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Poetry: The Search for Sources

Getting Started

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.

Walt Whitman

William Blake Archive