Listed in: History, as HIST-121; C. Teresa Shawcross (Section 01)
One of the best places to start research is in the Five-College Library Catalog. All books are listed by their AUTHORS, TITLES, and SUBJECTS, and you can also use the KEYWORD function to search.
KEYWORD searching is not likely to yield a complete, or completely relevant, list of locally-owned books on any particular topic, but it's a good way to start; type in a common language characterization of your topic, say "carolingian learning", select titles from the resulting list that interest you, note which official subject headings are assigned to those titles, then click on them to do a more thorough SUBJECT search.
SUBJECT searching, as such, requires that you use the exact words or phrases libraries have chosen to describe your topic; for example, libraries list books about learning in the Carolingian era under "Carolingians--Education", as well as "Education, Medieval". Following those links or inputting "education medieval" as a 'Subject begins with' search will yield lots of on-target results. Ask at the Reference Desk if you're not sure what words or phrases to use.
Annee Philologique (1959 to present)
Index to articles and books about ancient authors, texts, history, art, and archeology.
ATLA Religion Database (1949 to present)
Index to journal articles, essays, and book reviews in the field of religion.
Historical Abstracts with Full Text (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).
Index Islamicus (1906 to present)
Covers literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world, including Muslim areas of Asia and Africa.
International Medieval Bibliography
Comprehensive index of journal articles and books about Europe, North Africa, and the Near East from 300 to 1500.
ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (1784 to present)
Women's Studies International (1972 to present)
Interdisciplinary, covers the latest scholarship in feminist research.
Standard general encyclopedia.