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English Medieval Literature

This guide was created for the course EN385: English Medieval Literature offered by the Department of English, Southern Connecticut State University.


Use SouthernSearch to locate information in our library. SouthernSearch provides simple, one-stop searching for books and e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more.

Enter your search terms in the search box provided and click on Search. The default is to search "Everything at SCSU." You can click on the down arrow next to "Everything at SCSU" for other choices such as SCSU Catalog and Collections, Articles and e-books, Course Reserves, and CT State Colleges and Universities.

When searching by keyword use "and" to combine your search terms for more precise results.Sample Keyword Searches:
You can use keyword search terms as shown below:

English society and middle ages
Chaucer and women
Medieval literature and themes
Old English poetry and heroism
Old English poetry and (vernacular or oral) and tradition

You can also enter names in a keyword search:
Example: Caedmon
Sir Gawain

Use Advanced Search for more search options to limit or focus your search.

Recommended Search Terms

Advanced Search allows you to search by title, author, by subject, and ISBN. Here are some subject terms:

English Literature Middle English, 1100-1500
English Literature Middle English, 1100-1500- History and Criticism
English Literature Middle English 1100-1500 Themes Motives
English Poetry Middle English 1100-1500
English Prose Literature Middle English 1100-1500
Literature Medieval History and Criticism

Civilization Medieval in Literature
England Civilization 1066-1485
Great Britain History 1066-1687
Great Britain History Anglo-Saxon Period 449-1066
Chaucer Geoffrey 1400 Canterbury Tales
Kiights and Knighthood in Literature
Knights and Knighthood Poetry

Crusades First 1096-1099 in Literature
Gawain (Legendary Character) Romances
Christian Pilgrims and Pilgrimages in Literature
Tales Medieval History and Criticism
Arthurian romances history and criticism
Literature and Society England History to 1500
Manuscripts English Middle
Middle Ages in Literature
Middle Ages Literary Collections
Women England History Middle Ages 500-1500

Subject Headings for authors and their works:
Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400
Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400 Criticism and Interpretation

Author Search
Select "author" from the pull-down menu and type the author's last name first followed by the first name.
Example: Chaucer, Geoffrey

Where Materials Are Shelved

Here are Floorplans  for maps of each floor of the library showing where our collections are shelved.

Reference books are shelved on the first floor of Buley Library.  Journals in print, microfilm, or microfiche are on the ground floor.

SCSU Stacks are on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Buley.

  • Stacks call numbers beginning with A - PL are on the 2nd floor.
  • Stacks call numbers beginning with PM - Z are on the 3rd floor.

Checking Out Books

Circulating books are checked out at the Circulation Desk on the main floor with a valid SCSU ID. Books can be checked out for 28 days with the option to have them renewed if no one else has requested them. Reference books cannot be checked out.


Scanners are available on the first and ground floors. Users can scan to their email or their flash drive for free. You cannot print from the scanners. There are 3 printers on the main floor that allow you to scan, copy and print. One is located in the front lobby; one is located at the IT Help desk and the third is near the reference stacks. Scanning is free but printing is 5 cents for single side black and white and 8 cents for double-side. Color printing is 25 cents for single side and 40 cents for double side.

Hoot Loot card holders can add to their account from the Card Value Center in Buley Library which is located opposite the Check-out counter on the main floor.

Requesting books from another library

To request a book from another library in the CSCU consortium, you must search the CSCU consortium by selecting "CT State Colleges and Universities" from the pull-down menu in the search box as the default is to search "Everything at SCSU". Enter your search terms and execute your search. Once the results list appears, you need to sign in to your library account to see which library has the book. You will see the name of the library that has the book and "available" if the book is available to be loaned. Click on "available" and you will see more information about the book and option to "request" the book. Click on "Request". Check to see that the pick-up institution is  Southern Connecticut State University and the library is Hilton C. Library. Click on request to complete the transaction. You will be notified by email when the book is here and you can pick up your book at the Check-out Desk.

For additional help requesting a book from another CSCU library, please watch this video:

Google Books

Use recommended keyword search terms.

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