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 below.
 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 Humanities Index, or  M.L.A. Bibliography (described in greater detail below). Look for a subheading biography.

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 poems 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 Commentary 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 1994. 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:

Academic Search Premier

The Humanities Index

 M.L.A. Bibliography

How do I acquire materials not available at the John Vaughan Library (NSU)?

Interlibrary Loan is available for obtaining books and copies of articles from other libraries.  Allow approximately two weeks for interlibrary loan materials.

How do I Locate Internet Sources?

Try  The English Server or the library’s English Resources Web Page.  For a generic search engine, try Google.  

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 page.  For additional help in citing sources, try KnightCite Bibliography Machine.

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
    Resource Coordinator
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Last Updated: 08/07/2012