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Our world-class buildings such as the award-winning EEE building, interdisciplinary Mountbatten complex and the Life Sciences building have contributed to the University of Southampton’s status as one of the best learning environments in the UK. These facilities are a result of an investment of £200 million.

Key facts

The University provides a wealth of social, arts and leisure facilities for students.

Off campus, you will find all the transport, shopping and leisure facilities you would expect from a multicultural city with a population of over 200,000 people.

Wireless and networked high-speed internet access is widely available across all campuses and in all five libraries.

Historical archives in the Hartley Library
Special collections

Postgraduate study rooms

We have newly refurbished on-campus study rooms for our postgraduate researchers. We also provide customised laptops to facilitate their research.

Useful links

General reference
EEBO (Early English Books Online) A digital archive of nearly every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America from 1473 to 1700.
ECCO A library of over 135,000 18th century printed books, with more than 26 million scanned facsimile pages. Each title has a full citation record from the English Short Title Catalogue and is fully searchable - including full text and illustrations. (University log-in required for off-campus users.)
International Medieval Bibliography (On-campus users only.)
Intute: Arts and Humanities An annotated guide to online resources in the humanities
JSTOR Selection of journal articles available online.
Luminarium Texts, biographies, and criticism of authors from the medieval, Renaissance, and 17th century periods.
MLA bibliography Access the library's alphabetical list of bibliographic databases.
ORB 'Online Resource Book for Medieval Studies', also includes links to the other major medieval websites.
Perseus Digital Library An extensive searchable online collection of classical texts (both in the original and translation) and material on art and archaeology.
Intute Internet for English Online tutorial for staff and students includes an introduction to the main English literature websites/portals, and guidance on how to use and evaluate them.
Voice of the Shuttle Guide to online resources in the humanities; see particularly 'Literature (in English)' for conveniently-organised list of resources.

Anglo-Norman Dictionary Comprehensive dictionary of the French spoken in England during the Middle Ages.
Dictionary of National Biography (new edition) Now accessible through the Library, on- or off-campus (as 'DNB').
Middle English Compendium Including the Kurath and Kuhn Middle English Dictionary (on-campus access only).
Oxford English Dictionary on-line (On-campus access only.)

Writing and study skills
General university guidelines on academic skills Topics include: independent learning, your learning style, getting the most from lectures, reading academically, writing effectively, writing your dissertation, search strategies, bibliographic software, referencing your work, working in groups, giving a talk, preparing for exams.
Bristol University Writing Style Site An excellent general-purpose writing skills site.
Introduction to traditional grammar A descriptive guide for students of medieval literature.
MHRA Style Guide This is the style guide recommended by English. It isn't expensive to buy, but you can download a copy of it if you prefer.
Notes on translating Middle English

Evaluating websites
Evaluating websites for academic use General guidelines from the University of Berkeley, CA.
See also the 'Intute Internet for English' tutorial above for more specialist guidance.

Flaming poi outside the on-site Nuffield theatre. Photograph: Richard Seely
The Nuffield Theatre

Key facts

When you join us as a postgraduate you will become a member of our Graduate School, a vibrant, supportive community offering a wide range of activities for you to get involved with.

SUSSED is a secure site which provides students, academics and administrative staff with world-class internet services. This is where you can check email, log into the student record system self-service pages, access learning materials and join the University's virtual communities.
On SUSSED you can locate useful information and resources such as the University calendar, the quality handbook and other education support materials.

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