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Check out the search tools for your database or index; these are usually found behind a help link, a question mark box, or a gear image.
  • Look for *, ?, "", AND/OR/NOT, W/5 or WITHIN 5 or NEAR, BEFORE, etc.
  • Think of your search terms like math equations: the search medieval AND women OR witches will not bring back results as relevant as medieval AND (women OR witches).
Use InterLibrary Services to borrow from other libraries materials we don't have.
Use clipboard, folder, or similar functions in databases and the Catalog to make a list of resources and email them to yourself.
Use RSS feed options in databases to keep you updated on material additions that fit your search.
Use citation buttons in databases to view and/or export citations in the correct style.
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What fields relate to your research question (English Literature, Medieval Studies, etc.)? Check out Databases by Subject
www.lib.utexas.edu > Databases Tab > Browse by Subject

Find Material & Social-Historical Context in encyclopedia and dictionary entries, articles, chapters, and books using databases/indexes like these:

  • We showed you the print editions of the Motif-Index of Folk Literature: A Classification of Narrative Elements in Folktales, Ballads, Myths. Come visit these on the shelves to explore how your concepts traveled in other places and literatures; these volumes index particular narratives.
  • Search biographical dictionaries including: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
  • Cambridge Histories Online. Includes Cambridge histories of the Book in Britain, of Early Modern English Literature, of English Poetry, and of Medieval English Literature. Example: Use the advanced search to find records where the subject includes medieval and literature; in the results list, choose “view more” to preview the context.
  • Dictionary of Old English Web Corpus. Map word usage with this tool from the University of Toronto.
  • Early English Books Online. (Includes the English Short Title Catalogue, 1473-1800.) Find page images of works printed in England 1473-1700. Try searching keywords to see how a term or subject travels; search or browse by author; use the advanced search to limit to texts with illustrations of particular types. Tip: Check for variants or select from a list to include variations in spelling of authors and terms.
  • English Poetry. Search for poetry by author, gender, nationality, literary period. Tip: To identify authors English Poetry identifies working in the Medieval (1100-1500) or Early English (1350-1500) periods, select from list for "Literary Period."
  • Historical Abstracts. Try searching for events, texts, or historical periods for critical analysis of the social-historical context.
  • Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism. Trace relationships between medieval theory and criticism, classical theory and criticism, and philology to contextualize the period or your approach to the work.
  • Literature Online (LION). Use Texts search to see how a particular term or historical event (like Kett’s Rebellion) has traveled in literature. Use Authors search to find authors. Tip: To identify authors LION identifies working in the Medieval (1100-1500) or Early English (1350-1500) periods, select from list for "Literary Period."


Find Critical/Scholarly Context in articles, chapters, books, and reviews using databases/indexes like these:

Where is the article, chapter, or book?
1. If the Catalog, database, or index record you have located does not link to the full article or book, click the button to see if the full text is available electronically or, if you are not already in the Catalog, in print in the library.

2. No
button? Copy the name of the journal or book and search for it in the Library Catalog title search.

3. Not in the Catalog? Ask for help or request it through InterLibrary Services.

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Contact the English Literature Librarian:
Kristen Hogan

Contact the Medieval Studies Librarian:
Shiela Winchester

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