• Spring 2017 hours:
    Room 200, Literatures and Languages Reading Room:
  • M - Th: 8:30am - 10pm 
    Fri: 8:30am - 6pm
    Sat: 1 - 5pm
    Sun: 1 - 10pm

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  • M - Fri: 8:30am - 5pm
    Sat-Sun: 1 - 5pm
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Reference Sources

UIUC Library Catalog

The UIUC Library's collections are organized according to both Library of Congress Classification and Dewey Decimal Classification. The Literatures and Languages Library uses LOC classification, which you can read more about here. Access to the Library catalog is through the sidebar link on the Literatures and Languages Library homepage.

Subject Headings

When a book is published, libraries assign it subject headings from a standardized list.  This makes it easier for you to feel confident that all books on a certain topic are listed under the same heading.  Once you find a good subject heading, you can find several books on your topic.  You can find subject headings in the online catalog by:

Here are some examples of Subject Headings that you can use for your paper:

Article Databases

International Medieval Bibliography provides access to a wide variety of resources in the medieval period. Also available from the Online Journals & Databases page.

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance provides access to 250,000+ published articles and reviews pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (1400-1700). Also available from the Online Journals & Databases page.

MLA International Bibliography indexes articles from over 3,000 scholarly journals, theses, proceedings, and books on literature, language and folklore.. Covers 1928-present. Access on the Literatures and Languages Library homepage.

Full Text Resources Online

Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism provides biographical background and reproduces essays from books and journals on authors from those eras.  CMLC is part of the Literature Criticism Online database from Gale, which you can access on the Literatures and Languages Library homepage.

JSTOR provides searchable access to the older full-text of scholarly journals. Access on the Literatures and Languages Library homepage.

Specialized Resources

WorldCat is the mass catalog that combines the catalogs of thousands of libraries around the world.  Supports direct interlibrary loan. Access on the Literatures and Languages Library homepage.

Danteworlds is a multimedia literary guide created at the University of Texas that explores the three realms of the afterlife as chronicled in the Divine Comedy.

Bibliographic Citation Management

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic management system that is free for all UIUC students, faculty, and staff to use. For instructions on how to use RefWorks, please visit the Library's main RefWorks page and further assistance is available on the RefWorks FAQ page.  RefWorks is accessed through Online Journals & Databases.

Evaluating Web Resources

The Duke Libraries Guide to Library Research guides students through the final part of the research process and stresses the importance of properly citing resources to avoid plagiarism.  It also offers strategies for assembling a list of resources and tips to avoid plagiarism.

Getting Help

For more help, you can contact Harriett Green, the English and Digital Humanities Librarian, at 333-4942 or email her at green19@illinois.edu. Or stop by the Literatures and Languages Library in 225 Library, on the second floor of the Main Library (at the east end of the main reading room).

For general research assistance, you can also visit the Ask A Librarian webpage for research and reference assistance via telephone, email, and electronic chat.