Title: Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes:How to Find a Novel, Short Story, or Poem Without Knowing its Title or Author
Author: The Library Of Congress, USA
Full Text & Source: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/lost/poems.html
The Internet, Online, 29/10/2015
It’s often possible to identify a long-lost poem by going to a search engine and searching for unique names, places, words, or phrases that appear in the poem, potential words in the title, and the author’s possible first or last name. For example, to find the title and author of the poem with the phrase “stop all the clocks,” users can search the Yahoo! search engine on the string “stop all the clocks” poem to receive numerous references to the correct poem. Since no two search engines provide the same coverage of the Web, or return results according to the same relevancy rankings, it is a good idea to use multiple search engines and review, at the least, the first several pages of results from each when hunting for a poem. Examples of search engines you may wish to use are:
A selected listing of other search engines can be found here.
Several companies now offer large-scale book search databases. When searching these databases, you are searching the full text of thousands, if not millions, of digitized books. The results you will receive may be digitized images of the pages on which your search terms appear, snippet views of your search terms and several sentences surrounding it, or a citation to the publication that includes your search terms (which you can use to locate the work through a local library). If the book is no longer under copyright, you’ll usually be able to browse the full text of the book to read the entire poem and determine whether it’s the correct one. If the book is still under copyright, you can typically browse several pages before and after your search results (enough to read the complete text of shorter poems). In addition, the four major book databases mentioned below also often allow users to limit their search to the full text of individual books.
Select Books from the search drop-down menu to limit your search to books, or used the Advanced search page higher-precision searching, or searching for a line or phrase in a poem. Many entries for books include a “Look Inside” option that allows you to conduct a keyword search of the full-text of a book, which can help you determine if it is the correct one.
HathiTrust currently makes available more than 5.3 million public domain digitized volumes. The HathiTrust Digital Library complements content available through Google Books: while some content between the two services overlaps, HathiTrust provides some content Google does not, including digital collections unique to participating institutions, works from institutional repositories, and native born-digital materials. In addition to the standard HathiTrust search interface and Advanced Search Page, a prototype search interface available through WorldCat
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