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Literature Resources

Literary resources available at Huntsville-Madison Co. Public Library Reference & Adult Services Dept.

Guide to Writing a Literary Research Paper



The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library contains many print and online resources intended to assist students with forumulating and writing cogent literature research papers.


The Research Paper - Online Resources

The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library enables patrons to access multiple online resources that contain a wealth of information for students needing aid in writing research papers on literary topics. Gale Virtual Reference Library  resides on the Alabama Virtual Library ( is accessible through the HMCPL public web site ( Purdue OWL is not part of AVL but is a free web site sponsored by Purdue University. Writing Rescue Guide for College Students is also a free web site that assembles style guides, tips and expert advice on essays, papers, and college applications.

Gale Virtual Reference Library


Purdue OWL

Writing Rescue Guide for College Students

Free Book Notes

Free Book Notes


What is FreeBookNotes? is the original and largest literature study guide search engine on the web. We have meticulously scoured the web to track down all of the free book notes, study guides, book summaries, chapter summaries, and analyses available for thousands of books, plays, and poems. Our team has indexed resources from over 23 study guide providers, including SparkNotes, Cliff’s Notes, BookRags, Shmoop, Pink Monkey, WikiSummaries and many more.

Guide to the Dewey Decimal Classification

Knowledge of the Dewey Decimal Classifiction system is indispensible for any student writing a literary research paper. Literary resources are usually found in the 800's section of the DDC categorization. Following is a link that includes a summary of the Dewey Decimal Classification. Pay particular attention to the 800's.

General print aids for writing research papers

From the HMCPL Catalog - General Overviews, Literary Histories and Anthologies

Following is a selection of historical and encyclopedic overviews of literary movements as well as general anthologies short fiction, novellas and novel excerpts, essays, drama and poetry, all available in the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library catalog.

From the HMCPL catalog - resources specific to author

The following books provide general critical overviews to authors' works and are available at either the Main Library or one of the branches of the Huntsville-Madison Co. Public Library.