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Bloom’s Literature

Literature Resources and Criticism Selected by Harold Bloom
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    About This Product

    With a dynamic new design, exciting new features, and the largest addition of new content in the history of the database, the award-winning Bloom’s Literature has been rebuilt from the ground up, making it an even better tool for enriching the study of literature. We’ve added to the product more than 200 additional full-length performance videos (bringing the total number to more than 400!), the full contents of more than 800 classic literary works, more than 190 books edited by Harold Bloom, and thousands of images. In addition, Bloom’s Literature now features a comprehensive Shakespeare Center with everything your students need to study Shakespeare—including the full text of all of his plays—plus a redesigned “How to Write about” section with improved functionality and special sections covering how to write a good essay. Bloom’s Literature’s new, intuitive interface features a clean, dynamic design that provides easy access to all of this rich content.

    Click here (PDF) for an overview of the newly relaunched Bloom’s Literature.

    Highlights:

    • Complete coverage: Bloom’s Literature contains a wide range of reference essays and scholarly criticism examining great authors—from William Shakespeare to J. K. Rowling—and their works.
    • Full-length videos of classic plays and films: Bloom’s Literature features streaming video of more than 400 famous productions, from comedies to dramas to musicals—including Hamlet (starring David Tennant), Death of a Salesman (starring Lee J. Cobb), Julius Caesar (starring Sir John Gielgud), and The Glass Menagerie (starring Katharine Hepburn)—plus video clips featuring major scholars such as Harold Bloom discussing important literary topics.
    • Hundreds of full-text, classic works: Bloom’s Literature includes a Literary Classics eBook shelf containing the full contents of more than 800 classic works of literature selected from Bloom’s Literary Canon, including the essential works of the most important authors in world history and literature. Researchers can filter these titles by type of work to find what they need. This eBook shelf can be found under “Resources” in the Browse drop-down menu at the top of any page or under “Browse Resources” on the right-hand side of the homepage.
    • “How to Write about”: Bloom’s Literature offers specific, student-friendly guidance on how to write good essays on the most assigned authors and works of literature. The strategies and ideas offered in this section are designed to help students bring deeper analysis into essays and write at a level not normally achieved until college. Subjects covered for each title and author include:
      • Themes
      • Character
      • History and Context
      • Philosophy and Ideas
      • Form and Genre
      • Language, Symbols, and Imagery
      • Compare and Contrast Essays
    • Essential writing help: Two general sections on the “How to Write about” page can be used as guides for any writing project:
      • How to Write a Good Essay includes easy-to-understand advice on writing papers on a variety of general topics.
      • Preparing to Write walks readers through the different steps of putting together an essay, including preparing a thesis statement and outline; writing an introduction, conclusion, and body paragraphs; and assembling a list of works cited. A sample essay is provided.
    • Shakespeare Center: Bloom’s Literature’s all-new Shakespeare Center houses in one convenient location a treasure trove of content on all things Shakespeare. Every play is covered in depth, along with the sonnets and longer poems, providing a complete research and study center for students and a robust repository of content for educators to use for lesson planning, assignments, and classes. Comprehensive essays provide history and context to Shakespeare’s life, times, and impact. Coverage of each play includes:
      • The full, searchable text of the play
      • Analysis of key passages
      • Critical articles by noted scholars, selected by Harold Bloom
      • Introduction and background
      • Detailed synopses
      • In-depth character studies
      • Difficulties of the play
      • The play today
      • Full-length performance videos
      • Images and illustrations
      • “How to Write about” articles
      • Discussion questions
    • Authors: Bloom’s Literature features a wealth of content on the finest contemporary and classic writers from around the world. The most studied authors are featured on the home page and can also be accessed via a tab in the Author Index. Authors can be browsed by name, nationality, type, and dates of birth and death. A Quick Find option in the Author index allows users to quickly search for an author by last name.
    • Works: Bloom’s Literature provides overviews, synopses, analyses, and literary criticism of thousands of works. The most studied works are featured on the home page and can also be accessed via a tab in the Works Index. Works in the Works Index can be browsed by title, genre, or publication date; they can also be filtered by author.
    • Characters: Bloom’s Literature is packed with information on more than 49,000 major and minor literary characters. The most studied characters are featured on the home page and can also be accessed via a tab in the Character Index. The “Find a Character” tab in the Character Index allows users to search for a character by name or by work.
    • Literary criticism: Bloom’s Literature includes critical essays from Facts On File’s extensive collection, Harold Bloom’s acclaimed essays, and criticism from the Bloom’s imprint.
    • Topics and themes: Bloom’s Literature features in-depth, full-text entries on literary movements, groups, periodicals, and historical events.
    • Discussion questions: Bloom’s Literature features more than 9,000 questions providing research and writing suggestions on a range of literary topics. These questions are designed to inspire students to think critically, delve deeper, and ask (and answer) fresh new questions. Educators can use them in class to spark discussion, as a starting point for lectures and activities, or assign for homework or independent study.
    • Full-text poems: Students can find more than 2,700 full-text poems in Bloom’s Literature. Each poem:
      • Has a corresponding analytical entry in the database available via Search, allowing students and researchers to enhance their understanding by reading the poem alongside criticism of it.
      • Is presented in an easily readable format and is accessible both via Search and from a full-text poetry gateway page users can access via the “Browse” drop-down menu at the top of the page.
    • Authoritative source list: Bloom’s Literature features a complete inventory, by type, of the sources of the content in the database, including thousands of scholarly and critical books, hundreds of peer-reviewed journals and other periodicals, respected image and manuscript archives, famous film and television producers, and much more—sources researchers can trust.

    Features:

    • Tablet/mobile-friendly videos and more than 5,000 images
    • Complete A-to-Z indexes for authors, characters, and works
    • Tag “clouds” for all content, linking to other content with the same tags
    • Browsable timelines
    • Harold Bloom’s Canon of Literature
    • Student and educator curriculum tools, including “Teaching Literature through Film”
    • New and improved search capabilities, including search assist technology
    • “Search by Standards” feature, providing lists of articles correlated to Common Core, state, national, provincial, IB, and College Board AP standards
    • Support for 1:1 initiatives, blended instruction, flipped classrooms & project-based learning
    • Read Aloud tool
    • Ability for users to set preferences for default language, citation format, number of search results, and standards set for correlations
    • Persistent record links
    • Share content to Google Classroom
    • Download content directly to Google Drive
    • Google Sign-In allows users to easily access content with their Google credentials
    • A variety of integration options and partners, including Schoology, Canvas, and D2L (Desire2Learn)
    • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, and Harvard formats, with EasyBib export functionality
    • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat
    • Google Translate for 100+ languages.

    Library Journal Best Database, “Best Niche Product” category

    Library Journal Best Database, “Best for High Schoolers” category

    The ComputED Gazette‘s Education Software Review Award (EDDIES), “High School Literature Database Website” category

    The ComputED Gazette‘s Best Educational Software Award (BESSIES), “High School Literature Database Website” category

    “…highly recommended for the literature reference needs of high-school and college students.”
    Booklist

    “The simple, straightforward design makes it easy to use and the first choice for students looking for criticism or to get ideas for a research topic. ..Its writing style is accessible to high school students and the breadth of its articles make[s] this database a recommended first stop for research…”
    Library Media Connection

    “…an incredibly interesting and valuable database which should be in every library, if not every English classroom.”
    The ComputED Gazette

    “This resource is sure to become a favorite in middle and high school libraries. The information is accessible and easy to understand…highly recommended.”
    American Reference Books Annual

    “…a valuable, easy-to-use resource for high school or larger public libraries.”
    KLIATT

    “…substantial information…”
    School Library Media Activities Monthly

    “Searching is easy…Articles are long enough to provide substantial information…”
    American Reference Books Annual

    Bloom’s Literature: Spotlight on Kazuo Ishiguro

    British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro just won 2017’s Nobel Prize in Literature. If your patrons have expressed interest in exploring Ishiguro’s works, Bloom’s Literature can lend insight, context, and background. Read More ›

    Bloom’s Literature: New & Improved!

    Infobase is proud to announce the official relaunch of the award-winning Bloom’s Literature, which boasts a dynamic new design, the largest addition of new content in the history of the database, and exciting new features that will greatly enrich the study of literature. Read More ›

    Bloom’s Literature: Brand-New, Comprehensive Shakespeare Center Coming Soon

    It’s almost here! A new and improved version of Infobase’s award-winning Bloom’s Literature will be relaunched on August 8, 2017, with a dynamic new design, exciting new features, and a wealth of new content. Read More ›

    Bloom’s Literature: A Wealth of New Content Coming Soon

    As announced earlier this month, Infobase’s award-winning Bloom’s Literature will be relaunched at the end of the summer. Along with a dynamic new design and exciting new features, we’re excited to announce that the new and improved Bloom’s Literature will feature the largest addition of new content in the history of the database! Highlights of the Outstanding New Content You’ll Find in the New Bloom’s Literature: The full text of 195 Infobase books, all new to the product, including: New collections of important literary-critical essays on contemporary writers, such as Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: Jonathan Franzen, Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: George Saunders, and Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: Zadie Smith. Read More ›

    Bloom’s Literature: New and Improved Version Coming Soon

    Infobase is pleased to announce that the award-winning database Bloom’s Literature will be relaunched at the end of this summer. The new Bloom’s Literature will feature a dynamic new design, a wealth of important new content, and exciting new features that will enrich the study of literature. Read More ›

    Bloom’s Literature: Celebrate National Poetry Month with Our Full-Text Poems

    Infobase recently added 2,700+ full-text, searchable poems to Bloom’s Literature. Each poem has a corresponding analytical entry in the database, allowing students and researchers to enhance their understanding of a poem’s power by reading the poem alongside criticism of it. Read More ›

    Bloom’s Literature: New Full-Length Videos

    Infobase is pleased to announce that 20 new full-length videos have been added to Bloom’s Literature, bringing to life frequently studied works such as 1984, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, and more. Read More ›

    Bloom’s Literature: Are Your Patrons Reading 1984?

    If George Orwell’s 1984 has become a popular read at your library, you can lend insight, context, and background with Bloom’s Literature. Read More ›

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