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MEDVL 1101 Women in Anglo-Saxon Literature (Spring 2018): Encyclopedias

A guide to library research


Encyclopedias are great for:

  • choosing a topic
  • quick self-education
  • perspective on a topic
  • variant spellings, vocabulary, terminology
  • bibliography

Cambridge Histories



Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo Saxon England

Ancient History Encyclopedia Covers Antiquity and the Medieval world.

The Anglo-Saxon literature handbook

Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2006. 5 volumes.  Table of contents

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Medieval Studies Offers peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on European and Mediterranean civilization from the 4th to the 15th centuries.

The encyclopedia of Medieval literature in Britain. (2017).  General editors, Siân Echard and Robert Rouse ; associate editors, Jacqueline A. Fay, Helen Fulton, and Geoff Rector. Four volumes. Olin Library Reference  PR260 .E53 2017  2017.

Scholarly Encyclopedias

Oxford Dictionary of the Saints

Encyclopedia of early Christianity (Olin Library Reference + BR162.2 .E56 1997)

Late antiquity: a guide to the postclassical world (Olin Library Reference DE5 .L29x 1999)

The Catholic Encyclopedia and the New Catholic Encyclopedia (also in print at Olin Reference BX841 .N532 2003+)

The Oxford handbook of women and gender in medieval Europe

Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia (Olin Library Reference HQ1147.E85 W66 2006)

Women in the Middle Ages: an encyclopedia. (Olin Library Reference HQ1143 .W643 2004)

Dictionary of the Middle Ages. (Olin Reference D 114 D55+; also Uris Reference)

Medieval England: An Encyclopedia. (Olin Reference DA 129 .M43x 1998)

Medieval France: An Encyclopedia. (Olin Reference DC 33.2 .M48 1995)

Medieval Germany: An Encyclopedia. (Olin Reference DD126 .M43x 200+)

Medieval Iberia: An Encyclopedia. (Olin Reference DP99 .M33x 2003+).

Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia.  (Olin Library Reference DG443 .M43x 2004)

Medieval Scandanavia: An Encyclopedia. (Kroch Rare and Manuscripts Reference and Olin Reference DL30 .M48+).


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