Montgomery Bell Academy

Literary Reference Center™ Plus supports sophomore research project at Nashville prep school

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Montgomery Bell Academy
Nashville, Tennessee

Institution Type:   Schools
Related Products:   Research Databases

Overview

Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville has been a college preparatory school for young men in grades 7-12 for nearly 150 years. According to its website, the institution offers a progressive approach to traditional education by providing each of its 720 students with a well-rounded education that balances academics, athletics, and fine arts. Although the school has free access to Gale resources through a state-wide consortium, Montgomery Bell Academy has been a loyal EBSCO customer for more than a decade. In 2015, the institution upgraded its Literary Reference Center™ subscription to Literary Reference Center™ Plus, a move that Head Librarian Angela Klausner says has benefitted students greatly. Read her testimonial below.

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

Customer Testimonial

By Angela Klausner
Head Librarian, Montgomery Bell Academy

During the sophomore year, each student writes a research paper. This assignment's objectives are to teach students how to use the library, how to research online, how to cite sources correctly, and how to organize a long essay that combines their insights with the ideas of other critics. Each student picks one American novelist or dramatist and reads two or three of his/her books—two novels for Regular English, three novels for Honors—by early January. In addition, they are instructed to have access to a solid biography of the writer.

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. Students may filter results with ease, and the included citations are a plus. I especially appreciate that the permalink is separate from the citation (we use MLA advanced), so it is less tempting for them to go the easy route and just grab the URL at the top of the screen.

An up-to-date resource, Literary Reference Center Plus has replaced the need to use Google or Wikipedia not only for the sophomores but also for the numerous students who seek reliable and authoritative sources for literary projects.

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