NCEA English Topics

Explore our information on English language, novels, poetry and plays etc.


The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry in Anthologies covers a wide range of information on poetry. Also available in this series are The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry in Collected and Selected Works and The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry.

This is held on the first floor of the City Library and is reference only. Ask at the desk.

Contemporary Literary Criticism

This provides significant passages from published criticism of works by creative writers.

Volumes 1 - 159 are found on the first floor of the City Library and are reference only.



Studyit is your one-stop site for achieving in NCEA English levels 1, 2 and 3. Find what you need to know, contact subject teachers, and get encouragement from other students.

Acronym Finder

This site covers thousands of abbreviations and acronyms.


BookRags is a comprehensive, free research site for students. It includes literature summaries, biographies, literary criticism, essays, encyclopaedias, and e-books sourced from over 100 respected education databases

The New Zealand Book Council

This site promotes New Zealand writers and writing. It includes biographical information including photographs and relevant web links.

New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre

The New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre is a gateway to comprehensive poetry resources in Aotearoa / New Zealand and the Pacific region.

Poetry Archive

This site allows you to listen to English-language poets – contemporary and from the past – reading their own works. Background material is provided, including some filmed interviews.

Poetry Writing Tips

These tips for writing poetry are found on The Writer’s Resource Center website.

Sparknotes – Poetry

This site provides overview, analysis, and commentary on a selection of influential English-language poetry, past and present. You may have to join to use but it’s free.

Visual Thesaurus

The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus, which creates visual word maps. Lots of fun and useful too!