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Welcome to the research guide for Poetry

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The suggested electronic resources are available linked from here and from the Electronic Resources section of the library home page. Print resources are available in the PHC on-campus collection or by mail to distance learning members of the PHC community. You may check out the location and availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed here or through the library home page.

Professional librarians are available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu.

Reference Works

The PHC Library holds a number of poetry collections and authoritative items on poetry in the campus collection. The following is a sample of items found in the PHC reference collection:

  • New Princeton Handbook of Poetic Terms - Ref PN 1021 .N39 1994
  • New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics - Ref PN 1021 .N39 1993
  • Critical Survey of Poetry, vols. 1- 14 - Ref PN 1021 .C7 2011, vols. 1-14
  • American Poetry: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries - PS 601 .A56 2007
  • American Poetry: Nineteenth Century, vols. 1, 2 - PS 601 .A56
  • American Poetry: Twentieth Century, vols. 1, 2 - PS 601 .A56 1993
  • Oxford Book of English Verse - PR 1175 .O8797 1999

Please check the PHC Library catalog, Voyager, for additional poetry resources.


  • MLA is a resource for researching literature and language topics, including literary criticism. The site provides essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies.
  • Literary Reference Center is an extensive, full text reference database with information combined from literary reference works, journals, and books. A search here is sure to bring results on any of a variety of literary topics.
  • JSTOR and Academic Search Premier contain thousands scholarly journal articles in a wide range of disciplines.
  • Academy of American poets offers an extensive list of full text poems with the options to search by author, title, or key word. You can also sign up to receive a poem each day by email.
  • Library of Congress Poetry Center provides access to a wealth of poetry resources including an audio archive of over 2,000 poets reading their own poetry.

Selected Journals

  • American Poetry Review (Online 1/1/1994-Present)
  • Beloit Poetry Journal (Online 12/1/2003-Present)
  • Hiram Poetry Review (Online 4/1/2003-Present)
  • International Poetry Review (Online 3/1/2006-Present)
  • Parnassus, poetry in review (Online 11/1/1991-Present)
  • Poetry (Online 1/1/1998-Present)
  • Victorian poetry (Online 6/1/2004-Present)

Research Tips

  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you may click on the subject term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects.
  • Once you locate an appropriate resource, potential valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL): If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC online or on-campus collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly into the library database WorldCat. If you have difficulty requesting an ILL in WorldCat, please request assistance from any of the library staff.
  • Zotero is a citation management system that will help you collect and organize your resources and then seamlessly create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, and bibliographies. You can download and watch online tutorials, but you may benefit from a librarian’s help in quickly learning how to use Zotero.

Turabian (Chicago Manual of Style) is the approved citation format for this course. Information on proper Turabian citation is available in the PHC collection or online at OWL (Online Writing Lab).

Created: Dr. Bonnie Libby/Thornhill, 2010. Revised: Libby/Thornhill, 2011. Reviewed: Dr. Steven Hake/Thornhill, 2014, 2016. 

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