Resources for Peer Assisted Medieval English Studies

[Download Syllabus: Summer 2014]

Inspiration

For this particular assignment, it is recommended that you find your inspiration in primary sources (medieval texts and objects) in the first instance:

If you are still at a loss, you may want to browse issues of the journals Anglo-Saxon England, Chaucer Review, Leeds Studies in English, or JEGP to see if anything sparks your interest. You could even register at the Old English Newsletter Bibliography Database and conduct a search for subjects you might want to write about, but keep two things in mind:

  1. The first draft should be primarily about your own analysis of medieval texts and concepts and less about indexing the arguments of established scholars. For your final draft, you will be expected to work secondary sources into your argument;
  2. Any debt to specific information gleaned from secondary sources must be acknowledged in full.
Resources Library Holdings Subject Area
Beowulf & Other Stories LG AB 61 Old English, Anglo-Norman, and Old Norse language and literature
Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Anglo-Saxon England R CeC 1078 Anything Anglo-Saxon, from literature to material history.
The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature LG JD 51 -2- Old English language and literature
The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Literature 1100–1500 2009 A 6684 Middle English language, literature, and authors
The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer TM CHA 5802 [2] Chaucer
Lexikon des Mittelalters <BBK Philos.> W 1545 Medieval history and culture.
Medieval England: An Encyclopedia <SUB LS1> PNC 1909 = 98 B 5272 Medieval English history and culture, 400–1500.
Corpus of Old English overview N/A Old English literature; Anglo-Saxon culture
Corpus of Middle English overview N/A Middle English literature; late medieval culture
Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse N/A Middle English literature; late medieval culture
Database of Middle English Romance N/A Middle English verse romance
Old English Newsletter Bibliography Database N/A Old English language and literature; Anglo-Saxon culture
Leeds Studies in English 8 Z LIT 318 [LS2: IA] Old English; Middle English; Old Norse language and literature
Anglo-Saxon England Z 13/100 Old English language and literature; Anglo-Saxon culture
English Studies Z 9 English language and literature
Anglia Z 3 English language and literature
Chaucer Review Z 14 Chaucer and Middle English verse
JEGP Z 6 / 100 Germanic language and literature

Composition, Structure, and Argumentation

Resource Library Holdings Subject Area
Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations B 901 / 130; 2009 A 2585 Combines a composition guide with a CMS style guide.
MLA Handbook B 901 / 7 The reference work of the Modern Language Association. Uni-G has no online subscription, but you get one with your hardcopy purchase.
Slides on outlining N/A Session 2 slides illustrating the sentence outline.
List of Fallacies N/A A comprehensive list of logical fallacies. For short and snappy go here.

Stylesheets

Resource Library Holdings Description
Leitfaden zur Hausarbeitenerstellung der Abteilung Mediävistik N/A The section’s own guidelines, roughly a mix of CMS and MHRA. I suggest you use a more complete stylesheet instead: CMS, MLA, or MHRA.
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) B 901 / 102; <SUB BIB> ACR:m = 2010 A 19376 The most popular international academic standard in the humanities. Uni-G has no online subscription, but personal subscriptions are available.
MHRA Style Guide B 904 / 10 The standard employed by British universities and academic publishers. Free download!
MLA Handbook B 901 / 7 The reference work of the Modern Language Association. Uni-Gö has no online subscription, but you get one with your hardcopy purchase.
Emphasis Within Emphasis N/A In which I discuss the challenges of styling titles within titles.

Fonts and Character Input

Resource Instructions
Junicode A freeware unicode TrueType typeface with a generous set of medieval glyphs.
Palemonas MUFI A freeware unicode TrueType typeface with a generous set of medieval glyphs.
Brill Typeface A free-of-charge proprietary unicode TrueType typeface with a generous set of medieval glyphs.
Auf geht’s instructions for adding a keyboard input language Characters like þ, ð, and æ are easily accessed in any current operating system by adding Icelandic as an input language. Though a little dated, this document demonstrates the process of adding keyboard input languages to some popular operating systems. Much the same procedure exists in most Linux desktop managers, and if you work with a more obscure window manager you can use setxkbmap or feed my rather inelegant bash script into your status bar and link it to your keyboard trigger of choice.
Icelandic keyboard layout A diagram to stop you from getting lost on the Icelandic keyboard.

Styling and Typesetting

Resource Description
How to Use Styles in Microsoft Word If you input your paper using a WYSIWYG editor like MS Word, it is important to learn about effective formatting using styles. This article shows how this is done in MS Word 2007+.
Quick Formatting with Writer Styles Explains and demonstrates how to use styles in LibreOffice (or OpenOffice). Shortkey: F11.
Hanging Indent in Word 2010 A video demonstrating how to style hanging indents in a bibliography in MS Word 2007+. But I would suggest using a shorter indent (as per here) and styling ahead of time. Tip: learn to do styles first, then switch to a hanging indent style for your bibliography.
Hanging Indent in OpenOffice A concise walkthrough of how to set hanging indents in OpenOffice (or LibreOffice). Tip: learn to do styles first, then switch to a hanging indent style for your bibliography.
Why Microsoft Word Must Die A rant (followed by insightful comments) on how current word processors stack up against the needs of copy editors and authors.
Why [You] Should LaTeX Your Dissertation One scholar’s plea for the use of LaTeX in the humanities.
Copy Formatting for Academic Presses In which I discuss the practical dangers of using XeLaTeX if you want to get published.
Small Capitals In which I discuss the availability of smallcaps in Ubuntu-distributed typefaces.