Useful Link: Arts & Humanities

  • All About Romance
    Serving as the back fence for lovers of romance novels for over 10 years, AAR offers author interviews, reviews, message boards and blogs for romance readers to get the latest news and connect.
  • Art History Resources on the Web
    Armed with a site index equipped to guide you to every era from prehistoric to contemporary art (from every part of the world), this collection of hyperlinks is an art lover's dream. Links to research resources and museums and galleries are included.
  • ArtCyclopedia: The Guide to Fine Art on the Internet
    Searchable by artist's name, artwork title, or museum name or location, this portal offers links to more than 100,000 works of art available on the internet. An online discussion forum, art news from around the world, and an artwork "actual sizer" are just a few of the other helpful links available to students and art seekers.
  • Arts & Letters Daily
    This website supplies a variety of current articles and book reviews concerning the arts and humanities, as well as annotated essays and reviews. Updated six days a week by the Chronicle of Higher Education, it also provides links to journals, newspapers, web logs, and columnists.
  • Ask Oxford
    Are there any words that rhyme with orange? More than just definitions, Ask Oxford has tips for better writing, word games, and expert answers to frequently asked questions.
  • Author Biographies from
    An "index of indexes." This guide to literary authors provides links to author biographies, bibliographic information, criticism, timelines, images, and more.
  • Author Interviews by Don Swaim
    Don Swaim's long-running radio show Book Beat featured author interviews that have been carefully archived here. Listen in RealAudio to these classic, behind-the-scene conversations with some of the best authors in the English language.
    Access to full-text literature, poetry and reference information is available at Bartleby free-of-charge. Students, researchers, and anyone else may utilize books as varied as the Columbia Encyclopedia, Darwin's Origin of the Species, or Milton's Paradise Lost.
  • BBC Languages
    Italian, German, Greek and other popular languages can be learned from these online courses created by the British Broadcast Corporation. Video and audio components are available and fun extras like ski phrases, traveler's tales of weird words, and the chance to learn UK languages like Gaelic or Welsh make this a valuable language learning tool.
  • Bibliomania
    Thousands of e-books, poems, short stories, and plays are available and new ones are added each month. Religious, reference, and quotation books are also offered along with study guides and message boards for discussion.
  • Blouin ArtInfo
    Coverage of visual arts, performing arts, architecture & design, fashion, travel, cultural events, artist reference information and art market news.
  • Booknotes
    This online archive of C-SPAN's author interview program, Booknotes, contains 800 non-fiction authors discussing their books, their research, and their lives. Great for students, teachers, and researchers as it provides both searchable video as well as written transcripts.
    With over 75 new book reviews and author interviews offered each month, Bookpage helps you choose which new book is right for you. Reviews are organized into interests such as mystery, romance, audiobooks, children's, and even book club choices.
  • British Museum COMPASS: Collections Online
    Unable to fly to London? Not a problem when you can search and browse over 4,000 highlights of the British Museum collection.
  • Classics Online
    This online library of classic literature offers full, unabridged texts of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, and plays. Authors range from Dickens and Bronte to Darwin and Descartes.
  • Cozy Mystery List
    This website serves as a detailed guide to the cozy mystery genre including new releases, popular series, and recommended titles. Cozy mysteries are searchable by author, theme, and series.
  • Crime Fiction Lovers
    This website, established by two crime fiction loving journalists, provides crime fiction recommendations to help you find your new favorite book. Check out cutting edge news, reviews, featured titles, and even upcoming events in the crime fiction industry.
  • Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. (at
    A classic reference for the rules of composition and clear writing, this go-to version is a great aid when writing style needs clarification.
  • Ethnologue-Languages of the World
    All 6,912 known languages of the world are catalogued in this online version of the encyclopedic reference work published by SIL. Searchable by map, language families, or name, each language is briefly described with titles for further study supplied.
  • Fantastic Fiction
    Searchable by author or title, this website offers over 20,000 bibliographies of author's works. You may also search by series, award, and year.
  • Folger Shakespeare Library
    The D.C.-based Folger Shakespeare Library, the world's largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials, provides numerous ways for children, students, teachers, and actors to learn more about the playwright at this fantastic treasure trove of Bard information. Hamnet, Folger's web-based library catalog, is also available.
  • Goodreads
    Build a virtual bookshelf to display your books and view what your friends have been reading on this social networking site for book lovers.
  • Guide to Grammar and Style
    Rutgers English professor Jack Lynch created and maintains this site as an aid for writing students. Search terms by alphabetic order, rudimentary search engine or use his informative guide to"Getting an A on an English Paper" (a work in progress).
  • International Dialects of English Archive
    Created by Univ. of Kansas professor Paul Meier, an author and leading dialect coach for theatre and film, IDEA is a free, online source of recordings for the performing arts. Recordings are in English and consist of a standard reading in both English language dialects and English spoken in the accents of other languages.
  • Karla's Guide to Citation Style Guides
    Karla Tonella of the Univ. of Iowa has compiled a list of over 15 links which provide writers with every bib style professors demand from MLA to APA. Also included are guides to copyright law and citing internet sources, government publications, and more.
  • Landmark's Citation Machine
    Citation Machine is an interactive web tool to be used by students and teachers to facilitate the proper crediting of information sources. Users simply click on the citation format of choice, complete the form with their source information, and click "Make Citation" to create a bibliographic citation.
  • New York Times Literary Map of Manhattan
    Settings of fictional classics from Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint to E. L. Doctorow's Ragtime are accessible via an interactive map of Manhattan.
  • Omniglot
    Omniglot is a guide to the writing systems and languages of the world. You will find language-related articles, alphabets and other writing systems, useful foreign phrases, a multilingual bookstore, tips on learning languages, and areas to converse about language in a blog or forum.
  • Outline of American Literature
    Divided by time period from the colonial era to the present, this website offers critical essays (which analyze the era) as well as information on the authors of that time. Kathryn Van Spanckeren of the Univ. Of Groningen, Netherlands, maintains the site using information from the U.S. Information Agency.
  • PAL Perspectives in American Literature
    A fully searchable site created and maintained by Cal State English professor Paul P. Reuben, this guide to nearly 450 authors supplies bibliographies including both primary works and secondary sources.
    A searchable site (by poet or poem) which also offers features such as "Daily poetry," "This week's highlights" "New poems, bios, and essays" and more.
  • Project Gutenberg
    Over 100,000 book titles are available through Project Gutenberg and affiliates and can be searched by author or title. Special areas include "Top 100 books and authors" and digitized sheet music.
  • Reading Group Guides
    Ideas for book discussions abound, complete with questions to get you started. Check out the featured titles or search under "Now in paperback," "Best of" lists, or "New, Ongoing or Enduring Favorites."
  • Shakespeare Resource Center
    Links to Shakespeare's language, biography, works, theatre companies, etc. will aid the user in online Shakepeare research. Histories of the Globe Theatre and Elizabethan England are also helpful.
  • Sons of Spade
    This resource for readers of thrillers, crime, and mystery books provides book reviews and recommendations.
  • The Louvre Online Collections Database, Atlas
    This database of 22,000 works of art displayed throughout the Louvre is searchable by title or artist as well as room (with the capability to narrow to wing and floor), department (e.g. sculptures, paintings) or recent acquisitions. Works may be viewed both in the room setting and as high-resolution images.
  • What's Next? Books in Series
    A database of series fiction ("two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits") maintained by the Kent District Library, What's Next? is searchable by author, title, or series.