A collection of textual or spoken works that share a common subject matter. Though the term traditionally refers to a humanities context and includes belles-lettres, prose, verse, fiction, or nonfiction with a recognized artistic value, the concept is appropriately applied to the social sciences realm as well.
In general, literature is considered to be something worthy of and important to record and preserve as a cultural marker.
Literature. (2009). In The SAGE glossary of the social and behavioral sciences. Retrieved from

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Search by authorís name as follows:  Poe, Edgar Allan.


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Online Open Access Journals

The Journal of the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies (AEDEAN) is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal founded in 1979 and published twice a year in June and December.  It publishes original research articles on linguistic, literary and cultural topics, past and present, of English-speaking communities, including pertinent cross-cultural comparative analyses.
Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies  (COPAS)
DOAJ:  Directory of Open Access Journals
DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.  
European Journal of American Studies
Forum for Inter-American Research
KB Journal
Teaching American Literature

Print Books

This link provides a listing of all print books in the Library collections.


Books 24x7
Credo Reference
eBooks by EBSCOhost


Literature Search Engine
This will search all of the websites listed below simultaneously or you may choose to select specific search site(s) to search.
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts  
Bibliography of Literary Theory, Criticism and Philology   
Free Online Literature with more than 2000 Classic Texts.   
Classic Book Library    
The Classics in ASCII
Digital Book Index    
Digital Library of Illuminated Manuscripts
Digital Library of the Commons  
Electronic Literature Directory                                                   
Great Books and Classics
Internet Public Library     
Literary Resources on the Net   
Literature Project
Litgloss is a collection of texts of literary or cultural interest, written in languages other than English, and expertly annotated so as to facilitate comprehension by English-speaking readers.    
LitLinks:  Critical Theory 
Logos Library 
The LOGOS LIBRARY is a powerful interface with a massive database (currently 707.737.941 words) containing multilingual novels, technical literature and translated texts.
Luminarium:  Anthology of English Literature 
This site contains texts of English Literature from the Medieval, Renaissance and restoration periods as well as the 17th century.    
Million Book Project
Online Books Page at the University of Pennsylvania
Online Library of Literature   
Online Text Collections in Western European Literature
Open Library     
Page by Page Books
Planet eBook     
Project Gutenberg      
Read Print
Victorian Women Writers Project