Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center
is the most current and comprehensive online literature database available to libraries. Mapped to the literature curriculum, the resource's rich critical, biographical and contextual materials support interdisciplinary approaches to literature, including theatre and film. Students and researchers will find full-text biographies, reviews and criticism on authors and their works, from every era and from around the world.
  • More than 850,000 full-text articles, critical essays and reviews from over 390 scholarly journals and literary magazines, including English Historical Review, Early Modern Literary Studies and the Germanic Review
  • In-depth biographies on more than 135,000 authors (20,000 non US authors), from Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Authors New Revisions, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Literary Criticism. researchers will find detailed biographical, bibliographical and contextual information about authors' lives and works including Harold Pinter, Nadine Gordimer, W.G. Sebald, Zadie Smith and Michel Houellebecq
  • More than 75,000 selected full-text critical essays and reviews from Contemporary Literary Criticism, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, as well as Drama Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Short Story Criticism and Children's Literature Review
  • More than 11,000 overviews of frequently studied works, from sources including Gale's For Students series, Literature and Its Times and Characters in 20th-Century Fiction
  • More than 8,500 interviews
  • Nearly 5,000 links to selected Web sites and more than 2800 author portraits
  • The ability to identify authors and works that share characteristics such as genre, time period, themes, nationality, ethnicity and gender
  • Merriam-Webster's® Encyclopedia of Literature, featuring 10,000 definitions of literary terms


  • "Tabbed" results reflecting the way literature is studied and encouraging further exploration via related subjects links, searches within the source publication, and links to other articles by the same person
  • Tools like Print, e-mail, Download, Citation Tools and Bookmark are clearly and easily accessible
  • Browsable search indexes help users identify the most useful search terms for their needs
  • Person Search and Works Search create representative lists of authors or works that share characteristics like nationality, gender, genre, or century
  • Sort by Relevance, Publication Date and Document Title
  • Cross-searchability with resources such as LitFinder, Gale Virtual Reference Library and MLA International Bibliography
  • Browse publications and other search indexes
  • "How to Cite" feature with export to citation tools
  • ReadSpeaker audio technology

Gale Literary Sources provides workflow tools and features that are brand new to your Gale Literature Collections – term clusters, search assist functionality, mobile compatibility, interface translation, along with an easier and more dynamic search.