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Multisearch searches multiple databases, including Historical Abstracts.  But it is a good idea to focus your search particularly, so here are some specific recommended databases for finding scholarly research for the Middle Ages.

For research on the popes, or other ecclesiastical issues.

Includes the Journal of Medieval History

Must be a person of interest to the British empire's history

A good general site for online encyclopedias which would include biographical essays

Another general site for online encyclopedias

The Crusades: An Encyclopedia. (Ref 940.18 M961) 4 vols., ABC-Clio, 2006.

Crusades Content Listing A virtual online course on the Crusades. From Boise State.

History of the Crusades - Full-text of this six volume narrative from the University of Wisconsin libraries. You can search within the entire work, or by volume.

ORB: Online Reference Book - For Medieval Studies. A great place to start your research. Contains essays and encyclopedia like entries. There is a bibliography for Crusades studies.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook - A collection of full text and excerpted texts on a variety of different topics. Includes a section on the Crusades. Searchable.

Letters of Crusaders - A collection of historical texts transcribed by history students at Hanover College.

Middle Ages (general)

Cambridge Medieval History. (2nd floor, 940.1 C144, or 2nd floor, 940.1 C144a) Multi-volume series.

Dictionary of the Middle Ages. (Ref 909.07 St82) 13 vols. New York: Scribner, 1989.

Encyclopedia of Women in the Middle Ages. (Ref 305.409 L423) Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2001.

Includes such titles as: Ancient Europe, 8000 BC to AD 1000: Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World, Europe, 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World, and Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000

Includes Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages


Handbook of European History, 1400-1600: Late Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation.
(Ref 940.2 B729) 2 vols. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 1996.

End of Europe's Middle Ages - Provides a tutorial that gives an overview of medieval European history in such areas as the economy, politics, religion, intellectual environment, and more.

Essays in Medieval Studies - An electronic journal, online from volume 1 (1984) to the present. After volume 17 (2000), it is no longer free online. Published annually. From the Illinois Medieval Association.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook - A collection of full text and excerpted texts on a variety of different topics.

Medieval England: An Encyclopedia. (Ref 942.02 Sz16) New York: Garland, 1998.

Medieval France: An Encyclopedia. (Ref 944.003 K533) New York: Garland, 1995.

Medieval Germany: An Encyclopedia. (Ref 943.02 J349) New York: Garland, 2001.

Medieval Iberia: An Encyclopedia. (Ref 946.03 G316) New York: Routledge, 2003.

Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia. (Ref 945.03 K673) 2 vols. New York: Routledge, 2004.

NetSERF - Organized into general subjects such as: archaeology, culture, drama, history, literature, religion. Easy to use and navigate.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology. (Ref 355.09 R631). 3 vols, Oxford University, 2010.

Social Issues

Includes titles such as: Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion and Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000


Medieval English Towns - "The aim of the Medieval English Towns site is to provide historical information about cities and towns in England during the Middle Ages, with particular but not exclusive emphasis on medieval boroughs of East Anglia and on social, political and constitutional history."

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index - Annotated index to journal articles, essays, book reviews and more that focuses on women, gender, and sexuality issues for this time period. Materials are in many languages, but most of them in English.

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A Pocket Guide to Writing in History(also called Rampolla)
(7th edition)
Reference Room: 1st floor 907.2 R148

Chicago Manual of Style Online. Also available in print in the reference room (Ref 808.02 Un3e)

Chicago Manual of Style (Notes-Bibliography) - A guide from the SMC Library

Quick Guide to Chicago Style from the Chicago manual publishers.

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations 
by Kate L. Turabian (6th edition)
Reference Room: 1st floor 808.02 T840b 
Reserve Desk: 1st floor 808.02 T840b c.2
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