Criticism/Reviews


Literature Resources from Gale offer students and researchers a wealth of literature criticism in academic journals, trade publications, Gale multi-volume reference and third party title content. Below is a list of what you can expect to find in each of the datababses to support the study of literature in your institution.


  • More than 75,000 critical essays from Gale Literature Criticism series and other titles
  • More than 390 full-text jounals, literary magazines and trade publications with extensive backfiles - more than 850,000 articles in total. It includes the newspapers New York Times Book Review, New Yorker and the Irish literary Supplement.
  • Continuous updating via new Gale and periodical content, biographical updates, new journal titles
  • Includes Scribner Writers Online - more than 2,000 in-depth essays by scholars on the lives and works of authors from around the world
  • Includes Twayne's Authors Online which features the content of nearly 600 books that provide in-depth critical introductions to US, English and World authors

    Below is just a sample of the academic journal content you can find in Literature Resource Center. To date, Literature Resource Center has 270 peer-reviewed, full-text journals with only 9% restricted by any embargo period.

    Title
    Country of publication
    Early Modern Literary Studies
    UK
    English Historical Review
    UK
    Germanic Review
    UK
    Women's Studies
    UK
    Linguistics:an interdisciplinary journal of the language sciences
    Germany
    Shakespeare in South Africa
    S.Africa
    International Journal of English Studies
    Spain
    Irish University Review: a journal of Irish studies
    Ireland
    Arab Studies Quarterly (ASQ)
    US
    Confluencia: Revista Hispánica de Cultura y Literatura
    US

MLA International Bibliography contains more than 2 million bibliographic citations to journal articles, books, articles, print and electronic books, book chapters, websites and dissertations from 1926 to the present. The MLA indexes more than 66,000 new books, articles and dissertation abstracts every year. The MLA Thesaurus and MLA Directory of Periodicals are included as fully searchable and integrated tools.

Searching the millions of citations in MLA International Bibliography is quick and efficient with functions designed to work the way researchers think. Search functions include:

  • Basic — Search by keyword, full citation, name of work or person
  • Subject Guide — Browse a hierarchical list of MLA subject terms and names allowing the user to select topics, subdivisions and related subjects
  • Advanced — Build a customized search expression by selecting specific fields or sections of each entry to search
  • Directory of Periodicals — Search literary journal details

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Your library can conserve shelf-space with hundreds of full-text e-reference volumes on the Gale Virtual Reference Library  - a platform which is fully cross-searchable in the Literature Resources from Gale environment. Provide your users with with 24/7 unlimted simultaneous access to authoritative and updated literature reference from Gale and our prestigious publishing partners including Cambridge University Press, John Wiley & Sons and Columbia University Press. Here is a list of some of the eReference titles you can choose from for your library's literature users:


Concise Major
21st Century Writers


Contemporary Authors

Drama For Students

Feminism in Literature:
A Gale Critical Companion

Gothic Literature:
A Gale Critical Companion

Novels for Students

Poetry for Students

Short Stories for Students


Children's Literature Review

Something About the Author

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Your library has the option to subscribe to any of the above databases as stand alone collections or in any combination. The choice is yours.

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.