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Medieval Europe

Encyclopedias & Companions

Dictionary of the Middle Ages
This 13 volume set comprises about 5,000 signed articles dealing with various aspects of the many disciplines and interests of medieval scholarship. The index (v. 13) offers entries for people, places, and concepts.
2nd floor, Falvey Library: D114.D5 1982

New Cambridge Medieval History (7 vols.)
All 7 volumes are available online. Print copies are shelved on the 1st floor in Falvey West: D117 .N48 1995
A comprehensive history of Europe from 500 to 1500 AD written by leading international scholars.

Medieval History Reference Titles
Selected print and online encyclopedias and companions.

Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture
This collection includes companions to medieval English mysticism, monastic orders, medieval women's writing, medieval English and French literature, medieval romance, and medieval philosophy, among numerous other relevant titles.
All titles are available online. Selected titles are also available in print.

Encyclopaedia Judaica
Available online.

A Companion to the Medieval World

Daily Life in Medieval Europe

Primary Sources

Reproductions of primary sources are available online as well as in print. The library's catalog includes records of both print and online primary sources. Combine subject keywords such as "sources" or "early works to 1800" with keyword that describe your topic to identify primary sources in the catalog. Below are selected series from the Falvey collections with English translations of sources from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance:

Falvey Library Catalog
Keyword and subject searches in the Library's catalog are equally helpful to identify primary sources. Search results can be narrowed with facets such as topic, era, language or region. Facets are located on the right hand side of the results screen.
Sample keyword search: sources AND "middle ages" AND England
Sample subject search: "middle ages" AND "early works to 1800"
Sample subject search:  "middle ages" AND "translations into English"
Sample subject search:  medieval AND "translations into English"
Sample subject search:  "manuscripts medieval"

Sample subject search:  manuscripts AND Spain

WorldCat (OCLC)
A catalog of library holdings worldwide. WorldCat will indicate any local library holdings and also offers an inter-library loan request option.

Dissertations and Theses Global (ProQuest)
Index and abstracts of U.S. dissertations with full text for most dissertations submitted after 1997. Primary sources may be included as part of the appendix.
Example:  Gelser, E.. Lay religious women and church reform in late medieval Munster: A case study of the Beguines. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Pennsylvania.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook (Fordham University)

Online Medieval Sources Bibliography
An annotated bibliography of printed and online primary sources for the Middle Ages.
Fordham University

Library of Latin Texts - Series A (Brepols)
Contains full-text of almost all the items in the Corpus Christianorum Series Latina and Continuatio Medievalis. It also contains text from the beginning of Latin literature through to the texts of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). Included are the main works of Thomas Aquinas and certain Latin works of Descartes. (Database was formerly CETEDOC.)

Library of Latin Texts - Series B (Brepols)
The Library of Latin Texts - Series B gathers Latin texts of all genres and all periods. The data will therefore be very diverse, and will include genres as varied as chronicles, medieval saints' lives and travel narratives, legal texts, and theological, philosophical and scientific treatises from the early-modern period. Above all, the emphasis will be on the online availability of large corpora of texts. (Database was formerly CETEDOC.)

Acta Sanctorum
Biographical descriptions of the live of the saints in Latin. The content is organized by the feast day of saints.

Epistolae: Medieval Women's Letters
Epistolæ is a collection of letters to and from women in the Middle Ages, from the 4th to the 13th century. The letters, written in Latin, are linked to the names of the women involved, with English translations and, where available, biographical sketches of the women and some description of the subject matter or the historic context of the letter.
Columbia University

Luminarium: Anthology of Middle English Literature, 1350-1485

Early English Books Online (EEBO)
Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. For searchable text of selected titles see Early English Books Online -Text Creation Partnership

The Online Medieval & Classical Library
The Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL) is a collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization.  Search or browse by author, title, genre, and language.

Secondary Sources

International Medieval Bibliography (Brepols)
The International Medieval Bibliography (IMB) is a current, comprehensive bibliography of articles in journals and miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, essay collections or Festschriften) worldwide.

Iter: Bibliography of Medieval and Renaissance Europe from 400-1700
A bibliography of more than 300 scholarly journal titles pertaining to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Thomson Reuters)
A citation index to articles in more than 1,300 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals. Coverage begins 1991 to present.

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
Covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages.

Rambi: The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies
A selective bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of Eretz Israel. Coverage includes important articles published througout the world in the field of Judaica, mainly from the holdings of the Jewish National and University Library, and offprints of articles from journals or collections in the library.

Falvey Library Catalog
Search tips: Start with a simple keyword search to verify personal names and subjects in the catalog's records. Personal names can be tricky as in the case of St. Augustine whose authorized name is: "Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo."

WorldCat (OCLC)
WorldCat is a catalog of library collections worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.
WorldCat Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.

findit.gif   Use the blue FindIt button to link to the library's online and print holdings. The same button will generate an interlibrary loan link to request articles and books not available at Falvey.

Most indexes only search author, title and abstracts of journal articles and book chapters. Online journal publishers allow full-text searching of individual journals. Here is a list of Selected Medieval and Renaissance History Journals. Use the blue FindIt button or the web link to go to the journal website.

For further indexes please consult the History Subject Guide on the library website.

Book Reviews

The Medieval Review
TMR reviews of current work in all areas of Medieval Studies back to 1993. Formerly known as the Bryn Mawr Medieval Review.

Book Review Digest Plus (EBSCO)

Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1905-1982 (EBSCO)

Book Review Index Online (Gale)

Citing Your Sources

Chicago Manual of Style Online
The 17th edition of the Manual is the most current. The online version includes a Citation Quick Guide. Access to the 16th edition is also available.

Chicago-style Citation Quick Guide
Available via Chicago Manual of Style Online: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/book/ed17/frontmatter/toc.html.

Web Tutorial: Chicago Manual of Style

Never type a bibliography again! RefWorks will help you easily gather, manage, and store bibliographic citations for all types of information, as well as generate footnotes and bibliographies. Learn more here.

Refworks Tutorial
A comprehensive tutorial on how to use Refworks, a web-based tool to help manage your citations. The tutorial is broken into short sections by topic.

Download EndNote citation management software.

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