Medieval and Renaissance Literature:
Sources for Research at the
University of Washington Libraries

This web site provides lists of, and links to, resources for students researching pre-1600 culture. Resources are broken down by category, as follows:

Reference Sources

  • Print Resources (mostly)
    Includes subject and contextual encyclopedias, dictionaries, and indexes, with links to those sources which are also available on the Web.
  • Middle English Dictionary - UW restricted
    "The print Middle English Dictionary has been described as "the greatest achievement in medieval scholarship in America." It offers a comprehensive analysis of lexicon and usage for the period 1100-1500, based on the analysis of the largest collection available. This electronic version of the MED preserves all the details of the print MED, but goes far beyond this, by converting its contents into an enormous database, searchable in ways impossible within any print dictionary."
  • Oxford English Dictionary - UW restricted
    A historical dictionary that attempts to record all English words (including obsolete ones, dialect terms before 1500, and archaisms, scientific, technical and slang terms) used since c. 1150.
  • Dictionary of Old English - UW restricted
    The Dictionary of Old English electronic corpus is a complete record of surviving Old English except for some variant manuscripts of individual texts.
  • Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary
    Since 1898, Bosworth-Toller's Anglo-Saxon Dictionary has been the primary lexical reference for study of the Anglo-Saxon language. The printed monograph was digitized under the direction of Sean Crist, with funding provided by Joel Dean grants, at Swarthmore College.

Books: Catalogs

  • UW Libraries Catalog
    Find out what books we own and what journals we receive at the UW Libraries.
  • Summit:
    Order books from 26 colleges, universities, and community colleges throughout Oregon and Washington. Takes approximately 3-4 days to get to UW for pick-up at any library on campus.
  • OCLC WorldCat
    A catalog of hundreds of library catalogs, this database helps you locate materials not owned by the UW.
  • Patrologia Latina - UW restricted
    A full-text electronic version of the Latin portion of the Patrologiae Cursus Completus, published by nineteenth-century ecclesiastical publisher Jacques-Paul Migne. Its 221 volumes cover the works of the Latin Fathers, from Tertullian in 200 A.D. to Pope Innocent III in 1216.
  • Library of Latin Texts - Library CD-ROM Network
  • Latin texts with translations in English, French, German, and Italian, chiefly from the following corpora: Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina; Corpus Christianorum. Continuatio Medievalis; Corpus Christianorum ecclesiasticorum Latinorum; Patrologiae cursus completus. Series Latina; Patrologiae Latinae supplementum; Sources chretiennes; S. Bernardi opera omnia; and: Biblia sacra juxta vulgatam versionem.

Articles: Indexes

Use indexes to find citations for articles on your topic; note that different indexes cover different subjects and/or time periods, so you may want to look at more than one as you progress in your research.

  • MLA International Bibliography - UW restricted
    Modern Language Association International Bibliography. Print version located in Suzzallo Reference (1921-present); Web version covers 1963-present.
  • Expanded Academic Index - UW restricted
    Indexes about 1500 journals and magazines in all disciplines, covering 1989-present. Some articles are available full-text.
  • IMB: International Medieval Bibliography - UW restricted
    Covers 1967-present. Print version shelved in Suzzallo Reference; electronic version covers 1984-present.
  • Research Library Complete - UW restricted
    Similar to Expanded Academic Index in that this indexes periodicals across all disciplines, and offers some articles full-text.

Web Sites

Contact Information

Faye Christenberry
English Studies Librarian
University of Washington Libraries


Last updated: March 15, 2005