a. Literature Resource Center (LRC)

Literature Resource Center (LRC) from Gale Group has been licensed by the CDL for all 9 campuses.

Recommended by History and Reference bibliographer groups and endorsed by the CDL Joint Steering Committee on Shared Collections, the Literature Resource Center (LRC) is available and being licensed by the CDL.  A relatively new Gale product, the LRC was funded as a combined “one-time” purchase by the CDL with annual maintenance fees to be supported by the campuses, beginning in 2005.  The JSC recommended that the CDL license the LRC after negotiations with Gale changed the offering from an annual subscription to a “one-time purchase” (of the Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography files) with dramatically improved pricing, especially on the annual fees. UC campuses will have unlimited access to the LRC.

LRC provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline; combining core literary databases (Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, Dictionary of Literary Biography, etc.) into a single online service.  The Literature Resource Center covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors.

This unique resource allows users to search in a number of different ways, including keyword, title, advanced, authors by type, by document, as well as the ability to see a literary-historical timeline of the authors life in context.  By looking for Authors by type, users can select an author ethnicity, Hispanic American, for example, and combine it with a genre such as social novels.  Other ways to search are by literary movement or time period, author nationality or theme.  There is also a feature called Authors on the Highway from Publishers Weekly, which gives dates and locations for author readings and book signings.