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This subject covers: the study of the period in European history from the collapse of Roman civilization in the 5th century AD to the period of the Renaissance (variously interpreted as beginning in the 13th, 14th, or 15th century, depending on the region of Europe and on other factors). Also known as the Middle Ages. (From Britannica Online)

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

The most comprehensive index to Classical Studies. It is an index of citations to books and articles in all areas of ancient Greek and Latin studies. Print index available at WILSON Reference PA29.A5x.

The Medieval Feminist Index covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages.

The IMB is an interdisciplinary guide to the study of the Middle Ages, the period 476-1500. Geographic coverage extends across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, covering resources in over 25 languages. Note: The IMB provides downloadable software to view and print non-English diacritics and special characters.
Also available in print in Wilson Reference D111 .I56x

Iter is a bibliography of over 230,000 articles and reviews drawn from over 475 medieval and renaissance journal titles.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

General Reference Sources



The largest French dictionary available. Contains all the conjugations of all the verbs, feminine and plural forms, etymology, nuances of use, quotations, and more.

Comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials that provide extra help with learning and using an expanding range of languages. Includes Russian and Spanish. French, German, Italian, and Chinese are no longer included in the Libraries' subscription.


13 volume encyclopedia dealing with all aspects of the Middle Ages in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Online and in print. A collaborative work of over 600 scholars from more than forty countries, the Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages provides 3,000 concise and detailed articles on all aspects of the period from the fifth to the fifteenth century. It explores art, architecture, religion, law, science, language, philosophy, and theology, as well as cultural, religious, intellectual, social and political history. With a focus on focus on Europe and Christendom, the Encyclopedia also covers the rise of Islam and people of other cultures with whom Europeans came into contact. Location(s): Wilson Reference quarto D114 .B86 1995

Prepared by an editorial staff at the Catholic University of America. Selected articles from the earlier Catholic Encyclopedia are available on the World Wide Web.

Internet Resources

Electronic Books

Provides a large and growing resource of essential medieval and early modern sources online. MEMSO is a library of books concerning the study of medieval and early modern Britain and Ireland.

Electronic Texts

Digital collection of 2,200 full-text titles offered by the ACLS in collaboration with nineteen learned societies, nearly 100 contributing publishers, and librarians at the University of Michigan's Scholarly Publishing Office

The Acta Sanctorum Database is an electronic version of the complete printed text of Acta sanctorum quotquot toto orbe coluntur (Antwerp; Brussels: Society des Bollandistes, 1863- (68 vols.) and found in Wilson Library Annex Folio 270 Ac8). It is a collection of documents examining the lives of saints, organised according to each saint's feast day, and runs from the two January volumes published in 1643 to the Propylaeum to December published in 1940. The Database contains the entire Acta Sanctorum, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indices. Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina reference numbers are also included.

Gateways & Megasites

The Internet Medieval Sourcebook, constructed from available public domain and copy-permitted texts, is organized as three main index pages (selected sources, full-text sources and saints' lives), with a number of supplementary documents.

An usually rich and deep Website of articles, documents,links and other information.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Writing Guides

The Rhetoric Department, English Department, Center for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing and the General College Writing Center have come together to bring you writing support in one place.

Includes information on how to read primary and secondary sources; style sheets; grammar for historians; and a paper-writing checklist.

University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

Sites recommended by the Center for Medieval Studies, University of Minnesota

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