Medieval & Renaissance Studies


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Ten Sources to Know in Medieval & Renaissance Studies

  1. MLA Bibliography: Indexes critical materials on literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore. Proved access to citations from worldwide publications, including periodicals, books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations and bibliographies.

  2. Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index: Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and essays about women, sexuality and gender in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, from 450 C.E. to 1500 C.E., with citations for Russia extended to 1613.

  3. Iter--Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance: Contains electronic resources for researchers in the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Enables users to access citations in journal, book, and reviews databases; provides online access to Paul Oskar Krisetller's Iter Italicum (a finding list of Renaissance humanistic manuscripts)

  4. Project Muse: Full-text articles from more than 200 scholarly journals in history and the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. Disciplines covered include literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.

  5. WorldCat: An excellent database for archival research, and is often the only place to find corporate archives, church records, historical society records and more. Use the advanced search screen, and limit your format to "mixed media".

  6. International Medieval Bibliography Online: Indexes articles, notes, and similar literature on medieval subjects in journals, Festschriften, conference proceedings, and collected essays. Covers all aspects of medieval studies within the date range of 400 to 1500 for the entire continent of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa for the period before the Muslim conquest and parts of those areas subsequently controlled by Christian powers.

  7. Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online (MEMSO): A collection of digitized editions of texts concerning economic, political, legal, and ecclesiastical history, such as treasury accounts, chronicles, papal registers, etc. Most are from England, Ireland, and Scotland, although some are from Milan and the New World.

  8. Academic Search Complete : A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary, full-text database featuring PDF content going back as far as 1887.

  9. Electronic Resources for Medievalists: A resource guide from the Ancient and Medieval Studies department at Columbia University.

  10. A Basic Bibliography in Medieval History: Part of the resource list compiled by Columbia University, this bibliography is a great way to find introductory reference materials and primary sources in the area of Medieval Studies.

Or search multiple databases simultaneously:

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Finding Books

CLIO - Online catalog of the Columbia University Libraries, including Barnard Library, but excluding Teachers College and the Law Library.

Medieval Civilization call number range: CB 351-355

Medieval history call number range: D101-203

For primary sources use keywords:

  • archives
  • sources
  • medieval 
  • manuscripts

Other Online Resources

-Digital Scriptorium The product of fruitful cross institutional partnerships this  large medieval and Renaissance manuscript image database is a wonderful scholarly resource. The Digital Scriptorium website currently has over 5,000 manuscripts and 24,300 images online. 

-Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts A searchable catalogue of medieval manuscripts that directs users to the individual respository websites. A good place to start your search for manuscripts images. 

-Digital Medieval Manuscripts at Houghton Library One of Harvard's libraries, the Houghton Library has a renowned collection of manuscripts from the Middle Ages.

-Bodleian Library The Bodleian is one of the world's most famous libraries. This website has links to over 1000 images of manuscripts from the Bodleian collection.

-CORSAIR (The Online Research Resource of the Pierpont Morgan Library) The Morgan Library is known around the world for its collection in medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. Thousands of pages have been digitized and are now availiable through the CORSAIR website.


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