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Medieval & Renaissance Studies

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.
    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.