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English: which resources do I use?: Poetry

Unsure which resources to use for your English module or piece of research? This guide will point you in the right direction.



You may find this book useful. See your reading list for the required and recommended reading for your module.


To find poetry, try searching the resources below:

For help using these resources, see the guides on this page.

All of the following poetry collections are published by Chadwyck Healey, and so can all be searched in the same way. See the guide below for more information. 

Adam Matthew Research Collection: Poetry Archives

Find out more about this resource via: Adam Matthew Research Collection: Literary Manuscripts Berg 

Find out more about this resource via: Adam Matthew Research Collection: Literary Manuscripts Leeds

ProQuest One Literature/Literature Online: Poetry search

You can refine your search just to poetry when using Literature Online. Go to Advanced Search and select Poetry under Primary Texts on the left. Limit your search as required using the options provided.

For example, you can refine your search to a particular genre of poetry by using the Poem Type Filter choosing from the list.

You can also look up poets, literary movements and literary periods, and add them to your search.

Chadwyck Healey poetry collections: English Poetry, Faber Poetry Library, etc.

We have access to a range of poetry collections from Chadwyck Healey now available on the ProQuest platform. The search functionality is the same in each collection: for example, you can search by keyword, title or first line of the poem, poet, or browse the complete contents of the database.

Starting from the home screen select the Advanced Search option.



For example, if you were searching the English Poetry collection, you could enter sonnets OR sonnet* in the Publication Title search box.

Click search to retrieve the results and find the sonnet required.  

Alternatively you can search for the first line or the title of a poem. 

Enter the details in the first line / title search box.  e.g. “Shall I compare thee to a summers day?”


Click search to retrieve the results.

To view the full item click on the link.

You can use the author lookup to find an author or you can also enter the name in the search box e.g. Shakespeare.

In the Additional Author details section, you can add nationality to your search.

To browse everything in the collection, click on the Publications tab:

Oxford Scholarly Editions Online

Oxford Scholarly Editions Online gives access to primary texts from writers between 1485-1901.

Browse by Work, Edition or Author.

Once you are inside the full text of a work you can:

  • Move through the play with the arrows  at the top of the page. 

  • Shrink the left-hand navigation bar by clicking the little arrow at its top, if required. 

  • Hide the notes if you prefer by unchecking the notes box on the title bar

  • Click on the note symbols at the ends of the lines to scroll the notes pane to the right place. 

The three little tabs on the left help you navigate around the work or edition.

  • The magnifying glass tab lets you search, jump to a print page, see the pdf of that original print page, or jump to a location in the text. 
  • In the Location box, enter 3.3.57 if you want to go to Act III Scene iii line 57

At the top right of the tool bar you'll find pdf and printer icons for saving or printing.  

  • If you highlight some text and choose ‘Copy and cite’ from the pop up menu, you’ll be able to automatically add a citation and the URL to the text you highlighted, so you can copy the lot: convenient for note-taking.


Run a 'Quick search' across works, titles, authors, and full text.

For example, search "to be or not to be"

You can refine your results using the options on the left hand side; for example, choose to refine where your keyword appears by checking the relevant box under 'Show Hits Within'. You can also refine by author, genre or date.

Jump to a precise location in a text, e.g. Shakespeare Sonnet 18, or Marlowe, Faustus, 12.81


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