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Are SparkNotes cheat sheets?
Reading a SparkNote instead of reading a book is misusing a SparkNote. Those of us who write SparkNotes love the books that we write about, and we want you to read them as well! We think that SparkNotes are an excellent way to supplement your understanding of great works of literature, which can often be extremely confusing. Teachers tell us that they use SparkNotes in their classrooms for this purpose, as well as in conjunction with longer books that they do not have time to teach in their entirety.
We believe that the content of SparkNotes reflects this philosophy—our analysis sections are detailed and longer than our summaries, and the supplementary sections, such as "Character Analysis" and "Themes, Motifs, and Symbols" are scholarly secondary material that can be invaluable when developing paper ideas or writing papers. SparkNotes are there to help you understand literature—not as a substitute for it.
Can I use your site for my class? For my children? In a paper?
Yes, but you must cite your references to SparkNotes in the same way that you would cite your references to any books. SparkNotes are all copyrighted, and using them without crediting their source is plagiarism and is illegal. Learn more about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
Who writes SparkNotes? How do I cite a SparkNote?
The writers of SparkNotes are top students or recent graduates who specialize in the subjects they cover. SparkNotes writers approach literature with a passion and an enthusiasm that inspires students and has won over parents and teachers worldwide. The name of the author of any SparkNote appears at the bottom of the title page of the printed SparkNote, and at the bottom of the page in a gray bar on Table of Contents online.
You should cite SparkNotes according to the following example:
Douthat, Ross. SparkNotes on To Kill A Mockingbird.
20 March 2003. <http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/mocking.>
Remember to indent a citation if it occupies more than one line. If you are citing a particular page of a study guide or classic book online, adjust the URL in your citation accordingly
Why don't you put page numbers with quotations in SparkNotes?
Many of our SparkNotes are about books that exist in several different editions, each of which have different ways of numbering pages. What may be on page 27 of your book would be on page 34 of someone else's! We do cite passages from works of drama with act and scene numbers, however.
Why can't I print SparkNotes for free?
The short answer is that we can't work for free! One of the ways that we make money is by selling printable versions of SparkNotes, which we think are a great deal. They're convenient, portable, and accessible from anywhere.
I want a SparkNote on _______. Please write it by noon today!
We're only human! We can't write SparkNotes on demand. Writing a SparkNote is a labor of love that takes weeks or months. But do let us know which books you'd most like to see future SparkNotes on by emailing us.
When will new notes or charts be available? Why don't you have a printable version of the note or chart I need?
We will soon sell Printable SparkNotes for all of our Literature, Shakespeare, Drama, Philosophy, and Poetry study guides. If you want us to include other notes in our collection, tell us!
I have a suggestion to make your site even better! Whom can I talk to?
Please tell us about it! You can write to us directly.
I want to write a news story on SparkNotes. Whom do I contact?
We love attention. Email email@example.com.
Do I have to sign up to use SparkNotes?
SparkNotes study guides, classic books, and many other features are free to use online without establishing an account. If you wish to purchase a downloadable PDF, take SparkTests or post messages on the message boards, you will have to create a SparkNotes account. You can sign up here.
How do I pick a nickname?
Try to pick a nickname that is unusual, or uses a combination of letters and numbers. You may want to try the beginning of your email address, or your initials followed by your favorite number or your birth date.
I forgot my password.
You can reset your password by clicking here.
Please take my profile off of SparkNotes.
If you want to cancel your SparkNotes account altogether, click here. If you merely wish to remove your personal information, click here to selectively remove the personal information from your profile.
Where can I buy your books?
SparkNotes products are sold exclusively at Barnes & Noble. You can see our Barnes & Noble boutique here.
I contacted Customer Service, when can I expect a response?
We manage Customer Service through an automated, online system that routes and tracks your problems to the correct person to handle your situation. You can expect an email response from us within 5 business days. We will do everything we can to resolve your issue. We do not offer Customer Service by telephone.
How can I get help with the No Fear Shakespeare iPhone app?
If you are having trouble with the No Fear Shakespeare iPhone app, please contact customer support here.
What is the difference between a Printable SparkNotes and the same SparkNote freely available on your site?
The Printable SparkNote contains the same content as the online SparkNote—but its portable format is infinitely more convenient. You can download it to your computer and read it offline. You can easily print it and bring it with you to review before a big test. You can search it to find key information about the book you're reading.
What is the difference between a Printable SparkNote or SparkChart and the SparkNote books or laminated SparkCharts you sell in Barnes & Noble booksellers across the country?
The content and the price of both versions are the same. Printable PDFs simply offer another way for you to get printed SparkNotes. Go to Barnes & Noble or download them over the web—the choice is yours.
Why can I download only certain SparkNotes and SparkCharts as PDFs?
We'd like to offer PDFs of every note we have on the web, but converting the notes into a format that you can download is a big project for our editors, designers, and programmers. We're in the process of making as many of them available as possible.
How big is a PDF file?
Each PDF file is approximately 150-350K and should take around 1 minute to download on a 56K modem. The SparkCharts PDFs are a bit larger, ranging in size from 300K-5M.
I've never used a PDF before. What do I need to do?
You need the Adobe Acrobat Reader (Version 4 or higher), which can be downloaded for free. Download it here.
I can't figure out how to use Adobe Acrobat.
Adobe Acrobat reader has a great help section built into its software. In the Acrobat Reader window, pull down the "Help" menu and click on "Reader Guide."
Do I need cookies to use this site? What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file put on your hard drive by a web page and stored there for future use. It helps to customize your experience on the web site. A cookie can only be used by the server that put it on your computer and cannot give your computer a virus. You must allow your computer to accept cookies to use the SparkNotes site.
Your pages freeze, crash my computer, or don't load.
We test our website on the most popular browser and operating system combinations to make sure errors like these don't occur. If you're experiencing a persistent problem, please send us an email and tell us what web browser and operating system you're using, as well as what you were trying to do when the problem occurred.
When I try to sign up or log in, the page reloads without any of my information entered.
Please make sure you have cookies properly set on your browser. If you still have this problem, the best thing to do is close your browser and start over. If you return to the login page you should be able to log in using your email address and password. Should you no longer remember your password, you may reset your password here.
Where are all the old SparkTests? Where are my old scores?
If you arrived here from TheSpark, welcome—TheSpark is now SparkLife. We've revamped some old SparkTests and removed others. If you're looking for an old favorite that's not here, we're sorry to say it doesn't exist elsewhere on the web. We're not keeping any old tests in hiding, but we're adding new ones all the time. Change is good! Have an idea for a test? Tell us!
You will need to create a SparkNotes account to take SparkTests at this site.
How do I compare SparkTest scores with my friends?
To compare SparkTest scores with your friends, or invite new friends, click on the "Preferences" link in the upper right side of this page or follow this link to the Compare Scores page.
How do I create or update my SparkNotes profile?
To create or update a SparkNotes profile, click on the "Preferences" link in the upper right side of the page or follow this link to the Preferences page.
I’m an advertiser and I want to sponsor one of your tests. How can I do that?
For sponsorship information, advertising opportunities and business proposals, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.