Literature Library Resources - Book Clubs, Research, Poetry, Short Stories, Speeches and More

Literature Gateway

For the love of literature... 
Help your library
create, build, and sustain communities of readers.  When it comes to supporting literary research – from ancient classics to today’s hot sellers – no one delivers like Gale.  Give patrons, learners, book clubs and other users access to authoritative and acclaimed collections representing modern and historical views on authors, books across regions and eras.

  • Find your next great read for homework, independent research and more
  • Gain critical insights to enhance book club discussions
  • Learn about the lives and works of literary figures spanning genres, centuries and continents



Gale Literature Gateway Products

Scribner Writers Online

Scribner Writers Series Online provides original, scholar signed essays on the lives and works of authors from around the world from all time periods.  Entries include concise essays, citations, and biographical information that places the author and their works in personal and historical context.


Twaynes Authors Online

Twayne’s Authors Online is devoted to in-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers of the world within the context of the time period in which they lived. It provides insightful and original commentary on the history and influence of literary movements.


Covering world literature and authors throughout history, LitFinder contains a wealth of literary works including over 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays. For students or patrons seeking a deeper view into literature, LitFinder also includes secondary materials like biographies, images, and more! From Shakespeare's sonnets to poems by Donald Hall or short stories from Edgar Allan Poe to works by Annie Proulx, LitFinder has you covered.

Literature Resource Center

The world’s most current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database, Literature Resource Center is uniquely relevant to today’s researcher. Its rich critical, biographical and contextual content supports interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy and the development of critical-thinking skills. 

Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.

Books & Authors

An intuitive readers' advisory resource that helps connect readers with new titles, the latest book reviews, and the most up-to-date information about books -- both popular and lesser known.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Product Information

Gale Virtual Reference Library

A collection of eBooks from renowned publishers including titles specially selected for their coverage of literature themes. Titles include: