Literary Reference Center Plus

What is it?

  • Literary Reference Center, powered by EBSCOhost, 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.

  • Content includes thousands of plot summaries, essays of literary criticism, author biographies, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems and short stories, and author interviews.

Getting Started

Access Literary Reference Center through any web browser:

  1. Go to the library’s website and click on the orange Research & Learning button and then on the Articles, Research & Information button.

  2. Click on Books & Literature and then on the Literary Reference Center link. You will be prompted to log in with your Patron ID # (back of card) and PIN number.

Using Literary Reference Center

  1. Use Literary Reference Center by 1) typing in your query in the Basic Search field, 2) choosing Advanced Search for more options, or 3) browsing the list of available publications.

  2. Basic Search allows you to enter a word, phrase, or Author’s name. Search suggestions will appear as you begin to type your term(s). Advanced Search gives you options to limit your search by such factors as document type, literary character, or genre. You can also browse different categories such as Most Studied Authors, All Works, or Full-Text Classics.

  3. Click on an item in your results list to view the record which will display the publication information. Click PDF or HTML Full text on the left-hand side of the page to begin reading the article.

  4. Use the Tools Menu on the right-hand side of the page to print, email, or save the article. You can also use the Cite feature to create a citation.

  5. In order to use the “Add to Folder” and “Create Note” functions to save information for access at another time, you must register for an account or sign into EBSCOhost with a Google Account by clicking Sign-In at the top of the page.

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