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Searching Gale Literature (database)

What is Gale Literature?

What's in Gale Literature?

Gale Literature helps you discover:

  • scholarly criticism in journal articles (full-text)
  • scholarly criticism in book chapters (full-text)
  • criticism in the areas of literary theory, literary criticism, folklore, linguistics, drama, rhetoric, and composition
  • book reviews
  • encyclopedia and dictionary entries for background information
  • multiple Gale resources in one search, including:
    • Literature Resource Center (database)
    • Contemporary Authors (biographical information and literary criticism summaries)
    • Contemporary Literary Criticism (literary criticism excerpts)
    • Something About the Author (children's author/illustrator biographical information)


Basic Searching

Enter keywords in the search box at the top of the screen. Examples of searches may include:

  • Hemingway and gender
  • "For whom the bell tolls"

Advanced Searching

Buttons across the top of the screen provide a simple PERSON (author), WORKS (creative work), and TOPIC search.

In order to mix-and-match and target specific types of searching, the Advanced search boxes allow searching in the following specific FIELDS (see pull-down menu pictured).

  • BASIC or KEYWORD  =  Searches all fields of the record
  • NAME OF THE WORK  =  Enter the TITLE of the creative work (novel, poem, story) you wish to research
  • PERSON-BY or ABOUT  =  Enter the AUTHOR's name, i.e. who wrote the creative work

literary sources gale database search screen

Buttons across the top of the screen also provide a simple PERSON (author), WORKS (creative work), and TOPIC search.

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