Search Omni to find books of criticism, biographies, bibliographies, concordances, literary glossaries, dictionaries, and encyclopedias on literary works.
Subject headings allow you to search 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 and need only a few books.
For a comprehensive subject search, search with subject headings as well as keywords.
Start with a keyword search, but expect to revise it.
Keyword Searching TIPS
What It Does
Searches for exact phrase
Searches for all forms of a word
Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)
Lets you broaden or narrow your search
When searching OMNI for books, use the facets located on the search results screen, to limit your search results to books & ebooks. Also can limit search to book and e-books in Advanced Search.
To find critical writings about a specific work, you can search Omni by either keyword or subject heading. For example:
beowulf (subject search)
beowulf AND grendel
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:
Christian poetry, English (Old)
Civilization, Anglo-Saxon in literature
Civilization, Medieval in literature
Dragons in literature
English language--Old English, ca. 450-1100
English literature--Old English, ca. 450-1100
English literature--Old English, ca. 450-1100--Criticism, Textual
English literature--Old English, ca. 450-1100--History and criticism
English poetry--Old English, ca. 450-1100
Epic poetry, English (Old)
Other useful subheadings:
Heroes in literature
Manuscripts, English (Old)
Monsters in literature
Violence in literature
Once you have found call numbers for a few promising books, go to the stacks, where you will find other related titles.
Search Beowulf as a subject to find resources in the library catalogue.
Beowulf--Criticism and interpretation
Beowulf--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Beowulf--History and criticism
Selected subject headings for an overview of the historical period include:
Anglo Saxons--Kings and rulers
Anglo-Saxons--Politics and government
Anglo-Saxons--Social life and customs
Great Britain--History--To 1066
Great Britain--Social life and customs--To
Great Britain--Social life and customs--
Social history--Medieval, 500-
Browsing the library shelves is another strategy for locating information on a topic.
Most books related to Beowulf are located in the call number range PR1580-1585 on the 4th floor of Stauffer Library.