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  • Over 80,000 authors’ works appear, representing all time periods
  • Works taken from literary journals, books, anthologies and collections
  • eBooks plus selected short-form works added several times a year
  • New issues of 50-plus journals added each year
  • 1,700 contextual work explications and 2,700 author biographies. More added each year

 

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LitFinder and the full-text-only LitFinder for Schools represent Gale’s core repository of literary works.  International in scope, LitFinder covers all time periods and contains a wealth of primary literature content. This includes approximately 140,000 full-text poems, 800,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays, 2,000 full-text speeches and 1,700 full-text plays. It also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs and a glossary.

LitFinder’s easy-to-use interface allows users to target the information they are looking for or to browse the collection through various refined search and browse options. For example, users can find everything from the sonnets of Shakespeare to contemporary poems by African-American women, the inaugural speeches of George Washington through Barack Obama, short stories by Edgar Allan Poe to stories by up-and-coming writer Elizabeth Weld, or essays on such subjects as the arts, science and religion.

Summary: Gale’s core repository of literary works, LitFinder is international in scope. It covers all time periods and contains a wealth of primary literature content, including approximately  140,000 full-text poems, 800,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays, 2,000 full-text speeches and 1,700 full-text plays. It also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs and a glossary. Basic and advanced search modes allow users to search by keyword, authors, subject, work title, work date, nationality, gender, timeline and more.

Significance: LitFinder’s depth of full-text literary and historical content — combined with intuitive searches, unlimited remote access and 24/7 availability — complements high-school and university curriculum and is an ideal resource for not only students, but general readers and book clubs alike.

Source:  The full text or citations of literary works are taken from journals, book-length works, and 11,000-plus anthologies and collections. A diverse range of anthologies are included — across genre, nationality, time period, and topic — along with single author collections. Also included are selected works from more than 275 of the best literary journals, including pieces from new issues of more than 50 journals each year. eBooks (plays and novels) plus selected short-form works are added several times a year.

Structure: LitFinder's easy-to-use search paths allow users to target the information they are looking for or to browse the database through various refine search and results limiter options. For example, users can find everything from the sonnets of Shakespeare to contemporary poems by African American women, the inaugural speeches of George Washington through Barack Obama, short stories by Edgar Allan Poe to stories by up-and-coming writer Elizabeth Weld, or essays on such subjects as the arts, science, and religion.

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The works found in <em>LitFinder</em> represent more than 80,000 authors, 660 nationalities and virtually every time period.

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