This guide will help you get started studying poetry, using print and electronic books, databases where you can find journal articles, and web sites.
1. Do you already have a specific poet or poem in mind?
If not, see the "Search Strategy" tab of this guide for some suggestions.
If you do, try searching the Catalog for related books, either by entering the poem's title, or the author's name.
If you're searching for criticism and commentary about the author's work, try entering the author's name and the word "criticism" (Langston Hughes criticism).
You might also search for a movement or style, such as "Beat poetry" or "Victorian poetry"
Next try databases such as Literature Resource Center, which can be searched for a particular work or author.
If you are off campus, navigate to database resources exactly as if you were on campus. When you attempt to enter either a restricted area or a subscription database, you will be asked to authenticate. Here's what you do:
Problems connecting? If you receive strange errors or the system persistently hangs, follow the instructions in the left hand box titled "Off Campus Solution!" on this page.
Here is a sample of what the authentication page looks like.
Note: The authentication method was updated in January 2017 to username/password instead of a 14 digit barcode.