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Literary Reference Center Plus

Literary Reference Center Plus is a comprehensive database that offers a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Its wide range of coverage and variety of resources makes it a great starting point for students who are just becoming familiar with a literary topic, and an excellent tool for more sophisticated and in-depth research. In addition, Literary Reference Center Plus includes Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Beacham’s Research Guide to Biography and Criticism (six volumes), The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature, The Columbia Companion to the 20th Century American Short Story, and all of MagillOnLiterature Plus.


Searchers will find:

Literary Timeline Feature in Literary Reference Center
  • More than 35,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews
  • Nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticism
  • More than 253,000 author biographies
  • More than 450 literary journals
  • More than 693,000 book reviews
  • Nearly 78,000 classic and contemporary poems
  • More than 19,600 classic and contemporary short stories
  • More than 6,500 author interviews
  • 8,200 classic texts

Powerful searching options:

Searches will automatically look for information in a variety of fields.

  • Title
  • Alternative Title - Non-English title of the article.
  • Titles of Author's Principal Works
  • Literary Locale Information - The specific setting in time and space for a fiction or drama.
  • Literary Characters - To locate analyses of specific characters.
  • Author
  • Author’s Gender
  • Author’s National Identity
  • Author’s Cultural Identity - To locate African American, Native American, Asian American, Jewish, Latino/a Heritage, Gay/Lesbian and others authors of specific cultural identity.
  • Subjects - Descritive terms referring to the subject content of the article.
  • Literary Genre - Lists the literary genres (or styles) that the work is categorized.
  • Movement - Lists the literary eras or literary movements that are a part of the work discussed.
  • Publication Information - May include current publisher and/or information about the first time the work was published, produced, or transcribed.
  • Abstract Summary - A brief summary of the work and its contents.

And More New Features Just Added:

  • An enhanced contemporary home/landing page aligning with the new companion product Poetry & Short Story Reference Center
  • Ability to Browse “Full Text Classics” from the landing page
  • A Dynamic Timeline visible on the landing page
  • Book Carousel
  • Standard EBSCOhost tools such as Citation Tool (Cite, Export, etc.)
  • Text-to-Speech functionality
  • “Peer Review” limiter available from Advanced Search screen



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