About LitFinder

Full text poems, short stories, essays, speeches, plays, novels and more.

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Key features

LitFinder spans history and geography to offer the written works of more than 80,000 authors from over 660 nationalities. LitFinder includes:

  • Poems (Frost, Byron, Pound, and Rossetti) ;
  • Thousands of  full-text short stories and novels, including classic and contemporary titles (Chaucer, Poe, Hemingway, Walker);
  • Essays published from the past 500 years which focus on humanities, social science, biography and literary criticism;
  • Full-text plays, including one-act plays, tragedies, comedies and more (Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen);
  • Speeches (Churchill, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Obama);
  • Author biographies;
  • Gale's Literary Index - a master index to the major literature products published by Gale;
  • Encyclopedia of Literature - enter a letter or word to bring up a dictionary search.

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More information

There are numerous ways to search for what you are after in LitFinder:

  • Basic Search box on the front page: in here you can enter keywords, a person's name to find works on or by that person and the name of a work;
  • Advanced Search: define your search using a list of more than 25 terms, such as: name of work, character name, literary movement/genre;
  • Person Search: allows the user to search on specific attributes, such as gender, theme or nationality;
  • Work Search: find the full text version of poems, plays and stories with information about that written work by searching by genre, author, keyword and many other terms.

If you are not sure what you are after then these tools may help:

  • Topic Finder — see topics that commonly occur in relation to your search term to expand thinking and exploration;
  • Term frequency — allows you to see the frequency of your search term in the content over time. This helps link the importance of particular concepts during given periods. Is there a connection between “bread” and “revolution”?

Integration with Google and Microsoft

Gale Cengage has integrated this eResource with Google and Microsoft. At the top of each page there is an option to sign in. If you have an account for Google you can save Gale content as Google docs into Google Drive or Google Classroom accounts. If you have a Microsoft account you can store, sync and share downloaded Gale content to your OneDrive account and easily transfer downloaded OneDrive content for use in other Microsoft tools like OneNote and Classroom.

You can also cross search LitFinder with other Gale literary resources including the Literature Resource Center in one search using Gale Artemis: Literary sources.

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