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    Farewell, Sweet Study Guides

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    To make room on 4th floor for more study space and for indispensable genealogical records on microfilm, we are soon saying farewell to study guides in print form. While the information within literature study guides is indispensable, getting us through some of those dense texts required for high school and college English courses, the physical presence of the guides have been gradually replaced with online resources. So if you're struggling to get through an essay, cannot understand why Jay Gatsby keeps noticing that green light across the water, trying to wrap your head around Shakespeare, or just need to cheat a little bit, here's where to turn...

    The Calgary Public Library's E-Library offers Literature Resource Centre with full-text journal articles, critical essays, author biographies, author portraits, work overviews, contextual essays and explications. Also includes the Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature which provides 10,000 definitions of literary terms.

    Also in the E-Library we have the 'Shakespeare Collection' which "includes the Arden full-text, annotated scholarly editions of the complete works of Shakespeare, with introduction and appendices. The database contains primary source material, criticism from the 17th century to the present and general reference data." For those translations into modern-day english, search the library catalogue with the terms "Shakespeare Made Easy" and/or "Shakespeare On the Double".

    For the study of poetry and short stories, go directly to our write-up on the new Poetry & Short Story Reference Centre.

    All E-Library databases are free to access with your library card.

    Fare thee well, study guide. Your coffee stains, dog-eared pages, and pencil marks will be missed. Now here are some quick links to the best online resources for study guides:

    SparkNotes

    Our guides contain thorough summaries and insightful critical analyses. We offer more than 500 guides forEnglish literatureandShakespeare, and a vast number of guides forhistory,math,biology, and other subjects

    BookRags

    resources including encyclopedia articles, critical essays, student essays, biographies, primary sources, interviews, and study guides.

    Cliffs Notes

    CliffsNotes is the original (and most widely imitated) study guide. CliffsNotes study guides are written by real teachers and professors, so no matter what you're studying, CliffsNotes can ease your homework headaches and help you score high on exams.

    Pink Monkey

    A "G" rated study resource for junior high, high school, college students, teachers and home schoolers. The world's 'largest' library of free online literature Summaries, with over 460 Study Guides, Book Notes, and Chapter Summaries.