Autobiography in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Spring 2011

Listed in: English, as ENGL-95; Ingrid L. Nelson (Section 04)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Missy Roser.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Full Text
  • Citing Sources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

International Medieval Bibliography
Comprehensive index of journal articles and books about Europe, North Africa, and the Near East from 300 to 1500.

MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (1784 to present)
Index of resources pertaining to the study of the Middle Ages & Renaissance

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

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).

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online (1972 to present)
Includes annotated entries for books, articles, reviews, productions, and more.


Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
The national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide.

Oxford Reference
Digitized entries from Oxford's Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias, spanning multiple subject areas.

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance [Ref CB361 .E52 1999] or The Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students (condensed version)

Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages [Ref  D114 .O94 2010]

Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance [Ref CB361 .C27 2003]

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation

Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing

Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Literature 1100-1500

Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance

Cambridge Companion to Medieval Philosophy

Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Women's Writing

Old English Dictionary

Atlas of Medieval Europe

Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.

Full Text Collections

ACLS Humanities E-Book
Over 1,700 scholarly books, searchable fulltext.

Cambridge Companions
Surveys of authors, literary history, culture, and philosophy, all written by scholars.

Ebook Central (ProQuest)
Multidisciplinary e-book collection from leading university presses and academic publishers. (Alumni access)

EEBO: Early English Books Online (1473-1700)
Full text of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), and the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661).

Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)

Project Muse
Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)

Citing Sources

Make sure you keep track of all the sources you might use as you find them—many databases have a How to Cite This feature for articles, and we have access to the full Chicago Manual of Style online. The Writing Center at Purdue has an overview of MLA style, and Duke University Libraries have also put together a nice guide for how to cite by the type of source.