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MEDVL 1101 The Anglo-Saxon World—Monsters/Warriors/Legends (Spring 2018): 1. 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 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.

The Anglo-Saxon literature handbook

The Cambridge companion to Old English literature

Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo Saxon England

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

Literature Resource Center  Material about literature of all historical periods, all places.


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+)

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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