English 1213 Enright (Poetry)
Why should I do research?
Research can lead to information; information can lead to knowledge,
and knowledge is powerful. All of the informational resources available
originated from someone being curious about something, exploring it,
and sharing the findings.
How is the NSU Library organized?
Library of Congress
The John Vaughan Library Physical Overview tutorial provides introductory material to the library's collections and services. The Research Strategies tutorial provides an overview to the research process. Use the tutorials to reinforce topics that are covered in class.
How can I find Biographical/Critical Information about my Poet?
There are several reference books available that provide a brief
biographical overview to a poet. Examples of sources are listed
American Authors, 1600-1900: A Biographical Dictionary Ref. PS 21.K8
British Authors Before 1800 Ref. PR 105.K9
British Authors of the Nineteenth Century Ref. PR 451.K8 1936
*Dictionary of Literary Biography Ref. PN 451.D32
Twentieth Century Authors Ref. PN 771.K86
Additional reference books that contain biographies are available by using the Biography and Genealogy Master Index (Ready Ref. CT 214.B57). Full-length biographies on poets can be found by using the Library Catalog or NetLibrary and doing a subject search on the poet's last name.
Journals may also contain biographical articles. These would be
accessible by using Academic
Search Premier, The
Bibliography (described in greater detail below). Look for a
How do I become familiar with the Poet's Works?
The biographical sources listed above will list what the poet
published. For a collection of poems by a poet, do an author search on
the Library Catalog.
If there are no collections by a specific poet, use Columbia
Granger's Index to Poetry (Ref. PN 1022.H39) to locate specific
by a poet found in anthologies. Use the Library Catalog to
locate the anthologies by title or compiler.
How do I find Criticism on a Specific Poem?
For a quick overview to the poem, use Masterplots II: Poetry
Series Ref. PN 1110.5.M37 1992
*American and British Poetry v 1-2 Ref. PS 303.A44 1984
*Guide to American Poetry Explication: Colonial and Nineteenth-Century Ref. PS 201.R66 1989
*Guide to American Poetry Explication: Modern and Contemporary Ref. PS 221.L46 1989
*Guide to British Poetry v.1-4 Ref. PR 311.M34 1991
The Poems of Emily Dickinson: An Annotated Guide to
in English, 1978-1989 Ref. PS 1541.D83 1993
*=Denotes the explicators that I would try first.
Consult the Literary Criticism Index Ref. PN 523.W44
Also, Magill's Bibliography of Literary Criticism (Ref. PN
523.M25) includes criticism on all types of literature.
How do I Locate the Current Critical Response to my Poet's Works?
General criticisms can be located in books or journal articles. For contemporary (active from 1960 to the present) poets, try Contemporary Literary Criticism (Ref. PN 771.C59). For poets writing between 1900-1960, use Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (Ref. PN 771.G27). For full-length criticisms in books, do a subject search on the poet’s last name in the Library Catalog
For journal articles, try the indexes available through the library's home page. For remote access, you will be prompted for your NT password and userid. Examples include the following:
How do I acquire materials not available at the John Vaughan Library (NSU)?
is available for obtaining books and copies of articles from other
libraries. Allow approximately two weeks for interlibrary loan
How do I Locate Internet Sources?
Where can I Locate an M.L.A. Style Manual?
The Tutorial on Citations provides a good overview to citing resources.
The M.L.A. Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is located
on the first floor at the call number, Ready Ref. LB 2369.G53 1999. Try
the Modern Language Association Web
in citing sources, try KnightCite
How do I find these Library Resources through the Web?
Many of the resources listed above are available throug the John Vaughan Library Home Page. Through the use of EZProxy software, these resources may be used from any location. From off-campus, use your NT password and userid.
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Instructor of Library Services
Languages and Literature and Communication, Art, & Theatre
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