Poetry Research Guide

Databases  Reference  Books  Journals  Videos  Web Sites 

 This guide will point you to many of the library's resources in poetry and will link you to additional resources. If you need help with your research ask a librarian. 


Search library databases for journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, case studies, editorials, reports, reviews, and other documents. The following databases are recommended for research in theology. 

Most Frequently Used Databases in Literary Scholarship:

Most Frequently Used Databases for Finding Poetry:

Additional databases are available from our Databases for English.

Or choose other databases from the Library's Databases page

Help Using the Databases 

Reference & Books

Select from the following reference works to find dictionaries and encyclopedias on poetry. 

Reference Online


Books and Ebooks

Library Catalogs

Where to Browse in the Library

Books and other materials can be found in ODU Library's Reference Stacks, Reference Atlases, and Main Stacks in the following ranges of the Dewey Decimal System: 200s (theology) and 900s (history).  


Web Sites

Visit the following sites for authoritative information on poets and their poetry.

Collections of Full-text Poetry and Poetry Resources

American Poetry and Poets

English Poetry and Poets

 Past last updated: 15 July 2015 | ODU Library Reference Services