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From ancient Greek poetry to modern-day speeches, a variety of literature in all its many forms is available in one easy to use resource!

Lit Finder

Finding a particular work of literature has never been easier!

LitFinder is one of the largest most accessible collections of literature available online. This comprehensive resource contains more than 80,000 authors, 660 nationalities and virtually every time period, on many significant subjects. It is an excellent alternative to Web surfing for that particular poem, story, speech, essay, novel, or play. LitFinder spans history and geography to deliver an ever growing full-text collection to readers, and if not online, guides the user to a print source that contains the item.

Highlights of the collection include:


135,000 full-text poems and more than 850,000 poem citations and excerpts. Special features in this category include a glossary of terms, explanations on some of the most famous poems, author biographies, pictures, and discussions on schools and movements written by experts.


6,400 full-text novels and short stories, 5,000 plot summaries and explanations, commentaries on authors and works, biographies, photos and illustrations, and more.


2,400 full text speeches from the past and even those of the world’s modern poets, novelists, and leaders of today.


3,800 critical essays from the 16th to the 20th centuries.


Over 1,250 full-text plays, in many formats, including one-act plays, children's, tragedies, and comedies.

LitFinder also contains many helpful tools – two dictionaries, a citation tool, and MP3 reader capability to have the results read to you. You can print, email, download or bookmark your documents, and there’s even a rough translation tool to view a document in several languages.

This source is easy to access; just choose the Books & Literature Databases link from our Web page. Use this great resource to look up a love poem for your favorite valentine! And don’t forget our Holidays LibGuide. You’ll be someone’s "sweetheart" for sure!

If you need assistance using this resource, take a look at our easy to follow guide online by clicking on the User's Guide icon at our LitFinder home page.

Available 24/7 from all library computers and from your home or office computer with your library card and PIN.

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