Literary Reference Center Plus

This robust full-text database provides the most relevant information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It gives students, teachers and librarians a complete foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs.

Content Includes

  • More than 36,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews
  • More than 88,000 articles/essays of literary criticism
  • More than 260,000 author biographies
  • More than 700 literary journals
  • More than 2,700 reference books
  • More than 900,000 book reviews
  • More than 145,000 classic and contemporary poems
  • More than 34,000 classic and contemporary short stories
  • More than 11,000 author interviews
  • More than 7,400 classic novels
  • More than 360 critical essays about popular young adult (YA) literature titles
  • More than 140 Critical Insights volumes

The expanded content in Literary Reference Center Plus means that our students have what they need right at their fingertips: biographical essays, literary criticism, and very likely full-text of the writer's novels.

Angela Klausner, Head Librarian, Montgomery Bell Academy

Superior Content to Support Students & Educators

Literary Reference Center Plus includes full-text resources focusing on plays/drama, poetry, religious literature and children's literature. This database also includes volumes of fantasy/science fiction, contemporary literature, world philosophy and religious literature, and literary study guides covering American Literature, English Literature and literary genres.

Updated weekly, Literary Reference Center Plus contains the following content and more:

  • Full text for more than 145,000 classic and contemporary poems
  • Informational texts on numerous literary genres, themes and forms, as well as critical essays on specific works and authors
  • More than 360 critical essays about popular young adult (YA) literature titles, including film analyses
  • New contemporary literature titles from Salem Press, including:

    • Critical Survey of Shakespeare’s Sonnets that provides historical context and analysis for 25 of the Bard's sonnets
    • Introduction to Literary Context series that introduces students to great works of literature (such as The Cask of Amontillado, Frankenstein, The Bell Jar and Heart of Darkness), providing historical context and illuminating key concepts and vocabulary
  • More than 700 full-text literary journals and magazines — including AGNI, Black Warrior Review, Five Points, Paris Review, River Teeth, Subtropics and Witness — featuring thousands of essays, fiction and poetry
  • 34 interactive literary study guides that allow students to explore novels and plays by American and British writers and understand the characteristics of different genres and various techniques used by writers. Study guides are available for Animal Farm, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Hamlet, Lord of the Flies, The Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby, as well as “Irony, Parody, and Satire” and “Novels and Short Stories.”
  • Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics and The Columbia Companion to the 20th Century American Short Story
  • Literary glossary featuring more than 1,700 terms
  • Research guides

Literary Reference Center Plus also features dozens of lesson plans and a link to EBSCO's Curriculum Standards Module, a tool that can help teachers in the U.S. and Canada to 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.

Superb Functionality

Literary Reference Center Plus offers students and educators the following functionality:

  • Dedicated, mobile-friendly interface available 24/7 via desktop, smartphone or tablet — both at school and at home
  • Simple search box for keyword, author and title searching
  • Autocomplete and spell checker to ensure the correct search terms are applied
  • Easy-to-browse categories of most studied authors and works
  • Ability to sort search results by content type, publication date, subject or publication
  • Text-to-speech for HTML articles to provide teachers with an alternative content delivery method and to support struggling readers or those who prefer listening to information
  • Personal folders for saving and sharing content
  • Ability to browse publications and other search indexes (such as images)
  • Citation tool to help students format bibliographic references
  • Ability to save, print and e-mail citations directly from the interface
  • Google Classroom integration, allowing educators using Google Apps for Education to quickly share content with students

Literary Reference Center Plus content is also available through EBSCO Discovery Service, EBSCOhost and Explora.


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