Bloom’s Literature

Bloom’s Literature






Bloom's Literature

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

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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.

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  • 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 1,300 full-length videos, including performances of great literary works—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 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 reference essays from Facts On File’s extensive collection, Harold Bloom’s acclaimed writing, and many thousands of critical essays by other major critics 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 and stories: Students and researchers can find more than 2,600 full-text, searchable poems and more than 100 classic short stories in Bloom’s Literature. Each poem and story:
    • 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 →