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Poetry Resources: Home

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Alexander Pushkin, Russia's Greatest Poet

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Rhyming Dictionaries


This guide is designed to connect Duquesne University researchers to the wide range of materials on poetry that are available through the Gumberg Library. It wll direct the user to print and online encyclopedias and other sorts of reference works on poetry; to books, both print and electronic, on poets and their works; to databases for finding scholarly journal articles on the subject; and to resources for finding specific poems. The guide also provides information on citation in MLA format, and on how to get materials not available through the Gumberg Library. 

Use the tabs to move through the different sections of this guide.

Help is Available!

If at any time in your research your need help, click on the Ask a Librarian link on the blue bar at the top of the screen. Or you can contact me, Ted Bergfelt, the Humanities Librarian. Click to Send Email, or phone me at 412.396.5351. 

Print Reference Works on Poets and Poetry

Dictionary of Literary Biography

The Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB) is the standard resource for very detailed biographical articles on writers of all types, in many genres. Each volume is devoted to authors from a particular time, country, or genre. There are well over 200 volumes to the set. The Gumberg Library no longer owns the print version of this valuable reference work, but you can access its contents online through the Literature Resource Center.

Do a search for an author's name in the Literature Resource Center, then go to the "Content Types" menu on the upper right of the screen. Click on "Biographies." DLB content will be found in the resulting list.

Literature Resource Center

Electronic Reference Collections

The Gumberg Library provides access to databases of electronic reference works geared to literature. Using these will provide you with a great amount of introductory information on your chosen literary topic.

All electronic reference works can be accessed off-campus, but you will have to enter your Multipass username and password word in order to use them.

Individual Electronic Reference Works


Much of the content on this research guide was originally created by Emily Cantin, MLIS. The guide has been redesigned and is maintained by Ricky Williams, MM, Reference & Instruction Librarian, and Ted Bergfelt, MLS, Humanities Librarian.