Exploratory Research

Consult the resources listed below to explore the viability of research topics.

  Medieval Studies (Oxford Bibliographies)

  Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford University Press)

  Oxford Islamic Studies Online (Oxford University Press)

  Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press)

  Encyclopaedia Judaica

  Dictionary of the Middle Ages

  Cambridge Histories Online (Cambridge University Press)

  A Companion to the Medieval World

  Medieval History Reference Titles

  Bloomsbury Medieval Studies (Bloomsbury)

Primary Sources

For those lacking the time and resources to visit archives, there are a wealth of transcribed, digitized, printed, translated, and/or edited primary sources available in the Library’s collection. The three main pathways are library catalogs, databases, and freely available resources on the web.

Bibliographic Finding Aids for Primary Sources

Catalogs and bibliographies are well-established resources for the discovery of often difficult to locate primary sources. Follow the directions given for each resource and contact your librarian if you have questions.

  Falvey Library Catalog

  WorldCat (FirstSearch)

  Medieval Studies (Oxford Bibliographies)

  Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

  Dissertations and Theses Global (ProQuest)

  Index of Medieval Art (Princeton University)

Book Series with Medieval Texts in Translation

Selected primary source series by well-regarded academic publishers.

  Crusade Texts in Translation (Routledge)

  Manchester Medieval Sources (Manchester University Press)

  Mediaeval Sources in Translation (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of Toronto)

  Medieval History Texts in Translation (University of Leeds)

  Medieval Women: Texts & Contexts (Brepols)

  Peregrina Translation Series (Peregrina Publishing Co.)

  Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures (University of Toronto Press)

Selected Digital Primary Source Collections

Selecting and interpreting primary sources with the help of the resources listed below can be challenging due to a lack of authoritative translations and annotations.

  RELMIN (Institut du Pluralisme Religieux et de l'Athéisme - IPRA)  Tutorial  Access Instructions

  Internet Medieval Sourcebook (Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies)

  Library of Latin Texts - Series A (Brepols)

  Library of Latin Texts - Series B (Brepols)

  Patrologia Latina (ProQuest)

  Acta Sanctorum (Internet Archive)

  Luminarium: Anthology of Middle English Literature (1350-1485)

  Epistolae: Medieval Women's Latin Letters (Columbia University)

  Early English Books Online (ProQuest)  Tutorial

Secondary Sources

Locate secondary sources on a topic with the help of the bibliographic finding aids listed below.

  Falvey Library Catalog

  WorldCat (FirstSearch)

  International Medieval Bibliography (Brepols)

  Regesta Imperii: Literature Database for the Middle Ages (Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz)

  Medieval Studies (Oxford Bibliographies)

  Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Culture in Confluence and Dialogue (Brill)

  Hsy, Jonathan, and Julie Orlemanski. "Race and Medieval Studies: A Partial Bibliography."


  Iter Bibliography (University of Toronto)

  Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index

  RAMBI: The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies (National Library of Israel)

Book Reviews

  The Medieval Review

  Book Review Digest Plus (EBSCO)

  Book Review Digest Retrospective, 1903-1982 (EBSCO)

  Book Review Index Plus (Gale)

Citing Your Sources

Chicago Manual of Style Online
The 17th edition of the standard style manual used by writers and editors of scholarly books and journals.
Use the Citation Quick Guide: Notes & Bibiliography as your go-to reference.