Literature & Reading

Free EBooks Fiction | Nonfiction
Classic literature, poetry, and reference books. Includes the full 1904-1917 set of Harvard Classics.
With over a million titles, Bookshare offers free access to individuals who have a qualifying reading or perceptual disability, a visual impairment, or a physical disability that affects their ability to read printed works.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Includes nonfiction, fiction, hymns, Bibles, and Bible commentaries.
ePointPlus eBooks
Ebooks through Broome-Tioga BOCES. (SCC students check with librarian for password.)
Gale eBooks
Over 75 reference ebooks on a variety of topics, including the arts, medicine, literature, history, and other topics, as well as the set “Novels for Students” (SCC students check with librarian for password.)
Google Books
When we find a book with content that contains a match for your search terms, we’ll link to it in your search results. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given us permission, you’ll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. For help using this service, try the video: An Overview of How to Use Google Books.
Internet Archive: eBooks and Texts
The Internet Archive offers over 20,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts. There is also a collection of 2.3 million modern eBooks that may be borrowed by anyone with a free account.
Internet Sacred Text Archive
The largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet.
JSTOR – Open Access books
Free access to over 10,000 titles from over 125 academic publishers, searchable by title.
The Online Books Page
Listing over 3 million free books on the Web. This index to books around the internet lets you search or browse by author, title, subject, and books newly listed.
Open Culture: Free eBooks
Download 800 free eBooks to your Kindle, iPad/iPhone, computer, smart phone or ereader. Collection includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry….
Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is a library of over 70,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Search by author or title, or browse the bookshelf by subject.
Rosen Learning Center
Interactive ebooks for earth science, social studies, and digital citizenship. (SCC students check with librarian for password.)
Standard Ebooks
Standard Ebooks takes ebooks from sources like Project Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using a carefully designed and professional-grade style manual, fully proofreads and corrects them, and then builds them to create a new edition that takes advantage of state-of-the-art ereader and browser technology.

Free Audio Books

Bluford Audio Books
Bluford Series audiobooks are provided by Townsend Press as a free resource to educators and students. Includes 21 YA titles.
Learn Out Loud
Here you’ll find over 40,000 educational and inspirational audio books to download or stream on any smart phone, tablet, or portable audio player. Download or play these audio books on your iPhone®, Android™ phone, iPad®, or any mobile phone or tablet with our Mobile Format.
Internet Archive: Audio Books & Poetry
This library of audio books and poetry features digital recordings and MP3’s from the Naropa Poetics Audio Archive, LibriVox, Project Gutenberg, Maria Lectrix, and Internet Archive users.
LibriVox / Librivox at the Internet Archive
LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. All our audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish.
Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format.
A small number of audiobooks, both fiction and nonfiction, are available here. (SCC students check with librarian for password.)
Project Gutenberg: Audio Books
Gutenberg offers a few points of access for their audio books, including a general audio books list, and listings divided into either human-read or computer-generated styles of audio books.
The Mercury Theatre on the Air
Download recordings of classic radio stories and serials originally broadcast from 1937-1940.
Open Culture: 1,000 Free Audio Books
Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer.
Universe of Stories: Middle School
Universe of Stories: High School
Collections of short stories about space and space travel.

Book Reviews, Lists, Suggestions

Books for Youth

A Book and A Hug
Reviews of books for children through teens. Includes a page with Read-Alike recommendations.
Goodreads Listopia: YA Books
Tell us what titles or genres you’ve enjoyed in the past, and we’ll give you surprisingly insightful recommendations. Or see what books other people are discussing!
Book reviews for students, by students.
NYPL: Teens
Booklists, recommendations, ebooks, and more from New York City’s Public Library.
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
Frequent blog about books for youth, with both reviews and ‘top ten’ lists for further thought and exploration.
YA Books Central
YABC is …one of the largest professional book recommendation sites targeted towards tween and teen readers. Read reviews by others, submit your own, join in discussions, or get a newsletter by email.
YALSA: Book Awards & Booklists
Lists of award-winning and popular books for teenagers from the Young Adult Service section of the ALA.

Book Reviews

BookBrowse carefully selects from the best current books and provides you with multiple reviews and a substantial excerpt of each, plus author interviews and biographies, reading guides, giveaways and quizzes.
Online magazine offering book reviews, author interviews, booklists, and more.
Commonsense Media: Book Reviews
Reviews of books with notes about whether they contain Educational value, Positive messages, Violence, Sex, Language, etc. While these reviews are aimed at parents, they can be useful for anyone looking for a quick overview of the appropriateness of a particular title.
Kirkus Reviews
News, articles, reviews, lists, and awards from a major reviews publisher.
LA Times: Books
Reviews, news, and articles from the LA Times.
Locus Online
Science fiction & fantasy reviews and articles.
Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes
This guide is intended to help readers identify a literary work when they know only its plot or subject, or other textual information such as a character’s name, a line of poetry, or a unique word or phrase. From the Library of Congress.
National Book Foundation
Current news in books and literatures, and lists of current and previous finalists and winners of the National Book Award.
New York Review of Books
Online version of the popular periodical. Includes archives.
New York Times: Books
New York Times Book Review
Read current reviews, check out a list of recent reviews, or search the archives for reviews going back decades.
Stop, You’re Killing Me!
Mystery lists and reviews.

Book Suggestions

Five Books
Five Books is building a comprehensive library of knowledge….We ask leaders in a field to make book recommendations in their area of work and explain their choices in an interview.
Gnod is kind of a search engine for literature you don’t know about. It will ask you which authors you like and then think about which other authors you might like too.
Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love. Includes reader reviews and ratings.
Library Thing Book Suggester
Input books you like and those you don’t like, and the suggester will come up with a list of other titles you may enjoy.
Plug in an author you like and receive suggestions of other authors whose work you may enjoy.
List the title or titles of books you’ve liked, and Readow will recommend other stories you may enjoy.
What Should I Read Next?
Input the author and title of a book and get a list of other titles you might also like.
Recommendation database accessed by select sets of criteria on sliders with selections such as “Easy — Demanding” and “Funny — Serious”.

Harlem Renaissance

African American Sites in the Digital Collections: 1900-1929: Progressive Era to New Era
From the Library of Congress, page about … a great crescendo of African American artistic expression in the period known as the “Harlem Renaissance.” Paintings, drawings, classical music, jazz, blues, poetry, novels, plays, and dance abounded during this era and won world acclaim.
Crash Course: The Harlem Renaissance (video)
In the 1920s, there was a blossoming of all kinds of art made by African Americans in the New York neighborhood Harlem.
Harlem History
Harlem History presents a wealth of archival treasures and scholarship from Columbia about the history of one of the world’s most famous and influential neighborhoods. Harlem Renaissance – Definition, Artists & How It Started
The Harlem Renaissance was the development of the Harlem neighborhood in New York City as a black cultural mecca in the early 20th Century and the subsequent social and artistic explosion that resulted. Lasting roughly from the 1910s through the mid-1930s, the period is considered a golden age in African American culture, manifesting in literature, music, stage performance and art.
I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100 (video)
Guest Curator and nationally renowned author Wil Haygood talks about the Harlem Renaissance and the I, Too, Sing America exhibition at Columbus Museum of Art. (October 2018)
National Gallery of Art: Harlem Renaissance
Discusses the art and artists of the Harlem Renaissance, and offers downloadable images as well as linking to further resources.
PBS Newshour: Harlem Renaissance
Transcript from 1998 interview with Professor Richard Powell.
Poetry Foundation: An Introduction to the Harlem Renaissance
Tracing the poetic work of this crucial cultural and artistic movement. With links to poetry and further articles. A Brief Guide to the Harlem Renaissance
When considering essential movements in American poetry, no conversation would be complete without a discussion of the Harlem Renaissance. Includes links to short biographies. 5 Leaders of the Harlem Renaissance
A few of the articles from about the Harlem Renaissance. Follow the links at the bottom for pages on the Men and Women of the Harlem Renaissance and further articles.
Vision Chasers: The Harlem Renaissance (video)
The Harlem Renaissance was a time when many African-Americans expressed a deep sense of pride in their culture. This pride was expressed in many ways (Literature, Dance, Music and Art).
What Was the Harlem Renaissance — And Why It Mattered
The Harlem Renaissance was a landmark art movement that changed the course of music, literature, and culture. We’re going to explore the history of the Harlem Renaissance by looking at its pioneers. By the end, you’ll know how the Harlem Renaissance started, how it ended, who its leaders were, and why it was so important.

Literature & Authors

Beowulf on Steorarume [Beowulf in Cyberspace]
Critical online edition of Beowulf: Old English text, English translation, Deutsch Übersetzung, glossary, explanatory notes, background material and links to other sites.
British Council Literature
This unique, searchable database contains up-to-date profiles of some of the UK and Commonwealth’s most important living writers – biographies, bibliographies, critical reviews, prizes and photographs.
EBSCO Literary Reference Center
Scroll down for the Literary Reference Database to find articles and full-text ebooks about authors and their works, plus glossary of literary terms, dictionary, and more. (SCCHS students, see librarian for password.)
Glossary of Literary Terms
Check the meaning and usage of literary terms here, or check out Purdue OWL for a list by kind of term.
Google LitTrips
This site is an experiment in teaching great literature in a very different way. Using Google Earth, students discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories of all time took place… and so much more!
Invitation to World Literature
A multimedia series introducing drama, epic poetry, and novels from many times and cultures. Thirteen half-hour videos form the centerpiece of the project, and feature a mix of writers, scholars, artists, and performers with personal connections to world literature…
Irish Literature, Mythology, Folklore, and Drama
A subject-organized collection of links.
Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes: A Guide to Finding Novels, Stories, and Poems
This guide is intended to help readers identify a literary work when they know only its plot or subject, or other textual information such as a character’s name, a line of poetry, or a unique word or phrase. From the Library of Congress.
Manga Out of the Box
Explore the history and culture of Japanese comics beyond the page
Mark Twain Project
This site offers unfettered, intuitive access to reliable texts, accurate and exhaustive notes, and the most recently discovered letters and documents. Its ultimate purpose is to produce a digital critical edition, fully annotated, of everything Mark Twain wrote.
NYSCA Literary Map of New York
Among Littree’s features are listings … for all the public and private libraries and bookstores in New York … a literary map with exhaustive information about literary sites and deceased authors who lived and worked in New York; and profiles of literary presses and journals.
Novels for Students
Sixteen full-text reference volumes with descriptions and analysis of some of the most popular works students study. From the Gale Virtual Reference Library. (SCC students, check with librarian for password.)
Study Guides
Find summaries, plot analyses, discussion questions, and other material about various literary works at: CliffsNotesLitChartsShmoopSparkNotes
Twain Quotations A to Z
Directory of Mark Twain’s maxims, quotations, and various opinions.

Literary Awards

Media Literacy

7 Examples of Media Literacy
Media literacy is the ability to participate in media culture in a productive way. This is considered an important element of education as modern society is flooded with media that has both positive and negative impacts on people’s lives. The following are the basic elements of media literacy.
Center for Media Literacy
CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture. The ultimate goal is to make wise choices possible.
Common Sense Media
As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume. Includes numerous reviews of movies, tv shows, games, and other media, and materials for educators.
Crash Course: Media Literacy
A series of short videos explaining what media literacy is, where we need to be aware of media messages, propaganda, and how to apply media literacy knowledge to future technologies.
How to Spot Misinformation? [Fake News Statistics]
This article offers an excellent overview of disinformation, where it comes from, and how to spot it. (November 2022)
Media Education Lab
Media Education Lab produces resources on topics related to digital and media literacy.
A Canadian site for parents, educators, and anyone interested in issues of media and society. Includes a ‘Media Issues’ section with discussion of issues including violence, stereotying, online hate, and information privacy.
News Literacy Project
The News Literacy Project provide[s] programs and resources to help educators teach news literacy to students and help adults learn how to determine whether information is credible.
PR Watch
Investigating and exposing public relations spin and propaganda, and by promoting media literacy and citizen journalism, this site includes detailed analysis of advertisements and PR of all sorts.
Project Looksharp
Project Look Sharp is a media literacy initiative of Ithaca College to provide materials, training and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels. Topics include US History, Global Studies, Health, Environment, Psychology, General Media Literacy.
Propaganda Critic
Describes and illustrates techniques and uses of propaganda.
SourceWatch: Propaganda Techniques
Propagandists use a variety of propaganda techniques to influence opinions and to avoid the truth. Often these techniques rely on some element of censorship or manipulation, either omitting significant information or distorting it.
Teaching media literacy | Exploring the misinformation landscape (video)
Learn how to teach students to move beyond the unhelpful term “fake news” to more precisely identify the many types of misleading, inaccurate and false information that they encounter. … By teaching a deeper understanding of misinformation, students can become less susceptible to it and more likely to prioritize reliable, verified sources of news and information.
Visual Literacy Today
Visual Literacy Today is an ongoing conversation about visual literacy, a field of study and practice that explores how we see and interpret images, how we use visuals to convey meaning and what it means to be literate in a digital age.
Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers
A guide which supplements generic information literacy with the specific web-based techniques that can get you closer to the truth on the web more quickly. Instead of checklists, this guide emphasizes four moves – strategies which can be used with any source.
What Fact-Checkers Know About Media Literacy—and Students Should, Too
In contrast to typical readers, fact-checkers move laterally rather than vertically, opening multiple browser tabs to validate claims and checking who is behind a site before continuing to read the initial page.


Aesop’s Fables – Online Collection
Fables and fairy tales by Aesop, La Fontaine, Anderson, and others.
Folklore and tall tales from all over the U.S.
A comprehensive guide into Arthurian Legends. The life of King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, Queen Guinevere, Merlin & The Knights Of The Round Table. – Bulfinch: The Age of Fable
Written to “teach mythology not as a study but as a relaxation from study,” these ageless volumes span the ages: from the Olympus of Zeus and the Valhalla of Thor, to the Round Table of King Arthur and the escapades of Robin Hood. This and other works by Bulfinch may also be found at Project Gutenberg: Bulfinch.
The Big Myth
Shows comparative creations myths from around the world.
The Camelot Project
The Camelot Project is designed to make available a database of Arthurian texts, images, bibliographies, and basic information about King Arthur and the surrounding stories.
Encyclopedia Mythica
Encyclopedia Mythica is an internet encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and religion. Everything from Aaron to Zygius, with thousands of articles in between.
Folktexts: Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts
Collection of folklore links arranged by theme.
Greek Mythology
Greek Mythology is the set of stories about the gods, goddesses, heroes and rituals of Ancient Greeks. Information about the major and minor gods and the myths of ancient Greece.
Greek Mythology in Theater
This page has a brief overview of Greek theater and a nice set of links to other sites on Greek mythology.
Greek Mythology Link
The Greek Mythology Link is a collection of myths retold by Carlos Parada…. The mythical accounts are based exclusively on ancient sources.
Hans Christian Andersen (Project Gutenberg)
Books and story collections in a variety of languages and formats.
Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm
62 fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm.
Grimm Brothers at Project Gutenberg
Various translations of ‘Grimm’s Fairytales’ and ‘Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm’.
Internet Sacred Text Archive
This site is a freely available non-profit archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics.
JoMA: Journal of Mythic Arts
Fiction and non-fiction archives of a no longer published online journal exploring myth, folklore, fairy tales, and their use in contemporary arts.
Myth & Moor
notes from a Dartmoor studio on folklore, fairy tales, fantasy, mythic arts & mythic living
Myth*ing Links
An annotated, illustrated collection of worldwide links to mythologies, fairy tales & folklore, sacred arts & sacred traditions.
Information about classical gods and heroes, with separate sections for different stories and themes.
SurLaLune Fairy Tales
Features 49 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, modern interpretations and over 1,500 illustrations. Also discover over 1,600 folktales & fairy tales from around the world in more than 40 full-text eBooks. A discussion forum is also available.
World Folklore is the place to access folklore from countries all over the world. Read your favorite ghost stories, fables, folktales, myths, legends and fairytales. Or use our resource section to assist you with your research.
World of Tales
On the pages of this website you will find the best known fairy tales by The Brothers Grimm, Chrales Perrault and Hans Chirstian Andresen [sic], the fables of Aesop and Jean de La Fontaine and my personal favourite – folktales from around the world.


A Poem a Day
Amanda Gorman reads inauguration poem, ‘The Hill We Climb’
Amanda Gorman, a 22-year-old poet, reads an original work at President Joe Biden’s inauguration …. Read the full text of Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem ‘The Hill We Climb’.
American Verse Project
Texts of American poetry from before 1920 are made available for personal use, students, and teachers. Verse
A selection of full-text editions of books of verse from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
First World War Poetry Digital Archive
Poetry and other materials of World War I.
Glossary of Poetic Terms
Definitions and phonetic pronunciations are located at this site.
Internet Archive: Poetry
Links to multiple collections of poetry, both text and audio.
Internet Archive: Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
Readings, lectures, performances, seminars, panels and workshops conducted at Naropa by many of the leading figures of the U.S.literary avant-garde.
Jacket2 offers commentary on modern and contemporary poetry and poetics.
Library of Congress Poetry Resources
This site is a comprehensive guide to locating poetry resources available on the Library of Congress’s Web site.
Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Program
Features a blog, podcast, audio and video recordings, and information about events at the Library of Congress.
Library of Congress: From the Catbird Seat
A blog celebrating the Center and the wealth of literary resources at the Library of Congress, as well as engaging with current topics in literature.
National Poetry Month
Information about poetry and poets and links to poems from Infoplease.
National Poetry Month
From the Academy of American Poets.
Poetry Archive
The Poetry Archive is a not-for-profit organisation that makes and acquires recordings of poets from around the English-speaking world and makes substantial excerpts from them freely available online.
Poetry Everywhere
This site hosts short videos of poets reading their poetry, plus some animated films from UMW students and links to further resources.
Poetry Foundation
Offers access to thousands of poems, plus information about poets, articles and podcasts, a poem of the day, Poetry Magazine, and more.
Poet’s Corner
The goal of this project is to create a user-friendly library of works that promotes browsing and exploring through a site that spans thousands of works by hundreds of authors covering thousands of years. Academy of American Poets
Well-organized site features biographies of more than 200 poets, poetry selections, audio files of poems read by their authors, and extensive links to other poetry-related sites. Includes special highlight on the annual Poem In Your Pocket Day.
Representative Poetry Online
Representative Poetry Online, edition 6.0, is a web anthology of 4,800 poems in English and French by over 700 poets spanning 1400 years. Searchable by name, title, first line, or keyword. Includes a timeline, a calendar, a glossary, and criticism.

Understanding Poetry

10 Vivid Haikus to Leave you Breathless
This article uses ten examples to highlight the elements of a haiku.
10 Terms You Need to Know to Understand Poetry
You may not actually need to know these terms to understand a particular poem, but if you want to talk about it, or poetry in general, here are some basic elements to know.
How to Read a Poem
Since the form of a poem is part of its meaning (for example, features such as repetition and rhyme may amplify or extend the meaning of a word or idea, adding emphasis, texture, or dimension), questions about form and technique, about the observable features of a poem, provide an effective point of entry for interpretation.
How to Read a Poem
From The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin, a step by step guide to help make your way though an unfamiliar poem.
How to Understand a Poem
How to Understand Poetry
This pair of articles from Wiki-How discuss the process of reading and understanding poetry.
How to Write a Poem: A Step-by-Step Guide
If you’ve ever wondered how to write a poem, read on. Writing poetry doesn’t have to be daunting—we’re going to demystify the process and walk you through it, one step at a time.
Poetry 101: A beginner’s guide to understanding and analysing poems
The best-written poems capture emotions, experiences, or images using a lyrical language. But what exactly is a poem, how is it different from prose, and how should we approach it?



Absolute Shakespeare
A resource for William Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets, poems, quotes, biography and the legendary Globe Theatre. Includes works, glossary, commentary, summaries, study guides, quizzes, links, and more. Shakespeare Resource Center
Includes information and links about Shakespeare’s life, works, and language; about the Globe Theatre, Elizabethean England, and more.
Shakespeare Online
Extensive site about Shakespeare, his work, and his time, with study guides, quotations, quizzes, and more.
Shakespeare Study Guide
Large set of links to sites about Shakespeare and his works.
Shakespeare Unlimited Podcast
Join us for this ‘no limits’ podcast tour of the fascinating and varied connections between Shakespeare, his works, and the world around us.

Shakespeare’s Works

MIT Shakespeare
The original electronic source for this server was the Complete Moby(tm) Shakespeare. The HTML versions of the plays provided here are placed in the public domain. Includes all poems and plays.
Dive into the rich world of Shakespeare with our full-text, interactive editions of his plays. myShakespeare replaces traditional footnotes with multimedia resources for the 21st-century student. Though only a few of the most popular plays are included, the notes and information make this site very worthwhile.
Open Source Shakespeare
OSS includes the 1864 Globe Edition of the complete works, which was the definitive single-volume Shakespeare edition for over a half-century. Also offers an Advanced Search to find particular words or phrases and an extensive Concordance (word index).
Project Gutenberg: Shakespeare
Downloadable copies of the plays and poems in multiple formats and editions.
RhymeZone: Shakespeare
Look for a particular word or phrase, or browse a play by Act and Scene.

Shakespeare’s Theater

Britannica: Globe Theatre
An article from the Encyclopædia Britannica on the history of Shakespeare’s theater house. (Accessible without subscription.)
Elizabethean Theatre
An article from a website about English history.
Shakespeare’s Globe
An exploration and celebration of Shakespeare and his theater centered around a reproduction of the Globe Theatre.

Shakespeare’s World

Elizabethan Era
Information about Queen Elizabeth I and the time in which she lived. Includes life, clothing, theatre, sports, music, laws, and food, among other topics.
Life in Elizabethan England
Online version of a book about Elizabethan England. Updated 2011.
Life in Shakespeare’s London
Except from a 1905 book about London in the age of Shakespeare.
Queen Elizabeth I of England
The purpose of this site to provide interesting as well as educational information on the life and times of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603). It is intended to be suitable for web-users of all ages and academic ability…
Shakespeare: Original pronunciation (video)
An introduction by David and Ben Crystal to the ‘Original Pronunciation’ production of Shakespeare and what they reveal about the history of the English language.
Shakespeare’s Life and Times
A free ebook which introduces you to the world Shakespeare lived and worked in.
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