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Medieval Studies: A guide to library research at Cornell: Published Primary Sources

Primary Sources in the Original Language

 

Monumenta Germaniae historica (MGH). Sources in Latin 500-1500 A.D. from or about medieval Germany, the Franks, and areas of Germanic influence in medieval Europe.

  • Print volumes of the MGH newer series can be located by a title or keyward search in the Cornell online catalog.
  • Contents of each volume of the MGH original older series as well as an index by author and title/subject can be found in Indices eorvm qvae Monvmentorvm Germaniae historicorvm temis hvcvsqve editis continentvr. Scripservnt O. Holder-Egger et K. Zevmer. Hannoverae, Impensis bibliopolii Hahniani; [etc., etc.] 1890. (Olin Room 404 +DD3.M81 Z5).
  • For a comprehensive online catalog of the all the print volumes, try: http://www.mgh.de/bibliothek/
  • For a good overview of this complex series, try Guide to the Sources of Medieval History (Olin Reference Z6517 .C12) beginning at page 220.

Digital Monumenta Germaniae Historica Great as a clear understandable index to all the volumes and series. Complete, full text online in the form of one page at a time, but the complete set is not searchable full text.

Monumenta Germaniae Historica online (eMGH) Incomplete. Selected texts from the five divisions of Monumenta Germaniae Historica (Scriptores, Leges, Diplomata, Epistolae, Antiquitates). As of fall 2007 only includes 800 texts.

The Acta Sanctorum Database The complete texts of the sixty-eight printed volumes, from the two January volumes published in 1643 to the Propylaeum to December published in 1940. Print volumes.

Patrologia Latina Database.  A complete electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina (1844-1855 and 1862-1865). Index volumes are 218-221. Texts from AD 200 through the 13th century plus later ecclesiastical and humanistic scholarship.  Print volumes: Patrologia Cursus Compeletus. PDF of print volumes in HathiTrust.

Library of Christian Latin Texts: CLCLT Incomplete and in progress. Selected works from the classical period, the most important patristic works, a very extensive corpus of Medieval Latin literature. Volumen 1: Antiquity, Patristic period up to 500, Vulgate Bible; Volumen II: Second Patristic Period, 501-735; Volumen III: 736-1500 and Neo-Latin period 1501-present. Includes texts from the beginning of Latin literature (Livius Andronicus, 240 BC) through to the texts of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), as well as the complete works of writers such as Cicero, Virgil, Augustine, Jerome, Gregory the Great, Anselm of Canterbury, Bernard of Clairvaux and Thomas a Kempis. Includes many volumes published in the Corpus Christianorum, both the Series Latina and the Continuatio Mediaeualis, and the opera omnia of major authors.  Helpful Guide to Searching from Berkeley

Archive of Celtic-Latin literature Incomplete and in progress. Contains the texts processed thus far from the corpus of Celtic-Latin literature from the period 400-1200 as part of the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources project.

Vetus Latina database: Bible versions of the Latin Fathers German interface. Comprehensive patristic records of the Vetus Latina Institute in Beuron. Complete information about the project

The Latin Vulgate Searchable full-text from the University of Chicago's ARTFL Project.

Database of latin dictionaries Incomplete and in progress. The aim of the database is not only to integrate different types of Latin dictionaries, whether modern, medieval or early-modern, but also to build in links between these different tools. Where the dictionaries provide Latin terms and vernacular equivalents or explanations (whether in contemporary or historic forms of English, French or German), searches will be possible on both the Latin lemmata and the English, French or German lemmata.

Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina Latin literature from the Roman Republic to the Imperial Period and Late Antiquity. The database is the electronic version of the Bibliotheca scriptorum Romanorum Teubneriana. Complete, except for prefaces or critical apparatus, from the standard editions (editions maiores) of about 800 works spread over eleven centuries (c. 300 BC/BCE to c. 800 AD/CE). Includes many digitized classic medieval collections of primary sources originally published in the 19th century such as the multi-volume

Recueil des historiens des croisades. Use the [challenging] Gallica catalog to find the fulltext.

The Dictionary of Old English Corpus in electronic form (also on CD-Rom in Olin Library Reference Disk PE279 .D53 2003 Available in Electronic Text Center) Incomplete and in progress

Middle English compendium The MEC provides access to and interconnectivity between three major Middle English electronic resources: an electronic version of the Middle English dictionary; a "hyperbibliography" of Middle English prose and verse, based on the MED bibliographies; and an associated network of electronic resources.

Primary Sources for the Study Of Liturgy, Hagiography and Other Aspects Of Medieval Studies Helen Davis, Special Collections, Boole Library, University College Cork.

ARTFL A Cooperative Project of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the University of Chicago, ARTFL is a research tool for scholars and students in all areas of French Studies. Full-text online of nearly 2000 French texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing. The eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries are about equally represented, with a smaller selection of seventeenth century texts as well as some medieval and Renaissance texts. A Provençal database that includes 38 texts in their original spellings has recently been added. The Web interface allows one to search the corpus easily for words, stems, phrases and co-occurr

Monumenta Germaniae historica (MGH). Sources in Latin 500-1500 A.D. from or about medieval Germany, the Franks, and areas of Germanic influence in medieval Europe.

  • Print volumes of the MGH newer series can be located by a title or keyward search in the Cornell online catalog.
  • Contents of each volume of the MGH original older series as well as an index by author and title/subject can be found in Indices eorvm qvae Monvmentorvm Germaniae historicorvm temis hvcvsqve editis continentvr. Scripservnt O. Holder-Egger et K. Zevmer. Hannoverae, Impensis bibliopolii Hahniani; [etc., etc.] 1890. (Olin Room 404 +DD3.M81 Z5).
  • For a comprehensive online catalog of the all the print volumes, try: http://www.mgh.de/bibliothek/
  • For a good overview of this complex series, try Guide to the Sources of Medieval History (Olin Reference Z6517 .C12) beginning at page 220.

Digital Monumenta Germaniae Historica Great as a clear understandable index to all the volumes and series. Complete, full text online in the form of one page at a time, but the complete set is not searchable full text.

Monumenta Germaniae Historica online (eMGH) Incomplete. Selected texts from the five divisions of Monumenta Germaniae Historica (Scriptores, Leges, Diplomata, Epistolae, Antiquitates). As of fall 2007 only includes 800 texts.

Primary Sources in English Translation

For a selection of the writings of the Church Fathers in English full-text online, see The Catholic Encyclopedia online's new Fathers section or Early Church Fathers

Translated texts for Historians
Classical and Medieval primary sources in translation.

CELT, the Corpus of Electronic Texts
Online corpus of multilingual texts of Irish literature and history and the arts. Includes Old, Middle, Classical and Early Modern Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Latin, English and German, French, and English translations of Irish texts. It is Ireland's longest running Humanities Computing/Digital Humanities project.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook (through ORB) provides a selection of excerpts of sources translated into English full-text online arranged chronologically and geographically. Helpful for getting a sense of the types of medieval sources and for bibliography.

British History Online Some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust.

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