FULL-TEXT DATABASE

Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center is a rich full-text literary database covering all genres and timeframes. It includes thousands of synopses, critical essays, book reviews, literary journals and author biographies, plus full-text classic novels, short stories and poems. 

Quality Content to Support Students and Educators

Combining information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals and original content from EBSCO, Literary Reference Center features an expansive collection of classic and contemporary full-text poems, short stories, and novels. Other content includes:

  • More than 36,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews
  • More than 240,000 author biographies
  • More than 11,000 author interviews
  • More than 370 full-text literary journals
  • More than 1 million book reviews

Additional Highlights Include:

  • Reference texts including Beacham’s Research Guide to Biography and Criticism (six volumes), The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature, and all of MagillOnLiterature Plus
  • Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
  • Informational texts on numerous literary genres, themes and forms, as well as critical essays on specific works and authors
  • Research Guide to Literary Research, Writing and Critical Reading
  • Literary glossary featuring more than 1,700 terms
  • Lesson plans to support classroom instruction
  • Rich multimedia content to enhance curriculum delivery

Features and Functionality 

Literary Reference Center offers students and educators the following functionality:

  • Google Drive and Google Classroom integration, allowing educators using Google Apps for Education to quickly share content with students
  • Easy-to-browse categories of most studied authors and works, plus the ability to sort search results by content type, publication date, subject or publication
  • Text-to-speech for HTML articles to assist auditory learners, struggling readers or those learning English
  • Citation tool to help students format bibliographic references, as well as the ability to save, print and e-mail citations directly from the interface
  • Mobile-friendly interface available 24/7 via desktop, smartphone or tablet — both at school and at home
  • Autocomplete and spell checker to ensure the correct search terms are applied
  • Personal folders for saving and sharing content

School Curriculum Support

Available via EBSCOhostExplora, 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.

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