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Philosophy, aesthetics, literature, ideas, criticism, culture, history, music, art... Not for the faint hearted.

AskOxford: free online dictionary resources from oxford university press search the compact oxford english dictionary online; get answers to questions on english, language, grammar, spelling, quotations, and usage; find out about oup dictionaries; improve your writing skills; try our word games, crosswords, and puzzles; win books in our prize draw; learn french, german, spanish, russian, greek, japanese, and italian.

FreeBookNotes.com say "(We are) 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.

Books, news and reviews, poetry, authors - Erudite reviews on the latest fiction and non-fiction, read first chapters of selected books, plus extracts from others. Another good research site.

Contact an Author - helps you find the author you need
This site helps you find authors available for talks, workshops, school visits, interviews, after-dinner speaking, world book day events and commissions. you can search for authors by name or by your requirements and locate local authors. database includes fiction and non-fiction writers, novelists, children's authors, biographers and poets.

Fetchbook - New & Used Books - find the lowest price
FetchBook.Info is completely independent, and does not contain any promotional material or ads. Every book price comparison is done in real time and scans 103 book stores. Using this service, you can find any book you want, see information about it and compare its total cost, including the shipping costs to your destination, to find the deal that's best for you. The results link you directly to the book page at the book store site, where you can easily order the book. In addition, you can find selected book reviews sites on the book resources page.

London Review of Books
As you might expect, this is the web site for the London Review of Books publication. And, also as you might expect, it reviews books. You can subscribe to the publication on line. An archive section is also included.

Notes in the Margin
Mary Daniels Brown of St. Louis, Missouri offers her notes and comments on books she has read - and she has read lots! Candid comment both good and not-so-good.

NovelGuide - free study guides, book notes & more...
The site modestly claims: “Novelguide.com is the premier free source for literary analysis on the web. We provide an educational supplement for better understanding of classic and contemporary Literature Profiles, Metaphor Analysis, Theme Analyses, and Author Biographies.”

Spike Magazine dubs itself: “UK literary / cultural website of impeccable taste.” Gosh. Some lively interesting stuff here, including the “Splinters” page which is “designed to provide Spike readers with a daily dose of new sites, gossip, mini-reviews and whatever else won't fit into the rest of the site.”

Supersummary is an online resource that is committed to helping you get the most out of the books that you’re reading. They provide high-quality, in-depth study guides for a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles.  Offering an ideal mix of summary and analysis, all SuperSummary study guides feature detailed chapter summaries and critical analysis of major characters, themes, symbols/motifs, important quotations, and essay topics.  So whether you’re a student preparing for class or a recreational reader looking to expand your understanding, you will find everything and more in these comprehensive study guides.

The CIA World Factbook
Facts and figures on many aspects of most countries of the world. Includes a host of information on geography, people, government, economy, communications, military and such like. A boon to non-fiction writers, but immensely useful for fiction writers too. You can download a free copy of the book but be warned: it's a whopping 48MB ZIP file which, when extracted, is HUGE!. You can also purchase a copy from your local bookshop.

The Times Literary Supplement
The web site for this famous weekly publication. You can subscribe to their E-mail newsletter and view a copy of the very first TLS edition of 1902. Features literary culture and book reviews. Detailed reviews from the world's finest book critics.

“The Home of America’s Leading Short-Fiction Mystery Magazines”. Not strictly research, but an interesting link to Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.