Literary Theory Research

For research on Literary Criticism, check out Bloom’s Literary Reference (under Library Resources> MPC databases) and the Literary Reference Center (under Library Resources > Catalogue, Encyclopedias and Databases >Databases).  Also search the Gale Virtual Reference Library, where a number of online books can help you in your search for good quality information  (under Library Resources > Catalogue, Encyclopedias and Databases >ebooks).

The following websites are also useful:

Introduction to Modern Literary Theory

Dr. Kristi Siegel’s basic overview of many literary theories.  Also links to other professors’ sites.

Literary Resources on the Net

This page features a collection of links curated by Jack Lynch, a professor in the English department, of the Newark campus of Rutgers University, specializing in the English literature of the eighteenth century and the history of the English language. It is no longer maintained, but some of the links are excellent.

Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism

This is the site from Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) – fairly in-depth articles.  Bonus – just a page away from all the writing and citation help you’ll ever need! (Has ecocriticism)

Critical Theory: Introduction to Literature

Concise articles by Washington State U Professor of English Michael Delahoyde giving overviews of the different schools of criticism.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

This is a peer-reviewed site with academic articles; I’ve linked you here to Prof. Vince Brewton’s article on Literary Theory.

NEW: Take a look at how I cited sources in a presentation. (Note- this is in Prezi. Don’t do your presentation in Prezi.)


Toronto Public Library Homepage

That is, the Toronto Public Library will be at Monarch Park Collegiate for the win … YOUR win, lucky student! Here’s why:

A librarian from TPL will be here to answer ALL your questions about volunteering, reading programs, database research, magazine and video downloads, and more.  This is happening Tuesday, May 20th at lunch, upstairs in the library.

Another win: TPL is bringing author Debra Anderson to speak about writing and answer any questions you might have.  TPL is bringing her in as a special event for World Pride.  Two English classes have signed up already, but if you would like to come on your own, sign up in the library. This is happening Friday, May 23rd in Period C, in Ferguson Hall. 

Here’s her bio:

Debra Anderson is the recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s prestigious Dayne Debra AndersonOgilvie Prize, given to an emerging Canadian writer from the LGBT community and is a graduate of York University’s Creative Writing Program. Debra has taught innovative Creative Writing Workshops at Word on the Street and to various youth organizations and writing groups. She has lectured across Canada as a guest author and her writing has been widely anthologized. Her novel, Code White is taught at York University in WMST 1510 – ‘Sex, Gender & Popular Culture’ (2014). Broken Pencil Magazine described Code White as “the kind of book that those ‘chick lit’ books have nightmares about.”

Using Prezis for ESL D and E

Prezi is a useful tool to organize your presentation for Dr. Mazilis’ ESL D and E research assignment.

Create a free account at with any webmail address. Prezi is easy to use and much more interactive than Powerpoint and other Slide Presentations.  Choose a theme, add extra pictures and movement, and you will hold your audience’s attention.

ESL Prezi


Check out Encyclopedia Britannica for General Context on the History of the United Nations’ missions:

Remember many UN documents can be read directly from the UN site:


Pretty Fine Podcast Examples

Grade 10 English spent some mornings in the library, and here’s what they made:


What is a podcast, anyway?

Thanks for asking, Trevor.  A podcast is really just a radio show that you can download to your ipod or other device.  Like a radio show, it has a regular host, a mix of music and talking (even if it’s just theme music) and it’s all about one particular topic.

Have a listen to some of these ESPN podcasts to see if you get the idea.  If you’re interested in a movie review, check out the Now Playing podcast.  No matter what your topic, these podcasts will be useful to you.

As you listen, think about what makes the podcast good or bad, and how you might use their techniques in your own podcast. 

When you’re making your own podcast, sample some music from Free Music Archive for your intro.

Finally, if you’re having so much fun with Audacity that you would like to use it at home, click here to download it for free!