LitFinder is Gale's premier online resource for students and researchers looking for full text literary works, whether they be poems, plays, speeches, short stories or essays. The reach of the collection extends across hundreds of years and all corners of the globe and includes nearly 150,000 poems, short stories, essays, speeches and plays, representing the work of more than 80,000 authors from 660 nations.

Virginia Woolf' full-text short story The Mark on the Wall


Updated four times yearly, LitFinder immerses students and researchers in more than:

  • 135,000 full-text poems
  • 850,000 additional poem citations and excerpts
  • 6,400 full-text stories and novels
  • 3,800 full-text essays from the 16th-20th centuries
  • 1,250 full-text plays
  • 2,400 full-text speeches
  • 2,340+ author biographies
  • 1,800 photos and illustrations
LitFinder offers easy, tabbed results and is designed to work the way students and researchers retrieve information for essays, theses and exams. It is also cross-searchable with resources such as LitFinder, Gale Virtual Reference Library and MLA International Bibliography in the Literature Resources from Gale environment.

There are four searches to choose from:
  • Basic Search — Enter a keyword, title, author or subject line into a single search box
  • Advanced Search — Search from a pre-defined list of more than 25 indexes and terms, such as: name of work, character name, literary movement/genre and more. Another option is to perform a Command Control Language (CCL) search. This allows the user to choose indexes to search from a drop-down menu by entering the two-character index abbreviation
  • Person Search — Discover information related to an individual or group of individuals who match the user's search criteria, where available. Person Search allows the user the flexibility to search on specific attributes, such as gender or nationality
  • Work Search — Find information about written works that match the specific search criteria. Also find works themselves — the full-text, electronic version of poems, plays, stories or whatever type of primary source content is available in the collection being searched
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.