Database List

The following 12 databases are best for: Medieval & Early Modern Studies

See our Medieval and Early Modern Studies Research Guide for more information on researching this subject.

Core Medieval Studies Secondary Source Databases

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages & Renaissance

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index

All Medieval Studies Databases

Art Full Text    
Coverage of international journals in all genres of visual art. Includes journals published between 1984 to the present, with selected full text available from 1997 to the present.
  • Coverage Range: 1984- present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)    
A citation-only index of articles, art-related books, conference proceedings, dissertations, and art exhibition and dealer's catalogs. Covers European and American art from late antiquity to the present. Items in the index have been published between 1975 to 2007.
  • Coverage Range: 1975-2007
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: J. Paul Getty Trust

Brill's New Pauly    
Authoritative encyclopedic work on the ancient world. Fifteen volumes are devoted to Greco-Roman antiquity, covering more than two thousand years of history from the second millennium BC to early medieval Europe. Special emphasis is given to the interaction between Greco-Roman culture on the one hand, and Semitic, Celtic, Germanic, and Slavonic culture, and ancient Judaism, Christianity, and Islam on the other hand. Fifteen volumes plus 4 supplement volumes cover the long and influential aftermath of antiquity and the process of continuous reinterpretation and revaluation of the ancient heritage, including the history of classical scholarship. Many entries include maps and illustrations.
  • Coverage Range: 2000 B.C. to early medieval times
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Brill

Early English Books Online    
From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare, this collection contains about 100,000 of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement. Libraries possessing this collection find they are able to fulfill the most exhaustive research requirements in many subject areas, including: English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

European History Primary Sources (EHPS)    
A searchable index of scholarly digital repositories of primary sources. Collections are also browsable by country, language, period, subject, and type of source.
  • Coverage Range: Medieval to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EUI

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index    
Contains citations for journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages.
  • Coverage Range: 1991 to 2003
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: University of Iowa

Humanities International Complete (HIC)    
Full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world in all aspects of the humanities. FOR CITATION SEARCHING: Click the "More" button at the top of the search screen, then click "Cited References."
  • Coverage Range: Mid-1970s - present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

Index of Christian Art (Princeton)    
Images of Medieval, Christianity-oriented art in color and black and white images with metadata.
  • Coverage Range: Apostolic Period to A.D. 1400
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Princeton University
  • Jumpstart Searchable

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages & Renaissance    
Citation-only database covering book, articles, and essays about the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700 C.E.). Includes citations for books, journal articles, and essays in books. Includes sources published between 1842 to present. Use the library's "Get It!" button to obtain materials with no direct full-text link.
  • Coverage Range: 1842 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: University of Toronto

Library of Latin Texts Online    
Includes LLT Series A and B. Click “Enter Databases” button and scroll down to search separately or via “Cross Database Search Tool”. LLT-A is a database of more than 3,200 latin texts from Antiquity to the twentieth century which benefits from the additional intensive research work undertaken by the Centre ‘Traditio Litterarum Occidentalium’ (CTLO). LLT-B is a complementary database with about 300 texts already available. LLT-B grows at a faster pace than the LLT-A with texts taken directly from existing scholarly editions.
  • Coverage Range: Antiquity to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Brepols Publishers
  • 3 Simultaneous Users

Literature Criticism Online    
Authoritative source of literary criticism, summarizing authors' lives and works. Includes excerpts from scholarly articles. IMPORTANT NOTE: Because this source is an encyclopedic work, it should NEVER be directly cited. Always look up the original source of the excerpted and reprinted articles.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

Medieval Travel Writing    
Manuscripts of some of the most important works of European travel writing from the later medieval period. The chief focus is on journeys to central Asia and the Far East, including accounts of travel to Mongolia, Persia, India, China and South-East Asia. The collection also includes a number of important accounts of travels to or through the Holy Land. It features a number of medieval maps such as the famous ‘Beatus’ and ‘Psalter’ maps, individual manuscript illuminations, and some modern translations of key travel texts.
  • Coverage Range: 13th to the 16th centuries
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew