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  • Full-text scholarly articles
  • Critical essays and book reviews
  • Overviews on books and literary topics
  • In-depth biographical essays
  • Thousands of full-text poems and stories
  • Links to vetted literary websites
  • Audio interviews and reviews
  • Coverage of Antiquity to the Modern Era

 

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The world’s most current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database, Literature Resource Center is uniquely relevant to today’s researcher. Its rich critical, biographical and contextual content supports interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy and the development of critical-thinking skills. 

Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.  Researchers at all levels will find the information they need, with content covering all genres and disciplines, all time periods and all parts of the world.

Summary: Literature Resource Center is the most current, comprehensive, and reliable online literature resource. Its materials support interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy, and the development of critical thinking skills. Researchers will find information on authors and their works in all genres and disciplines.

Significance:  Literature Resource Center supports coursework and research in English, World Literatures, Film, Theater, and across the Humanities.

Source: More than 145,000 complete entries from two award-winning series — Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography — deliver in-depth biographical, bibliographical and contextual information on authors’ lives and works

More than 75,000 selected full-text critical essays and reviews from proprietary Gale titles — like Contemporary Literary Criticism, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Short Story Criticism and Children’s Literature Review — provide unique insights for students and researchers.
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More than 1 million full-text articles, critical essays and reviews come from more than 450 scholarly journals and literary magazines.

More than 11,000 overviews of frequently studied works come from sources including Gale’s For Students series, Literature and Its Times and Characters in 20th-Century Fiction.

More than 5,000 plot summaries specially commissioned for LRC and written by Gale editors. Summaries include a strong emphasis on the social and historical context of works.

Content also includes:

  • More than 30,000 full-text contemporary poems, short stories and plays
  • More than 10,000 interviews with contemporary writers
  • More than 11,200 links to selected Web sites and more than 4,000 author portraits
  • Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature and Collegiate Dictionary

Structure: Literature Resource Center is structured to meet the needs of today's researcher. Its rich critical, biographical and contextual content supports interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy and the development of critical-thinking skills. Researchers at all levels will find integrated information on authors and their works covering all genres and disciplines, and spanning centuries and continents.

Reliable primary and secondary sources, combined with text-to-speech technology and other user tools, make this a single-stop resource for students and general readers.

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