Study Guides

These sites provide literary summaries and notes on novels and plays. They are included as support materials, not as a substitute for reading and studying a text. Students who visit this site are reminded that mistakes sometimes creep into these notes; do not use them as a substitute for your own critical analysis.

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E-Notes Study Guides
More than 3,000 guides, each with "a comprehensive analysis of the work, including an introduction, plot summary, character analysis, discussion of themes, excerpts of published criticism, and much more. Many eNotes also contain essays and important quotations or excerpts with commentary."

Bookwolf
Book notes and study guides. Teachers should note that this site also sells essays.

Classic Notes at Grade Saver
This site includes notes on a variety of titles. Teachers should note that this site also sells essays.

Pink Monkey
Pink Monkey, with its partner Barron's Notes, has notes for more than 350 titles, including an extensive collection of Shakespearean drama. Where copyright permits, some titles also have online texts, downloadable in PDF or RTF format. Teachers should note that this site links to a site that sells essays.

Shmoop
This is primarily a study guide site for students, but teachers might appreciate the "Shmoop for Teachers" link at the bottom of the home page and the site's active support for citation. Accounts are free.

Spark Notes
Hundreds of titles, links to message boards and other resources.