Hopeful Romantics: Accessing the Romantic Poets

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 18th, 2010

Humanities V students are hopeful about finding sources for their Romantic poets assignment.  Here are helpful tips and research strategies for accessing just the right information at Ohrstrom Library, outlined in the following five easy steps:

1. Search the Library’s catalog to locate books:
To find books that can be borrowed visit the Library’s homepage and click on the catalog link – or click HERE:

Next, type in the name of your assigned poet.  Be sure to search by subject:

Take down the call numbers and location of any items that are of interest to you.

  • Tip:  Any call number beginning with “Biog” is a biography.  All the biographies are located on the lower level of the library in the final stacks.
  • Tip: If your call number begins with 821, this is a volume of literary criticism.  Literary criticism is located on the main level of the library, half-way through the stacks.

2. Use the database Biography Resource for biographical info:
The Biography Resource database is powerful tool containing hundreds of reference texts. To access this database visit the library’s homepage and click on the databases A-J link, and then select Biography Resource – or click HERE.

Next, type in the name of your assigned poet.

Select, read, save, and/or print any reference article(s) of interest.

3. Use selected sets from the printed reference collection for biographies and analysis:
There are four main selections in the reference room that are very helpful for this assignment.  The sets are listed below in recommended order:

  • Ref. 920 Sco3 The Scribner’s British Writers series contains excellent articles on a variety of poets.  These articles focus on biography and analysis. While the articles range in length, they are often about 20 pages long.  The final volume of the set contains the cumulative index, which, as the articles are not arranged in alphabetical order, is really quite essential.
  • Ref. 821.9 M27 Magill’s Critical Survey of Poetry also contains biography and analysis. The last volume of this set does not contain the index, which is instead, trickily housed in volume 8.
  • Ref. 809.1 P13 World Poets is the library’s most current poet-related set.  Articles are usually not much longer than five pages.
  • Ref. 920 J16 v. 5 Volume 5 of the European Writers set focuses specifically on the Romantic Century.  Poets are listed in chronological order, not alphabetically, so the index in the final volume is once again essential.

4. Use ARTstor to locate an illustration:
Some assignments require an illustration representing the explicated poem.  Try ARTstor as a means of locating this illustration.

To access ARTstor visit the library’s homepage and click on the databases A-J link, and then select ARTstor – or click HERE.

Next, search for images.

  • Tip: Try searching by title or subject/theme of poem.  Searching by poet’s name will often return portraits.
  • Tip: To locate images created during the Romantic Era, use ARTstor’s advanced search to limit by date.  Add keyword(s) related to the subject/theme of the poem being studied.

5. Use Noodlebib to complete the bibliography:
Noodlebib is an excellent tool designed to help both create and store citations.  Click HERE for more information about using Noodlebib, or if you know your way around,  simply visit the Noodlebib website HERE to begin creating citations right away.

Following these five easy steps will get you well along the way of gathering your research materials for a successful assignment.

New Reference Book: The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry 17th and 18th Centuries

By - Research & Instruction Librarian December 10th, 2009

The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry 17th and 18th Centuries edited by Virginia Brackett, Facts on File, 2008.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 821 F11B v.2

This volume, the second of a projected four volume set, presents essays about poems and poets from Middle English and Early Renaissance British Isles. Examples include: Alexander Pope, A Hymn on the Seasons, Ballad, Carpe Diem, and Songs from The Beggar’s Opera.

Helpful for: Humanities III, Humanities V, Enlightenment Studies, Poets

New Reference Book: The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry before 1600

By - Research & Instruction Librarian October 22nd, 2009

Lura Sanborn – Reference Librarian

The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry before 1600 by Michelle M. Sauer, Facts on File, 2008.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 821 F11B

This volume, the first of a projected four volume set, presents essays about poems and poets from Middle English and Early Renaissance British Isles. Examples include: Beowulf, Anglo-Saxon Riddles, The Faerie Queene, Alfred the Great and Arthurian Literature.

Helpful for: Humanities III, Humanities IV, Renaissance Studies, Poets

New Reference Book: Critical Companion to Robert Frost

By - Systems Librarian October 2nd, 2008

Deb Baker – Interim Reference Librarian

Critical Companion to Robert Frost: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work by Deirdre Fagan, Facts On File, 2007.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: Ref. 811 F92zFa

Critical Companion to Robert Frost

Opening with a Frost biography and an extensive list of suggested reading, this book also includes brief critical analyses of Frost’s “Works A-Z;” 28 short articles on themes, symbols, influences, people, and places in Frost’s writing; and several useful appendices, including chronologies of Frost’s life, work, and awards; bibliographies of works by and about Frost; and a list of his work by category.

HELPFUL FOR: Humanities IV

FUN FOR: New Hampshirephiles, poets, history buffs, bookworms