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English & American Literature : Medieval-18th Century

Medieval through 18th Century

This subject guide is a portal to key print and online library subscription resources, and open web content that support research in Medieval-18th century literature, covering all genres (prose, poetry, drama). Additionally, this guide includes resources that provide the historical, cultural, and social milieus which informed and were reflected in the literature of America and Great Britain during these periods. It is a satellite of the main subject guide to English & American Literature, which supports general literary research across all eras and genres as well as the 20th-21st centuries specifically.
Note:  For links to additional related literature subject guides (19th c, 20th-21st c, African American literature), see the "Library Quick Links" box at the bottom of this page.  



Contact me directly to ask a question or to schedule an appointment for a research consultation. I'm happy to work one-on-one with you to help you find materials and/or discuss search strategies for your specific topic, at any stage of the research process.
Patricia Mardeusz
Information & Instruction Services
David W. Howe Memorial Library - Room 049 (ground floor)
e-mail: / tel: 802-656-5718
Subjects: Classics, English, Film & Television Studies, Honors College, Religion, Theatre

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Research Tip

Before you begin searching for books and articles, use the reference sources (encyclopedias, handbooks, etc.) listed in the two "Starting Points" pages. They will:

  • provide a scholarly yet accessible introduction to your topic in the broadest sense.
  • identify key ideas, themes and important people associated with your topic.
  • introduce unfamiliar terms that you can add to your list of keywords.
  • include a list of books and articles (bibliography) useful for further study.
  • Subject encyclopedias, in particular, may help you either choose or narrow/focus a topic.

Library Quick Links

All these books are on the 3rd floor in Howe Library. They may be checked out of the library (i.e. circulating).

Found a book or journal article that you need, but isn't owned by the library?

Obtain the item through Interlibrary Loan.

Interlibrary Loan's (ILL) service for UVM affiliates will obtain materials (books, articles, book chapters) not owned by the UVM Libraries, from other libraries and document delivery sources. There is no fee.

Working Off Campus?

Use your UVM NetID and password to log in to the UVM network through EZproxy before you begin your research, to access the UVM Libraries' licensed electronic resources, such as article databases, electronic journals, e-books, and more.

Once you're logged in look for "" in the URL of the web page (e.g., to ensure that you are connected to the UVM network.
NOTEUVM affiliates only after a database name indicates a licensed library database, restricted to UVM affiliates.

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