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This course guide lists resources for the poetry assignment in Special Intensive English 4 (CEGL 343). For other resources related to courses in English as a second language, visit this Subject Guide.
1. Poets and biographies
- Literature Resource Center
Click on Authors By Type. Under Genre, select poetry. Under Author Nationality, choose your country.
- Literature Online
In the Authors section, you can find the names of authors from a particular country. Sometimes there will be biographical information. In the Criticism & Reference section, click on Reference. Here you can search for your country and the subject “poetry” to find biographies.
- Dictionary of Literary Biography (online)
Best for European poets (Spanish, Italian, French). On the Browse Volumes page, look for your country in the list
- Columbia Granger's Poetry Database
This database usually lists the names of the poets’ works. Sometimes you will need to check the library catalogue to see if we have the poets’ books. Includes biographies of some poets.
- Poetry Criticism
- Poetry Translation Centre
A small collection of poems translated into English. Biographical information about the poets is also included. As of July 2009, the site contains poems from: Afghanistan, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kurdistan, Mexico, Mozambique, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Somalia, South Korea, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Western Sahara.
2. General encyclopedias
3. Finding Books
|Truncation symbol:||?||e.g. poe? will retrieve catalogue records containing the words poems, poets, poetry, etc.|
|Phrase searching:||"___"||e.g. "chinese poetry" will retrieve catalogue records containing the phrase Chinese poetry|
|Boolean operators:||(), AND, OR, NOT||e.g. poetry AND (Iranian OR Persian) will retrieve catalogue records containing the word poetry AND either Iranian OR Persian|
4. Books for specific countries
- The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry
- A Biographical Dictionary of Modern Chinese Writers
- The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature
- The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry
- Encyclopaedia of Islam (online)
- Jehat (website)
This website collects and translates modern poetry written in Arabic. Biographical information is included for some poets.
- Latino Literature Poetry, Drama, and Fiction (online)
- Twentieth Century Russian Poetry: Silver and Steel: An Anthology
6. Other Resources
- Connecting to library resources from off-campus
How to set up the Virtual Private Network (VPN)
- English Language Resources
Includes dictionaries, thesauri, and other materials for learners of English as a second language
- Information for International Students
An introduction to academic libraries in North America
- Citation Guides
Style guides for creating bibliographies and citations