Research begins with the consultation of Reference sources. These works provide concise overviews of particular topics as well as short bibliographies that help expand your research in the best possible direction.
The following reference works can be found on reserve in Firestone. You will need the call number to request each title:
Bjork, Robert E., John D. Niles, and R.D. Fulk. Klaeber's Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburgh. 4th ed. Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 2008. Print. PR1583 .K53 2008
Lapidge, Michael, John Blair, Simon Keynes, and Donald Scragg, eds. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England. 2nd ed. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. Print. DA152 .B58 2014. Also online.
Lindahl, Carl, John McNamara, and John Lindow, eds. Medieval folklore: an encyclopedia of myths, legends, tales, beliefs, and customs. 2 vols. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2000. Print. GR35 .M43 2000
Lindow, John. Handbook of Norse Mythology. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2001. Print. BL860 .L56 2001
Orchard, Andy. Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend. London: Cassell, 1997. Print. (DR) BL860 .O723 1997 (this one is not on reserve—it is in the Trustee Reading Room, on the left after you pass security on the first floor).