Versions of the Text

Different file types allow different capabilities.  For example, you can download pdf files.   However, the Scholar Annotation tool will not work with pdfs but will for html and some electronic books.

Full text pdfThe Great Gatsby

Full texdt htmlThe Great Gatsby 

Audio narration and simultaneous full text:The Great Gatsby from

Full text Spanish version pdfEl Gran Gatsby

E bookThe Great Gatsby ebook from the University of Adelaide

Books in the Library

Rebirth and renewal
Call #: 809 REB edited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom ; volume editor, Blake Hobby.
Series: Bloom’s literary themes
Published 2009

Call #: 813.5 GAT edited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom.
Series: Major literary characters
Published 1991

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Call #: 813.52 FSC edited, and with an introduction by Harold Bloom.
Series: Modern critical interpretations
Published 1986

The great Gatsby : the limits of wonder
Call #: 813.52 LEH Lehan, Richard Daniel, 1930-
Series: Twayne’s masterwork studies ; no 36
Published 1990

The great Gatsby
Call #: F FIT Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940.
Published 1995

The Great Gatsby
Call #: F FIT Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940.
Published 1996

Prohibition : thirteen years that changed America
Call #: 363.4 BEH Behr, Edward, 1926-
Published 1996

Bootleg : murder, moonshine, and the lawless years of prohibition
Call #: 363.4 BLU Blumenthal, Karen.
Published 2011

The 1920s decade in photos : the Roaring Twenties
Call #: 973.91 COR Corrigan, Jim.
Published 2010

The Harlem Renaissance
Call #: 700.89 CHA Chambers, Veronica.
Published 1998

Understanding inequality : the intersection of race/ethnicity, class, and gender
Call #: 305 UND edited by Barbara A. Arrighi.
Published 2007

Crash Course Videos

There are three Crash Course Videos.  Two parts on the novel itself and one video on the Roaring Twenties.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

ELibrary Research Topic: F. Scott Fitzgerald (click image below).

F. Scott Fitzgerald Centennary Home Page from the Univeristy of South Carolina: biography; voice clips; quotes; chronology etc.

F. Scott Fitzgerald and the American Dream from PBS

Databases & Search Tips

Searching a library catalog or database can give you great results.   But it does not work exactly like Google.
Unlike Google, theses resources do not work well with phrases or natural language questions.

For example:

  • Instead of: “What is the role of crime in the novel The Great Gatsby?”
  • Use these terms: “crime” and “gatsby”
  • Instead of: “How does bird flu spread?”
  • Use these terms: “avian influenza” and “transmission”

Think carefully about your topic and choose 2-3 power words.

JSTOR and Google Books:  JSTOR is a subscription library of digital articles that virtually every college and university uses.  You can sign up to get up to three articles but it can also be useful to locate scholarly books.

For example: Searching JSTOR using search terms “great gatsby” and “racism” gives one result of a brief book review but not the text itself.  However, you can search for that book in Google Books.  Google Books previews gives you about 85% of a book and you can search within them.

Williamsburg Regional Library Databases:  WJCC students can access these using wjcc+student number. The first two listed are under the Books, Reading and Literature section.  However, it is highly recommended that you choose “See All Databases” as there are several others listed below that are helpful.

Contemporary Literary Criticism Select

Literary Reference Center

Ebsco Host

Expanded Academic ASAP

InfoTrac OneFile

Research In Context

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Best of the Web

Digital History the 1920s Comprehensive website from the University of Houston.

The Roaring Twenties Overview from

Becoming Modern: America in the 1920s from the National Humanities Center

An Overview of the African American Experience from the Constitutional Rights Foundation

The Decade That Roared from

Prohibition: Unintended Consequences from the PBS Ken Burns documentary