Bloom’s Literature

Bloom's Literature

Complete, Yet Curated, Coverage of the Most Studied Authors & Works

K-12 Schools & Districts

Public Libraries

3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product

Bloom’s Literature is rich with relevant content on core authors and works, multicultural classics, contemporary literature, and more. Students will find exactly what they need for research and deeper learning without having to wade through an uncurated search. Professors will appreciate the thoughtful organization and important assets—including videos, proprietary essay topics and discussion questions, and valuable writing guidance—that can be used in lectures or for independent study.

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

  • Complete coverage: Bloom’s Literature contains a wide range of reference essays and scholarly criticism examining great authors and their works.
  • Full-length videos of classic plays and films: Bloom’s Literature features more than 800 full-length videos of great literary works, from comedies to dramas to musicals—including Hamlet(starring David Tennant), Death of a Salesman (starring Lee J. Cobb), Julius Caesar (starring John Gielgud), and The Glass Menagerie (starring Katharine Hepburn)—that engage students and make the literature come to life, highlighting character interaction and pivotal plot devices that might be harder to discover in just the written word. Also included are 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 1,000 classic works of literature—most of which were 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 home page.
  • “How to Write about Literature”: Bloom’s Literature features specific, student-friendly guidance on how to write good essays on the most assigned authors and works, offering students strategies and ideas on how to add an extra dimension to their writing. 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 researchers and a robust repository of content for professors to use for lectures and assignments. 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
    • Introduction and background
    • Detailed synopses
    • In-depth character studies
    • Difficulties of the play
    • The play today
    • Full-length performance videos and/or critical videos
    • Images and illustrations
    • “How to Write about” articles
    • Essay topics/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 entries on literary movements, groups, periodicals, and historical events.
  • Author interviews from Publishers Weekly: Bloom’s Literature offers more than 4,800 of Publishers Weekly’s author interviews and profiles, from 1989 to the present. These articles cover everyone, from the latest literary prizewinners to major young-adult novelists to important best sellers to poets to noted nonfiction writers, and many more. Bloom’s also features more than 250 podcasts of Publishers Weekly Radio, featuring audio interviews with famous authors such as Gay Talese, Buzz Bissinger, and Jacqueline Woodson. Researchers can now not only read about these great authors but also hear them speak in their own voices.
  • Essay topics: Bloom’s Literature features more than 10,000 topics providing research and writing suggestions on a range of literary topics. These topics are designed to inspire students and researchers to think critically, delve deeper, and ask (and answer) fresh, new questions. Professors can use them as a starting point for lectures and classroom discussions or assign them for independent study.
  • Full-text poems: Students and researchers can find more than 2,600 full-text, searchable 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 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 home page.
  • Editorially curated Topic Centers: Bloom’s Literature features specially selected content on major literary and artistic eras and movements to provide students with a starting point for research on these frequently studied topics. The Topic Centers include:
    • Beat Movement
    • Classical Literature
    • Fine Art
    • Harlem Renaissance
    • Lost Generation
    • Metaphysical Poetry
    • Romanticism
    • Transcendentalism
    • World of Dance
  • 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.

  • 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
  • Read Aloud tool
  • Ability for users to set preferences for default language, citation format, and number of search results
  • Persistent record links
  • Save content directly to Google Drive
  • Single sign-on with Google or Microsoft
  • Google Sign-In allows users to easily access content with their Google credentials
  • A variety of integration options and partners, including Canvas and D2L (Desire2Learn)
  • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, APA, and Harvard formats, with EasyBib and NoodleTools export functionality
  • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat
  • Google Translate for 100+ languages.

New Authors and Works Added to Bloom’s Literature’s “How to Write about Literature”

Bloom’s Literature‘s popular “How to Write about Literature” section provides specific, exclusive, student-friendly guidance on how to write good essays on the most assigned authors and works. Fourteen new authors have just been added in what is the greatest expansion of this…read more →

New Videos Added to Bloom’s Literature—African-American Author Interviews and More

Twenty-five new full-length videos have just been added to Bloom’s Literature! These videos include: Interviews with major African-American authors such as Toni Morrison, August Wilson, Maya Angelou, and more A profile of Margaret Atwood (Margaret Atwood: Once in August) Major explorations of Shak…read more →

Export to NoodleTools Functionality Added to Selected Infobase Databases

Selected Infobase databases now feature an “Export to NoodleTools” option for citation information. This new feature can be found via the Citation pop-up window on any page users wish to cite. The databases that now have NoodleTools include: American History African American History American Ind…read more →

Bloom’s Literature: More Than 60 New Videos

More than 60 new videos have just been added to Bloom’s Literature, including television and film adaptations of classic novels, a noted production of King Lear, and PBS interviews with famous authors. The new videos include: The Royal National Theatre’s production of King Lear (directed by Ric…read more →

Use Bloom’s Literature for Online Research or Virtual Instruction

As more and more educators adapt to distance learning, Bloom’s Literature can help. Bloom’s Literature is rich with well-organized, curated content on core authors and works…and more. It is easy to access, can be used for individual research or assignment help on-site or off, and has a variet…read more →

Bloom’s Literature: Brand-New Topic Centers!

Bloom’s Literature now has a brand-new feature: editorially curated Topic Centers on major literary eras and movements! Each Topic Center features specially selected content on a specific subject, including overview articles, videos, lists of major authors and literary works, and more—all design…read more →

Bloom’s Literature: New Videos—Olivier’s Henry V and Hundreds More

More than 240 new full-length videos have just been added to Bloom’s Literature! These videos include Sir Laurence Olivier’s famous feature-film version of Shakespeare’s Henry V. Produced in 1944, this classic full-length adaptation of Shakespeare’s historical play stars Olivier as the titul…read more →

Bloom’s Literature: Now a Modern Library Awards Platinum Honoree!

Infobase is proud to announce that the acclaimed Bloom’s Literature database has been awarded Platinum Distinction in the 2020 Modern Library Awards (MLAs)! This distinction was based on the judgments of the LibraryWorks readership—80,000 library professionals across all types of libraries—who…read more →

Bloom’s Literature: Spotlight on Toni Morrison

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, author of literary classics such as Beloved and Song of Solomon, has passed away at the age of 88. Her many awards and honors include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Ach…read more →

Bloom’s Literature: Single Sign-On with Google Now Available

Google Sign-In can now be turned on to allow users to sign into the Bloom’s Literature database with their Google credentials, enabling one-click log-in access using the “Sign in with Google” button. This option is turned off by default and can be activated by account administrators in the Adm…read more →

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Choice

“…highly recommended for the literature reference needs of…college students.”

Booklist

“The information is accessible and easy to understand…highly recommended.”

American Reference Books Annual

“For literary criticism, author information, and writing help…Bloom’s Literature…is key.”

Library Journal

“Searching is easy…Articles are long enough to provide substantial information…”

American Reference Books Annual

Films On Demand: English & Language Arts Collection

English & Language Arts Video Collection

3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product

Comprehensive overviews of literary movements. Scholarly films on the evolution of the English language. Productions of major plays. Documentaries on the world’s most prominent writers. Instructional titles on the fundamentals of language. With more than 2,200 films, this collection covers the vast expanse of topics found in the English curriculum.

This collection is available as a single-subject collection or as part of the Films On Demand Master Academic Video Package.

  • Shakespeare Uncovered, Series 1–3 – eighteen episodes from PBS that combine history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passion of its celebrated hosts to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed 2008 version of Hamlet, starring David Tennant (“the greatest Hamlet of his generation”) and Patrick Stewart.
  • Contemporary film adaptations of Sophocles’s trilogy of Theban plays, including Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone—featuring classical British actors.
  • The Story of English and Do You Speak American? – Robert MacNeil’s Emmy Award-winning nine-hour PBS series on linguistics, and its three-hour follow-up (a CINE Golden Eagle Award winner) that focuses on American English and its regional dialects.
  • Harold Bloom: Critic in the Active Voice – the first-ever documentary on the far-reaching contributions to literary criticism by Yale University scholar Harold Bloom.
  • The Great Greek Myths – ancient tales of love, sex, power, and betrayal are retold with a modern blend of animation and art in this dynamic 20-part series.
  • Ten Great Writers of the Modern World – a timeless, CableACE Award-winning 11-part series that blends superbly enacted drama with expert commentary and biography while spotlighting the principal works of ten icons of modern world literature.
  • Romanticism: Imagining Freedom – Telly Award-winning program on the new ways of thinking and seeing that reshaped the humanities in the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Communication Essentials – the popular four-part series by Films for the Humanities & Sciences, featuring critical skills for listening, writing, speaking, and reading.
  • Exclusive documentaries on the world’s most influential authors, including Chinua Achebe, Alaa Al-Aswany, Isabel Allende, Jane Austen, Geoffrey Chaucer, Kate Chopin, Dante, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Arthur Miller, Flannery O’Connor, Mary Shelley, Wislawa Szymborska, Mark Twain, John Updike, Alice Walker, August Wilson, and many others.
  • English: The Standard Deviants® Core Curriculum – a straight-talking 10-part series on the fundamentals of grammar and usage.
  • Fire & Ink: The Legacy of Latin American Literature – a Telly Award-winning 13-part series that guides viewers chronologically and thematically through the region’s varied genres and narrative styles, with commentary from an impressive array of scholars.
  • The Adventure of English: 500 A.D. to 2000 A.D. – the highly acclaimed eight-hour series on how English became a global language.

All titles are segmented into short, pedagogical clips, ideal for intermittent use during classroom lectures. For classwork viewing, students can choose to watch an entire film without interruption. Titles within the collection are sorted across distinct, browsable subject categories, enabling refined searches for available titles in specific topic areas.

  • Unlimited access from your computer/laptop, tablet, or phone—on campus or off
  • Create and share playlists—use premade clips, full videos, or custom segments to engage students
  • Add a personalized video introduction to any playlist you create
  • Upload the proprietary digital video content you already own and use (like lectures, seminars, etc.) to the platform
  • Captions, interactive transcripts, citations, Google Translate, and more
  • New videos added at no additional cost
  • Videos can be easily added to LibGuides, distance education courses, social media platforms, and LMSs such as D2L, Canvas, Moodle, and others
  • Public performance rights and no copyright infringement
  • Keyword tags for all content, linking to related material

Films On Demand: Communication Collection

Communication Video Collection

3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product

From rousing speeches and persuasive business proposals to engaging advertisements and heart-wrenching films, the ways in which we communicate—and why—are wide ranging, and every form of communication has its dos and don’ts. This collection covers both basic and advanced techniques of communicating across multiple mediums and varied settings. Instructional videos, documentary films, and expert presentations cover advertising, digital media, film, journalism, interpersonal communication, and more.

This collection is available as a single-subject collection or as part of the Films On Demand Master Academic Video Package.

  • Communication Essentials – the popular four-part series by Films for the Humanities & Sciences featuring critical skills for listening, writing, speaking, and reading.
  • The CLIOs, 2000–2013 – thirteen years (and counting), totaling more than 35 hours of winning entries across all categories for this prestigious advertising awards program.
  • Barriers to Communication and How to Overcome Them – through expert interviews and creative vignettes, the video offers solutions to overcoming common communication problems.
  • Multiple, EXCLUSIVE titles from The Bill Moyers Collection, including Jon Stewart on Humor and an Informed Public; Media Consolidation and the Erosion of Democracy; Big Media, Big Money, Big Trouble; and more.
  • The Story of English and Do You Speak American? – Robert MacNeil’s Emmy Award-winning nine-hour PBS series on linguistics, and its three-hour follow-up (a CINE Golden Eagle Award winner) that focuses on American English and its regional dialects.
  • Sex, Censorship, and the Silver Screen – a four-hour series that uses film clips spanning the bulk of motion picture history to tell the story of the battle between artistic freedom and the heavy-handed restriction and piousness that risk-taking films have generated.
  • Digital Communication Skills: Dos and Don’ts – offers guidance on email, texting, videoconferencing, and using the phone for business calls or voice mail.
  • Internet Research: What’s Credible? – teaches strategies for narrowing down results and homing in on credible sources of information online.
  • The Public Mind – classic four-hour series that explores “image and reality in America”—or how public opinion is formed through the mingling of fact and fiction in a society saturated with images.
  • How to Make It in Film – extensive series that covers all aspects of the filmmaking process, from script writing to production.
  • Sexual and Racial Stereotypes in the Media – a two-part series from Films for the Humanities & Sciences that scrutinizes the media in order to both expose and understand common sources of bias and the intentions behind them.
  • The 5 Communication Secrets That Swept Obama to the Presidency – instructional program that reveals a set of methods and attitudes at the core of successful communication by studying the skills and tactics of one of its modern-day masters.
  • Mashed Media: The Changing Face of Journalism – a film shot over a two-year period that follows bloggers, hackers, independent publishers, and social media mavericks working at the forefront of digital media innovation.

All titles are segmented into short, pedagogical clips, ideal for classroom use. For classwork viewing, students can choose to watch an entire film without interruption. Titles within the collection are sorted across distinct, browsable subject categories, enabling refined searches for available titles in specific topic areas.

  • Unlimited access from your computer/laptop, tablet, or phone—on campus or off
  • Create and share playlists—use premade clips, full videos, or custom segments to engage students
  • Add a personalized video introduction to any playlist you create
  • Upload the proprietary digital video content you already own and use (like lectures, seminars, etc.) to the platform
  • Captions, interactive transcripts, citations, Google Translate, and more
  • New videos added at no additional cost
  • Videos can be easily added to LibGuides, distance education courses, social media platforms, and LMSs such as D2L, Canvas, Moodle, and others
  • Public performance rights and no copyright infringement
  • Keyword tags for all content, linking to related material

Middle-High School eBook Collection

Middle - High School eBook Subscription

K-12 Schools & Districts

About This Product

Now with a fresh new look, expanded customization options, and even better functionality, Infobase’s Middle/High School eBook Collection gives you convenient access to more than 5,300 acclaimed eBooks from the award-winning Facts On File, Chelsea House, Ferguson’s, and Bloom’s imprints at a fraction of the cost of purchase. Easy to use and correlated to all major educational standards, the Middle/High School eBook Collection is a perfect fit for any classroom or library and an ideal way to grow your eBook collection. The collection includes a wide range of subjects—from ancient history and biographies, to mathematics, animals, nature, and more.

Ask us about our Literary Classics and Sacred Texts add-on collections. Call for details today!

  • Thousands of acclaimed titles
  • Supports 1:1 initiatives, flipped classrooms, blended instruction, and project-based learning
  • Exclusive, unlimited, simultaneous use, on-site or off—no check-in/checkout
  • New and updated titles added automatically at no additional cost
  • User-friendly interface and a robust platform with the speed, flexibility, and functionality that today’s online experience demands
  • Mobile app for Apple iOS and Android
  • Correlated to Common Core, state, national, provincial, International Baccalaureate Organization, C3 Framework for Social Studies, College Board AP, national STEM, and Next Generation Science standards
  • Google Sign-In allows users to easily access the eBook Collection with their Google credentials
  • Share content to Google Classroom
  • Save selected chapters or copied text passages to Google Drive
  • Print selected chapters or text
  • Powerful browse and search options, with dynamic filters; plus, users can browse the full list of available subjects right from the home page and link directly to the areas that interest them
  • “Did You Mean…?” search feature
  • eBook Reader with embedded tool options that allow users to search within the eBook and control the display
  • Custom home page sliders—create your own sliders that feature the Infobase eBooks of your choice
  • Page Links on Subject and Series pages can be used to direct other authenticated users to that particular page
  • Dictionary tool, with word pronunciation and related words
  • Uses HTTPS, a requirement for many new browser features, to help protect the security and privacy of our users
  • Dynamic citations available in MLA, Chicago, APA, and Harvard formats, with EasyBib, NoodleTools, and RefWorks export functionality
  • Easy integration into any online catalog via free MARC records
  • “Take a tour” option that guides readers through the Infobase eBooks platform
  • Comprehensive admin portal, with COUNTER 5 reporting, SUSHI exporting, and suppression rule options
  • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat
  • Bookmark tool.

Middle-High School eBook Subscription: Now a Google for Education Partner!

Infobase is proud to announce that the Infobase eBooks platform is now a Google for Education partner. As a partner, the Middle/High School eBook Collection supports the following Google integrations: Google Sign-In, which allows users to easily access the eBook Collection with their Google credenti…read more →

Middle-High School eBook Subscription: New, Improved Platform!

Infobase is delighted to announce that we have relaunched the new and improved Infobase eBooks platform with a fresh new look, expanded customization options, and improved functionality that will enrich the experience of the researchers who use it. HIGHLIGHTS of the key enhancements: All-new, robus…read more →

Middle-High School eBook Subscription: More New and Updated Titles Added

Dozens of new and updated eBooks have been added to Infobase’s Middle-High School eBook Subscription across a wide range of subject areas, making the eBook collection more comprehensive and current than ever. All eBook titles in the Middle-High School eBook Subscription, including these new title…read more →

Middle-High School eBook Subscription: Search Enhancements Made to Platform

Infobase is delighted to announce that a host of navigation and search enhancements have been made to the Middle-High School eBook Subscription platform. The modifications made to the overall navigation—including the search and browse results, the eBook reader, and the search technology—improve …read more →

Middle-High School eBook Subscription: New and Updated Titles Added

New and updated eBooks have been added to Infobase’s Middle-High School eBook Subscription across a wide range of subject areas, making the eBook collection more comprehensive and current than ever—with 670+ titles with 2017 and 2018 copyright dates! All eBook titles in the Middle-High School eB…read more →

Middle-High School eBook Subscription: New and Improved eBook Platform

Infobase is pleased to announce that many exciting new enhancements were just made to the Middle-High School eBook Subscription platform. Users will find a fresh new look, a wealth of new and updated titles, redesigned search and browse pages, a new subject list, and more—all creating a richer, i…read more →

Best Reference Source

Library Journal

Education Software Review Award (EDDIES), “Multi-Level Online eBook Collection” category

The ComputED Gazette

“…this single act of subscribing to the Middle/High School eBook Collection has been the best money I’ve ever spent in my 31 years as a Librarian at St. Catherine’s! I’ve been beyond pleased with the wide scope of coverage offered in the collection… My students have been thrilled to be able to access these books online 24/7/365, with an emphasis on the “24” (given so many are doing homework at 11pm and later)… [The Middle/High School eBook Collection is] what I would describe as an indispensible package of eBooks.”

Laura McCutcheon, Director of Library Services, St. Catherine’s School, Richmond, VA

“It is refreshing to find an extensive online collection tailored to the academic needs of middle and high school students. And what a collection Middle/High School eBook Collection is… the content is comprehensive and well-thought-out… deserves a place in every school library.”

The ComputED Gazette

Literature Essentials Collection

Literature Essentials Collection

3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product:

With titles detailing written works from the ancient world to today, this collection provides reference material for researchers of American, European, Chinese, Latin American, and Jewish literature. Encompassing drama, poetry, fiction, and film adaptations, this collection is ideal for librarians supporting humanities courses and advanced courses on American, British, and world literature.

Credo Essentials Collections offer access to award-winning, notable, and peer-acclaimed reference content. Available collections cover dozens of in-demand subjects and are curated by Credo. Each are seamlessly updated as new editions publish and new content is licensed. Content is regularly refreshed to ensure continued relevance. Credo Essentials Collections are full text and searchable alongside the content on the Credo research platform.

  • Content updates: Literature Essentials Collection titles are seamlessly updated and weeded for your convenience.
  • Citation management: With the Literature Essentials Collection, users can conveniently cite entries in MLA, Chicago, APA, and Harvard formats.
  • Embeds: The Literature Essentials Collection allows users to embed entries in their school’s learning management system, virtual learning environment or other guides/websites. Any entry may be embedded, including those with images, audio, or videos.
  • Permalinks: The Literature Essentials Collection’s record URLs make it easy for researchers to return to previously viewed pages, and allow users to create “custom collections on the fly.”
  • Integration options: Literature Essentials Collection content can be embedded into LibGuides or any LMS that supports iFrame, including Canvas, D2L, Moodle, and Blackboard.
  • Google Drive integration: Users can save Literature Essentials Collection entries to Google Docs via Google Authenticator or through their personal Gmail accounts.
  • Export entries: Users can print, save as a PDF, or email Literature Essentials Collection entries simply and conveniently.
  • Responsive design: The Literature Essentials Collection’s platform ensures a smooth user experience on any type of device.
  • Accessible content: Audio files and dictation of text content (downloadable in MP3 format) improve accessibility and provide different avenues for students to absorb information.
  • Translations: Text content is translated into 60+ languages.

  • American Literature
  • British Literature
  • Chinese Literature
  • Drama
  • Fiction
  • Film Adaptations
  • History of the Book
  • Jewish Literature
  • Latin American Literature
  • Literary Greats
  • Literary Studies
  • Novels
  • Poetry
  • Romantic Literature
  • Science Fiction
  • Shakespeare
  • Short Story
  • War Literature
  • World Literature

Transparent Language Online

Transparent Language Online

Comprehensive Language Learning Courses for Use in or Outside of Class

K-12 Schools & Districts

3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product

Infobase has partnered with Transparent Language, Inc., to offer Transparent Language Online, an extensive language portfolio and learning framework. Transparent Language Online supports all your institution’s language needs in 110+ languages—with more on the way!—including English for speakers of more than 30 native languages, using comprehensive language courses designed for independent study.

Prepare Your Students to Thrive in a Multilingual World

Flip your language classroom, provide supplemental learning materials in the computer lab, or offer classes in new languages. Students feel empowered to use language in the classroom when exposed to the four main language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Your whole institution benefits from Transparent Language Online’s learning methodology:

  • STUDENTS benefit from a declarative learning methodology, equipping them with lifelong language skills.
  • INSTRUCTORS complement classroom time with supplemental solutions for their language labs, manage classes of students and assignments, and encourage independent self-study.
  • ADMINISTRATORS access a robust dashboard where they can customize system setup and run reports to gauge utilization and learning.
  • INSTITUTIONAL/DISTRICT-WIDE LEADERS develop learning opportunities outside the classroom for staff, parents, and the wider community.

Spend less time planning and more time engaging your students with Transparent Language Online. Complement classroom time with technology that improves learning outcomes with:

  • Core skill-building activities
  • Blended learning support
  • 110+ languages
  • Alignment to your curriculum
  • Progress tracking
  • Class management
  • Built-in messaging
  • Staff training and support
  • Mobile apps for iOS and Android™

Transparent Language Online has 3 major system components:

Learning Portal for Students:

  • Access courses and assignments
  • Review learned material
  • Set learning goals

Instructor Portal for Educators:

  • Organize classes
  • Assign lessons
  • Monitor student activity

Admin Portal for Administrators:

  • Customize system settings & configuration
  • Run usage reports

Most Popular

  • Arabic, Egyptian
  • Arabic, Iraqi
  • Arabic, Levantine
  • Arabic, Modern Standard
  • Chinese, Cantonese
  • Chinese, Mandarin
  • English
  • French
  • French, Canadian
  • French, Moroccan
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish, Castilian
  • Spanish, Latin American

Indigenous

  • Balinese
  • Behdini Kurdish
  • Benhti Kenaga
  • Central Ojibwe
  • Cree
  • Dakota
  • Dakota, Sisseton
  • Denaakk’e
  • Denesuline
  • Gwich’in
  • Hän
  • Holikachuk
  • Kaqchikel
  • Kituba
  • Koasati
  • Kwak’wala
  • Michif
  • Nahuatl
  • Naskapi
  • Northwest Ojibwe
  • Oji-Cree
  • Ojibwe

ESL—English

  • Amharic
  • Arabic, Modern Standard
  • Chinese, Mandarin—Simplified
  • Czech
  • Farsi
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hmong
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Malay
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese, Brazilian
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish, Castilian
  • Spanish, Latin American
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

Additional Languages

  • Afrikaans
  • Albanian
  • Altai
  • Amharic
  • Armenian
  • Azerbaijani
  • Baluchi
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Writer’s Reference Center

Writer's Reference Center

All the Tools Necessary to Write and Research Effectively

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Writer’s Reference Center provides users with a convenient one-stop location for all of the tools necessary to write and research effectively. From the mechanics of writing and grammar to style and research, this indispensable online resource thoroughly covers the fundamentals of quality writing, provides a wealth of vocabulary-building dictionaries, and presents a step-by-step guide to writing a good essay. An in-depth grammar section defines grammatical terms and gives examples of use, while another section explores writing style. Writing resources teach users how best to revise their work, and the intuitive design allows users to find relevant information quickly through customizable searches and browsing.

  • Writing fundamentals: Writer’s Reference Center presents a conceptual and practical guide to the writing process, covering preparation; writing your document; revising; and writing about theme, character, form and genre, and other topics. It also provides a step-by-step breakdown on how to write a good essay.
  • Writing references: Writer’s Reference Center features more than 92,000 definitions from more than a dozen acclaimed thematic dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference books from Facts On File, including:
    • the comprehensive Facts On File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins
    • the highly acclaimed Dictionary of Clichés
    • The Facts On File Guide to Good Writing
    • The Facts On File Guide to Style
    • British English A to Zed
    • A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms
    • The Facts On File Dictionary of Allusions
    • The Facts On File Dictionary of American Regionalisms
    • The Facts On File Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases
    • The Facts On File Dictionary of Proverbs
    • The Facts On File Student’s Dictionary of American English
    • The Facts On File Student’s Thesaurus
    • Words to Rhyme With
    • and more.
  • Writing resources: Writer’s Reference Center includes more than 150 essays covering grammar, style, research, and more, presented in an easy-to-use format, allowing users both to learn new concepts and to find answers to specific usage and style questions. The topics covered include:
    • Grammar & Punctuation: the nuts and bolts that hold the basic structure of a text together, including grammar (covering nouns, adjectives, verbs, and more), words in use (covering vocabulary, spelling words, foreign words, slang, and more), and punctuation (covering each punctuation mark from apostrophes to slashes)
    • Writing with Style: style correctness, the qualities of style (including clarity and simplicity), choosing words, constructing sentences and paragraphs, using figurative language, choosing a style, and expressing tone through words
    • Guide to Documents: writing specific types of documents—including letters and emails, memorandums and résumés, essays and theses, business reports and presentations, and promotional writing—plus the styles in which they are generally written
    • Guide to Research: developing a subject, gathering information, and evaluating sources
  • Reference Shelf: Students and researchers can find many useful reference resources in Writer’s Reference Center’s Reference Shelf section, including:
    • Dictionary: a comprehensive English dictionary, providing the correct meaning, pronunciation, spelling, and etymology of more than 90,000 words.
    • Thesaurus: a concise guide to the synonyms and antonyms of thousands of common English words.
    • Allusions: a guide to thousands of well-known events, places, people, and phenomena whose names convey a particular message to readers.
    • American Regionalisms: definitions and origins of more than 20,000 terms and expressions unique to a particular American region.
    • British English: more than 5,500 common British terms and their corresponding definitions in American English.
    • Clichés: a list of thousands of clichés and common expressions, with meanings, sources, and usage history.
    • Foreign Words and Phrases: a guide to thousands of foreign expressions often used in English, with definition, usage examples, pronunciation, and more.
    • Literary and Thematic Terms: a dictionary of more than 1,000 terms important to the study of literature.
    • Proverbs: definitions and additional information for thousands of proverbs, which are short sayings that express general truths.
    • Rhyming Dictionary: an easily searchable rhyming dictionary. Enter any word and find all the words that rhyme with it.
    • Word and Phrase Origins: definitions and origins of more than 15,000 words and expressions.
    • Words Often Confused: a list of word pairs or groups that are often misused or misspelled, such as affect/effect.

  • Convenient access to the dictionary and thesaurus from the home page
  • Specially selected features highlighting important topics for writers
  • Featured words and phrases helping writers expand their vocabulary and depth of understanding
  • Quick-access tabs highlighting Top Grammar Errors, Often Confused Words, and Most Common Punctuation Mistakes
  • Related Articles links for easy reference
  • Persistent record links
  • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, and APA formats
  • Authoritative source list: expertly researched and written content from a wealth of proprietary print titles

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