Chemeketa Community College

Poetry: Library Resources (ENG106)

Electronic Reference Databases

Literature Resource Center
Includes biographies on more than 130,000 authors; more than 7,000 overviews of frequently studied works, Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature; and more. (Also includes literary criticism and reviews. See under Articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers, below).
Oxford Reference Online Premium
Includes ready-reference books on literature and the performing arts, as well as a broad variety of other subjects.

Reference Books

There are other resources available in the reference collection that include information about authors as well as the historical periods in which they lived.

The Columbia Granger's index to poetry [R 808.81 G761]
Use to find poems in collections.
The Columbia Granger's world of poetry [CD-ROM; ask at reference]
Indexes poetry collections; has biographical info and some full-text poems.
Contemporary Poets [R 821.9109 C7]
Arranged by author; has brief biographies, bibliography.
The concise encyclopedia of English and American poets and poetry [R 821.003 Sp3]
Articles on poetry-related subjects.
Contemporary women poets [R 811.54099287 C76]
Biographical data, bibliography, and critical essay on each poet.
Critical survey of poetry [R 809.1 C86 1992]
Arranged by author.
Masterplots II : poetry series [R 809.1 M39]
Arranged by author. Includes supplements.
The New Princeton encyclopedia of poetry and poetics [R 808.103 N42]
Alphabetical by subject.
Oxford Companion to Poetry in English
Covers 1500 poets in England, Canada, the U.S. and other English-speaking countries.
The Oxford companion to twentieth-century poetry in English [R 821.910903 Ox2]
Articles chiefly on individual poets, some publications and organizations.
The poetry dictionary [R 808.103 D84]
Poetry terms.
Poetry for students [808.810071 P75]
Analysis of individual poems.

To find information about significant historical events of an era, use a chronology. Chronologies are organized by year and list important events that occurred during that year. Some chronologies available in the library are:

Chronology of World History [R 902.02 M48]
Encyclopedia of World Facts and Dates [R 902.02 C23]
Chronology of the Modern World: 1763-1992 [R 902.2 W67]

Finding Books or Audio-Visual Materials In the Library Catalog

The library catalog is used to help you find materials in the library. The catalog can be used to find information about an author or books by an author.

You can use Subject or Keyword searches to find books on your topic. The catalog uses special subject headings, which may be found in detail in: R 025.49 L61 Library of Congress Subject Headings. The catalog is accessible off campus at http://library.chemeketa.edu/information/cataloghome.php.

Electronic books are available through to Chemeketa students in various formats. Most are represented in the library catalog.

If the material you want is not in Chemeketa's library, you can change your search from Chemeketa to "All libraries" on the search page. For information about requesting books from other CCRLS libraries, see Requesting materials from another CCRLS library. If what you want is not in the local system, you can also click the "Summit" button in the library catalog, or search Summit directly. Chemeketa students taking at least one credit hour and Chemeketa employees may request items in Summit and have them sent to Chemeketa, or they may set up a Visiting Patron account. For help with Summit requests, please contact the reference desk at 503-399-5231 or reference@chemeketa.edu..

If you do not find what you need in Summit, ask your local librarian to request an interlibrary loan. That way the book you need can be sent from Chemeketa or another library for you to check out and use locally.

Skip to ways to search in library catalogs

Outside the college district

If you live outside the college district, but in Oregon or Washington, you can search in the Summit Catalog. Chemeketa employees and students taking at least one credit hour may request items in Summit and have them sent to a Summit library where thay have set up a Visiting Patron account. For help with Summit requests, please contact the reference desk at 503-399-5231 or reference@chemeketa.edu.

If you do not live near a Summit library, you can search your local library catalog, or you can search in that of Chemeketa or a third library to find material you need. You will find all these options on the catalog page. If the material you want is not in your local library, ask your local librarian to request an interlibrary loan. That way the book you need can be sent from Chemeketa or another library for you to check out and use locally. A four-page guide to library research services for distant students contains more information on interlibrary loan.

Electronic books are available through to Chemeketa students in various formats. Most are represented in the library catalog.

Ways to search in library catalogs

The default search is Keyword; the menu can be pulled down to change to a different type of search.

picture of subject search for poet in library catalog

Search TypeMethodExample
SubjectAuthor's nameRossetti, Christina
SubjectAuthor's name, then scroll to subdivision "Criticism and interpretation"Neruda, Pablo -- Criticism and interpretation
SubjectAuthor's name, then scroll to subdivision by title of poemMilton, John, 1608-1674. Paradise Lost.
SubjectLibrary of Congress subject headingAmerican Poetry -- 19th Century -- History and criticism
KeywordsAuthor's name + "criticism"Keats AND criticism
KeywordsGeographic adjective + poetry (+ "criticism")Mexican AND poetry (add "AND criticism" if too many subjects appear)
KeywordsCombination of words from poet's name AND title of poemDante AND Paradiso

Finding Articles

Literature Resource Center
Includes more than 650,000 full-text articles, critical essays and reviews from over 300 scholarly journals and literary magazines. The default search is by author, or you can click "Title" to search for a particular work. After searching, click the "Literary Criticism" tab. There is a sub-tab for Articles. See picture below.

Picture of Literature Resource Center screen

To access Literature Reference Center, go to http://library.chemeketa.edu/information/database.php. If using databases from off campus, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.
Academic OneFile
Available through Gale, Academic OneFile includes full text for more than thousands of scholarly periodicals covering a wide variety of topics including literature. To access it, go to http://library.chemeketa.edu/information/database.php. If using databases from off campus, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.

You can search Academic OneFile by keywords or subjects. To do a subject search for information in the database, start Academic Onefile and click on the Subject Guide Search link in the toolbar banner.

picture of Subject search screen

  1. Type an author's name, last name first, in the space marked "Find Subject."
  2. Then click the Go button.
  3. Click on the name in the resulting list to see the articles, or click the plus sign (+) to see more specific aspects of the subject, such as "Criticism & interpretation."

picture of Refine Results sidebar

When you click a subject, a list of articles will appear. If you wish, you can use the "Refine Results" sidebar to limit your search to full electronic text. An option is also available to add a word to your search or to limit results to peer-reviewed (i.e., scholarly) journals.

The newest articles will be at the beginning of a list. To see more information about an article, click on the highlighted title. Many articles have links to full text, where you can read or print the article online. If an article has full text, you can also e-mail it to yourself. More information on printing, saving, and e-mailing articles is at the Gale periodicals instructions page.

Internet Sites

You will find Web sites useful for literary study on the library's Useful Sites page: http://library.chemeketa.edu/information/virtual/literature.php.

For further help, ask for assistance at the Reference Desk 


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