Reference & Research: Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center is a full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing.

This database is a highly graphical interface intended for public, academic and high school libraries. The primary goal of LRC is to assist high school and undergraduate English and Humanities students with homework and research assignments of a literary nature.

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Literary Reference Center contains full text for:

  • more than 31,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews
  • nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticism
  • more than 159,000 author biographies (including more than 22,000 in-depth bios)
  • 450 literary journals
  • more than 632,000 book reviews
  • more than 69,000 classic and contemporary poems
  • more than 18,000 classic and contemporary short stories
  • more than 5,600 author interviews
  • more than 8,200 classic texts
  • and much more.
D. H. Lawrence

In addition to the normal search techniques and strategies, this database offers sections for:

  • Book Highlight -- more than 1,000 full-text books and reference works are highlighted on a rotating basis. Of special interest is the Understanding Literature Series from Whitston Publishing, which contains hundreds of literary essays written by scholars from around the world
  • Author in Focus -- different authors are highlighted on a rotating basis
  • Reference Shelf -- provides tools and guidance for the user when conducting literary research. In addition to the historical timeline, it offers the Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature, a Dictionary, Citation Help and a Reference Guide.
  • Content Spotlight -- highlights key content in the Literary Reference Center, including the Bloom series of books from Chelsea House and the Masterplots series from Salem Press
  • Literary Glossary -- over 1,000 literary terms are explained
Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature

When you click on the icon above to enter the Literary Reference Center, you will be prompted for your library barcode number.

For a PDF file of user instructions for the Literary Reference Center , click here.

William Shakespeare