James H. Thomason Library

English 201 : Survey of British Literature I   [Authors 1300-1800]
Reference Sources

Canterbury Tales, Wife of Bath detail,
Chaucer, 1405, vellum
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery
ArtSTOR Image Database

  Print Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
  Online Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
  Citation Style
Locating Books
  eBook Collections
  WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan
Locating Articles & Criticism
  Reference Sources & Criticism
  Articles, Essays, Book Chapters
  Journal Finder
  Image Databases
Internet Resources

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Reference Sources    

Print Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

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Use the index in the last volume of multi-volume sets to save time and find more information.

Dictionary of the Middle Ages, Scribner, c1982-c1989.
Main Level, Reference: R 909.07 D561D

British Writers Series, Scribner, c1979-1984.
Main Level, Reference: R 820.9 B777B [8 vols, 14 suppl.]

Also available online through Scribner Writer's Series

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, Scribner's[published in association with the Renaissance Society of America], c1999.

Main Level, Reference: R 940.21 En19E [6 vols]

Medieval England: An Encyclopedia, Garland Pub., 1998.

Main Level, Reference: R 942 M468M


Online Encyclopedias & Dictionaries   back to top


Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature [CREDO Reference], Continuum International Publishing Group, 2006.
A comprehensive guide to all British literature, including literature in English from the colonial and postcolonial periods in Africa, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, India, and New Zealand. Important authors from these areas are covered in substantive topical articles on their respective literatures.
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Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature [CREDO Reference], Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000.
A comprehensive guide to literature written between 500 and 1500. While the volume is primarily devoted to the early literature of England, it also includes entries for historical persons and subjects of cultural relevance which would have been discussed in literary works or which might have affected their creation.

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance [CREDO Reference], Market House Books, Ltd., 1987.
The Renaissance was a much heralded but rather indistinct period of transition from medieval to modern times. Spanning the period from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries, it changed forever the course of Western history. Entries cover the broad range of events, people, ideas and movements that together have come to represent this era.

A Dictionary of Literary Symbols [CREDO Reference], Cambridge University Press, 2003.

The first dictionary of symbols to be based on literature, rather than "universal" psychological archetypes, myths, or esoterica. Michael Ferber has assembled nearly two hundred entries clearly explaining and illustrating the literary symbols that we all encounter (such as swan, rose, moon, gold), along with hundreds of cross-references and quotations. The dictionary concentrates on English literature, but its entries range widely from the Bible and classical authors to the twentieth century, taking in American and European literatures. Its informed style and rich references will make this book an essential tool not only for literary and classical scholars, but for all students of literature.

Citation Style   back to top

Humanities: Documenting Sources [Research and Documentation Online], Bedford/St. Martins, 2003.

Online MLA style manual with guidelines and examples.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. Modern Language Association, 2009. 
Main Level, Ready Reference Shelf (located behind Reference Desk) and
R 808.02 M72M [2 copies]

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.

Locating Books   back to top


Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, then first name:              
  Swift, Jonathan [as AUTHOR]
  Swift, Jonathan [as SUBJECT]

  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to British Literature:
  English literature--Early modern, 1500-1700--History and criticism
  Faerie Queene, Spenser Edmund, 1552-1599
  Julian of Norwich
  Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745--Poetic works
  Symbolism in Literature

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD search if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or expand a term:
symbol* = symbol, symbols, symbolism, symbolic

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
AND symbol*

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group words with parentheses:
(imagery OR symbol*) AND epic

Try KEYWORD searching with ThomCat, other library catalogs & library databases.

eBook Collections    

EBSCO eBook Academic Collection 
Over 80,000 electronic books covering a wide range of academic disciplines

EBSCO eBook Collection

Approximatley 8,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.

ebrary eBook Collection 
Approximatley 70,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.


PASCAL Catalag & PASCAL Delivers     back to top

PASCALCAT - Now available! If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers  you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan (ILL)    

WorldCat – A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Check link for instructions.

Locating Articles & Criticism  
Reference Sources & Criticism   back to top

Literature Resource Center[Thomson Gale]
Search the online version of several library reference series as well as titles in Scribner Writers Series with one query. Contains full-text journal articles from more than 250 literary journals, critical essays, author biographies, and definitions of literary terms from Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature.

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MLA International Bibliography  [EBSCOhost]
Use for literature and language topics. Indexes critical literary and language scholarship and provides access to journals and serials published worldwide, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. Nearly 45,000 records are added annually.

Academic Search Complete 

Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals

An archive of over 350 full-text journals which can be searched at this site. Other PC databases link to JSTOR articles through Journal Finder, which guides the user to full-text articles. As an archive, JSTOR does not provide the most current three to five year issues of the journals as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR.

  Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection  
Current and recent volumes of 112 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Journal Finder   back to top

Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Your search results in PC article databases contain many direct links (in pdf or html format) to article full-text as well as links to "Check Journal Finder" for available issues.



Example of an article citation:

Marshall, A., "Gulliver and the Problem of Swiftian Satire,
Philological Quarterly, Spring 2005, Vol. 84 Issue 2, p11-239.

If you already have a citation and are trying to find the article, click the link above and follow these steps to determine whether full-text is available for the article you need:

  • Note the date of the journal issue you need before following Journal Finder link.
  • Default search is Journals by Title in Full Text. Type the title of the journal or magazine in the empty box below (example:Philological Quarterly).
  • You may need to select your title from the results. Click on the title you seek.
  • Results for your title include up to three categories: Full Text Resources in your library (in print), Full Text Resources Online, and Indexing Only (not full text).
  • Note the "dates available" in a Full Text category. Click on a database that covers the date you need.
  • Choose year and issue OR volume and issue, then look through the contents of that issue for the article you need. Articles are usually listed in page number order and are available in HTML or PDF format.

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 Image Databases    

ARTstor [Library subscription]

Comprised of approximately 300,000 digital images of visual material from different time-periods, cultures, and disciplines derived from several source collections that are the product of collaborations with libraries, museums, photographic archives, publishers, slide libraries, and individual scholars.

The Bridgeman Art Library Archive [CREDO Reference], Bridgeman, 2005.
An outstanding archive of images drawn from collections throughout the world. Every subject, concept, style and medium is represented, from the masterpieces of national museums to the hidden treasures of private collections. Fine art is just one of the sources of images; design, antiques, maps, architecture, furniture, glass, ceramics, anthropological artefacts and many others also feature in the collection.
  The Bridgeman Art Library Archive

Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts from Western Europe [New York Public Library Digital Collections]

More than 2,000 manuscript pages and associated illuminations dating from the 9th through the 16th centuries give vivid testimony to the creative impulses of the often nameless craftsmen who continually discovered new ways of animating the contents of hand-produced books.

Internet Resources   back to top


Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse [University of Michigan]

Browse the 146 works in this collection by author OR search the collection here.

Early Modern Literary Studies-Electronic Texts [Matthew Steggle, Sheffield Hallam University]

Includes "Electronic Versions of Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Century Texts" which are on the Internet, as well as others which have bearing upon this time period. Arranged alphabetically by author.


Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature   [Anniina Jokinen]

Choose from Medieval through 18th century periods. Included for each author, quotes, timelines, resources, works, and more.

NetSERF: The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources [Dr. Andrea R. Harbin, editor]
One of the largest webliographies devoted solely to medieval resources on the Internet.

Renascence Editions
An online repository of works printed in English between the years 1477 and 1799. Search or browse alphabetically by author.

Teams Middle English Texts [Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages, University of Rochester; Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan]

Makes available to teachers and students, texts which occupy an important place in the literary and cultural canon but which have not been readily available in student editions.

Voice of the Shuttle - Literature in English [Alan Liu, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara]

Browse by time period on right or search for specific author in search box at top.


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