USEFUL LINKS TO MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE SITES
The following links have been divided into several categories.
The first group consists of guides to the tangible reference materials
available in the Duke Libraries or through Inter Library Loan. The other
three categories will guide you to online materials. Georgetown's
"Labyrinth" is the most highly recommended point of entry; it is
wide-ranging and easily navigable. The third category consists of several
sites which offer a large, thematically varied selection of primary
documents online. The last group of links features sites with a
combination of primary and critical information about specific subsets of
Medieval and Renaissance studies.
Guides to Library Reference Sources
Duke University Libraries Resources in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Joline Ezzell (our patron-saint library specialist in Perkins Humanities
Reference) has compiled a handy annotated listing of research guides,
databases and indexes, electronic journals, and Internet resources held
by or accessed in the Duke collections. Especially note the Guide
to Medieval and Renaissance Microfilm Sets at Duke University
Libraries, which lists microfilm sets of primary sources valuable for
research; and the Guide to Selected Medieval and Renaissance Sources at Duke University
Libraries, which includes a list of encyclopedias, general surveys,
and reference works, as well as bibliographies and other research guides
for locating books and journals.
The International Medieval Bibliography (IMB)
Click "Enter databases," and then click "IMB"
The IMB is the world's leading interdisciplinary bibliography of
the European Middle Ages, covering Europe, the Middle East, and North
Africa in the period 400-1500. The database comprises over 300,000
articles derived from regular coverage of some 4,500 periodicals and 5,000
miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, essay collections,
Festschriften, and exhibition catalogues). All articles are classified
with full bibliographical details and subject classifications and indexing
familiar to medievalists. The IMB was founded in 1967 with the support of
the Medieval Academy of America. Its editorial staff is based at the
International Medieval Institute at the University of Leeds, and the
project is supported by over 50 teams of contributors in Europe, North
America, Australia, and Japan. Perkins Library subscribes to this major
An index of journals pertaining to all aspects of the European Renaissance
and Middle Ages
THE Best Place to Start
Online library of primary documents in French, Iberian, Italian, Latin,
Middle English, and Old English, as well as modern online journals.
Extensive collection of resources (articles, links, etc.) grouped by
national cultures, topics of international culture (e.g., archaeology,
cartography, music, etc.), and special topics (e.g., Arthurian studies).
Also features an extensive list of links to medieval organizations and
Primary Documents, Multi-Topic
The Internet Medieval Sourcebook
Thousands of full-text primary documents, indexed by topic. Very
well-organized. Also includes a great selection of maps and reviews of
Biographical and critical commentary, as well as full-text versions of the
works of: 9 medieval authors, 29 Renaissance authors, and 25 17th-century
Searchable versions of many of the texts printed in the Middle English
Texts Series (TEAMS).
Access to approximately 1,000 images from manuscripts in Oxford's
Resources, by Topic
Index of Art and Art History
Index of nearly 500 links pertaining to medieval art and art history,
searchable by topic and geographic location.
Art and Architecture
Source for historical and visual information about medieval art and
architecture, searchable by geographic location.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
An online catalogue of some of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's medieval
art collection, considered to be one of the richest in the world.
Index of Byzantine Studies
Index of links pertaining to Byzantine medieval studies.
The Catholic Encyclopedia
Online version of the 15-volume reference work. The material is
wide-ranging, but sometimes dated.
Guide to Early Church Documents
Annotated links to files relating to the early church, including canonical
documents, creeds, the writings of the Apostolic fathers, and other
Links to documents ranging in topic from Scripture to modern popes.
The Library of Iberian Resource On-line
Features full-text versions of recent, but out-of-print books on the
Iberian peninsula in the Middle Ages
Index of Italian History
Extensive, well-annotated index of links to sites concerning Italian
history from Paleolithic to contemporary times, each era divided into
subcategories such as art, biographies, bibliographies, science, etc.
The Old English Aerobics Room
Texts and exercises for students of Old English.
Medieval Latin/English Word List
Philosophy and Theology
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Index of Internet Theology Resources
Index of Science
Index of links pertaining to medieval science, organized by topic.
This is a comprehensive bibliography of printed and electronic sources at
Perkins Library for studying Shakespeare and the culture of Elizabethan
and Jacobean England, including electronic editions, biographical
resources, language tools, historical resources, journals, and internet
Women's Religious Communities
A collection of resources for the study of women's religious communities
in medieval Europe. Includes biographies, profiles of religious
communities, primary sources, and an image library.
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
Database of journal articles, book reviews, and essay collections about
women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages.