EBSCO Publishing has announced the creation of the Literary Reference Center, with the goal of bringing together the top reference sources in the field of literary studies. The database provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Literary Reference Center has been specifically designed for public libraries, secondary schools, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research, according to the announcement.
Literary Reference Center is a full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing. This resource includes more than 10,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews; 75,000 articles of literary criticism; 130,000 author biographies; full text of more than 300 literary journals; 500,000 book reviews; 25,000 classic and contemporary poems; over 11,000 classic and contemporary short stories; full text of more than 7,500 classic novels (anticipated by Fall 2006); over 3,000 author interviews; and over 1,000 images of key literary figures.
The database contains the Bloom Series of more than 500 books from Chelsea House Publishers edited by renowned literary critic Harold Bloom and all of MagillOnLiterature Plus from Salem Press, including the highly regarded Masterplots series.
Literary Reference Center also includes other major reference works such as Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature, The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Beacham's Research Guide to Biography and Criticism (six volumes), The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature, The Literary Encyclopedia, and The Columbia Companion to the 20th Century American Short Story. In addition, Literary Reference Center includes hundreds of literary books and monographs from Taylor & Francis, ME Sharpe, Peter Lang, Oxford University Press and many other leading publishers, as well as the complete contents of over 275 major literary journals.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, http://www.epnet.com