Literary Sources Literary Reference Center The Literary Reference Center allows you to search through literary works and authors. This website is a great resource for students working on author studies, history assignments for time periods and specific literary works. I especially like that there is an option to view “Most Studied Authors” and “Most Studied Works”. When you select “Most Studied Authors” the user can then search by title, country, culture, genre and movement. I searched the author, Jane Austen, and was able to learn about the time period in which she lived, her literary works, her biography, an analysis and discussion topics. The same goes for once you select “Most Studied Works”, the user can then search by name, country, culture, genre and movement. I searched the literary work, Anne of Green Gables, and found lots of information about the book. Teachers can use the section of subject terms to plan additional topics to teach that coincide with the book. For example, the subject terms inform me that adoption, friendship, family, maturation, nineteenth century, and identity are all topics that come up in this book. Teacher can plan lesson to extend student knowledge on these subjects as an extension of this book study. This site also gives a character list, an abstract, themes and meanings, and a critical context. There is a section on the website with a featured author. At the moment, the featured author is Maya Angelou and the information provided gives the reader a good idea of the accomplishments of the author. While exploring I searched the keyword “dinosaurs” to see what types of items you can find when searching for keywords. I was shown a variety of book reviews of literature works about dinosaurs. Teachers would find this useful to read book reviews before purchasing a book to read to their class or have their students read. During Literacy Days at school this would be a useful website to have students search for information about authors and write biographies or create presentations about specific authors to present to the class. Students and teachers can also use this website to look up some of their favorite authors and find other works by the same author. I would advise teachers to view this website to gain important information about books they are assigning students to read or considering assigning. Overall, this is a great resource for teachers and students.
Grades: 8 and up. Subject(s): Literature. Overall rating: 8.