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Languages & Literacy

EBSCO – Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center contains full text for more than 35,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticisms, more than 253,000 author biographies (including more than 22,000 in-depth bios), more than 460 literary journals, more than 693,000 book reviews, nearly 78,000 classic and contemporary poems, more than 19,600 classic and contemporary short stories, more than 6,500 author interviews, more than 8,200 classic texts and much more.

Mango Languages

Mango uses interactive games along with other tools to teach 72 languages, including English as a Second Language. A free app for iOS and Android is available.


Novelist helps you find the next good book to read. It offers recommendations based on your reading choices, book reviews, can be browsed by genre, and contains fun reading lists for all ages.


Other Resources


This visual dictionary combines word definitions with related images. This is a very useful resource for English language learners.

Snappy Words

Type in any word and this visual thesaurus instantly displays the target word along with other words. It also color-codes the words by both parts of speech and relationships. As you hover over a word, a complete definition is displayed.

Word Hippo

An all-in-one reference tool, Word Hippo defines a word, provides a meaning, provides a word that is opposite, pronounces the word, provides rhyming words, places the word in many different contexts, and translates the word.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Get everything from general writing tips to style guides for MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual of Style.