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Online Reference Sources

A guide to the variety of electronic reference resources available to the ESU community.

Literature, Rhetoric, and Criticism

Literature Resource Center
Literature Resource Center is a comprehensive literature database that provides researchers up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

CBC Diversity: Resources for Teachers and Librarians
The CBC Diversity initiative was founded in 2012 as part of the Children’s Book Council’s commitment to promoting diverse voices in literature for young people. This website provides a list of resources for educators and librarians to enrich their students’ reading through diverse literature.

CSMCL Best Books
The Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature presents this annual selection of the best multicultural children's books. As applied to books, best should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels that reflect and encourage the interests of children and youth in exemplary ways.

Disability in Kidlit
Disability in Kidlit is dedicated to discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature. They publish articles, reviews, interviews, and discussions examining this topic from various angles—and always from the disabled perspective.

Smithsonian BookDragon
With titles for the multi-cultural reader, BookDragon is a media initiative of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC), and serves as a forum for those interested in learning more about the Asian Pacific American experience through literature.