The following multi-volume interrelated sets are excellent starting points for finding biographical or critical information about writers. All of the series is cross-indexed. Look up your author in the index section of the last volume of each set Next to the author's name there will be abbreviations of books in which information about the author can be found. These abbreviations are expanded in the front of each volume. Click on the title for catalog record including call number.
Children's Literature Review
Contains excerpts from criticisms, reviews and commentaries of books for children and young people.
Contemporary Authors (CA)
A bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, motion pictures, journalism and other fields. There is an annual paperback title index.
Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series -- (CAAS)
Provides autobiographies of important current writers. The index lists names, titles, subjects and schools of writing. All genres included.
Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC)
Contains excerpts from criticisms of authors who are now living or who have died since January 1, 1960. There is an annual paperbound title index and a cumulative index of authors and critics.
Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB) -- Ref PN, PQ, PR and PS
Over a hundred volumes, each one dealing with a different topic. To locate a particular writer, check the author index in the latest volume. Check our catalog to locate books in which the critical information may be found.
Literature Criticism Online
Online database of the following literary works: Contemporary literary criticism, Twentieth-century literary criticism, Nineteenth-century literature criticism, Shakespearean criticism, Literature criticism from 1400 to 1800, Classical and medieval literature criticism, Poetry criticism, Short story criticism, Drama criticism, Children's literature review.
Something About the Author (SATA)
Lives and works of authors and illustrators of children's books. Indexes in alternate odd numbered volumes beginning with Vol. 57. Has authors' index and illustrations index.
Something About the Author Autobiography Series
A collection of autobiographical essays written by prominent authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults. Each essay has a bibliography.
The following reference books are useful in locating individual poems that are published in poetry collections. SouthernSearch to see if we have the book in which the poem appears once you locate the poem in the index.
Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry in Collected and Selected Works
Index by author, title, first line, and subject. Indexes over 100,000 poems in anthologies.
Granger's Index to Poetry
Indexes poems that appear in collections. Arranged alphabetically by titles and first lines. Author and subject index available.
Masterplots II. Poetry Series
Analyzes poems of 270 poets. Presents an overview of the work, meanings of each poem, poetic techniques and styles. Arrangement is alphabetical by the title of the poem.
Poetry Explication: A Checklist of Interpretations since 1925 of British and American Poems Past and Present
An index of poetry explication in books and journals. Covers British and American poets. Alphabetical arrangement by author.
Poets American and British
Contains 72 unabridged essays chosen from Scribner's American Writers and British Writers. Alphabetical arrangement by author. Third volume contains index.
Includes articles on numerous poets from around the world, accompanied by essays on various genres and schools of poetry.
Encyclopedia of American Poetry. The Nineteenth Century
Furnishes facts, dates, biographical background, and information on American poets and poetry of the nineteenth century.
Encyclopedia of American Poetry. The Twentieth Century
Furnishes facts, dates, biographical background, and information on American poets and poetry of the twentieth century.
Crowell's Handbook of Contemporary American Poetry
Information on American poets since 1940 with brief biographies and critical analysis of individual poets.
Coverage includes poets from the Puritan period to the avant-garde, important literary schools and movements in American poetry, influential periodicals, critical essays and poetry collections, literary awards and societies.
Guide to American Poetry Explication
This is an index of poetry explication in journals and books. Arranged alphabetically by author. The major American poets are covered.
Guide to British Poetry Explication
Index of English poetry explications in journals and books. Coverage from 1924-1990. Continues Poetry Explication: A checklist of Interpretation (1980)
Index to Criticism of British and American Poetry
Indexes criticisms of British and American poetry from early times to the mid-twentieth century. Arrangement is alphabetical by author.