Note: These bibliographies were originally designed for a graduate seminar on Bibliography and Methods of Medieval Studies that I taught at the University of Illinois from mid-1990s to 2014. For many years they were on a server at the University of Illinois; after that server was retired, they were transferred to the website of the UI Program in Medieval Studies. Thanks to Simon Forde of MIP-Arc Humanities Press, they now have a permanent home on the Press’s website. I am grateful to Caleb Molstad, IT and Digital Humanities Developer for the Press, for transferring these bibliographies to the website and supplying the WorldCat links.
Links to proprietary databases or online books or journals requiring subscription are as a rule to the database front pages. For those whose libraries have subscriptions, connecting to the front page may or may not automatically invoke your library’s subscription. In some cases links are given to the publishers’ descriptions of reference works or series even when there are no electronic versions, especially when the site provides a Table of Contents. Links to Google Books are given only when the entire book (“full view”) is available. Links to pdf files of articles on individual scholars’ academia.edu are sometimes provided, but not systematically. Note that links to books on Haithi Trust are not accessible outside North America.
The bibliographies do not attempt to cover Medieval Studies comprehensively. They are largely limited to coverage of Western Europe, except that in the bibliography on Medieval History and Historical Sources some basic references on Byzantium and other global geographical regions are provided. The focus throughout is on medieval Latin primary sources: how to access them (in manuscript, in print, and online) and how to locate secondary scholarship about medieval Latin primary sources. Even within that orientation they are not comprehensive, but cover only selected major topics, primarily those important for literary studies.
These are essentially bibliographies of reference works and databases. I have attempted to list the most comprehensive and up-to-date bibliographies, reference works, and online resources, but I do not attempt to duplicate their contents by giving an exhaustive list of available reference works or more than a basic selection of secondary literature including standard histories, surveys, and specialized monographs. More exhaustive references can be found via the bibliographies and reference works cited. The more narrowly focused topical bibliographies, such as the one on Sermons and Homilies, are more comprehensive (even though much shorter) than the omnium gatherums on Medieval History and Historical Sources or Medieval Christianity and Ecclesiastical Sources. Corrections and additions of major overlooked reference works and online resources will be gratefully received: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charles D. Wright
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign