Now in TexShare:
New e-Resources from EBSCO

These databases are now available for TexShare member libraries


EBSCO Do-It-Yourself Reference Centers
Whether you're starting a new business, puttering around the house, or just in the mood to pursue your hobbies, these resources offer compelling content, plus powerful tips and tools.

Literature Reference Center
This comprehensive, full-text database provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes—to give students, professors, and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs.

HW Wilson Databases from EBSCO
Well-known and respected for years by librarians and scholars alike, HW Wilson is considered the premier source for indexing, abstracts, and full-text in the areas of literature and the humanities. Now available through EBSCO for TexShare member libraries.

Answers to all your questions about these new resources for your library!

EBSCO Do-It-Yourself Reference Centers

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center - Offers "how-to" instructions for virtually every hobby enthusiast with full text for more than 1,500 leading hobby books and craft magazines that cover Arts & Crafts, Collecting, Home & Garden, Indoor Recreation, Kids' Crafts, Model Building, Needlecrafts & Textiles, and more! See a tutorial on YouTube.

Home Improvement Reference Center - Provides users with user-friendly “how-to” information covering a range of home improvement and repair projects and features full-text content from leading magazines, images not found anywhere else online, and videos of popular home repair projects. Download a tip sheet.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center - Provides repair guides for small engines and routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) and also allows users to search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area of model/engine type, and model numbers. See a tutorial on YouTube.

Small Business Reference Center - Contains more than 450 full-text reference books and nearly 400 full-text periodicals that provide detailed “how-to” instructions to address small business topics, such as buying and selling a business, managing employees, writing a business plans, understanding legal information, a business and much more! View a Flash tutorial (plugin required)

EBSCO Literary Reference Center

  • More than 252,000 author biographies
  • Over 35,000 plot summaries, synopses, and work overviews
  • 450 full-text literary journals
  • Nearly 100,000 literary criticism essays, including The Bloom Series
  • Hundreds of literary reference works, including Beacham’s Research Guide to Biography and Criticism, English Novel in History and Understanding Literature Series
  • More than 693,000 book reviews
  • More than 78,400 classic and contemporary poems
  • More than 19,700 classic and contemporary short stories
  • More than 6,600 author interviews
  • More than 8,200 classic texts
  • See a tutorial on YouTube

For a complete list of titles covered in this database, please visit the following URL:

HW Wilson Databases from EBSCO

Book Review Digest Plus - Brings together book reviews on subjects such as art, biography, business, education, general interest, history, humanities, literature, music and more with coverage back to 1983

Essay & General Literature Index - Cites records in collections of essays and works published in the United States, Great Britain and Canada dating back to 1985 and spans the entire range of the humanities and social sciences.

Play Index - Covers over 31,000 classic and historical plays dating from 1949, including one-act plays, pageants, plays in verse, radio and television plays, classic drama and monologues from famous playwrights.

Short Story Index - Contains information on short stories by author or genre, and provides detailed indexing for more than 117,000 stories from more than 4,200 collections and anthologies.

Humanities Full-text - Includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries and original works of fiction, drama and poetry in all fields of the humanities from art, classical studies, and film to journalism and more!

Business Abstracts & Full-text - Offers full-text articles from hundreds of key publications, and provides access to product evaluations, interviews, biographical sketches, corporate profiles, statistical rankings and more!


Can I Access These Resources from the TexShare Databases Menu?

Yes! These new resources now appear in on the TexShare menu page. If is your library's method for accessing the TexShare Databases, you and your patrons can begin using them right away. (Remember: you'll need to either be IP-authenticated to see this page or key in your library's TexShare username and password.)

You can also link to these resources from your library's website. See below for details.

Are Promotional Materials Available?

TexShare is working with EBSCO to create customized promotional materials for these new databases.

Can I Use These Resources on My Mobile Phone or Tablet?

All EBSCO e-resources and databases are fully compatible and optimized for mobile phone and tablet use.

Where Can I Get Training?

See the TexShare Training Page for scheduled webinars. Archived webinars are also available for immediate viewing.

How Do I Track Usage Statistics?

Usage statistics for these -- and all the other EBSCO databases you get through TexShare -- are available directly from EBSCO. To request an automatic, emailed monthly statistics report for your library, contact Francisco Munoz: 800-653-2726 x2841 or by email at:

What are the Direct Links?

Libraries using IP-authentication, proxy servers, or remote patron authentication modules can create direct links to each of these databases.  See this page for the complete list.

All other users must access these resources either through the TexShare menu or their local library's online resources page.

How Do I Update My Library's IP Addresses?

Libraries with new, expanded, or retired IP ranges should continue to send those changes to As always, TexShare staff will forward that information to designated technical support contacts at EBSCO, Gale, OCLC, ProQuest, and LearningExpress.

What Other Authentication Methods are Available?

EBSCO can also authenticate users with these methods:

  • Referring URL
    Authentication based on the URL of a menu page on a library's website
  • Barcode prefix
    Libraries that register their barcode prefix can authenticate patrons with this method
  • Success-URL
    Library automation systems with Remote Patron Authentication modules can use these special URLs to provide access to patrons who use their barcode ID to access their local library resources.

To set up any of these authentication methods, contact Francisco Munoz: 800-653-2726 x2841 or by email at:

Who's Paying For This?

There's no additional charge for these new EBSCO resources. The cost isincluded in your library's annual TexShare Participation Fee.

These and all the of the TexShare Databases are funded by a grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services. The TexShare Databases are a program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, made possible by state and federal funds, as well as through member participation fees.

Page last modified: July 22, 2015