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Poetry & Short Story Reference Source

Poetry & Short Story Reference Source

A Historically Rich Collection of Poems, Short Stories, and More

Poetry & Short Story Reference Source includes plays and speeches, classic books, biographies, critical analyses, contextual essays and explications for important works, and essays on poetic forms, literary terms, techniques, and movements. The database provides contemporary content from the finest publishers including Knopf, Houghton Mifflin, New Directions, Copper Canyon Press, and dozens of authors and estates.

Poetry showcases from The Paris Review highlight current and emerging poets and their works. Each showcase includes the poet’s biography, two to six poems, and an interview with the poet. Audio recordings of these interviews, as well as poets reciting their works, are also available.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Source also contains selected works of major and minor American and English poets, along with international poetry representing each continent (accompanied by English translations, when available).

Additional Content Highlights

  • More than 2,800 audio recordings of poets reading their own works from the Academy of American Poets, poets reading works of other poets, and podcasts from The Poetry Foundation
  • High-quality videos provided by the Academy of American Poets
  • More than 430 full-text explications of both classic and contemporary poems

Intuitive User Experience

Available through Explora, Poetry & Short Story Reference Source offers a variety of features and functionality to support research success and productivity. In addition to simple and advanced search options and powerful filters, users can explore topics by category, including authors, works, literary periods and movements, and literary forms, styles, and techniques.

Each category breaks down into popular, colloquial, or curriculum-based subtopics that are logical for all users and friendlier to novice researchers. Clicking on the subtopic brings the user to a page with a topic overview, related subtopics, overview articles, sample search results (with the option to view all results), and a carousel of relevant e-books (when available).

Using Poetry & Short Story Reference Source

How to Search the Database

Users can browse by author name, by poem or short-story title, by poem forms or techniques, by periods and movements, and by themes in either the basic or advanced searches.


Now let's explore the advanced search option menu. There are many options available to help filter your search more accurately than a basic keyword search. Some of these options include full text, peer-reviewed materials, publication date ranges, subject searching, and even what language you'd like to locate your materials in. 

If you scroll further down the advanced search menu, you'll find more filters to aid your search, as seen in the image below. These include:

  • Poem first line
  • Poem last line
  • Publication type (journal, biography, book, essay, periodical, reference book, review, and more)
  • Type of document (abstract, article, review, case study, dissertation, excerpt, and many more)
  • Number of pages
  • Images or illustrations
  • ISSN
  • Author's birth or death century
  • Literary genre (fiction, long fiction, short fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry)
  • Poet's cultural  identity
  • Poet's national identity
  • Author's gender identity

Once you enter your search, the results page has several facets to look for/at when determining which source you want, which are noted in red in the image below.

  1. Filters on the left narrow results by full text, peer review, date ranges, source tyles, subject, and publisher.
  2. Tells you what type of item you are viewing. For example, the image shows both poetry files and short story files.
  3. Allows you to download the PDF from the search results (this can also be found after clicking on the title of the item for more information).
  4. Alerts you at the top right of the page when there are audio files related to your search.

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