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ENGL 290 001: Sir Thomas Malory's Morte Darthur

Searching the Library Catalogue

Search the library catalogue, QCAT, to find books of criticism, biographies, bibliographies, concordances, literary glossaries, dictionaries, and encyclopedias on literary works.  

Subject Headings vs Keyword Searching

Subject headings allow you to search the library catalogue for resources on a particular author or topic and are often more productive than keyword searches. 

Keyword searches work best if you have multiple concepts or topics. Use the results to find relevant titles and identify assigned subject headings for your topic in order to find similar books. 

To find critical writings about a specific work, you can search QCAT by either keyword or subject heading. For example:

To find criticisms on a specific work, search QCAT by keyword:

     "morte darthur" and criticism

or, search by subject heading (Malory) and look at hits retrieved under the subject heading and specific subdivisions.

    malory thomas sir active 15th century criticism and interpretation
    malory thomas sir active 15th century morte d'arthur
    malory thomas sir active 15th century morte d'arthur political and social views
    white t h 
    white t h (terence hanbury) 1905-1964 Once and future king.

To find books concerning a particular mode or genre in a particular language or period, search the mode or genre by subject heading. This will give you a list of more specific subject headings from which you can choose. Some examples include:

     Arthurian romances
     Arthurian romances--Adaptations
     Arthurian romances--History and criticism
     Arthurian romances--Illustrations
     Civilization, Medieval in literature     
     English language--Middle English, 1100-1500
     English literature--Middle English, 1100-1500
     English literature--Middle English,1100-1500--Criticism, Textual            
     Medieval literature
     Romances English--Criticism, Textual      

Other Arthurian or medieval topics or characters: 

    Arthur King
    Arthur King--in literature
    Arthur King--Legends
    Courtly love
    Guenevere queen (legendary character)
    Knights and knighthood
    Lancelot (legendary character)
    Merlin (legendary character)
    Tristan (legendary character)    

Once you have found call numbers for a few promising books, go to the stacks, where you will find other related titles.

More Subject Headings

Selected subject headings for an overview of the historical period include:

Fifteenth century
Great Britain--History--Medieval
      period, 1066-1485
Great Britain--History--1066-1687     

Browsing the Library Shelves


Browsing the library shelves is another strategy for locating information on a topic.

Most books related to this subject are located in the call number ranges PR2040-2049, PR251-275, PR328.