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Online Databases & Resouces

Electric Library
Full-text access to a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, TV & radio transcripts, reference books, basic maps and photos.

Gale Virtual Library
High-quality specialized encyclopedias and other reference sources available online from the library or remotely 24/7.

Literary Index
Master index to the major literature series published by The Gale Group.

Literature Resource Center
Full-text journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews on writers in all disciplines, from all time periods.

LitFinder
A full-text collection of the best-known poetry, speeches, plays, and essays

Popculture Universe
An authoritative digital library of information on American and world popular culture, past and present without the bias, advertising, suggestive content, or questionable authorship of commercial or fan sites.

Salem Literature
Includes electronic access to these traditional print resources Critical Survey of Poetry, and Magill’s Literary Annual 1984 – 2010

Style & Citation Manuals

In-Branch Resources (or print material)

Simon and Schuster Handbook for Writers
Call Number: 808.042 T759s 2009

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
Call Number: 808.027 M69901 2009

Concise Rules of APA Style by American Psychological Association Staff (Contribution by)
Call Number: 808.06615 C748 2005 
ISBN: 9781591472520

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
Call Number: 808.02 T84m 2013
ISBN: 9780226816371

Drama

Definition

Drama is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance. The term comes from a Greek word "dran" meaning "action" (Classical Greek: δρᾶμα, drama), which is derived from "to do" or "to act" (Classical Greek: δράω, draō). The enactment of drama in theatre, performed by actors on a stage before an audience presupposes collaborative modes of production and a collective form of reception. The structure of dramatic texts, unlike other forms of literature, is directly influenced by this collaborative production and collective reception.

Taken from Wikipedia; accessed on November 19, 2012.

Drama: Online Databases & Resources

Literary Index
Master index to the major literature series published by The Gale Group.

LitFinder
A full-text collection of the best-known poetry, speeches, plays, and essays.

Drama Indexes & Criticism

Critical Survey of Drama
Call Number: 809.2 C869 2003
ISBN: 1587651025

Drama for Students by David Galenson
Call Number: 809.2 D7901
ISBN: 0787616834
Publication Date: 1997-09-15

Other Print Reference Materials

The Ivan R. Dee Guide to Plays and Playwrights by Trevor R. Griffiths
Call Number: 809.2 G875i 2004
ISBN: 1566635667
Publication Date: 2004-04-05

The Oxford Dictionary of Playsby Michael Patterson
Call Number: 809.2 P277o 2005
ISBN: 9780198604174
Publication Date: 2005-06-02

Beyond the Bard by Joshua Rutsky
Call Number: 809.2 R937b 2001
ISBN: 0205308090
Publication Date: 2000-12-19

Modern World Drama; an Encyclopedia by Myron Matlaw
Call Number: 809.234 M42 1972
ISBN: 0525159029
Publication Date: 1972-01-01

Shakespeare

Shakespeare for Students by Michael Magoulias
ISBN: 9780787601577
Publication Date: 1996-09-01

Shakespeare for Students by Mark W. Scott (Editor)
Call Number: 822.33 D461 1992
ISBN: 0810382474
Publication Date: 1992-03-01

Shakespeares after Shakespeare by Richard Burt
Call Number: 822.33 HZ102 2007
ISBN: 0313331162
Publication Date: 2006-11-01

The Globe Guide to Shakespeare by Andrew Dickson
Call Number: 822.33 D215 2016
ISBN: 9781681772608
Publication Date: 2016-09-06

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare by Michael Dobson (Editor); Stanley Wells (Editor); Will Sharpe (Editor); Erin Sullivan (Editor)
Call Number: 822.33 HZ27 2015
ISBN: 9780198708735
Publication Date: 2016-01-01

Who's Who in Shakespeare's England by Alan R. Palmer; Veronica Palmer
Call Number: 942.0550922 P182w 1981
ISBN: 0312870965
Publication Date: 1981-07-01

Poetry

Definition

Poetry (from the Greek poiesis — ποίησις — with a broad meaning of a "making", seen also in such terms as "hemopoiesis"; more narrowly, the making of poetry) is a form of literary art which uses the aesthetic qualities of language to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning.

Taken from Wikipedia; accessed on November 26, 2012

Poetry: Online Databases & Resources

Academic Search Premier
Peer-reviewed journals and publications providing access to full-text articles covering the social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, education, and more.

Literary Index
Master index to the major literature series published by The Gale Group

Literature Resource Center
Full-text journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews on writers in all disciplines, from all time periods.

LitFinder
A full-text collection of the best-known poetry, speeches, plays, and essays.

Salem Literature
ncludes electronic access to these traditional print resources -- Critical Survey of Poetry, and Magill’s Literary Annual 1984 – 2010

Poetry Indexes and Criticism

Critical Survey of Poetry by Rosemary M. Canfield Reisman (Editor)
Call Number: 809.1 C869 2011
ISBN: 9781587657672
Publication Date: 2011-02-01

Poetry for Students by Gale Editors (Editor)
Call Number: 809.1 P7521
ISBN: 9780787687151
Publication Date: 2006-11-17

Masterplots II, Poetry Series by Frank N. Magill (Editor)
Call Number: 809.1 M39 1992
ISBN: 0893565849
Publication Date: 1992-03-01

The State of the Art by David Lehman
Call Number: 811.5409 L528s 2015
ISBN: 9780822944393
Publication Date: 2015-04-06

The Columbia Granger's Index to African-American Poetry by Nicholas Frankovich (Editor); David Larzelere (Editor)
Call Number: 016.811008 C723 1999
ISBN: 0231112343
Publication Date: 2000-02-09

The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry in Anthologies by Tessa Kale (Editor)
Call Number: 808.81 C723 2007
ISBN: 9780231139885
Publication Date: 2007-01-30

Notable Poets & Authors

Critical Companion to Emily Dickinsonby Sharon Leiter
Call Number: 811.4 D56L 2007
ISBN: 9780816054480
Publication Date: 2006-11-01

A Concordance to the Poetry of Robert Frost by Edward C. Lathem (Editor)
Call Number: 811.52 F92poc 1994
ISBN: 0884327426
Publication Date: 1994-01-01

Walt Whitman by J. R. LeMasters (Editor); Donald D. Kummings (Editor)
Call Number: 811.3 W596Le 1998
ISBN: 0815318766
Publication Date: 1998-08-01

A Concordance To The Poetry Of Samuel Taylor Coleridge by Logan, Eugenia
Call Number: 821 C67zLo 1940
Publication Date: 1940

A Concordance To The Complete Works Of Geoffrey Chaucer And To The Romaunt Of The Rose by Tatlock, John S. P.
Call Number: 821 C39zt
Publication Date: 1927

Other Print Reference Materials

Survey of American Poetry by Granger Book Co, Editorial Board Staff (Contribution by); Roth Publishing, Inc, Editorial Board Staff (Contribution by)
Call Number: 811.008 S963 1982-86
ISBN: 0896092992
Publication Date: 1982-01-01

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry by Jeffrey Gray; James McCorkle; Mary McAleer Balkun
Call Number: 811.009 G856 2006
ISBN: 0313330131
Publication Date: 2005-12-01

The Facts on File Companion to 20th-Century American Poetry by Burt Kimmelman
Call Number: 811.509 F119 2005
ISBN: 0816046980
Publication Date: 2005-01-01

Survey of British Poetry by Roth Publishing, Inc. Staff (Editor)
Call Number: 821.008 S963 1988
ISBN: 0896092747
Publication Date: 1988-04-01

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English by Ian Hamilton (Editor); Jeremy Noel-Tod (Editor)
Call Number: 821.9109 O983 2013
ISBN: 9780198704850
Publication Date: 2014-04-01

Contemporary Poetsby Thomas Riggs (Editor); Anthony Thwaite (Preface by); Cecil Day Lewis (Preface by)
Call Number: 821.91409 C767 1996
ISBN: 1558621911
Publication Date: 1995-10-01

Norton Anthology Modern and Contemporary Poetry by Jahan Ramazani
Call Number: 821.008 N8211 2003
ISBN: 9780393977929
Publication Date: 2003-01-02

Short Fiction

Short Fiction: Online Resources & Databases

Academic Search Premier
Peer-reviewed journals and publications providing access to full-text articles covering the social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, education, and more.

Literary Index
Master index to the major literature series published by The Gale Group.

Literature Resource Center
Full-text journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews on writers in all disciplines, from all time periods.

LitFinder
A full-text collection of the best-known poetry, speeches, plays, and essays.

Salem Literature
Includes electronic access to these traditional print resources -- Critical Survey of Poetry, Graphic Novels: Heroess & Superheroes; Critical Survey of Short and Fiction; and, Magill’s Literary Annual 1984 – 2010.

Indexes and Criticism

Masterplots II, Short Story Series by Charles May (Editor); R. Kent Rasmussen (Editorial Coordinator); Dawn P. Dawson (Editor-In-Chief); Christina J. Moose (Editorial Board Member)
Call Number: 809.3 M3931 2004
ISBN: 1587651483
Publication Date: 2004-01-01

Critical Survey of Short Fiction by Charles E. May
Call Number: 809.31 C869 2012
ISBN: 9781587657894
Publication Date: 2012-01-01

Short Stories for Students by Kathleen Wilson (Editor)
Call Number: 809.31 S78
ISBN: 0787616907
Publication Date: 1997-09-15

The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story by Blanche H. Gelfant; Lawrence Graver
Call Number: 813.010905 C723 2001
ISBN: 9780231110983
Publication Date: 2001-03-08

Critical Insights: American Short Story by Michael Cocchiarale (General Editor); Scott Emmert (General Editor)
Call Number: 813.0109 A512 2015
ISBN: 9781619254251
Publication Date: 2015-04-01

Literary Criticism Volumes in Print

Literary Criticism in Print

The Research Center has an abundance of print sources that are not accessible online. Here you'll find some of our digests and indexed volumes of literary criticism, scholarly annotations, and multitudinous reviews of fiction and nonfiction works.

Periodical Indexes

Book Review Digest
Book Review Digest indexes criticism/reviews for book and other authorial works from a wide variety of periodical sources.

Book Review Index
A cumulated index to more than 1,605,000 reviews of approximately 740,500 titles.

Christian Science Monitor Index

Reader's Guide to Periodical Literaure
An author subject index to selected general interest periodicals of reference value in libraries.

Annotations: A Guide to the Independent Critical Press
The companion to the Alternative Press Index. It surveys 385 periodicals of the Left from around the world providing detailed descriptions of content, history, noted contributors, contact information, guidelines for writers, and statistics.