English Literary Culture to 1600:

Selected Reference Sources for Library Research

The following materials are located in the Suzzallo reference stacks unless otherwise noted.

Research Guides

Medieval Studies: An Introduction, Suzzallo General Stacks D 116 .M4 1992

A Reference Guide for English Studies, PR 56 .M37 1990

Contextual Resources

Backgrounds to Medieval English Literature, Suzzallo General Stacks PR 225 .A3

Chaucer and the 15th Century. Vol. 2 of Oxford History of English Literature Series, PR 83 .O93

Dictionary of the Middle Ages, D 114 .D5 1982

The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Suzzallo General Stacks PN 671 .L4

The Medieval Literature of Western Europe: A Review of Research, Mainly 1930-1960, PN 671 .F5

New Catholic Encyclopedia.  BX 841 .N45 1967  (1913 edition is online - Catholic Encyclopedia )

Reference Sources Relating to Specific Works/Authors

Arthurian Handbook, PR 685 .L3 1997 (Earlier edition in Suzzallo General Stacks and Odegaard Undergraduate Library Stacks)

A Chaucer Name Dictionary: Guide to Astrological, Literary, and Mythological Names in the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, PR 1903 .D4 1987

A Chaucer Gazetteer, PR 1941 .M3

Chaucer's Pilgrims: An Historical Guide, PR 1875 .O26 C48 1996 (Located in Suzzallo General Stacks and Odegaard Undergraduate Library Stacks)

Christine de Pizan: A Bibliography, Z 8693.7 .Y45 1989

A Complete Concordance to the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 12 vols. to date, PR 1941 .C66

Dictionary of Literary Biography, Shelved in Reference Stacks. Use the cumulative index in the back of any of the latest volumes to locate the correct volume you need, or use the online Literary Index instead.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight : An Annotated Bibliography, 1978-1989, Z 6521 .G38 S73 1992


Middle English dictionaries: PE 679 call number range

Old English dictionaries: PE 279 call number range

Available on the Web:

Indexes and Abstracts

IMB International Medieval Bibliography , 1967- . Print version shelved in Suzzallo Reference; electronic version covers 1984-2000 and is accessible via the Libraries Information Gateway. (UW restricted) 

MLA Modern Language Association Bibliography, 1921- . Print version located in Suzzallo Reference; electronic version covers 1963 to the present and is available via the Libraries Information Gateway. (UW Restricted)

Literary Index This online index covers the Dictionary of Literary Biography and Literature Criticism sets found in the Suzzallo Reference Index/Abstracts Area.

Web Sites

These are some general sites to get you started. For more specific sites, go to the "webliography" for Medieval and Rennaissance sites.

Labyrinth: A World Wide Web Server for Medieval Studies

Literary Resources: Medieval

Voice of the Shuttle: Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Page

Citing Electronic Sources

Use the appropriate MLA format when citing Web sites, online databases, or other electronic resources.

Print guides to citing online sources (not as contradictory as it may sound) are located at the Reference Desks in both Suzzallo and Odegaard. Some titles include:


Have questions or need more information? Ask at a Reference Desk, or contact me:

Dottie Smith
Interim English Studies Librarian
University of Washington Libraries
rev. 6/02 ds

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