Literary criticism, reviews, author biographies, novels, short stories, drama, poetry, essays.

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Online Resources

Authoritative sources of articles and reference information, brought to you by the Ridgefield Library unless otherwise noted. Have your library card handy for log-in.
Literary Reference Center
(EBSCO) - Literary research and criticism, author biographies, research paper and citation help and more.

Novelist Plus - Browse fiction and nonfiction books customized to your interests.  View read-alike suggestions and recommended reading lists.  

Biography Reference Bank Iconn- Original biographies from H.W. Wilson including the trusted Biography index. Covers 500,000 people.

Biography Reference Center Iconn - Over 450,000 biographies from EBSCO including thousands of narrative biographies not available elsewhere.

Student Research Center Iconn- Research for high school students.  For literary research choose English & Language Arts from the left sidebar.

Ridgefield Authors Directory- Discover Ridgefield authors past and present!  Read Ridgefield author profiles.

Ann Jepson Poetry Collection books


Tested and recommended by our librarians.

Connecticut Authors

Connecticut Muse - A Celebration of Connecticut Authors.
Includes the 2012 Directory of Connecticut Authors & Literary Venues.

Literary Research

CliffsNotes - Provides a character list, summary, analysis, author biography, and critical essays for over 300 literary works, plus study help on a variety of subjects for students and adults.

SparkNotes - Very similar to CliffsNotes it also includes entertaining and informative articles geared to high school and college students.

Poetry                                                                                                                                              - Find poems and sign up for the poem of the day by email.                 
Poet Seers - Spiritual and religious poetry. - Write and share poetry.                          
Poetry 180 - a poem a day for American high schools.
Poetry Archive - Audio poetry; find and listen to poetry
Poetry Daily ( - Contemporary poetry
Poetry Foundation - Find poems and articles about poetry and poets.
Poetry Society of America - the oldest poetry organization in the United States. - Academy of American Poets
Times Haiku - "serendipitous poetry" from the pages of The New York Times
Tweetspeak Poetry - The best in poetry and poetic things

Library Materials

The Literature collection is located in the Liz and Steven Goldstone Special Collections Room on the upper level. Circulating books and most reference books are shelved in the stacks. Print magazines and newspapers are on display or ask at the Adult Services Desk. Audiobooks and most nonfiction DVD's are shelved separately. Travel DVD's are shelved in the stacks.

Novels and short stories

Alphabetical by author


Alphabetical by the name of the person profiled

Literary criticism, drama, poetry and essays

Organized by Dewey Decimal number; geographically by original language or nationality of author, e.g.:
810s American
820s English
822.33 Shakespeare

Reviews, interviews, articles & literary publications

Poetry Magazine
Publishers Weekly
New York Times Book Review
New York Review of Books

See also: General Periodical Indexes online


Great Courses college lectures on audio CD and DVD in Adult Services
Plays and Poetry in performance on DVD located in the Bossidy Commons on the main level

Also of Interest

Resources for recreational reading

Resources for book clubs

Programs for book lovers and other upcoming programs relating to Literature

Author Talks: Readings and Signings


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