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LitFinder

To access LitFinder now,
click the logo below:

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In the future, you may navigate to this database:

  • Click E-Research on the green Resources menu
  • Access the database from the alphabetized list
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
Emily Bronte
Emily Bronte
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
Charlotte Bronte Charlotte Bronte
       
Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson
Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot
Dante Alighieri
Dante Alighieri

To Learn More About the Database First...


LitFinder includes:
  • 140,000 full-text poems
  • 800,000 additional poem citations and excerpts
  • 7,100 full-text stories and novels
  • 3,800 full-text essays from the 16th-20th centuries
  • 1,700 full-text plays
  • 2,400 full-text speeches
  • 2,700+ author biographies
  • 1,800 photos and illustrations
 
 
 
 

General Poetry Searches

Search 1:
How can I find the text of Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken"?

Solution:

  1. Click on Poems under LitFinder and enter "road not taken" in quotes in the BASIC SEARCH entry box on the Home Page
  2. Limit the search by clicking on box for DOCUMENTS WITH FULL TEXT
  3. Limit the search by CONTENT TYPE, selecting PRIMARY SOURCES/LITERARY WORKS
  4. Click on the SEARCH button
  5. Click on the THE ROAD NOT TAKEN link to retrieve the full text of the poem along with related commentary and references
Search 2:
How do I find works about love in LitFinder?
Solution:
  1. Access LitFinder and enter "love" in the BASIC SEARCH box on the Home Page.
  2. Limit the search by CONTENT TYPE, selecting PRIMARY SOURCES/LITERARY WORKS.
  3. Click on the SEARCH button.
  4. In the left hand side NARROW BY: menu, choose "by DOCUMENT TYPE" from the Narrow Results menu list to see list of genres, including poems, stories, essays, plays, and speeches.
  5. To find a poem on love, for example, click on POEMS and the results will be reset to only those works on LOVE qualified as poems.
  6. Click on a poem such as "Mementoes" by Charlotte Bronte to retrieve the full text of the poem.
Search 4:
How do I find poems by Emily Dickinson that are about nature?
Solution:
  1. Access LitFinder and go to ADVANCED SEARCH.
  2. Drop down the index menu list and select SUBJECTS/THEMES (LFST). Type NATURE in the open field next to it.
  3. Drop down the second index menu list and select AUTHORS - ITEMS BY (AU). Type EMILY DICKINSON in the open field next to it.
  4. Scroll down to the limiter BY TYPE OF WORK and select POEM from the list.
  5. Click on the SEARCH button.
  6. Click on desired title or refine results by full text, by subject, etc.
Sample K-12 Literature Assignments
(taken from actual K-12 lesson plans)
Assignment 1:

You will use poetry as a vehicle to express sentiment by writing a dedication poem about someone you care about. In order to do this, you will research and collect a variety of dedication poems and then create a booklet that includes your dedication poem, the dedication poems you collected, and images and illustrations.

Solution:

  1. Access LitFinder and go to WORKS SEARCH.
  2. For the TYPE OF WORK limiter, select POEM from the list
  3. Click on BROWSE link for the limiter, SUBJECT/THEME. A new window opens with the Browse list.
  4. Key in "grandparents" and click the FIND button
  5. Check the box next to GRANDPARENTS and note that it is then found in the righthand box. Click SUBMIT button.
  6. Choose from such titles as "Advice from Nana", "Afternoon with Grandmother", etc.
Assignment 2:

"Found" poems are essentially built from bits of broken text. You are to develop a "found" poem that has the following elements: at least 10 lines, at least 3 major symbols, and at least 2 sensory images. You will submit the poem itself as well as a list of 3 published "found" poems that you read and analyzed before writing your own poem.

Solution:

  1. Access LitFinder and type in "found poem" in quotes in the BASIC SEARCH box on the Home Page.
  2. Click on the SEARCH button.
  3. Numerous examples of found poems will be displayed.
  4. To refine by full text, click the LIMIT TO FULL TEXT button below tabs