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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 and by mail for Distance Learners (DL). Ebooks are particularly helpful and accessible on-campus and off-campus. If you are accessing online resources from off campus and a log in is required, use your student portal user name and password to access.  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 cheerfully available by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu, in the library, or by phone at 540-441-8400.

Reference Works

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

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

Research Tips

  • Citation help needed? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab) for Chicago/TurabianMLA, and APA styling formats. 
  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you can click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects. Once you have located a helpful source, additional potential sources may be found in the item's bibliography.
  • Can't find what you need in the PHC collection? You can request an Interlibrary Loan through WorldCat . You will be notified by email when the item arrives in the library.
  • Research assistance is available in the library or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu

Created: Dr. Bonnie Libby/Thornhill, 2010. Revised: Libby/Thornhill, 2011. Reviewed: Dr. Steven Hake/Thornhill, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019. 

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