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How do I search the Chadwyck-Healey literature databases?

Learn how to search four literature databases with classic poetry and drama.

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Search Chadwyck-Healey literature databases

Step 1:

Access African-American Poetry, American Poetry, English Verse Drama, and English Poetry 600-1900. Note: If you're off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your myPVCC username and password.

Step 2:

Enter your search terms in the search box.  You can enter the title of a poem or the name of an author or a combination of both.  Click the search button.

Screenshot of search box - "paul laurence dunbar we wear the mask"


Step 3:

Review the results.  Take note of the title, author, and the source where it's found.  Click the title of the result you want to read.

Search result screenshot - We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar


Step 4:

Read the text that appears.  Note that many of these works are part of larger collections.  In this example, "We Wear the Mask" comes from the book The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar.  If you want to read other poems in the collection, use the left navigation to browse the other poems.  In addition, if the gold highlighting bothers you, select "Hide Highlighting" to turn it off.

Screenshot of full-text of poem


Step 5:

To download a copy of the poem, select "Save as PDF" in the top right corner.

Screenshot of Save as PDF icon



  • Interested in learning which authors are in the database?  Click the Browse button at the top to see a list of authors and links to their works.
    Screenshot of Browse Authors section