New Database: Literature Resource Center

Yuba College Library has purchased a subscription to Literature Resource Center database, containing scholarly criticism, reviews, biographies, primary sources, multimedia, and more.  Literature Resource Center will be added to the Library’s database collection in the MyCampus Portal, and access to the database will begin on January 1, 2012.

Here is a description of the database from Gale:

Literature Resource Center is the most current, comprehensive, and reliable online literature resource. It’s 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. Included are:

  • Entries on 135,000 authors, from Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Authors New Revisions, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Literary Criticism and other sources
  • More than 850,000 full-text articles, essays and reviews from 390 journals and magazines
  • More than 75,000 selected full-text critical essays and reviews from Contemporary Literary Criticism, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, as well as Drama Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Short Story Criticism and Children’s Literature Review
  • More than 11,000 overviews of frequently studied works, from sources including Gale’sFor Students series, Literature and Its Times and Characters in 20th-Century Fiction
  • More than 30,000 full-text poems, short stories and plays
  • More than 8,500 interviews
  • More than 6,000 links to web sites and 4,000 portraits
  • The ability to identify authors and works that share characteristics
  • Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

New and updated material is added continuously. Materials from forthcoming volumes of Gale’s literature series are added throughout the year, along with full-text journal articles and web sites.

The Library appreciates the input it received from the English department regarding the usefulness of this database as well as the value that it would add to the department’s curriculum.


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