Suggested subject terms for Holman Library One Search:
& don't forget author Websites
Read and listen to poetry online through the Poetry Foundation.
Search for a poet or browse the website. You can even listen to audiocasts.
The Library of Congress Poet Laureate page is a great source of poetry and other works by and about poets. Use if your poet was a poet laureate of the US!
Search the Holman Library catalog with Primo One Search to see if we have work by your poet at GRC.
Strategies - Search by: Author, Keyword or Subject
Your poet's work may be included in an anthology.
Subject Headings return all the work we have on a given subject.
Look for Subjects associated with books by or about your poet. Here's a screenshot of the subjects associated with a book I found with a keyword search of Natasha Trethewey:
Gale Literature Literary Sources is the Holman Library literary criticism database.
Most of the content is mainstream and scholarly criticism, but you will find some work by the poet in his or her own words.
Other library databases may have full text or excerpts of works by your poets. Try the following sources:
InterLibrary Loan (or ILL) is a service offered by Holman Library for borrowing books and articles from other libraries.
To request an item, use information you find in the tools above to fill out the Student Interlibrary Loan form. If you need help filling out this form, call the library reference desk at 253-833-9111 ext. 2091.
InterLibrary Loan requests are free to students, faculty and staff.
Search and read key poetry criticism and more in Gale Literature Literary Sources.
Tip: You will gain insight into your poet's work by reading criticism even if the discussion doesn't address your specific poem.
Note: if accessing these databases from off-campus, you will need to sign in with your GRC student ID#.
In Print: You may also go to the print reference collection and search the purple Gale Literature Criticism book series:
Use the Author Index at the back of each volume to see criticism across volumes and series.
Search the Cumulative Title Index (separate, small, slick volume on the shelf) for a title to see all criticism within that particular series.
Use the Holman Library database Academic Search Complete to find reviews, interviews, student overviews, scholarly literary criticism, and some poetry.
Use Keywords that represent what you want to find, such as:
Try Subject Terms, such as:
Note: Limit to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals if optional, though be aware not everything you find will be scholarly
Note: The scholarly journal The Explicator provides a good model for how to explicate a text. Find The Explicator with One Search or use the link below:
Find key scholarly criticism and a wealth of mainstream criticism in the multidisciplinary database ProQuest.
Use the Holman Library database JSTOR to search for literary criticism.
Project Muse is a partially open access humanities research resource. If you find a great article on your topic with this tool, you may request it through InterLibrary Loan if the full text is not available.