• Library catalog
    Keyword and subject searches in the Library's catalog are good starting points when first exploring a topic. 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.
    Examples of Library of Congress subjects:
    Women and "conduct of life" and "early works to 1800"
    "Middle Ages" and "sex role"
    "Sex role" and history and "to 1500"
    Renaissance and gender
    "Middle Ages" and women and saints
    Renaissance and women and sources
    Examples of keyword searches:
    "Middle Ages" and gender
    Renaissance and gender
    Find facsimile reprints, transcriptions and translations of primary sources through the library's catalog. Use keywords such as "early works to 1800," sources, and translation. Look for links to other editions that may include the original language or a translation into English. Falvey Library has a second book with the English translation of Dhuoda's Handbook for William which includes the Latin original as well as an edition with a French translation of the work.
  • WorldCat
    A catalog of library holdings worldwide. WorldCat identifies Villanova holdings and conveniently generates inter-library loan requests. Look for the Borrow from another library link. WorldCat also generates citations in Chicago Style and has an export option to RefWorks and EndNote.
    WorldCat uses the same subjects as Villanova's library catalog.
  • Dissertations & Theses Full Text
    Over 2.4 million dissertations and theses mostly from the U.S. and Canada.
    Dissertations tend to have substantial bibliographies which can be great time savers. For example, the dissertation below includes a survey of fifteenth century English conduct literature. Hard to find primary sources may be transcribed and translated in the appendix.
    Dronzek, Anna.  Manners, models, and morals: Gender, status, and codes of conduct among the middle classes of late medieval England. Ph.D. diss., University of Minnesota, 2001.
  • E-Z Borrow and Interlibrary Loan
    Interlibrary loan is available for books and journals that are not owned by Falvey. EZ-Borrow is generally faster than interlibrary loan, since the books come from a local library network. EZ-Borrow can be used for books that the Library owns, but that are currently checked out by somebody else.

Journal Articles

  • International Medieval Bibliography
    This is the most comprehensive and current bibliography of scholarship in medieval history. It includes articles in journals and miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, essay collections or Festschriften) published worldwide.
  • Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
    Covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages.
  • Arts & Humanities Search
    Available online. Citation index to articles in more than 1,300 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals.
    Please note that JSTOR does not include all important medieval history journals nor does it include current content. The Journal of Medieval History and Viator are not part of the JSTOR archives while Speculum is included. One of the advantages of JSTOR is the full-text search capability.
  • Iter. Bibliography of Medieval and Renaissance Europe from 1400-1700
    A bibliography of more than 300 scholarly journal titles pertaining to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
  • Historical Abstracts
    An annotated reference guide to the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Includes journal articles, book reviews and dissertations.

For further indexes please consult E-Resources by Subject – History on the Library’s homepage.

Encyclopedias and Companions

Most of the reference books for medieval history are available in print only at the library. Below is a link to a comprehensive list of reference titles for Medieval and Renaissance history as well as a short list of the most important and helpful titles.

Selected Primary Resources

Book Reviews

Please note that the indexes listed under Journal Articles all include book reviews and that you can limit your searches to book reviews only.

Citing Your Sources

  • The Chicago Manual of Style
    16th ed. Available online.
    A print copy of the 15th edition is available for consultation at the information desk.
    Information desk Z253.U69 2003
  • RefWorks
    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.

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