Welcome to the research guide for Poetry

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In the PHC Library catalog, you can search a variety of resources by title, author, keyword, or phrase, linking you to journal articles, ebooks, and print books in the on-campus collection. The more specific your search terms, the more specific the results will be.  For our Distance Learning (DL) students, excerpts from print items held in the on campus library can be provided on request.

If you are accessing electronic resources from off-campus and are required to log in, use your student portal user name and password to gain access. If you have difficulty with the website or accessing any resources, please let library staff know by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu or  library@phc.edu. 

Professional library assistance is 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 on-campus and ebook collections. The following is a sample of items found in the PHC reference collection:

Please check the PHC Library catalog for additional poetry resources.


  • The Poetry Foundation links to poems, their authors, and background information for use in research papers and recitation assignments. 


  • 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

You can search journal articles by title, keyword, or author, or browse the following journals through the library's Periodical Listing.

  • 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 (Online 11/1/1991-Present)
  • Poetry (ProQuest online 1/1/1998-Present)
  • Victorian poetry (Online 6/1/2004-Present)

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? If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly in the library catalog.
  • Research assistance is available in the library or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu

Created: Dr. Bonnie Libby/Thornhill, 2010. Revised: Libby/Thornhill, 2011. Last update: Thornhill, 2023.

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