ENGL 4322 (Dr. Smith): English Poetry, 1840-1890

Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your assignment easier.

Reference Sources


The English Romantic Poets: A Review of Research and Criticism
PR 590 .E5 1985 Ref.
Lengthy essays on the works and criticism of William Blake; William Wordsworth; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; George Gordon, Lord Byron; Percy Bysshe Shelley; and John Keats; as well as an overview chapter entitled "The Romantic Movement in England." Somewhat dated since published in 1985.
The Explicator Encyclopedia: Volume II: Traditional Poetry: Medieval to Late Victorian
PR 401 .E9 V.2 Ref.
Information from The Explicator from 1942-1962 on numerous poets. Poets are in alphabetical order. Dated since published in 1968.
Poetry Criticism
PN 1010 .P499 Ref.
Multi-volume work. Subtitle reads: "Excerpts from criticism of the works of the most significant and widely studied poets of world literature". Each volume has a cumulative author index. Periodic cumulative title index.
Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
PN 761 .N5 Ref.
Multi-volume work. Authors who died between 1800 and 1899. Excerpts from criticism with citations. Includes "the most significant interpretations" of these authors' works. Each volume has a cumulative author index. Periodic cumulative title index.



Cornette Library's online catalog
Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
  • a keyword search for your subject, such as Victorian poetry.
  • the LC subject heading for a specific time and place such as English poetry 19th century history and criticism.

To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.

  • Online catalog for libraries around the world.
  • Lists Cornette Library books along with many more in other libraries.
  • Search by keyword, author, title, or subject.
  • Request books not in Cornette Library through the pre-filled Interlibrary loan form. Allow at least two weeks for the books to arrive.


Journal, Magazine, & Newspaper Articles

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How to Access Databases

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MLA Bibliography
Contains more than 1.8 million citations on language, literature, linguistics, and folklore. Links to full text.
Literature Resource Center
Full text resource that includes biographical, bibliographical, and critical information on some 2,500 literary writers and their works.

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Scout Report Archives
Scholarly. Keyword or advanced search. Results listed by relevance.
INFOMINE Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
Scholarly. Keyword search or browse by general subject area. Can limit to free sites.
ipl2 - "Information You Can Trust" (merger of Internet Public Library and Librarians' Index to the Internet)
General public interest. Keyword search, or browse by general topic and subtopic.


Citing Your Sources

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