Note: These bibliographies were originally designed for a graduate seminar on Bibliography and Methods of Medieval Studies that I have taught at the University of Illinois since the mid-1990s. 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 page. 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.
The bibliographies do not attempt to cover Medieval Studies comprehensively. They are limited to coverage of Western Europe, except that in the bibliography on Medieval History and Historical Sources some basic references on Byzantium and other 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 for any given subject. Since standard histories, surveys, and specialized monographs dealing with the subjects covered can be found via the bibliographies and reference works cited, they are generally not listed here, unless their bibliographies are notably comprehensive and not readily duplicated elsewhere. (It goes without saying that one of the best ways to locate bibliography on any subject is via the most recent specialized monographs.) 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. 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