About Literature Resource Center

Research on literary topics, authors, and their works.

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Key features

Literature Resource Center covers all genres and disciplines, all time periods, and all regions of the world. It includes:

  • Biographical entries on more than 135,000 authors which also provides contextual information about their lives and works;
  • Full text articles, critical essays and reviews;
  • Overviews of frequently studied works;
  • Full text poems, short stories and plays;
  • Author interviews and portraits;
  • Gale's Literary Index - a master index to the major literature products published by Gale;
  • Encyclopedia of Literature - enter a letter or word to bring up a dictionary search.

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More information

This eResource supports research in English, World literature, film, theatre and across the humanities. There are numerous ways to search in LRC:

  • Basic Search on the front page - in here you can enter keywords, a person's name to find works on or by that person and the name of a work;
  • Advanced Search: define your search using a list of more than 25 terms, such as: name of work, character name, literary movement/genre;
  • Person Search: allows the user to search on specific attributes, such as gender, theme or nationality;
  • Work Search: find the full text version of poems, plays and stories with information about that written work by searching by genre, author, keyword and many other terms.

If you are not sure what you are after then these tools may help:

  • Term frequency — allows you to see the frequency of your search term in the content over time. This helps link the importance of particular concepts during given periods. Is there a connection between “bread” and “revolution”?
  • Topic Finder — see topics that commonly occur in relation to your search term to expand thinking and exploration.

Integration with Google and Microsoft

Gale Cengage has integrated this eResource with Google and Microsoft. At the top of each page there is an option to sign in. If you have an account for Google you can save Gale content as Google docs into Google Drive or Google Classroom accounts. If you have a Microsoft account you can store, sync and share downloaded Gale content to your OneDrive account and easily transfer downloaded OneDrive content for use in other Microsoft tools like OneNote and Classroom.

You can cross search the Literature Resource Center with other Gale literary resources such as LitFinder in one search using Gale Artemis: Literary Sources

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