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Legend of the Holy Grail: Libraries' Web Site and Online Catalog

For Margot Valles' ENG 368. The goal is to help students studying the mysterious Holy Grail: what it is, what its origins are, what winning it provides, and what secrets and myths are bound up with it.

Libraries' Web Site and Online Catalog

It is possible to do a quick and dirty, one box keyword search of the contents of the MSU Libraries' web site, starting at the top left of the Libraries' home page.  The results will be sorted into several categories to follow up on:  articles from journals, books/media from our online catalog, databases, library research guides like this one, other.  To do a more traditional search, read on.

Our Books and Media (online catalog) may be searched by keyword (any word that might be in a book's title or bibliographic entry), by specific book title, by author (last name first), or by subject heading.  Areas of the stacks can be browsed by call number on your computer.

Following a productive keyword search, click on one or more of the subject headings near the bottom of the record to find more books on that subject.

Subject headings come from a set of fat red books in the Reference collection, at Z 695, of the Main Library.  Subject headings are standardized words and phrases assigned to each book when it is cataloged; they describe a book or electronic resource's contents intellectually, whether those words actually appear in the title or not.  To do a subject heading search, click on Books and Media on the Libraries’ home page under the one box search, at the left side of the page.   Then click on "Subjects" from the "Other Catalog Searches" list in the middle of the screen.  Here are some useful subject headings for topics related to the Holy Grail:

Action and adventure films

Action and adventure television programs


Arthur, King

Arthur, King—in literature

Arthur, King—in motion pictures

Arthur, King--legends

Arthurian legends

Arthurian romances

Bran, son of Llyr

Brown, Dan

Chivalry in literature

Chretien, de Troyes, active 12th c.

Comparative literature—themes, motives

English language—Middle English (1100-1500)

Fisher King (motion picture)

French poetry—to 1500

Galahad (legendary character)

Grail—legends—history and criticism

Grail—romances—history and criticism

Grail in motion pictures

Historical television programs

Idylls of the King

Indiana Jones films

Joseph, of Arimathea, Saint

Knights and knighthood in literature

Lancelot (prose cycle)

Last Supper

Literature, medieval—history and criticism


Malory, Thomas, Sir, active 15th c. Morte d’Arthur


Medievalism in motion pictures

Middle Ages--legends

Middle Ages in motion pictures

Merlin (legendary character)

Mordred (legendary character)

Mythology, Celtic

Mythology, Welsh, in literature

Perceval (legendary character)

Robert, de Boron, active 13th c.

Romances, English—history and criticism


Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882

Quests (expeditions) in literature

Quests (expeditions) in motion pictures

Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892

Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883. Parsifal

Welsh literature—1100-1400—history and criticism

Wolfram, Von Eschenbach, active 12th c.


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