AVL Database Descriptions

Alabama Virtual Library provides free access to numerous reliable online research databases for all Alabama residents.... Click on an AVL resource below to view its description. To view AVL's Collection Policy, please click here.

litn_sm.jpgGale Literary Index is a master index that provides access to author and title listings for more than 130 literature products published by Gale.

gls2_sm.jpgGale Literature cross-searches Literature Resource Center, LitFinder, Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Literature Criticism, Twayne’s Authors, and Scribner Writers Series.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

lco_sm_2.jpgGale Literature Criticism provides access to scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals in a format that matches the look and feel of the print originals.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

litrc_sm_2.jpgGale Literature Resource Center provides access to more than 160,000 entires with in-depth biographical, bibliographical, and contextual information on authors' works and lives. Literature Resource Center provides users access to literature criticism, biographies, topic and work overviews, news, primary sources, literary works, images, and more.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

ca_2_sm.jpgGale Literature: Contemporary Authors provides access to current biographical and bibliographical data on more than 149,000 modern authors.

Audience: Middle School through High School, College, and the General Public

dlbc_sm_2.jpgGale Literature: Dictionary of Literary Biography provides access to biographical and critical essays on the lives, works and careers of the world's most influential figures. Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online includes more than 16,000 articles and thousands of images, the online collection of Dictionary of Literary Biography (volumes 1-348), Dictionary of Literary Biography Documentary Series (50 volumes), and Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook (23 volumes.)

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

litf_sm_2.jpgGale Literature: LitFinder provides access to literary works and secondary-source materials. Access more than 132,000 full-text poems, 670,000 poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays.

Audience: Middle School through College and General Public

g-scrib_sm.jpgGale Literature: Scribner Writer Series provides access to signed essays on the lives and works of authors from all around the world and from all time periods.

Audience: Middle School through High School and General Public