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Salem Literature

Salem History Salem provides access to a growing number of literary reference works both in traditional, printed form and online.  Purchasers of qualifying printed reference products are entitled to complimentary access to the full content of the print reference. It's that simple.

Any school or library with print reference content included in Salem Online is entitled to online access to that content. This access is an inherent part of our product.

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Critical Insights
  2. The American Dream
  3. American Road Literature
  4. American Sports Fiction
  5. Coming of Age
  6. Contemporary Speculative Fiction
  7. Crime & Detective Fiction
  8. Crisis of Faith
  9. Cultural Encounters
  10. Dystopia
  11. Family
  12. The Fantastic
  13. Good and Evil
  14. The Hero's Quest
  15. Literature of Protest
  16. plus many more...
  1. WORKS
  2. Absalom, Absalom!
  3. Aeneid
  4. All Quiet on the Western Front
  5. The Bell Jar
  6. The Canterbury Tales
  7. The Catcher in the Rye
  8. plus many more...

  10. Sherman Alexie
  11. Isabel Allende
  12. Margaret Atwood
  13. Jane Austen
  14. James Baldwin
  15. Saul Bellow
  16. Gwendolyn Brooks
  17. plus many more...


Critical Surveys
  1. Critical Survey of Graphic Novels:
  2. Critical Survey of Mythology and Folklore:
  3. Critical Survey of Drama
  4. Critical Survey of Long Fiction
  5. Critical Survey of Mystery & Detective Fiction
  6. Critical Survey of Poetry
  7. Critical Survey of Shakespeare's Sonnets
  8. Critical Survey of Short Fiction
  9. more...


to Literary Context
  1. American Post-Modernist Novels
  2. American Short Fiction
  3. English Literature
  4. Plays
  5. Poetry
  6. World Literature
  7. more...


Magill's Literary Annual
  1. Each year, Magill's Literary Annual critically evaluates 200 major examples of serious literature published during the previous calendar year. The philosophy behind our selection process is to cover works that are likely to be of interest to general readers, that are written by authors being taught in literature programs, and that will stand the test of time.
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  1. Masterplots, Fourth Edition
  2. Masterplots II:
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Salem Online: The Database
Salem's complimentary database, Salem Online, offers buyers of our printed historical reference complimentary access to that content online. It offers libraries a user-friendly interface and terrific online tools to enhance the value of this great reference source.

New Editions
While a substantial number of our current and past reference is available now, Salem will be updating some of this work in the future. When a title is updated, customers must purchase the new edition to have access to it online. Past editions - once replaced by revised editions - will not be available in Salem databases.

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Thousands of schools, colleges and libraries currently use Salem's online platform to bring their patrons and students reference content online, in libraries and at home. Many others, who have qualifying Salem reference in their collections now, can activate and use that content online, at no cost. And, of course, new titles will be added to all our databases every month.

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Schools and libraries with incomplete collections of the Great Events, Great Lives, Decades or Milestone Documents series may buy all missing titles at the special "Collection Development" discount of 20% off the list price.

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The pricing, distribution and effective costs of this resource are remarkable. Smaller libraries and high schools will be able to provide extensive online history reference at a very low cost. Larger institutions, especially multiple-branch libraries, will find that a single set of the printed title will deliver online access at every branch. The print with electronic combination will make teaching research a more robust experience. (Systems with more than seven library buildings may require more than one printed set to allow universal access across their entire system. Please call for details.) And, having both forms available will provide those who prefer one over the other the resource they want.