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Welcome to the StudySpace

To access the Workshops in this site, you'll need to use the free universal registration code printed on the inside back cover of your book. Register here.

The structure of this site uses contemporary pedagogical techniques to help you strengthen your study habits. The site is organized into 3 parts: Prepare, Read and Connect.


Before you read the literature your instructor assigns, it may be helpful to read the “Reading, Responding, Writing;” “Understanding the Text;”  “Exploring Contexts;” and “The Whole Text” genre chapters in your book.

  • After you read the genre chapters in your book, use these understanding the genre quizzes to your knowledge of the elements of each genre.
  • The glossary will introduce you to some of the key literary and critical terms relevant to the study of literature.
  • Test your knowledge of the terms in the online glossary with these interactive glossary flashcards.


As you read each work in your book, be sure to pay attention to any footnotes and annotations provided there.  The resources in this section are designed to help you learn to read with greater understanding and appreciation.

  • Workshops guide you step-by-step through a close reading and analysis of widely-taught works in The Norton Introduction to Literature.  Many workshops include illustrations or other media and all include writing assignments.
  • Reading comprehension quizzes with detailed answer feedback for more than 60 works help you gauge how well you’ve understood the story, poem, or play.


Some of the resources in this section help you to see how to turn the process of close reading into exemplary writing.  Others encourage you to make connections between literary texts and the world around us.

  • Avoiding plagiarism and research writing tutorials include interactive quizzes that help you learn how to use quotations effectively and correctly, use valid paraphrasing techniques, understand the distinction between “common knowledge” and proprietary ideas, and use the Internet as a research tool.
  • Audio overviews of select in-text student essay models provide more information about the draft and revision process.
  • The Writing about Literature section from the text, included here in its entirety, offers detailed and comprehensive guidance on how to write an essay about literature. Writing about Literature quizzes help students review the material in this section
  • 2009 MLA Documentation Guidelines are color-coded for easy reference.
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The Norton Gradebook

Instructors and students now have an easy way to track online quiz scores with the Norton Gradebook.

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American Passages

Visit our companion site, American Passages. Produced in conjunction with Oregon Public Broadcasting, this rich site includes an archive featuring over 3,000 images, audio clips, presentation software, and more.