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Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes
Searching for literature when you don't know the title or author.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

This reference guide created by Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress, allows users to find a novel, short story, or poem without knowing its title or author.
The site has a very simple design with the information divided into three categories: Finding Novels, Finding Short Stories, and Finding Poems. Text links to these areas can be found on the right side of the page.

Anyone interested in locating literary resources should begin their search with this informative reference guide from the Library of Congress. The intent of the guide is to "help readers identify a literary work when they know only its plot or subject, or other textual information such as a character's name, a line of poetry, or a unique word or phrase." The guide is divided into three sections: Finding Novels, Finding Short Stories, and Finding Poems. Each of the sections gives directions for using general search engines, online book databases, library catalogs, listservs, message boards, and physical print resources that are available in public libraries. Included is a list of related resources, including how to find poems in the Library of Congress and locating criticism of individual poems.


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