- 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: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.
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
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.
- 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.
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.
- List of Medieval History Reference Titles available at the library
- Women and Gender in Medieval Europe
[REF HQ1147.E85 W66 2006]
Note the overview article on Conduct Literature on pp. 159-162 with suggestions for further reading and the section on women authors starting on p. 847.
- Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance: Italy, France and England.
[REF HQ1148 .W67 2007]
- Dictionary of the Middle Ages
[REF D114.D5 1982]
- 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.
- Women in World History
[REF HQ1115 .W6 1999]
- Cambridge Companions Online
This collection includes titles such as the Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing , the Cambridge Companion to Medieval French Literature, the Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Literature, and the Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Women's Writing.
- Cambridge Histories Online
Includes New Cambridge Medieval History (8 vols.)
- Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle (2 vols.)
[REF PN441.E5 2010]
- Companion to the Medieval World
- Companion to the Early Middle Ages: Britain & Ireland
- Companion to Tudor Britain
- Companion to Britain in the Later Middle Ages
- Medieval Sources Online
This database contains full-text translations of primary sources from AD 640-1600. There are over three thousand pages of medieval sources annotated.
- Online Medieval Sources Bibliography
An annotated bibliography of printed and online primary sources for the Middle Ages.
- Epistolae: Medieval Women's Latin Letters
Epistolae 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, appear under the names of the women involved, with English translations and, where possible, biographical sketches of the women and some description of the subject matter or the historic context of the letter.
- Bibliography of Works by and about Women Writers of the Middle Ages
- Luminarium: Anthology of Middle English Literature, 1350-1485
Please note that the indexes listed under Journal Articles all include book reviews and that you can limit your searches to book reviews only.
- Book Review Digest Plus (1983-)
- Book Review Digest Retrospective, 1905-1982
- Book Review Index Online (1965-)
- 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
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