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Beowulf (8th Century A.D.): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Beowulf

Library Databases

Use the links below to search for criticism and interpretation of literary works, as well as biographical information about authors. To access databases from off-campus, you will need to log in with your MyAACC credentials or enter your library barcode number.

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Print copies are also available in Truxal Library.

Reference Materials

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about Beowulf. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • Cambridge Guide to English Literature
  • Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism (CMLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vol 1, 43] - check under Beowulf (Anonymous) in the Cumulative Title Index, which is located in the latest volume of this multi-volume work
  • The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature [vol 1]
  • Critical Survey of Poetry [vol 8]
  • Critical Temper: A Survey of Modern Criticism on English and American Literature from the Beginnings to the Twentieth Century [vols 1, 4]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol 1]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Places [vol 1]
  • Library of Literary Criticism [vol 1]
  • Literature and Its Times [vol 1]
  • Masterplots [vol 1]
  • Poetry Criticism - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vol 22] - check under Beowulf (Anonymous) in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work
  • Poetry for Students [vol 11]
  • World Literature and Its Times [vol 3]

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for:

  • Beowulf

You'll find library materials that provide criticism and interpretation of Beowulf.

eBook Spotlight

You might find the following eBook useful for researching Beowulf not on campus, you will need to enter the barcode number from the back of your AACC photo ID or Truxal Library card to access this resource.

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