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Literature Resource Center offers 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. Its materials support interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy, and the development of critical thinking skills. 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.

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Features and Benefits

  • 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's For 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.
  • Literature Resource Center subscribers can choose to add any of the following products: Scribner Writers Series, Twayne's Authors Series or The Modern Language Association International Bibliography.


"Gale Cengage'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." --Library Journal, November 15, 2008

— Library Journal

"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." -- Media & Methods (April 1999)

— Media & Methods

"...very useful for students researching at the library and writing the research paper at home." -- ARBA (2003)

— Scott Millard

"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. Reference Reviews (2007)

— Scott Millard

"Overall, this database is colorful, quick, easy to master, and engaging for adult or student use." -- Library Journal (November 2001)

— Scott Millard

"The site remains a tour de force connecting a variety of Gale and non-Gale literary reference sources...The Bottom Line: Leaving aside the politics of the consolidation in the publishing industry, this has allowed Gale to bring full integration of resources into play. The inclusion of the MLA International Bibliography and the links to Chadwyc-Healey publications enhances the audience scope of Literature Resource Center, which will be useful in school, public, and academic collections. Recommended." -- Library Journal (November 2001)

— Library Journal

"This generous search capability provides for a marvelous approach to literature. There is a tremendous amount of flexibility. This site is ideally suited for its target audience: high school and undergraduate students. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries." -- Library Journal (03/01/99)

— Scott Millard

"Advanced Placement students should appreciate the wealth of information."--School Library Journal (April 2004)

— Scott Millard

"This is the one-stop resource for information on authors, their works, criticisms of their works, and various other aspects of their writing. LRC is one of the most user-friendly resources of its kind. The ability to search across so many of the Gale lines with one search engine is by itself a major selling point. Access to the many other pieces of information, including Internet resources and full-text journal articles, makes the product even more useful. Libraries that cater to undergraduate researchers, in particular, would be remiss not to add this to their electronic database collections." -- RBB/Booklist (05/15/99)

— Booklist

"Another excellent example of the power of the Internet. Your library may soon need an annex to house all those volumes of Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and Dictionary of Literary Biography; but their content is seamlessly meshed here and combined with additional resources and Web links." -- RBB/Booklist (01/01/00)

— Scott Millard

The ability to search seamlessly across huge tracts of information is one of the advantages the Internet offers, and it's a real plus in the case of Literature Resource Center." -- RBB/Booklist (05/15/99)

— Scott Millard

"Using a multidisciplinary approach to the study of literature, this top notch online literary database gives student researchers access to more than 120,000 literary figures from all time periods and all literary genres...LRC offers a wealth of information in an extensive multidisciplinary approach and is continuously revised and updated. Recommended." -- Book Report (April 2002)

— Scott Millard

"This comprehensive resource is a find for students and teachers who are looking for author biographies, literary criticism, plot summaries, literary genres and more." -- Book Report

— Scott Millard

"A valuable, exceptionally user-friendly resource, providing a surfeit of information on every aspect of literary studies. While particularly useful for high school students and undergraduates, its convenience, ease of use, and credible resources will be appreciated by graduate students and faculty as well."--The Charleston Advisor (January 2001)

— Charleston Advisor, The

"The Literature Resource Center provides biographical information, literary criticism and reviews about nearly 130,000 authors in all genres and disciplines. It is international and covers all time periods. It includes full text articles from literary journals and periodicals, as well as material from Gale's print literature titles..." --Lawbook Co., 2007

— Lawbook Co.

"By virtue of our membership in a consortium, we've had access to the Literature Resource Center (LRC), an outstanding online resource, since Fall 1998. Upon gaining access to this resource, in order to save both money and shelf space, our standing orders to Contemporary Authors (CA), Contemporary Authors New Revision Series (CANR), and Contemporary Literary Citicism (CLC) had been cancelled. The Literature Resource Center is designed for undergraduate students." -- Against the Grain (September 2000)

— Scott Millard

"...finesses the packaging problem inherent in print." -- CHOICE (12/1/1999)

— R. H. Kieft