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ENG 2550- British Literature Before 1700: Home


"Beowulf and Grendel", illustration by Britt Martin

Library Resources for British Literature Before 1700- Contents

This guide is designed to provide students taking ENG 2550 with Prof. Suzanne Labadie with a list of suggested sources for finding biographical information on authors, critical information on literary works, culture, and historical events in Britain and Europe prior to the 18th century.  

Please note that additional resources may be added as the semester progresses.

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Illustration from a 14th century manuscript of Mummers (traveling actors/performers)


Searching OCC Databases

OCC's databases provide access to thousands of articles and other content  from academic and peer reviewed journals, excerpts from books, and credible web sites.

Click on More below the database name to read a short description of a database and its focus, or if listed How To view a short video tutorial.  

If prompted, enter your MyOCC user name and password, the same one that you use to login to D2L.  


Author Biographies, Literary Criticism, and Analysis

General Databases

History and Events

Credible Web Content from Google Scholar

Unlike typical results on, Google Scholar specifically searches the web for academic literature and resources, excerpts and selected full-text access to Google Books, and also provides links to the library's JSTOR database.  

Additional Resources

Selected e-Books

OCC students have access to hundreds of FREE and FULL TEXT electronic books! Most can be partially downloaded. To open any of the books listed on this page:

  • Click on the title.
  • Click on the name of the database listed after: Full Text Available. 

How To Find eBooks

Watch this short video to learn how to search the library catalog and find more eBooks about specific authors, literary works, or historical events!

"If Thou Writ It, Ye Must Cite It!"

Follow the link below to find OCC examples and other guides for MLA 8th edition. 

Selected e-Books



Books In The Library

Books can be requested from any campus library for pickup at the campus closest to you! Please view this short video on our contactless pickup service, and then use the Search The Library Catalog box below to locate items by keyword. 

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