Literature paper sources

No need to drag out those heavy Gale books or send some poor student across town to see a source. We’ve got what students need online!

If you haven’t checked out the library’s database page in a while, you’ve been missing two incredible resources: Literature Resource Center and Literature Criticism Online.

Literature Resource Center is easy to use: Type in the name of an author or title of a work and you’ll get biographical information, criticism, and reference sources, all online from one source.

Literature Resource Center includes:

  • Contemporary Authors
  • Contemporary Authors New Revisions
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Literature Criticism from 1400-1800
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
  • Drama Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Short Story Criticism
  • Scribner Writers Series
  • Twayne’s Authors Series
  • And a whole lot more

Literature Criticism Online is new as of December 2007. It contains actual scanned images from the popular Gale literature books. If your student really resists LRC, you can show them LCO to prove that the information came from a book.

Literature Criticism Online has LCO includes:

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • wentieth-Century Literary Criticism
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
  • Literature Criticism from 1400–1800
  • Shakespearean Criticism
  • Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
  • Poetry Criticism
  • Short Story Criticism
  • Drama Criticism
  • Children’s Literature Review

That’s a lot of sources covered in only two database searches!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

1. Use Literature Resource Center and Literature Criticism Online to find an article mentioning the first name of Dr. Watson, of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series.

2. Note the citation for the article where it originally appeared in print reference book or journal.

3. To receive credit for this training, you must report your progress using the link below:

Submit your progress report


  1. A.J. Price says:

    One of the literary databases–the one that reproduces pages from actual Gale sources–doesn’t pull anything related to the subject you type in, and its pages are difficult to read. Also, the text of the site is gigantic for some reason. I think this resource needs to be fixed before it can be helpful.

  2. npljenny says:

    Your comments inspired an entire post – see the follow-up post for more info on Literature Criticism Online. We thought if you felt aspects of the database were not straight forward, others may feel the same way. I hope the follow-up will help. Let us know either way.

  3. Glenn Worden says:

    I found that for this single question about a unique fact, a Google search gave me the most rapid aanswer. I eventually found the answer in LRC, but it took a while to frame the question just so and wade through a lot of material. I’m sure that LRC or LCO would be great for more complicated searches or the various resources needed for an entire student paper.

  4. Adrianne Price says:

    Here I am testing it again and it isn’t any better. Here are my comments for this year:

    I thought “Literature Paper Resources” meant actual print resources that we might have that I don’t know about. It’s a bit misleading to find out they mean resources for school papers on literature. I also didn’t understand the instruction, “find a source in a print reference source”. Does this mean find a reference to the database in a print resource? Or does it mean something else? I was very confused. And I never did find out what Dr. Watson’s first name was! :-(

  5. Jenny says:

    Adrianne – I see what you mean about step #2 in the mission. I’ll correct that so it isn’t so confusing!

  6. Donna says:

    Google is faster, though the databses are a more credible source. When the databases are a fast and easy to use as Google, more people will be happier to use them.

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