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Medieval History


Online Databases
Online Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Print Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Online Journals
Online Indexes and Abstracts
Print Chronologies and Atlases
Print General Histories
Print Biographies



Other History Guides
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The Ancient World
North American History
Modern Europe
History of Islam
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Using this subject guide

The John Paul II Library offers many different sources of information about modern Europe. Print reference sources available on the first floor can be used to locate the borders of countries in years past, map military campaigns and identify key figures in the different eras. Many of the print reference resources, like encyclopedias, have bibliographies that give book or journal titles for further information on the subject covered. The JPII Catalog can be searched for books available on the second floor or through OhioLINK.

Electronic resources are another way to find information at the JPII Library. Databases, such as Academic Search Premier or International Medieval Bibliography, can be used to locate articles from thousands of journals. Or your search can be narrowed to journal titles that cover specific subject areas, like the Catholic Historical Review or Essays in Medieval Studies.

The sources listed here can help you start your research but are only a part of the resources available to you through the library. If you have any questions, ask the librarians for help.


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Online Databases
International Medieval Bibliography
Iter Gateway - Information on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Acc
      Access limited to library research computers
Humanities International Complete - Full-text from hundreds of internationals journals and books. Includes all data from Humanities International Index.
Academic Search Complete - the world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for more than 5,300 scholarly publications, including more than 4,400 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for all 9,300 journals in the collection. This database is more extensive than Academic Search Premier, which it replaced.
TimeRef - this web site features a timeline of English history from the Viking invasion in 835 to the reign of Henry VIII. Includes maps and short biographies.
Primary Documents - 400-1399
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Online Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

The Crusades: An Encyclopedia - electronic reference with both broad coverage and scholarly content.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

Oxford Dictionary of the Popes

Oxford Dictionary of the Saints

Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

Oxford Dictionary of Islam

Concise Dictionary of the Christian Church

Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion

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Online Journals
Catholic Historical Review - publishes articles, review articles, book reviews, and lists of books received in all areas of church history.
Early Medieval Europe - Covers the history of Europe from the later Roman Empire to the eleventh century. It covers all areas of Europe, including material on Iceland, Ireland, the British Isles, Scandinavia and Continental Europe (both west and east).
Essays in Medieval Studies - An interdisciplinary journal of medieval studies. Each volume has a thematic focus.

Journal of Medieval History -  devoted to all aspects of the history of Europe in the Middle Ages.

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     Online journals by title
Search for articles by title or subject here:
     Electronic Journal Center - EJC -(OhioLINK)
     EBSCO Host (popular magazines)
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     Books at JPII Library
     Books through OhioLINK

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Indexes and Abstracts
Historical Abstracts - Index and abstracts to articles covering world history from 1450 to present (excluding U.S. and Canada). Includes or has links to full text.

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Print Resources
All print resources listed here can be found in the Reference Section, first floor of the JPII Library
Medieval England: An Encyclopedia – Reference DA129 .M43 1998
Medieval Iberia: An Encyclopedia – Reference DP99 .M33 2003
Medieval France: an encyclopedia – Reference DC33.2 .M44 1995
The Cambridge Historical Encyclopedia of Great Britain and Ireland. -Reference DA 34 C28
The Papacy: an encyclopedia – Reference BX955.2 .D53 2002
Encyclopedia of Monasticism – Reference BL631 .E62
Encyclopedia of Barbarian Europe - Reference D135 F73 2003
Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. - Reference CB 361 E52
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation – Reference BR302.8 .O93
The Encyclopedia of Religion – Reference BL31 .E46
Encyclopedia of Religion and War – Reference BL80.3 .E53 2004
Encyclopedia of Religion and Society – Reference BL60 .E53

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The Oxford Classical Dictionary. - Reference DE 5 O9
The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. - Reference DF 521 O93
Dictionary of the Middle Ages, - Reference D 114 D5
Chronologies and Atlases
The Timetables of History - Reference D 11 G78 1991
The People's Chronology - Reference D 11 T83
Historical Atlas of the Renaissance – Reference CB361 .R58 2004
Atlas of Medieval Europe – Reference CB351 .M293
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General Histories
The Cambridge Ancient History - Reference D 57 C2
The Cambridge Medieval History - Reference D 117 C3
People and Biographies
Webster's Biographical Dictionary. - Reference CT W4 1980
Great Lives From History: Ancient and Medieval - Reference CT 113 G74
Great Lives From History: Renaissance to 1900. - Reference CT 104 G68
St. James Guide to Biography. - Reference CT 21 S68
Biography Index, 1946-1996 - Reference CT 100 B6
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