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Resistance and Desire: Major American Women Poets from Dickinson to the Present (Fall 2014): Literary Sources

Gale Literary Index

Gale Literary Index

Use this online index to identify entries for your authors and their works in the various titles in Gale's Literary Criticism series.

Gale Literary Index

Citing Gale

For example:

Kelson, John. “Allegory and Myth in ‘The Cherry Orchard’,” Western Humanities Review 13, No. 3 (Summer 1959): 321-24.; excerpted and reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, vol. 55, ed. Marie Lazzari (Detroit: The Gale Group, 2001). 42-44.


Notice that the original critical essay written by John Kelson on Anton Chekhov’s play, “The Cherry Orchard” appeared in Western Humanities Review in 1959. However, since you did not have the original essay, but rather read part of the essay in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, you must include that information in your citation.

Gale Criticism Titles for Poetry at Albright

GALE LITERARY INDEX is the best place to start as it guides you to finding excerpts and full reprints. This makes it easy to find critiques written by different critics collected in one place. The Index tells you in which volume to find the criticism.

Contemporary Literary Criticism (186 vols.) 809.04 C761
Use for authors now living or who died after December 31, 1999

Poetry Criticism 809.1 P745


Poetry for Students 808.1 P745N


Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (147 vols.) 809.04 T971
Use for authors who died between 1900 and 1999

Dictionary of Literary Biography To locate the call number for the volume you need, enter the poet's name followed by the letters dlb.

Scholarly Publications

Scholarly literature is written by experts in the field and the journals are often peer reviewed. The language may be more technical or formal in nature. Examples include:

  • Contemporary Literature
  • Critical Quarterly
  • Poetry

Literary & General Interest Magazines

Some examples of acceptable literary or general interest publications include:

  • American Poetry Review
  • Atlantic
  • Boston Review
  • Harper's
  • Nation
  • New Yorker
  • Southern Review
  • Tri-Quarterly

These are written for the informed reader. When in doubt, check with your professor.

Major Newspapers

Major newspapers frequently cover cultural issues including book reviews and author interviews. Some major papers include:

  • Chicago Tribune
  • Guardian
  • Los Angeles Times
  • New York TImes
  • Washington Post