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Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. It includes coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Most articles are available in PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions.
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Popular Magazines includes more than 1,000 of the most searched magazines across our InfoTrac products. All the titles were selected based on actual publication searches performed by library patrons. This database is 100% full text.

Its rich critical, biographical and contextual content supports interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy and the development of critical-thinking skills. Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.
JSTOR is a growing digital library of more than 2,000 academic journals, nearly 20,000 books, and two million primary source objects. Requires

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Best Books for Writing

This website contains an excellent list of books about creative writing. Books on this list may or may not be available at Brookline High School. We suggest checking the Brookline Public Library and Boston Public LIbrary to access any titles not available here at school.

Websites Suggested by Ben

Poetry Daily
Poem a day plus announcements about what’s going on in po-biz.

Poetry Foundation
Poetry Magazine’s website with Poems, Readings, Interviews, Animated Poems Poetry, Poems, Bios and More
Great resource for information about poets

Library of Congress Readings
Huge database of Readings given for LOC and National Book Awards

Lannan Fellowship
Audio Archive of Readings, Interviews and Conversations

Wired for Books
Interviews Readings and Webcasts

Dodge Festival
Videos of poetry readings from the Dodge Festival

New Pages
Poetry News, Journal Reviews, Links to Lit Mags

New Pages: Blogs
List of blogs by poets and fiction writers

How a Poem Happens
Interview with poets on creative process behind poems

Poets and Writers
Magazine with articles on poets and poetry

Videos, Podcasts and Audio


TED conferences bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less). Watch the example videos below to familiarize yourself with TedTalks.

This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 2.1 million listeners. There's a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It's mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always. There's lots more to the show, but it's sort of hard to describe, as there is a very wide variety of topics covered and discussed . Probably the best way to understand the show is to start by listening to a few episodes. Here is an excerpt from an episode below:

Hosted by award-winning journalist Tom Ashbrook, On Point is broadcast for two hours daily across the country on NPR. The show’s lively conversation covers everything from breaking news to ancient poetry, and features writers, politicians, journalists, artists, scientists and ordinary citizens from around the world. Below is an interview about "One poet’s quest to make poetry more accessible to everyone."

The Peabody Award-winning "Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen," from PRI and WNYC, is public radio’s smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Kurt Andersen introduces you to the people who are creating and shaping our culture. The episode below focuses on science, creativity and poetry and is a good example of what you can expect from a typical Studio360 episode.

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience. Moth stories dissolve socio-economic barriers, expose vulnerabilities, and quietly suggest ways to overcome challenges and see with new eyes. For an example of a storytelling session, listen to this session with Dana Goodyear, who is a staff writer at The New Yorker, teaches at the University of Southern California, and is the author of two books of poetry.