Highlighted Databases: National Poetry Month

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In April we feature resources that support study and teaching of poetry, as we draw awareness and appreciation of the month long celebration which began in 1996, thanks to the initiative of the Academy of American Poets.


Alexander Street Literature is a comprehensive, cross-searchable package of collections covering literatures of place, race, and gender. It includes poetry, short fiction, and novels, along with full-text plays and film scripts. Examples include:


  • Caribbean Literature is a searchable collection of poetry and fiction produced in the region during the 19th and 20th centuries. Among the titles selected are numerous rare and hard-to-find works written in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, and various Creole languages. Future releases will also feature journals, reference works, and interviews with key writers. New content is uploaded on a biweekly basis, giving users immediate access to a steadily growing treasury of classic, rare, and contemporary literature.


  • Irish Women poets of the Romantic Period includes more than 80 volumes of poetry by approximately 50 Irish women writing between 1768 and 1842. Compiled and edited by Stephen Behrendt of the University of Nebraska, the database also offers numerous biographical and critical essays prepared by leading scholars specifically for the project. New content is added to the collection on a regular basis."


  • Latin American Women Writers is an extensive searchable collection of prose, poetry, and drama composed by women writing in Mexico, Central America, and South America. Also included are essays by Latin American feminists and revolutionaries, who address both the universal concerns of women in every age and the distinctive issues of their struggles in the region".


  • Latino Literature (LALI) brings together more than 100,000 pages pages of poetry, fiction, and over 450 plays written in English and Spanish by hundreds of Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and other Latino authors working in the United States. Among the gems of the collection are nearly 800 items (poems, novels, and plays) that have never been published before. Researchers will also find numerous Chicano folk tales and audio files of selected poems and plays. The vast majority of works are from the period spanning the Chicano Renaissance to the present day. Roughly 30% of the database is made up of previously unpublished or rare materials.



Children's Literature Comprehensive Database provides access to important and relevant information about Pre K-12 media of all types, including reviews from respected publications for those professionals who work with Pre K-12 media. The database contains both a search and a browse page. Search qualifiers include age, grade, category, publication date, genre, language, author/illustrator, series, and publisher. Reading metrics allows you specify lexile range, interest level, reading level, and point range. Special search qualifiers include professional/pre-K-12; awards/honors; and author/illustrator links. In the browse screen one can enter a keyword or explore by category (author, reviewer, subject, genre, classification, or text words). Poetry is well included.


The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry is an index to poetry, including full-text of 13,000 poems and 250,000 poem citations. This online version includes the contents of the following works: Columbia Granger's index to poetry in anthologies (eds. 8-11), Columbia Granger's index to poetry in collected and selected works, Columbia Granger's guide to poetry anthologies (2nd ed.), Columbia Granger's dictionary of poetry quotations, Classic hundred poems, as well as new content not published previously in print


ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related literature. In addition, ERIC provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books and monographs. The information is included in two files: RIE (Resources in Education) and CIJE (Current Index to Journals in Education). Using poetry as a descriptor or subject heading draws up 5,700 results dating from 1966 onwards; searching can be narrowed by grade level, year of publication, and/or many other delimiters.


Essay and General Literature Retrospective indexes single and multi-author collections, plus selected annuals and serials. It includes publications from the United States, Canada and Great Britain, covering 8 decades of 20th century literature. Coverage dates: 1900-1984.


The Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts, edited by James Flood and others, is a major publication sponsored by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. The parts include: historical and theoretical perspectives; methods of research; research on language learners; environments for teaching; research on teaching specific aspects of the curriculum, including poetry.


Humanities Full Text offers full text, plus abstracts and bibliographic indexing of the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities, as well as numerous lesser-known but important specialized magazines. The database indexes, abstracts and delivers the full text of feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, drama, and poetry, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, radio and television programs, and more. There are 127 peer reviewed articles on poetry, with approximately twice as many articles in total.


JSTOR, a scholarly journal archive, provides page images of back issues of the core scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication. Users may browse by journal title or discipline, or may search the full-text or citations/abstracts. New issues of existing titles and new titles are added on an ongoing basis.


Literature Online (LION) is a fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 237 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources. This resource also includes nearly 900 Poets on Screen filmed (poetes reading their own or others works); as well as the New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (Princeton University Press, 1993), among other fine features.


Teachingbooks is an online collection of K-12 multimedia author and book resources. The information-rich database includes over 4,400 original author programs, or filmed interviews of authors; 11,000+ book guides to stimulate discussion; 2,800+ book readings; author and illustrator websites; and an "educator area" with thematic booklists; book awards; and other valuable links. Organized by author, title, subject, and grade, this resource energizes the manner in which the books are shared with children. Poetry is included.


Thesaurus Linguae Graceje contains virtually all ancient Greek texts surviving from the period between Homer (8th century B.C.) and A.D. 600, and a large number of texts deriving from the period between A.D. 600 and 1453, in excess of 80 million words. Topics include Greek literature, history, and culture.


Thesaurus Linguae Latinae is largest Latin dictionary in the world, and also the first to cover all the Latin texts from the classical period up to about 600 A.D. 31 academies, and scholarly societies from 23 countries support the work of the Bayerische Akademie (Thesaurusbüro München). The database contains all content that is also available in print.


Twayne's Authors Onliine allows researchers to view full text discussions of an author's works and a chronology of the author's life; Design your own search, using words or phrases, or customize a search by genre, gender, nationality, and time period; and view topics with a highly selective, curriculum-related list of writers to use as research starting point. Poetry is a major category, with many authors represented.


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