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WISER: Medieval Studies. Charlotte Goodall, Classics Isabel Holowaty, History Sue Usher, English Hilla Wait, Philosophy & Theology. Aim of the session. Overview of key resources Introduction to variety of resources Bibliographical resources Texts Reference Manuscripts Maps

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wiser medieval studies

WISER: Medieval Studies

Charlotte Goodall, Classics

Isabel Holowaty, History

Sue Usher, English

Hilla Wait, Philosophy & Theology

aim of the session
Aim of the session
  • Overview of key resources
  • Introduction to variety of resources
      • Bibliographical resources
      • Texts
      • Reference
      • Manuscripts
      • Maps
      • Visual material
      • Portals
using oxlip
Using OxLIP+
  • Subject menus
  • History > Medieval history
  • Philosophy > Ancient and medieval philosophy
  • Theology > Medieval resources
  • Classics & Ancient history
  • English
  • Reference
  • Other Options
  • Any word = medieval
bibliographic resources
Bibliographic resources
  • International Medieval Bibliography
  • Iter Bibliography
  • Bibliography of British & Irish History
  • Philosopher’s Index & ATLA
  • MLA Bibliography

International Medieval Bibliography includes Bibliographie de Civilisation Médiévale

  • Indexes books & articles published in
      • periodicals (journals)
      • miscellany vols. (conference proceedings, collected essays, Festschriften and exhibition catalogues)
  • Covers:
      • Middle Ages 300-1500 AD
      • Europe, the Middle East and North Africa
iter bibliography
Iter Bibliography
  • Indexes
      • Books
      • Journal materials (articles, reviews, bibliographies, etc.)
      • Essays in books (incl. Festschriften, encyclopaedias, conference proceedings)
  • Covers:
      • Middle Ages and Renaissance 400-1700
bibliography of british irish history
Bibliography of British & Irish History
  • Covers Britain, Ireland, Commonwealth
  • from 55 BC to present
  • incl. book, journals articles, book essays
  • covers historical events, concepts, guide to primary sources, historical methods
  • good for local history
atla philosopher s index
ATLA & Philosopher’s Index
  • ATLA - Core e-title for Theology
  • Church history, patristics, medieval theologians
  • 600,000 articles from journals and multi-author works
  • 375,000 book reviews
  • Abstracts (sometimes) Links (sometimes) to full text
  • Indexes back to 1949, with selected records going back to 1818
  • X-searchable with
  • Philosophers Index - Core e-title for Philosophy (from 1940)
  • Logic & scholasticism; medieval philosophers
  • And with
  • MLA International Bibliography
mla bibliography
MLA Bibliography
  • Indexes articles published in
      • Journals
      • Books
      • Conference proceedings
      • Bibliographies
      • Websites
  • Literature, language, linguistics, folklore
  • 1926 – present
  • More than 2 million articles from over 4,400 titles
  • updated 9 times p.a.
  • Cambridge Collections Online
  • Blackwell Reference Online
  • Oxford Reference Online
  • Oxford Handbooks Online
  • Middle English Compendium (MEC)
  • Lexikon des Mittelalters (via Brepols)
  • Cambridge Histories Online (CHO)

Cambridge Companions Online

N.B. Take the CCO Guided Tour!


Blackwell Reference Online

N.B. Check out the Resources list,

including the Guided Tour


Middle English Compendium

Check out:

About the MEC

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (PASE)
  • http://www.pase.ac.uk/
  • Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae
  • via British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/
  • Europa Sacra
chronicles annals
Chronicles & annals
  • Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (ASC)
  • Medieval Sources Online
  • Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online (Rolls, etc.)
anglo saxon chronicle
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
  • Various free digital versions:
  • Gutenberg project
  • http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/657
  • Online Medieval and Classical Library
  • http://omacl.org/Anglo/
medieval sources online
Medieval Sources Online
  • Chronicles, e.g.
  • Annals of Fulda
  • Annals of St-Bertin
  • Collections of documents in translation:
  • The towns of Italy in the later Middle Ages
  • The Black Death
  • Women in England, 1275-1525
medieval and early modern sources online memso
Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online (MEMSO)
  • Large library of books to the study of medieval and early modern England, Scotland and Ireland
  • Selections of:
      • annals and chronicles
      • calendars and registers
      • saints’ lives
      • Rolls’ Series
      • HMC reports
      • Statutes of the Realm
medieval governance law
Medieval governance & law
  • Domesday Book
  • Parliamentary Rolls of Medieval England
  • Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH)
domesday book
Domesday Book
  • First public record describing condition of England south of the river Tees in 1066 and 1086.
  • Record of human and natural resources
  • Useful for history of villages, social classes, and economy.
  • View mss, transcriptions, translations and maps
parliamentary rolls of medieval england
Parliamentary Rolls of Medieval England
  • Official records of the meetings of the English parliament from the reign of Edward I (1272 - 1307) until the reign of Henry VII (1485 - 1509)
monumenta germaniae historica
Monumenta Germaniae Historica
  • A corpus of historical works, charters, legal texts, letters, political texts, and literature for the Holy Roman Empire.
  • Five series (Scriptores, Leges, Diplomata, Epistolae, Antiquitates) and thirty-three sub-series.
  • 2 e-versions:
  • Free digital version at dMGH (http://www.dmgh.de/) good for browsing
  • Brepols version better for searching.
charters rolls etc
Charters, Rolls, etc.
  • Anglo-Saxon Charters (Regesta Regum Anglorum, etc.) http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/chartwww/charthome.html
  • Calendars of Close Rolls, Patent Rolls, Fine Rolls (via BHO http://www.british-history.ac.uk/ or MEMSO)
  • Henry III Fine Rolls Project
  • http://www.finerollshenry3.org.uk/

Church History

  • Acta Sanctorum
  • Europa Sacra
  • Papal Letters & the Vatican Archive
  • British History Online
  • Internet Medieval Sourcebook
  • Ecclesiastical Calendar
  • http://www.smart.net/~mmontes/ec-cal.html
greek and latin primary sources
Greek and Latin primary sources
  • Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
      • Full text searching of Ancient Greek texts. The TLG corpus encompasses the totality of Greek literature, including Early Modern Greek, and Byzantine texts.
  • Library of Latin Texts (formerly Cetedoc)
      • LLT provides full text searching of Latin texts from antiquity to modern times.
  • Patrologia Latina

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae

  • Search by author name, date, generic or geographic epithet
  • Or, do a search across the entire canon

Select word forms to search from list, or do a Lemmatized search, retrieving all inflected forms linked to a dictionary entry.

library of latin texts
Library of Latin Texts
  • Full text searching of all Latin Texts
  • Series A and Series B: Series A is more complete, containing works in Latin from Classical to Modern period. Series B currently is smaller and contains more specialised works but will grow in the future.
  • CDS: allows you to search both series A and B of LLT simultaneously, as well as the eMGH, Archive of Celtic-Latin Literature (ACLL) and the Aristoteles Latinus Database (ALD).

Library of Latin Texts

  • Limit searches by period, author, title, century or “clavis” (number in Clavis Patrum Latinorum).
  • Full text searching across the entire corpus

Library of Latin Texts:

Word search, e.g. essentia in Aquinas

  • Select specific forms of the word(s) you wish to search for
  • Search within a specific work or full corpus
database of latin dictionaries
Database of Latin Dictionaries
  • Cross searching of Latin Lexica:
  • Lewis and Short
  • Blaise Medieval
  • Blaise Patristic
  • Forcellini Lexicon
  • Forcellini Onomasticon
  • Souter
  • Du Cange
  • Firmini Verris Dictionarius
  • Anonymi Montepessulanensis Dictionarius
  • Le Talleur

Database of Latin Dictionaries

Browse between definitions across all the dictionaries in the DLD

patrologia latina
Patrologia Latina
  • J-P. Migne’s collection of reprints of the writings of the Latin Fathers from Tertullian (c 200) to Innocent III (1216).
  • Editions range in date from the early 16th century to 19th century.
  • Includes prefatory material, scholarly apparatus, etc.
other full text sites in latin english
Past Masters

Electronic Grossteste

Corpus Thomisticum

Alberti Magni E-Corpus

Other full-text sites in Latin/English
  • Past Masters
  • Anselm: Major Works
  • Anselm: Opera Omnia
  • Aquinas: Collected Works
  • Aristotle: Complete Works
  • Augustine: Opera Omnia
  • Augustine: Works
  • Francis of Assisi
  • The Latin Background 1100-1550
      • Becket; John of Salisbury;
      • Bacon; Wyclif; Fox
  • Ockham
past masters
Past Masters
  • Expand package → author→ title
  • Using Table of Contents
  • Changing the display
  • Navigating the text

Text hierarchy

Page turning

Full-screen contents

Full-screen text option

ToC navigation

finding biblical resources


Finding Biblical resources
  • BibleWorks:
      • best resource for exegesis
  • Oxford Biblical Studies On-line:
      • reference material
      • verse identifier
      • maps & images


literary works oe teaching materials
Literary works: OETeaching materials
  • Old English Coursepack (WebLearn)
  • https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/portal/hierarchy/humdiv/engfac/undergradu/old_english/page/old_english_cou
  • Internet Old English
  • http://www.ucalgary.ca/UofC/eduweb/engl401/
  • Old English Aerobics
  • http://faculty.virginia.edu/OldEnglish/
  • Sources
  • Fontes Anglo-Saxonici


literary works oe editions of texts facsimiles of mss
Literary works: OEEditions of texts & facsimiles of MSS
  • Literature Online
  • Electronic Beowulf
  • Exeter Anthology of Old English Poetry
  • Caedmon/Bede/MS Junius 11
  • Aelfric’s Homilies/Parker Library on the Web
  • Alfred/Boethius/Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
literary works middle english editions facsimiles
Literary works: Middle EnglishEditions & Facsimiles
  • LION
  • Piers Plowman/Electronic Archive/MSS
  • Chaucer/General Prologue/EEBO/ECCO
  • Malory/Arthur/Chretien de Troyes (Corpus de la Litterature Medievale)

Check out: About EEBO and

Information Resources

127K titles published in English,



180K works, published in the UK

in the 18th century, primarily

in English.

Check out:

Research Tools

archives manuscripts
Archives & manuscripts
  • Bodleian Library: Western manuscripts to c. 1500
  • http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley/library/specialcollections/western_rarebooks/medieval
  • British Library MSS catalogue
  • http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/manuscripts
  • Archives Hub
  • http://www.archiveshub.ac.uk
  • Latin palaeography tutorial (TNA)
  • http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/latinpalaeography/
  • Bodleian contact: Dr Martin Kauffmann, [email protected]
digital archives
Digital Archives
  • Parker Library on the web (OxLIP+)
  • Celtic and Medieval Manuscripts or \'Early Manuscripts at Oxford‘ http://www.odl.ox.ac.uk/collections/celtic.htm
  • Images of Medieval Manuscripts
  • http://www.odl.ox.ac.uk/collections/medieval.htm
  • British Library: Catalogue of illuminated manuscripts http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/welcome.htm
  • English Monastic Archives
  • http://www.ucl.ac.uk/history2/englishmonasticarchives/
  • ArtStor: Illuminated mss, architecture, artifacts
  • Index of Christian Art
  • VADS (Visual Arts Data Service)




Bernard of Clairvaux search


Index of Christian Art

Bernard of Clairvaux search

  • Internet Medieval Sourcebook
  • http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbookmap.html
  • Cartographic images
  • http://www.henry-davis.com/MAPS/
  • Grässe: Orbis Latinus http://www.columbia.edu/acis/ets/Graesse/contents.html
  • - medieval place-names
useful portals
Useful portals
  • The ORB (Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies) http://the-orb.net
  • British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/
  • Intute http://www.intute.ac.uk/
  • Gallica – Bibliothèque Nationale Française
  • http://gallica.bnf.fr/
  • Digitale Bibliothek – Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
  • http://www.digitale-sammlungen.de/
subject librarians

Subject Librarians

Sue Usher, English [email protected]

Isabel Holowaty, History [email protected]

Hilla Wait, Philosophy & Theology [email protected]

Charlotte Goodall, Classics Librarian [email protected]

Martin Holmes, Music [email protected]

Clare Hills-Nova, Italian (Lang & Lit) & History of Art Librarian

[email protected]

Nick Hearn, French (Lang & Lit) & Slavonic Subject Librarian

[email protected]

Jill Hughes, German (Lang & Lit)[email protected]

Martin Kauffmann, Medieval [email protected]

questions hands on
Questions & hands-on
  • Thank you for coming and get in touch if you need.