Subscription databases can be online counterparts
to print products, or resources exclusive to the online environment. If a resource
is available both in print and online, it is usually preferable to search the
online version, which will offer enhanced search options, quicker retrieval,
and the possibility of accessing documents' full text. The subscription
databases below all can be used to locate explications of individual poems.
be on-site at the Library in order to use its subscriptions to ABELL, Humanities
Full Text, Literature Resource Center, and MLAIB.
If you cannot visit the Library, speak with a reference librarian at your academic,
public library to learn
which databases you can access
Available at the Library of Congress
Bibliography of English Language and Literature [Also
available in print]
page: ABELL "aims to list annually
all scholarly articles, books and reviews concerning English language and
literature and related topics published anywhere in the world, and in any
language. (Education and pedagogical subjects, and the medical application
of linguistics, are excluded.)" ABELL is
available online as a individual databases and is also offered as part
of the Literature
Full Text [Also available in print as Humanities
Provides abstracts and indexing for humanities journals back to 1984, and
the full text of selected articles back to 1985. Versions of the database
that do no include full text are available as Humanities
Abstracts and Humanities Index. Also see Humanities
Index Retrospective: 1907-1984.
Literature Resource Center.
Includes more than 415,000 full-text journal articles from more than 250
literary journals featuring approximately 4,400 entries; nearly 44,000 critical
essays; close to 5,000 work overviews, plot summaries and explications; and
nearly 6,000 links to vetted Web sites.
International Bibliography. [Also
available in print]
A detailed bibliography of journal articles, books, and dissertations.
Online database coverage extends back to 1963, and includes over 1.7 million
citations from more than 4,400 journals
publishers. MLAIB contains many citations to
poetry criticism and the full text of selected articles. If your local
library has access to this database, use
it to find poetry criticism not listed in older print indexes. Read more
about MLAIB here.
Not Available at the Library of Congress
LION: Literature Online.
LION's criticism and reference section can be used to locate criticism on
many poems. LION provides access to the online version of ABELL,
168 full-text literature journals,
biographies, reference works, student guides, bibliographies, and Web sites.
Further information can be found here.
To locate additional databases, consult volume one of the current edition
Directory of Databases. The subject index includes an entry for Literature under
which you can find databases which include poetry criticism.