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Literatures in English Research Guide

Library research guide for English majors and students taking English courses

English 189 - Shakespeare

English 193T: Arthurian Literature

This page includes resources that are unique for research in Arthurian literature. However, please consult the other pages in this guide for information on finding scholarly articles, books, and primary sources for this and any other English literature class. 

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) can be a helpful way to find books on your particular topic. A subject heading is a specific word or phrase used to find and organize books and articles by topic. In the online catalog these are found in a book or other item's catalog record (the information you get after clicking on the title). You can click directly on the subject heading to get a list of books on the same subject. 

If, after a keyword search, you find a book that is perfect for your research, take a look at the book's subject headings linked from the catalog record. Click on these to find other books at the library on the same subject. 

Here are some possibly helpful Library of Congress Subject Headings that you can use for your research on Arthurian literature: 


Finding Books (Print & Ebooks) & Using Interlibrary Loan/CSU+

Selected eBooks 

The library has many great eBooks on Arthurian literature studies. These books are available electronically and can be accesse by Fresno State users through the library catalog. Visit this link to view some of the many eBooks that the library has available. Click on the link that says "Electronic Resource" to view the book online. You will need to log in using your Fresno State email and password. 

Some examples of eBooks you'll find in the library include:

Handbook of Arthurian Romance: King Arthur's Court in Medieval European Literature. Busby, K. 2017

The Legend of Arthur in British and American Literature. Goodman, Jennifer R. 1988. 

King Arthur: The Truth behind the Legend. Castleden, Rodney. 2000

King Arthur: Myth-making and History. Higham, N. J.,  2002.

Grail, Arthur and His Knights: A Symbolic Jungian Reading. Alvarenga, Jung, and Jung, C. G. 2013. 

Accessing Print Books During COVID-19

You can borrow books, DVDs, and other items in the library by requesting them through OneSearch.

Place requests through OneSearch: 

  1. Search for items in OneSearch as usual, and select a book or other item you want to check out.
  2. Choose the button that says "Sign in for more options."
  3. Choose "Fresno State Users" to log in.
  4. You should then see a "Request" link (you will need to click this a second time). For items with multiple volumes, you'll be able to choose which volume you want to request. For some items, like DVDs, you may see a choice between "hold" and "book." Choose "hold."
  5. Repeat these steps to request additional items. You will only have to log on once.  
  6. Madden Library staff will retrieve the items you requested and will send you an email when they are ready.

The video below shows you how to request books using the steps listed above. 

Pick Up Your Items

Come to the library to pick up your items. You'll find them on Order Pickup shelves just inside the lobby, in a bag with your name. Remember to bring your Fresno State ID and a mask!

Check Out Your Items

Check out your items using the Self Checkout machines in the lobby. Library staff will be available if you need help.

CSU+ and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) During COVID-19

CSU+ and Interlibrary Loan services have restarted. Items can be requested as usual and picked up at the library. These services may be somewhat slower than usual due to limited staffing and hours at partner libraries. Items borrowed through CSU+ or ILL can be returned inside the library or in the book drop near the front doors of the library.