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Literary Reference Center

Database Information


"Literary Reference Center is a full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books and literary journals, as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing. Literary Reference Center contains full text for more than 35,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews; nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticism; more than 252,000 author biographies (including more than 22,000 in-depth bios); 450 literary journals; more than 693,000 book reviews; more than 78,400 classic and contemporary poems; more than 19,700 classic and contemporary short stories; more than 6,600 author interviews; more than 8,200 classic texts; and much more." --
EBSCOhost Website

Database Features
More than 35,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews
Nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticism
More than 252,000 author biographies
450 literary journals
More than 78,400 classic and contemporary poems
More than 19,700 classic and contemporary short stories
More than 6,600 author interviews

Search Operators
Connectors: AND, OR, NOT
Wildcards: ? = one or more unknown characters (e.g. wom?n)
Truncation: * = place at the end of a root word (e.g. comput*)
Proximity: <search term> N# <search term> = search terms must be specified number (#) or fewer words apart

Database Access

Literary Reference Center

Video Tutorials

Introduction to Databases
Explains why you should use databases when conducting academic research.