance of books a literary activity we cannot be without. Not only does it contain reviews about important books. It has also published works of and interviews with movers and shakers of the literary scene-- Margaret Atwood, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Saul Bellow and Joseph Brodsky, among many others.
Regarding poetry, what are the most respected sources for literature in the education field? The website of Poetry magazine's publisher, Poetry Foundation, is probably the most wide-ranging source for poetry online. Poetry Foundation, an independent literary organization for poetry, makes English poetry-reading very easy with its website's browse feature and meticulous organization. You can look up poems according to subject, author, occasion, period and poet's region, among others. When you read a poem, you can easily access information regarding the period or movement it was part of, the biography of the author and similar poems. Annotations for and audio versions of poems are also made available on the site. Under the site's Learning Lab, there are a glossary of poetic terms and resources for students and teachers.