New York, NY, January 31, 2007–Facts On File, the award-winning publisher of print and online reference materials for schools and libraries, is pleased to announce the highly anticipated redesign of its acclaimed Literary Reference Online database. The thoroughly revised and expanded database is now called Bloom´s Literary Reference Online, reflecting the inclusion of literary criticism and the Western Canon from the esteemed academic Harold Bloom.

"Professor Bloom has long been regarded as a brilliant literary critic, and the addition of his highly respected literary criticism and Western Canon of Literature brings an added level of authority to our literature database," said Nicole Bowen, Facts On File´s Director of Electronic Publishing. "The redesign makes this a substantially more powerful electronic resource, and students and researchers will really benefit, not only from the new content, but from the revamped features that encourage further study."

The many outstanding improvements to Bloom´s Literary Reference Online include:
*An Inviting New Interface–The appealing new interface provides users with faster, more direct access to the database´s wealth of content.

*New Content–More than 14,000 new critical essays, entries on topics and themes, synopses and overviews, analyses, character entries, and biographies–including new literary criticism from Harold Bloom–have been added.

*Enhanced Browse and Search Features–Users can now conduct full-text keyword searches across the database. Within each entry, highlighted search terms, extensive in-text linking, and links to suggested searches and related works facilitate further research. The revised browse features make it easy to browse the thousands of entries within the Authors, Works, Topics and Themes, and Timeline sections. The Canon of Literature can also be used to browse the database.

*New Tabbed Search Results–Search results have been reorganized within tabs, by record type, such as "All Results," "Biographies," "Overviews and Synopses," "Analyses and Criticism," and a brand-new "Topics and Themes" section–garnering highly relevant results.

*Comprehensive New Timeline–The browsable and searchable timeline of world literature, with more than 15,000 entries, offers easily accessible information about births, deaths, publications, and major literary events from the ancient era to the modern day.

*Harold Bloom´s Western Canon–Explore Professor Harold Bloom´s selection of authors and works that represent the greatest achievements of the Western literary tradition.

*Featured Content–The Authors and Works browse pages now include a monthly feature and lists of highlighted entries selected by the editors.

For reviewer access to Bloom´s Literary Reference Online, please contact Jamie Costanzo at 212-896-4214 or at jcostanzo@factsonfile.com.

For ordering, pricing, or other information, please contact our Online Sales Department at 1-800-322-8755 or at onlinesales@factsonfile.com.

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