Learn to Use Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center is an online resource that connects you to literary criticism, plot overviews, character analyses, author biographies, reviews, and more about the works you’re reading in your classes.

You’ll find journal articles, including peer-reviewed ones, newspaper and magazine articles, multimedia resources, poems, short stories, and entries from some of the best literary reference books – all easily searchable and accessible anywhere you have an Internet connection. 

Watch the short 3-part video tutorial or read quick step-by-step instructions to learn how to use Literature Resource Center.


LRC Tutorial Thumb, Pt 1 Part 1 - Getting Started & Understanding Results, 5:27, captioned

LRC Tutorial Thumb, Pt 2 Part 2 - Advanced Searching, 2:15, captioned

LRC Tutorial Thumb, Pt 3 Part 3 - Working with Your Results, 1:44, captioned


Accessing Literature Resource Center from the Library's website.

  1. Click on the "Articles & More" icon on the Library's home page.
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    Articles & More Icon

  3. Scroll down the alphabetical list on the next screen to the link to Literature Resource Center. (If you're off-campus, it'll ask you to enter your last name and COCC ID number.)
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    LRC select

Basic Searching 

  1. Type in an author's name or the title of a work of literature (poem, story, play, novel, etc.) to get started.
  2. Click search.
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    LRC basic searching

Advanced Searching

Besides a basic keyword search (the broadest search possible), you can use the options on the main search screen to be more specific and get better results.

  1. Use the button beside the "Person - By or About" option below the search box when you are searching for information about a particular author or works by a particular author. 
  2. Use the button beside the "Name of Work" option below the search box when you are looking for information about one, specific work.
  3. Need peer-reviewed publications? Check the box beside the "to peer-reviewed publications" option in the middle of the screen.
  4. Choose the type of results you want to see (see explanations of the search results types below). Only want biographical information about an author? Limit your search to biography content-type only, and save yourself the time of sorting through the other types of results.
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    LRC advanced searching

Search Results

When you get the results of your search, you'll see a screen with some links along the left and several labeled tabs across the top. 

  1. Depending on what information you're looking for, the links on the left - called filters - can help you narrow your search. Filters may be titles of works of literature, themes, people's names, or literary genres.
  2. The tabs organize your results into a few different categories. The numbers in parentheses tells you how many results of each type your search has returned. 
  3. You can click on a tab to access the results in that category.
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    LRC search results

More about the Tabs

Here is what you can expect to find on each tab.

  • Literature Criticism: academic, critical, or analytical essays written by scholars
  • Biographies: articles about the life of the author or other individuals, context for an author or work, and overall critical reception 
  • Topic & Work Overviews: overviews and articles about the plots, themes, characters and contexts of literary works
  • Reviews & News: book reviews and literary news
  • Primary Sources & Literary Works: full-text of selected literary works (for some authors) and letters, interviews, or diary entries
  • Multimedia: images, audio, and websites

Some results appear in multiple categories. For example, an article about themes in a literary work could appear on the "Literature Criticism" tab as well as in the "Topic & Work Overviews" tab.

If you see a gray tab with a (0), that means there are no results of that type for your search.

Working with Your Results

Once you've done a search, what do you do with your search results?

Read an Article
  1. Click on the linked title of the article you want to read, and you can view the full-text of the article on your screen.
Listen to an Article
  1. Click on the linked title of the article you want to listen to.
  2. Click on the "Listen" button at the top of page to listen to the article being read by a computer-generated voice.
  3. On the go? On the right side of the screen, in the area labeled "Tools," you can download an MP3 audio file that you put on an iPod or other similar device and take it with you.
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    LRC listening

Cite an Article

Whether you read or listened to it, if you're going to use it in your paper, you'll need to cite it.

  1. Click on the linked title of the article you want to cite. 
  2. Scroll down to the bottom and look for the "Source Citation." A MLA-formatted citation is provided for you. Be sure to double-check the provided citation before turning your paper in.
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    LRC citing

Email an Article 

Emailing articles to yourself is a great way to keep track of your resources when you're doing research.

  1. Click on the linked title of the article you want to email to yourself.
  2. On the right side of the screen, in the area labeled "Tools," click on the link that says "E-mail."
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  4. A new window will open. Enter your email address and click "Send." You'll get an email with the full-text of the article and a citation for it.
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