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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

  • 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.
Citation assistance needed? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab).

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

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