Literary Reference Center Plus

Attention students! Do you have a Literature assignment due? Are you reading a famous author’s work and need help with writing a critical paper about a specific author or work? Literary Reference Center Plus can help. This comprehensive database offers information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.


Searchers will find:
  • Plot summaries, synopses and work overviews
  • Articles/essays of literary criticism
  • Author biographies
  • Literary journals
  • Book reviews
  • Classic and contemporary poems
  • Classic and contemporary short stories
  • Author interviews
  • Classic texts

Users can search the database by keyword, author or title or browse content alphabetically by most-studied authors, most-studied works and full-text classics. The database also includes:
  • Student reference tools including a dictionary, encyclopedia of literature, literary glossary and research guide
  • Text-to-Speech for HTML articles to help struggling readers and those learning English
  • Personal folders for saving and sharing of content
  • Curriculum Standards to help educators correlate content quickly and easily to Common Core, state- or province-specific curriculum standards 

Watch this four minute video tutorial for more detail on how to navigate the database.

For access to Literary Reference Center Plus, please visit our Literature & Reading page. If accessing this resource remotely, you will be prompted for your library card number and PIN.

Below is a list of the top 10 classics read last month. This might help you as a starting point for selecting an author or work and finding more information in Literary Reference Center Plus.

Top 10 Classics

  1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee                                    
  3. Lord of the Flies by William Golding                                                           
  4. 1984 by George Orwell                                  
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen                        
  6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald                            
  7. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger                    
  8. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien                                                     
  9. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry                               
  10. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck       
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