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Thinking About Poetry

Resources for Literary Research

Language and Literature Background Research Sources

  • Read biographical information about the author.
  • Research the significance of a literary movement or time period.

Language and Literature Reference Sources provide:

  • General information about a topic, person, place, or an event
  • Research ideas
  • Focus to a topic
  • Bibliographies – which will lead to additional books and articles

Located on the main floor of Hewes Library.

  • Dictionary of concepts in literary criticism and theory REF PN 41. H36 1992
  • Dictionary of literary terms REF PN 44.5 S46
  • Poetry Criticism REF PN 1010 P499
  • Princeton encyclopedia of poetry and poetics REF PN 1021 N39 1993
  • Oxford companion to English literature REF PR 19 D73 1985
  • Encyclopedia of literary critics and criticism REF PN 75 E53 E53 1999
  • Literature and its times REF PN 50 L574 1997 (cultural, historical context) 
  • World literature and its times REF PN 50 M625 1999  (cultural, historical context)
  • Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism REF PN 761 N5

Recommended Databases for Language and Literature Research

  • Read explanatory notes for each resource to evaluate the effectiveness for your topic.
  • EBSCO platform databases can be searched simultaneously; see how.
  • The library catalog should also be searched for books containing literary analysis.

The print criticism texts below are available in the Reference Collection on the main floor of the library.

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism,  REF PN771.5 C59
  • Encyclopedia of Literary Critics and Criticism,  REF PN 75. E53 E53 1999
  • Hispanic Literature Criticism,  REF PQ7081.A1.H573 1994
  • Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800,  REF PN700.L56
  • Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism, REF PN 761. N5
  • Poetry Criticism, REF PN 1010. P499
  • Twentieth-century Literary Criticism,  REF PN771.G27

  • Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature  PR471.C36 2004 (Upper Level Books)

Additional Cambridge literature histories can be found in the Hewes Library catalog by searching "cambridge literature history" in the TITLE field. Note the publication date, subject/topic heading, and table of contents to understand coverage of particular volumes.

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