This cross-searchable environment brings together Gale’s premier literary databases to allow users to search across a library’s resources to discover and analyze content in entirely new ways. Gale Literary Sources provides uniquely rich literary content, dependable metadata, and intuitive subject indexing—all enriched by features and design that breathe new life into the study of literature.

Any new literary resources will be made available through Gale Literary Sources, and if your library or university has access to these products, they will be automatically added to your Gale Literary Sources experience.

Currently, users can cross-search these collections:

  • Literature Criticism Onlineone of the largest, most extensive compilations of literary commentary available
  • Literature Resource Centeroffering up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 published novelists in all disciplines, from all time periods, and from around the world
  • LitFinder, containing a wealth of literary works, including over 150,000 full-text poems and more than 800,000 poetry citations as well as short stories, speeches, and plays
  • Subcollections of Gale eBooks titles, optimized for search, discovery, and integration across your school, university, or library’s educational programs, Gale eBooks connect users to the most authoritative resources available—with a shorter pathway to get to them
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online, signed scholarly essays that provide essential context to understand the careers and writings of more than 12,000 published novelists from all time periods and all parts of the world.
  • Something About the Author Online, engaging author biographies of classic, contemporary, and emerging novelists and illustrators of children’s and young adult works.
  • Contemporary Authors Online, current biographical and bibliographical data on more than 120,000 modern writers.
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Gale Literary Collections

Gale Literary Sources brings together all of Gale’s literary databases and literature eBook titles on Gale eBooks into one seamlessly cross-searchable research and study environment. Whether your users are researching authors and their works, literary movements, or trying to find book reviews of bestsellers, they can access full-text literary works, journal articles, literature criticism and analysis, reviews, author biographies, bibliographies, multimedia, and a rich collection of scholarly overviews with Gale’s literature collections. 

Reviews and Testimonials

“This product has many different faces to keep both staff and students happy with their search results. Students from junior to high school would benefit. Instead of purchasing various print volumes yearly, the database covers several of the Gale literary criticism products. Recommended.”
—Library Media Connection

Platform Features & Tools

Term Clusters

By grouping commonly occurring themes, this tool reveals hidden connections within search terms—helping to shape research by integrating diverse content with relevant information.

Optimized Content

A responsive design fits the platform to any screen size on any device.

Citation Tools

Integrated directly into the user’s workflow, formatted citations can be easily imported from single or multiple documents to services like EasyBib or NoodleTools. MLA-, APA-, and Chicago-style citations are supported.