Current, Comprehensive and Reliable ResourcesLiterature Resource Center is Gale’s most current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database offering the broadest and most representative range of authors and their works including a deep collection of full-text critical and literary analysis. The database provides researchers with unbounding evidence to support their literary responses and thesis statements through a diversity of scholars and critics that ensure all views and perspectives are represented.
Integrated with the most-used collaboration tools in the classroom, students and patrons continue to rely on this go-to resource whenever and wherever they do research.
Researchers are able to find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.
Students and researchers will gain instant access to:
- More than 160,000 complete entries from two award-winning series – Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography –for in-depth biographical, bibliographical, and contextual information on authors’ lives and works
- Engaging content covering a broad range of disciplines and time periods from around the world
- Content that supports interdisciplinary approaches to the humanities, information literacy, and the development of critical thinking skills
- Literature criticism, biographies, topic and work overviews, news, primary sources, literary works, images, links to audio and interviews, and reviews In addition, Literary Resource Center is cross-searchable with complimentary Gale literary products like Literature Criticism Online, MLA International Bibliography, eBooks from Gale, and many more.
"Gale's main literature offering delves deep into a broad range of content, containing criticism, biographies (130,000), primary sources, and multimedia. Multimedia are especially rich compared with other products, comprising web sites, images, sales stats, and audio such as NPR transcripts and links to audio segments available online."
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Books & Authors, Contemporary Authors Online, Contemporary Literary Criticism Online, Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online, Shakespeare Collection
Platform Features & Tools
By grouping commonly occurring themes, this tool reveals hidden connections within search terms—helping to shape research by integrating diverse content with relevant information.
Researchers can see the frequency of search terms within sets of content to begin identifying central themes and assessing how individuals, events, and ideas interact and develop over time.
Integrated G Suite for Education and Microsoft Office 365 tools enable users to share, save, and download content—including highlights and notes.
Reviews & Testimonials
"Students will be impressed with the convenience and reliability of the material in this database. LRC is a high-quality, one-stop choice for high schools and undergraduate literary research."
"It is rare to come across such a database as the Literature Resource Center. It truly does merit all of the acclaim that it has received. I recommend this database with no reservations at all. I would recommend it for any school - ranging from elementary to post-secondary - as well as any public library."