Heroes Across Cultures

Heroes are the leaders and models of a particular society, embodying a nation and its people's ideals, dreams, and fantasies. They often also describe a culture's needs. This finding tool will help you begin your research on heroes across cultures.

We can't fit every resource about Heroes Across Cultures on this list! A topic guide is just the beginning of building your bibliography.

Reference materials

This is the place to start any research project. Reference books offer short, authoritative information on every topic. These books must be used in the library and can be found on the first floor. Most contain bibliographies of important books on your topic.

Bradbury, Malcolm. (1996). The atlas of literature. 352 pages. REF 809 At6 1996
Curley, Dorothy. (1969). A library of literary criticism : modern American literature. 4 Volumes. REF 810.9 C93 A 4-volume collection of criticisms on various authors. Includes bibliographies.
Herb, Guntram. (2008). Nations and nationalism : a global historical overview. 4 volumes. REF 320.54 NAT Includes bibliographical references and index.
Unger, Leonard. (1981). American writers : a collection of literary biographies. 4 Volumes. REF 810.9 Am3 A 4-volume collection (with 3 supplements) featuring biographies on various American writers, from Jack Kerouac to John Steinbeck.


Books on this topic can be found all over the library. It is important to examine our catalog for your specific topic in order to find the best resources. Some of these books can be found in the 800s, depending on where the author is from (for instance, American authors would be in the 810s-817s and Spanish writers can be found in the 860s.) There are also books in the FIC section that will be helpful.

Correas de Zapata, Celia. (2003). Short stories by Latin American women : the magic and the real. 246 pages. F-SC-A Short 2003
Heaney, Seamus. (2004). The burial at Thebes : a version of Sophocles' Antigone. 822.914 H35 2004


You can click on any of the links and will immediately be logged into the database.
Biography Resource Center A database of complete biographies on notable people around the world.
Contemporary Literary Criticism A complete database offering full-text articles on literature.
Gale Student Edition Full-text articles and other multimedia geared toward high school students. Go here before Google! Search for subject "American and Literature" to find full-text articles; multimedia, newspapers, and other popular resources. Author searches and subject area searches are also possible. Play with different combination of search terms; for questions, consult the BCDS library for searching help.
Readers Guide Full Text Wilson Web - Good source of articles and criticisms. Basic or advanced search: "American and Literature".
Student Resource Center Junior A database of full-text articles geared toward students.

Internet sites

Mr. William Shakespeare on the Web An Internet portal to all the best sites on William Shakespeare, including links to themes, plot, and full-text versions of MacBeth.
Jodi Picoult On the Web The author's website, dedicated to her books, discussion, and FAQs on her writing style and themes.
Las Mujeres: Laura Esquivel An introduction to her works, as well as a biography and links to other resources..
On Writing Persepolis An in-depth discussion by the author Marjane Satrapi at the publisher Pantheon Books.
Perseus' Sophocles An introduction to Sophocles, his works, and his influence, with a bibliography, at Perseus Digital Library, Tufts University.

BPL: electronic resources

JSTOR: More than 600 core scholarly journals focusing on literature and the humanities. Collection spans the last 150 years but does not includes most current 3 to 5 years.
Literary Resource Center: Full-text database that combines more than 1,000 books, major literary encyclopedias, and reference works from antiquity to the present. It also houses more than 100 literary journals and unique sources not available elsewhere.
Student Resource Center: Designed for grades 6-12, this database offers easy keyword searching across journals, images, books, and reference materials.