Finding that elusive poem – Part Two

In the first part of this tutorial, we asked the question “How do you find a poem, when you know only the title or first line?” The reference tool we used was the Columbia Granger’s Index to Poetry.  Now let’s ask the same question using one of the Seattle Public Library’s popular subscription databases.  After the video,  enjoy exploring LitFinder on your own.  Hopefully you’ll never again be frustrated by an elusive piece of poetry. 
~Stan S

Easier searching at

Did you notice a change on our website on Wednesday?  We’ve made it possible to search the library’s catalog and a wide variety of magazines, encyclopedias and other databases all with one search box.  With one search box you can get results from Time, National Geographic, Business Week, Psychology Today,  the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and hundreds of other publications as well as the hundreds of thousands of books, videos and CDs in the Seattle Public Library’s catalog.  Click on the video below to learn how.

Finding that elusive poem

How do you find a poem when all you remember is the first line or the title?
We have two excellent resources you can use to track down that elusive poem: one in print, the other online.

In this post, let’s use the two volumes of the Granger’s Index:
The Columbia Granger’s Index to Poetry in Collected and Selected Works.
The Columbia Granger’s Index to Poetry in Anthologies.
You can find Granger’s in the Arts, Recreation and Literature Department in the Central Library.

Let’s use some examples to explore the Index to Collected and Selected Works: The book is divided into three sections, each arranged alphabetically:
Title and First Line Index
Author Index
Subject Index

What is the title of the poem that begins “Does the road wind uphill all the way?”
Go to the Title and First Line Index. The complete entry reads:

Does the road wind uphill all the way? Uphill. Christina Georgina Rossetti. CP- Ros-C1.

The first line is listed, followed by the title, Uphill and the author, Christina Rossetti. Continue reading “Finding that elusive poem”

Learn to use Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage Database

Don’t miss an upcoming opportunity to learn about one of our business and investment databases, Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage on Thursday, June 12, from 6 – 7:30pm at the Large Computer Lab in the Central Library.

Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage is an excellent resource for company, industry, and investment information. Dan Sovocool, S&P’s representative, will provide an overview of this service to demonstrate how NetAdvantage can supply high-quality business data.

Plan on attending if you are interested in such topics as:
– Business plan development, including in-depth company and industry analysis.
– Personal investments in stocks, mutual funds, ETF’s, or corporate bonds, including how to find appropriate investments based on your particular objectives.
– The latest commentary and analysis on business and economic events.

You are welcome to come with questions on how NetAdvantage may meet your specific business & investment information needs.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Call 206-386-4636 and ask to register for Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage.

Need Computer & Business Books?

The Safari Books Online database provides easy online access to a wide range of business & computer-related books.  Safari includes books on software programming techniques, programming languages, IT, Web design and computer technology as well as books on Windows, Macintosh, or Linux operating systems.  It includes current books published by O’Reilly, Addison- Wesley and Pearson.

Safari allows you to search in book titles, section headings, programming examples, and even in the full text.  Once you locate your search term, click on it and go directly to that section in a book.  The programming examples are especially handy: to test them you can copy and paste directly into your programming environment! 

Check it out.  With it’s great user interface and selection of current books, it one of our faves in the Business, Science, and Technology department!