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Medieval & Renaissance Studies Resources

MEDREN: Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Duke Libraries

Key Databases for Medieval Studies

Key Databases

  • International Medieval Bibliography (IMB) Covers all facets of medieval (400-1500) history and life in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Subjects includes history, religion, philosophy, womens' studies, literature, art history and others.
  • International Bibliography of Humanism and the Renaissance Index to 900 journals
  • Iter indexes journals relevant to the all aspects of the European Renaissance (1300-1700) and the medieval period (400-1500), including history, literature, art, philosophy, politics and government, and religion.
  • Historical Abstracts is the major database covering the research of history about 1450 to the present, but it includes aspects of Medieval Renaissance Studies

Summary Annotated Bibliographies

Databases with a focus on subject, language, format, or geographic region

  • ATLA Religion  Provides over 1.2 million citations about all aspects of world religions (including Buddhism, Christianity and all its denominations, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and others). 
  • Aida focused on Italian language publications
  • Bibliography of British and Irish History indexes books, articles and essays on British and Irish history from 55 BC to the present.  Includes references to reprinted medieval primary sources.
  • Dissertations and Theses: Full Text  many dissertations are never formally published - this database offres the full text of the original. Dissertatons often treat topics in great detail and include bibliographies for the body of literature on a topic.
  • In Principio Incipit Index to Latin Texts  over one million incipits (the first words of a particular work), from the files of the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library, covering Latin literature from the pre-classical age to the Renaissance. 
  • L'année philologique is the most important and comprehensive index in classical studies.
  • MLA Intl Bibliography  citations to research in literature, literary criticism, drama, and related fields from all periods. Inludes English, French, German, and Italian. 
 

General Databases

Multidisciplinary databases

World History

  • BHI British Humanities Index Provides abstracts from over 400 daily newspapers, weekly magazines and academic journals of international standing, dating back to 1962.
  • British Periodicals Searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late 17th century to the early 20th century.
  • FRANCIS
    Indexes multilingual multidisciplinary information in the humanities and social sciences. Strengths include religion, history of art, psychology and literature (particularly current trends in European and world literature).
  • Historical Abstracts Contains citations and abstracts to books and articles on the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present.
  • History of Science
  • Humanities International Complete
    Includes all data from the American Humanities Index, plus more international content. Strongest coverage in literature and literary arts.
  • PAIS Excellent resource for government policy and documents.
  • Periodicals Index Online Indexes articles in over 4500 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences back as far as 1665. Now includes some full text.
  • Project MUSE
    A database of e-journals covering the arts and humanities, social science, and mathematics. The journals are published by university presses, including the Duke University Press.

How to find more databases:

Use the Advanced Database search tab; enter keywords, like Medieval, History, etc.