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An annotated guide to useful FREE websites, where a simple Google search might not be enough.
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World Library Catalog

    World's Largest Library Catalog with over 1.5 billion items available through a library.

Readers' Advisory

  • Gnooks
    Put the name of one of your favorite authors into the Map of Literature and see a mind map of authors similar to yours - as determined by this online community. Or put in three of your favorite authors and let Gnod suggest others you might like. There is also a place to discuss your favorite books and authors.
  • Reader's Advice
    Based on librarian contributions, this site contains references and see also recommendations to works of fiction of all types. Indexes include authors, big names, genres, and series.

Books - Free full text sites

  • Bartleby
    Great Books Online -- Quotes, poems, novels, reference materials.
  • Complete Works of William Shakespeare
    ...the Web's first edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare." Based on the Complete Moby (tm) Shakespeare. Complete works can be searched.
  • Google Books
    Provides full-text access to thousands of books and partial access to some. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has granted permission, you can see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If the book is in the public domain, you are free to download a PDF copy. In some cases Google Books may link you to a local library where you can borrow the book, or to a retailer where you can buy it.
  • Gutenberg-e
    A collaboration between Columbia University Press and the American Historical Association that promotes electronic publication of prize-winning scholarly books. Besides the text of the books extra features include hyperlinks to supplementary literature, images, music, video, and related Web sites.
  • Internet Archive: Text Archive
    Download free books and texts. The Internet Archive Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books.
  • ipl2: Arts and Humanities - Literature - Online Texts
    ipl2 is a combination of Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites. Lists links to major online text websites.
  • National Academies Press
    Provies free online access to 4,000 of their books in a wide variety of subject areas from the sciences to public policy.
  • Online Books Page
    Listing over 1 million free books on the Web
  • Project Gutenberg
    Offers over 40,000 free e-books to download to a PC, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable device.


Reference & ScholarWorks Librarian

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Maira Bundza
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1009 Waldo Library
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5353
Office hours for Fall 2013 at the reference desk: Tuesdays 5:00 - 8:30 pm. Please contact me to schedule others.
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