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The Destination for Literary Research

Gale Literature Resource Center provides researchers with unbounding literary resources to support their literary responses, literary analysis, and thesis statements through a diversity of scholars and critics that ensure all views and interpretations are represented.

Researchers can find up-to-date analysis, biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods, and from around the world. Gale Literature Resource Center brings together materials that support interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy, and the development of critical thinking skills. Researchers with a literature, history, arts, gender studies, or cultural studies focus can use this resource to analyze authors and works throughout time.


As the online destination for literature criticism, author biographies, reviews, primary literary texts, and more, users will find examples for how to structure their own literary analysis. Students and researchers will gain instant access to:

In addition, Gale Literature Resource Center is cross-searchable with other literature resources like Gale Literature Criticismthe most extensive compilation of literary commentary available, with centuries of literary analysis.

Gale Literature Resource Center provides an unprecedented, seamless research experience that helps students, academics, and researchers of literature find a starting point, search across a wide variety of materials and points in time, and discover new ways to analyze information for literary studies in your library or institution. 


“Gale’s main literature offering delves deep into a broad range of content, containing criticism, biographies (130,000), primary sources, and multimedia. Multimedia are especially rich compared with other products, comprising websites, images, sales stats, and audio such as NPR transcripts and links to audio segments available online.”

- Library Journal

Additional Details


  • English Literature
  • Literature
  • World Literature
  • American Literature
  • Literary Criticism
  • Literary Theory
  • Literary Movements
  • Shakespeare


  • Gale Literature: Contemporary Authors
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
  • Novels for Students
  • Shakespearean Criticism
  • Poetry Criticism

Platform Features & Tools

Topic Finder

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

Term Frequency

Researchers can see the frequency of search terms within sets of content to begin identifying central themes and assessing how individuals, events, and ideas interact and develop over time.

Workflow Tools

Google Workspace for Education and Microsoft 365 tools enable users to share, save, and download content—including highlights and notes. Learn More

Reviews & Testimonials

“Students will be impressed with the convenience and reliability of the material in this database. Gale Literature Resource Center, formerly known as Literature Resource Center, is a high-quality, one-stop choice for high schools and undergraduate literary research.”

 – Media & Methods


“It is rare to come across such a database as the Gale Literature Resource Center. It truly does merit all of the acclaim that it has received. I recommend this database with no reservations at all. I would recommend it for any school—ranging from elementary to post-secondary—as well as any public library.”

 – Scott Millard

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