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Oxford Reference Restricted Resource

Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.


American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature
Print Location: Ref D20 .A43x 1995


Pope Innocent III

A list of resources for the study of Pope Innocent III.


Historical Abstracts with Full Text Restricted Resource

Covers world history after 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Includes articles from over 2,000 journals, books, collections, and dissertations and offers full-text access to many resources.

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Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance Restricted Resource

Digital repository of resources for the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700), with some full text available. Contains journal citations, e-books, reviews, a finding list of Renaissance humanistic manuscripts, and more.

Project MUSE Restricted Resource

Access to the full text of approximately 600 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

JSTOR Restricted Resource

Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.

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Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index

Covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages.

Historical Texts

Google Book Search

Provides full-text of many books no longer under copyright, and allows searching of the contents of many more titles.

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Center for Research Libraries

Includes collections of primary source material. Many collections are digitized; other materials may be ordered through ILL and will typically arrive in about three days.

Biographical Information

Rise of the Medieval World
Print Location: CT114 .R57 2002

"Beginning in 500 with the fusion of classical, Christian, and Germanic cultures and ending in 1300 with a Europe united by a desire for growth, knowledge, and change, this volume provides basic information on the significant cultural figures of the Middle Ages. It includes over 400 people whose contributions in literature, religion, philosophy, education, or politics influenced the development and culture of the Medieval world. While focusing on Western European figures, the book does not neglect those from Byzantium, Baghdad, and the Arab world who also contributed to the politics, religion, and culture of Western Europe."--BOOK JACKET

Reference Resources

Dictionary of the Middle Ages
Print Location: Ref. D 114 .D5 1982

A scholarly encyclopedia for the medieval period.


Google Image Search

Search images available on the World Wide Web.

ARTstor Restricted Resource

Searchable database of images applicable to many different times, cultures, and disciplines. Also includes local Physics and Botany image collections. Use individual log-in for off-campus access.

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Primary Sources

Arab Historians of the Crusades
Print Location: D151 .G313 Restricted Resource

De Re Militari

A web resource with links to primary resources for the period of the Crusades.

English Historical Documents
Print Location: DA26 .E55x 1996

History of Medieval & Renaissance Europe: Primary Documents

Selected Transcriptions, Facsimiles and Translations

Internet Medieval Sourcebook

Links to medieval texts and sources on the Web, both of short "classroom sized" extracts and full documents.

Geographic Data

Atlas of the Crusades
Print Location: Ref G1034 .R5 1990

Web sites

Center for Research Libraries Topic Guide: Medieval Studies

 A guide to resources available from the Center for Research Libraries.  Materials may be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan for extended periods.

Library of Congress Recommended Sites for Classical and Medieval History

 A list of reference resources that can supplement work in Classics, including among its recommendations: The Bryn Mawr Classical Review, the Internet Classics Archive, and Perseus -- which has searchable full-text access to the Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites


A guide to electronic resources in medieval history.

WWW Virtual Library:History

This is the central catalogue for the WWW-VL network of indexes to Historical materials on-line. It is intended for general public use, but its coverage and selection of sites concentrates on creating a facility useful for those pursuing historical research on-line. An extremely comprehensive index of links, it covers nearly every geographic area and many subjects

Style and Citation Guides

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: Chicago/Turabian Style

This style guide contains information on the Chicago Manual of Style method of document formatting and citation. These resources follow the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, which was issued in September 2010.

Chicago Manual of Style
Print Location: Perm Reserve Z253 .U69 2003

The style manual commonly used for History.


Online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store, and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

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There are two important series that publish primary texts from the period of the Crusades. Titles are cataloged individually, but if you do a word search for "Records of Civilizations" or "Records of Social and Economic History" you will see a list of the titles included in each series. To locate other primary resources, use terms such as "sources" "personal narratives" "records" "diaries", etc. in your search.