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March 13, 2006 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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EBSCO Publishing Introduces Literary Reference Center

With the goal of bringing together the top reference sources in the field of literary studies, EBSCO Publishing ( has created the Literary Reference Center. The new resource is a full-text database that combines information from major reference works, books, and literary journals, as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing. Literary Reference Center has been specifically designed for public libraries, secondary schools, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research.

Literary Reference Center includes more than 10,000 plot summaries, synopses, and work overviews; 75,000 articles of literary criticism; 130,000 author biographies; full text of more than 300 literary journals; 500,000 book reviews; 25,000 classic and contemporary poems; more than 11,000 classic and contemporary short stories; full text of more than 7,500 classic novels (anticipated by fall 2006); 3,000-plus author interviews; and more than 1,000 images of key literary figures.

Of particular note, the database contains the Bloom Series of more than 500 books from Chelsea House Publishers edited by renowned literary critic Harold Bloom and all of MagillOnLiterature Plus from Salem Press, including the Masterplots series. Literary Reference Center includes reference works such as Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, and many others. It also includes hundreds of literary books and monographs from Taylor & Francis, ME Sharpe, Peter Lang, Oxford University Press, and many other publishers, as well as the complete contents of more than 275 major literary journals.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

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