Literary Reference Center

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Comprehensive content for all literary research

This comprehensive, full-text database provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes—to give students, professors, and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs.

Superior Content

Combining information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals, and original content from EBSCO, Literary Reference Center features an expansive collection of author biographies, plot summaries and work overviews, full-text essays from leading publishers, literary reference books and monographs, cover-to-cover full text for literary magazines and journals, book reviews from the most prestigious publications, poems from hundreds of sources, short stories, classic texts, author interviews, and much more.

In addition, Literary Reference Center includes Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature, Beacham’s Research Guide to Biography and Criticism (six volumes), The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature, and all of MagillOnLiterature Plus.

School Curriculum Support

Available via EBSCOhost or its own dedicated interface, Literary Reference Center contains a collection of informational texts on numerous literary genres, themes, and forms, as well as critical essays on specific works and authors. Students can also find helpful research guides, a citation tool, and literary glossary.

Literary Reference Center also features dozens of lesson plans and a link to EBSCO's Curriculum Standards Module, a tool that can help teachers correlate EBSCO content quickly and easily to Common Core, state- or Canadian province-specific curriculum standards. The module provides browsing of specific benchmarks, many which have recommended search strings for successful content retrieval.

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Literary Reference Center is a literature student's dream... It provides a wealth of information for students doing author or biography reports, not to mention librarians performing readers' advisory.

– Library Journal, November 2011