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Atlases & Maps

Atlas of Medieval Europe
Print Location: Art Library & Main Oversize CB 351 .M293 1983 Resource contains images

David Rumsey Map Collection Resource contains images
Digital scans of maps, focusing on rare 18th and 19th century maps from North America & South America, but also featuring world maps, and coverage of Europe, Asia & Africa
Historical Maps Resource contains images
Arranged by place name
From the University of Texas at Austin

Periodical Historical Atlas of Europe Resource contains images
Every century from the 1st to the 20th
European political boundaries 
Viewer allows 600% to 1,000% magnification

Background & Context Sources

Making of the Middle Ages
Print Location: Main 940.1 So88M c.1-4
Medieval civilization from c. 900 to c. 1200 
Standard text in Medieval Studies
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Medieval Europe: A Short History
Print Location: Main D 117 .H6 1994 c.1-2
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Waning of the Middle Ages: A Study of the Forms of Life, Thought and Art in France and the Netherlands in the XIVth and XVth Centuries
Print Location: Main DC 33.2 .H83 1954 c.1, 3
The classic work on this period although a bit dated
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Art Full Text (1984 to date) Restricted Resource Some full text available
Indexes 350 art magazines and journals covering 
pre-history to contemporary art.  There is some full-text from 1995 to date.

Indexes the Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin

Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984) Restricted Resource
Indexes 350 art magazines and journals covering 
pre-history to contemporary art. 

Indexes the Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin
ARTstor Restricted Resource Resource contains images
Over 1 million images selected to support research and teaching in art history from pre-history to contemporary media. The quality of images may vary.

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) (1975-2007)
Index to more than. 1,200 North American and European journals covering Western Art from the Late Christian (ca. 300 CE) to the present.
Succeeded by International Bibliography of Art

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
Citations of journal articles, book reviews, and essays covering topics of gender and sexuality in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East from 450 to 1500 AD
Dates of Coverage: 1990 to date
Index of Christian Art Restricted Resource Resource contains images
Attempts to list art objects, either Christian or "within a Christian context"
100 to 1400 AD/BCE
Worldwide but primarily the West

note: NB: A subset of the Princeton index by the same name
International Bibliography of Art (2008 to date) Restricted Resource
Indexes 500 “core” journals covering European art since antiquity, American art since the Colonial period, and Global art since 1945.

Preceded by the Bibliography of the History of Art

International Medieval Bibliography Restricted Resource
Indexes international scholarship covering the Middle Ages in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Dates of Coverage: 1967 to date
JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text available
Scholarly journal archive for the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences;  recent volumes (within 2 to 5 years) not available for many titles.

Dictionaries & Thesauri

Oxford Dictionary of Saints
Print Location: Art Reference BR 1710 .F34 1982
This dictionary provides detailed, short entries, which include bibliographic references. Its focus is primarily British saints. Please note: the 4th edition (1997) is also available as an e-book.
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NetSERF: The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources
A database of links to thousands of web sites that can be searched (both simple and advanced) or browsed.  Has a lengthy glossary (over 1,500 terms) and news of interest to medievalists.


Anchor Bible
Print Location: Main BS192.2.A1 1964 .G3 vols. 1-5
A massive annotated edition of the Bible, with one or two volumes for each book.  If you are particularly interested in a biblical passage and want to find what earlier writers have had to say about it, this is a good place to start your search.
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Bible and the Saints
Print Location: Art Ref BS 513.2 .D8313 1994
- 500+ Christian saints, biblical characters and scenes with attributes
- Symbolism of plants, religious objects, personifications, numbers, and animals (real & imaginary)
- Name & phrase variants in major European languages

Dictionary of the Bible
Print Location: Main BS440.M36 1965a
A good one-volume guide to any questions you may have about     the Bible.  Entries include books (i.e. Psalms, Gospel of Mark), individuals (David, Peter) and a wide range of other topics (i.e.  Music, Shepherds, Blindness).
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Dictionary of the Middle Ages
Print Location: Main D 114 .D45 1982 vol. 1 – 10

- Guide to all things medieval

- Bibliographies

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Enciclopedia dell'Arte Medievale
Print Location: Art N5965 .E5 1993 vol. 1-10

- In depth articles written by scholars

- Many plans and high quality color images
- Complemented by Kibler and Zinn's more concise Medieval France: An Encyclopedia (Art Ref. DC 33.2 .M44 1995)

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Encyclopedia of Barbarian Europe: Society in Transformation Restricted Resource

- Important people and places 

- Early Middle Ages (300 – 1000)

Grove Art Online Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images

Most comprehensive art encyclopedia available in English; Excellent bibliographies; Covers art broadly defined (traditional & new media, decorative arts, performance, dance, ritual, jewelry, etc.) worldwide from pre-history to the present.

note: Part of Oxford Art Online, a suite of four art encyclopedias
Internet Medieval Sourcebook Some full text available
The Internet Medieval Sourcebook lists hundreds of documents important for studying the middle ages.
Medieval Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Myths Legends, Tales, Beliefs and Customs
Print Location: Main GR 35 .M43 2000 vol. 1-2.
Medieval France: An Encyclopedia
Print Location: Main Ref. & Art Ref. DC33.2.M44 1995
- Strong coverage of architecture and the visual arts
- Maps & plates
-Appendices lists of kings, courts, & dukes; popes; architectural terms; musical terms

ORB: On-line Reference Book for Medieval Studies Some full text available
Written and maintained by medieval scholars
All articles are peer reviewed
Particularly useful:
What Every Medievalist Should Know - basic tools and concepts
The ORB Encyclopedia
The ORB Textbook Library

Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium Restricted Resource
Print Location: Main DF521.O93 1991 vols. 1-3

Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts
Print Location: Art & Main Spec. Coll. ND2889 .B76 1994
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Handbooks & Guides

Early Netherlandish Painting
Print Location: Art 759.949.3F913AE vol. 1 c.2-vol. 9 pt. 1
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From VanEyck to Bruegel
Print Location: Art ND669.F5 M47 1998 c.1-2
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How to Distinguish the Saints in Art by their costumes, symbols, and attributes, by Major Arthur de Bles ... more than 400 illustrations
Print Location: Art N8080.B5 c.1-2
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Medieval Iconography: A Research Guide
Print Location: Art Z5933 .F75 1998
An annotated bibliography listing reference works and scholarly studies dealing with Medieval iconography.
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Medieval Manuscript Manual
Print Location: Art Z 5933 .F75 1998
Covers patronage, materials and techniques, structure and arrangement, typology, illumination, and has a glossary.
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Ocelli Nominum: Names and Shelf Marks of Famous/Familiar Manuscripts
Print Location: Art Reference Z 6601 .F58 1992
The shelf marks of manuscripts are notoriously idiosyncratic, though important since they are often used in scholarly literature. Popular names are also used, so it can be necessary to verify that a popular name and a shelf mark stand for the same work, especially when using multiple sources. Unfortunately there was little recourse for the beginning researcher to resolve this simple but potentially vexing problem until the publication of this text. This handbook can also be used to learn the location of manuscripts at the time of publication.
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Primary Sources

Art of the Byzantine Empire 312-1453 : sources and documents
Print Location: Art N6250.A72 1986 C.1-3
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Butler's Lives of the Saints
Print Location: Main BX4654 .B8 1995 vols. 1-10
This standard reference includes bibliographies and footnotes.
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CELT: The Corpus of Electronic Texts
A searchable online textbase consisting of 1160 contemporary and historical documents from many areas, including literature and the other arts.
Douay-Rheims Bible
The Douay-Rheims Bible is the English translation closest to the Vulgate -- Jerome's Latin translation of the Bible -- which was used throughout the Middle Ages.
Early Medieval Art, 300-1150: Sources and Documents
Print Location: Art N5975.D3 1986 c.1-2
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Gothic Art 1140-c. 1450: Sources and Documents.
Print Location: Art N6310.F7 1987 c.1-4
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Medieval Hagiography: An Anthology
Print Location: Main BR1710 .M39 2000
Primary texts in translation, each with an introductory essay, notes, and bibliography.
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Meditations on the Life of Christ
A late medieval text with pictures which provides an excellent example of contemporary devotional attention to the events of Christ's life.
Meditations on the Life of Christ
Print Location: Art BT300.B7 1961
Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Documentary History of Art, v. 1)
Print Location: Art 709 H742L.2 vol. 1
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Vite De' Più Eccellenti Architetti, Pittori et Scultori Italiani
Print Location: Art N6922.V3 1966 vols. 1-6, commento vols. 1-2
A recent, major edition of what is often considered the first history of art.  The famous Milanesi edition is also available (Art N 6922 .V3 1906) as are several unabridged and abridged English language editions.  One of the first art historians, Giorgio Vasari, discussed 250 artists in this publication, originally published in 1568.  Covers Cimabue to Michelangelo.
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