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This is a research guide for English 396R: Monsters and Others in Medieval Literature.

Reference Sources     •     UIUC Library Catalog    •     Article Databases    •     Full-Text Journals Online    •     Specialized Resources    •     Bibliographic Citation Management

     Evaluating Web Resources    •    More Help


Reference Sources

Medieval England: an Encyclopedia is a one-volume guide to all aspects of medieval England.  Located in Main Reference, call number Q.942 M4682.

The Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages consists of articles on all aspects of the period from the fifth to the fifteenth century. Located in Main Reference, call number 909.07 En191, and also available electronically.

Literature Resource Center is a comprehensive online database containing criticism, overviews, and biographies. The Dictionary of Literary Biography is one part of LRC and it provides biographical and critical information on authors from all eras. Both are available online through the Literatures and Languages Library website.

The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature, the Cambridge Guide to Literature in English, and the Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature are but a few titles which form the Credo Reference Collection.  They can be searched together or as individual books within the Credo Reference collection. The Credo Reference Collection is available through Online Journals & Databases.

Main Reference contains bibliographies, biographies, lists and guides to genres, periods, and authors.  Please consult with the English and Digital Humanities Librarian!

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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.

Examples of subject headings

English Literature--Middle English, 1100-1500--History and criticism

Literature, Medieval--History and criticism

Great Britain-–Intellectual Life-–1066-1485

Travel, Medieval

Animals, Mythical, in Literature

Monsters--History-–To 1500

Geography, Medieval in Literature

Monsters in Literature

Mandeville, John, Sir. Itinerarium

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Article Databases

International Medieval Bibliography provides access to a wide variety of resources about the medieval period.

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance indexes over 250,000 published articles, books, and reviews pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (1400-1700).

MLA Bibliography indexes articles from over 3,000 scholarly journals, theses, proceedings, and books on literature, language and folklore. Covers 1928-present.

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Full-Text Journals Online 

Project Muse provides searchable access to the recent full-text of over one hundred scholarly journals in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

JSTOR provides searchable access to the older full-text of scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.

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Specialized Resources

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.

Bibliographic Citation Management 

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

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. This guide also offers strategies for assembling a list of resources and tips to avoid plagiarism.

Need More Help?

Contact the English and Digital Humanities Librarian Harriett Green by telephone at 333-4942 and by email at green19@illinois.edu, or stop by the Literatures and Languages Library in room 200 South of the Main Library.

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