To find books and government documents in USA Libraries' collections, use SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog.
Remember, when conducting research in a literary topic, think outside of the simple author or title search. Instead think broadly at the types of issues or tropes of interest.
Example: Gender AND chaucer
chaucer AND language
chaucer AND religion
Search techniques may vary with each database, so look at help screens or ask a librarian for suggestions about using quotation marks and truncation symbols.
Leave out the word "and" when doing a keyword search on SOUTHcat, since this is automatically added if the phrase is not in quotes. Put phrases in quotation marks to search as a phrase. Use ? as a truncation or wildcard symbol in the catalog. Use Advanced Boolean Search for combinations of concepts and phrases.
The USA Libraries subscribe to several subscription e-book collections. These collections tend to focus on a specific discipline or field of study in their coverage.
How to Gut a Book
Read footnotes (or endnotes as the case may be) & the bibliography