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Literary Reference Center - Reference Shelf

The Reference Shelf area (available on the Home Page) provides tools and guidance for the user when conducting literary research. In addition to the Timeline, the Reference Shelf offers the Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature, a Dictionary, Citation Help, Research Guide, Literary Glossary, and a link to the Curriculum Standards application.


  • Encyclopedia of Literature - links to the Merriam Webster Encyclopedia of Literature.


  • Dictionary - links to The American Heritage ® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. You can enter a search term and click Browse, or use the Previous | Next or A – Z links to page through the dictionary. You can also select terms and then click the Search button to search for the selected terms in the Literary Reference Center database.


  • Citation Help - help with citing sources in MLA, Chicago, and APA styles is available right from LRC.

  • Research Guide - links to an online guide to literary research, writing advice, and more.

  • Literary Glossary - links to definitions of literary terms, genres, events, and more.


  • Curriculum Standards Application - The Curriculum Standards application is a tool that allows teachers to locate curriculum standards based on several criteria. Curriculum standards are created and published by each state in order to convey the educational requirements in each subject area at each grade level that students are expected to learn and teachers are expected to teach. In addition, the Curriculum Standards application includes U.S. Common Core standards and standards for Canadian provinces.