ENGL 113 Introduction to Poetry

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Effective Search Strategies in One Search

How do you find sources in One Search?

To find relevant sources in One Search, try a range of relevant keyword and subject terms. 

  • Use keywords that capture author, poem title, poetry collection title, literary movement or genre, and/or concept.
  • Example: Claudia Rankine AND resistance (see image)

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Claudia rankine AND resistance

Tip: Look for and try relevant Subject Terms! One way to find them: find a relevant source. Click on the title. Scroll down for Subject Terms. 

Information Types in One Search

Holman Library One Search for poetry, poets, & criticism

The One Search tool finds sources across all Holman Library databases at once.

That can be useful, especially if your research focuses on a less well-known poet/ poetry.

That said, keep in mind that you will find a wide range of sources, not all of which will work for your assignment. 

Consider source type:

  • To learn about biographical, historical, cultural, and literary contexts, I suggest starting with reference sources, topic & work overviews from Gale Literature, or some current news sources.
  • To get a overall sense of key aesthetic points, I suggest starting with topic & work overviews from Gale Literature, reviews, interviews, and books.
  • To find scholarly interpretations and analysis of poets, poetry collections, poems, and literary topics, I suggest reading scholarly peer-reviewed articles and books.