ENGL 4351 (Dr. Wilcox): Works of Chaucer

Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your assignment easier.

Reference Sources

Subject Dictionaries

Chaucer Glossary
PR 1941 .C5 Ref
The author's purpose is "to explain the meanings of words and phrases in Chaucer's works which are used in ways unfamiliar in modern English." Definitions include a reference to the work in which the word or words appear.
A Chaucer Dictionary: Proper Names and Allusions, Excluding Place Names
PR 1903 .D6 Ref.
"The object in all of the listings is to determine, as nearly as possible, the associations in the poet's mind and his interest in his sources." Each name in the glossary has an annotation which includes a reference to the work in which it appears.
Chaucer Name Dictionary: Guide to Astrological, Literary, and Mythological Names in the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer
PR 1903 .D4 1988 Ref.
Includes "information on personal names in Chaucer's works and on the names of gods and goddesses in their mythological and planetary aspects." The dictionary uses the Chaucerian spellings of the the names.
Chaucer Handbook
PR 1905 .F7 1947 Ref.

Subject Encyclopedias

Oxford Companion to Chaucer
PR 1903 .O94 2003 Ref
Over 2,000 "entries on Chaucer's life, his family and friends, his works and the characters in them, his reading and the use he made of it." Most of the entries are relatively brief and include references for the sources.
Cambridge History of English Literature
PR 83 .C22
A multi-volume set. Volume II is subtitled The End of the Middle Ages and contains a lengthy chapter on Chaucer.

Other Reference Sources

Dictionary of Literary Biography: Volume 146: Old and Middle English Literature
PS 221 .D5 v. 146 Ref.
Includes information on Chaucer, an overview of his work, and as is the purpose of this series "to place the figures in the larger perspective of literary history and to offer appraisals of their accomplishments by qualified scholars."
A Concordance to the Complete Works of Chaucer and the the Romaunt of the Rose
PR 1941 .T3 Ref.
One of the major Chaucer concordances. The authors are John S.P. Tatlock and Arthur G. Kennedy; this was published in 1927.


The Essential Chaucer: An Annotated Bibliography of Major Modern Studies
Z 8164 .A43 1987 Ref.
Guide to twentieth-century Chaucer studies. Includes 925 studies published between 1900 and 1984. Items are listed under the general topic or Chaucerian work dealt with most directly. Many cross-references. Brief annotations
A Bibliography of Chaucer, 1974-1985
Z 8164 .B275 1988 Ref.
A bibliography updating Lorrayne Baird's A Bibliography of Chaucer, 1964-1973. Includes more that 2,500 entries.
Annotated Chaucer Bibliography, 1986-1996
Z 8164 .B69 2002 Ref.
"A compilation of the bibliographical information accumulated over eleven years (1986-96) in the annual journal of the New Chaucer Society, Studies in the Age of Chaucer".



Cornette Library's online catalog
Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
  • a keyword search for your subject, such as Chaucer.
  • the general LC subject heading Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400.
  • the LC subject heading for a specific time and place such as Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400 criticism and interpretation.

To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.

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How to Access Databases

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MLA International Bibliography
Contains citations about language, literature, linguistics and folklore (culture) for journal articles, books and book chapters, dissertations, bibliographies and conference proceedings.
Literature Resource Center
Full-text database that includes biographical, bibliographical, and critical information on some 2,500 literary writers and their works. Use "Advanced Search" to search by author or topic.

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Web Sites

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Scout Report Archives
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INFOMINE Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
Scholarly. Keyword search or browse by general subject area. Can limit to free sites.
ipl2 - "Information You Can Trust" (merger of Internet Public Library and Librarians' Index to the Internet)
General public interest. Keyword search, or browse by general topic and subtopic.


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