San Francisco Public Library

English / Literature


Novelist (Middle School +)
Guide to suggested reading with reviews and other features
Student Resources in Context
Curriculum-targeted resources include primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, magazines, newspapers, photographs, illustrations, and audio and video clips.
eBooks, eAudiobooks, Music & Video (OverDrive) (Middle School +)
Thousands of titles to choose from in multiple formats (MP3, WMA, PDF, ePub, Kindle) available for downloading onto your personal computer, smartphone or tablet.
Literature Criticism Online (High School +)
An extensive compilation of literary commentary that represents a wide range of modern and historical views of authors and their works across regions, eras & genres.
Gale Schools Research Tools (Middle School +)
Tips on writing, evaluating information and citing sources.

Selected Websites

*What Should I Read?*

Teenreads (Middle School +)
Booklists, book series, reviews, and more.
Library Booklists (Middle School +)
A collection of booklists by subject and genre from many public libraries.
YALSA Booklists (Middle School +)
Lots of links for authors, illustrators and booklists

*Stuff to Read*

Banned Books Online (Middle School +)
Discussion of censorship and banned books with links to electronic text of books mentioned.
The Gutenberg Project (Middle School +)
Collection of 16,000 full-text books online.
Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Middle School +)
The complete works of William Shakespeare online. Includes some commentary.
Bibliomania (Middle School +)
Links to online versions of selected Classics of fiction and non-fiction.
HTI American Verse Project (Middle School +)
Electronic texts of selected American poets.
Native American Authors (Middle School +)
Bibliography, biography and texts from selected Native American authors.

*Research, Writing, Grammar and Spelling*

Ipl2 for Teens (Middle School +)
Online public library for teens with resources for school help, research guides, reading and writing.
CliffsNotes (High School +)
Free online access to 180 full-text literature guides. Students can get answers to literature questions for assignments via “Ask Cliffs” feature.
SparkNotes (High School +)
Literature guides like CliffsNotes but also offers free video literature guides.
The Elements of Style (Middle School +)
William Strunk's classic guide to good writing.
Works Cited 4 U (Middle School +)
Formats bibliographies and works cited for researchers, writers and students.

*Local Resources*

826 Valencia (Middle School +)
This community resource provides assistance with writing skills through tutoring and workshops.
Street Side Stories (Middle School +)
This local organization works with schools and provides after school workshops to strengthen literacy skills through storytelling.
WritersCorps (High School)
This organization places professional writers in community settings to teach creative writing to youth.
Youth Speaks (High School)
This organization aims to achieve a more inclusive, and active, culture through oral poetry.