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Literacy Resource Center

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What is the Literature Resource Center?

The Literature Resource Center (LRC) is a database containing literature related content including biographies, reviews, literary criticism, and scholarly articles from academic journals and other credible sources. The LRC provides background and examples of critical analysis for students conducting research on literature, film, and other forms of media. Students may also search for multimedia and primary sources among the database’s thousands of poems, plays, and digital recordings. The database is easily navigated and useful for a variety of assignments.

How is it used?

Note: Access to the Literature Resource Center must be purchased by your school or organization. To speak to a marketing representative about purchasing an LRC license, call 1-800-877-GALE.

When access to the Literature Resource Center has been purchased, a link will usually be added to the school website and usernames and passwords will be issued. If you are unsure whether your school has purchased access to the LRC ask the school librarian.

Once you have logged in to the Literature Resource Center, navigation is simple. Students may navigate the database through a basic search, advanced search, or they may search according to a particular person or work of interest.

Basic Search:


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  • ·         A basic search is the simplest way to navigate the LRC. This is the recommended method for most high school students.
  • ·         After a student has logged on to the LRC, he or she will be redirected immediately to the basic search page. Here the student will type his or her search into the field provided. Students may search using keywords or they can choose a specific person or title.
  • ·         Students can also choose to restrict their search according to the date of publication or the type of content using basic search.

Advanced Search:

  • ·         An advanced search includes all of the features of a basic search and accesses the same content, but it includes more options for restricting the results of a search. An advanced search may be helpful for a student who does not yet have a focused topic of research.
  • ·         Besides restricting the results of the search according to publication date and type of content, a student can also search according to target audience and language using advanced search.

Person Search:

  • ·         Students can use the person search feature to research a specific author or character in the database.
  • ·         Students may restrict a person search by including the person’s name, gender, ethnicity, occupation, date and place of birth, and date and place of death. The student may also include the literary movement with which an author is associated and the genre of their work.


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Works Search:

  • ·         Students may search for a particular piece of literature or criticism by using the works search option.
  • ·         In a works search students can restrict the output by including information such as the author’s name, the publication year, the original language, the author’s gender, and the author’s nationality and ethnicity.

How can I use the LRC in my classroom?

  • ·         Students can be given time during class to conduct research on the LRC for a research paper or project. This activity will provide students with guided practice in conducting research and will help them understand how to recognize a credible source.
  • ·         Students can use the LRC to find a poem of their choosing to analyze critically. This will provide practice for students to analyze a piece of literature critically. They can then use the LRC to find additional information on their poem and evaluate whether their analysis of the poem has changed after reading some additional criticism.
  • ·         Students can use the LRC to listen to a recording of an author that they have read. They can then discuss and evaluate the author’s tone in regard to the piece that they have read. This activity will give students an opportunity to critically evaluate across different media.

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