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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


Medieval 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)

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

The Catholic Encyclopedia and New Catholic Encyclopedia (Olin Reference BX841 .N532 2003+)

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, online in two volumes:  Volume 1 A- K, Volume 2 L-Z (Olin Library Reference DG443 .M43x 2004)

Medieval Islamic civilization: an encyclopedia, online in two volumes: Volume 1 A-K Volume 2 L-Z (Olin Library Reference DS36.85 .M434 2006 +)

Medieval Jewish civilization: an encyclopedia. (print at Olin Reference DS124 .M386 2003 +)

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

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

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

Medieval Archaeology: an Encyclopedia. (print at Olin Reference D125.M42x 2001+)

Medieval folklore : a guide to myths, legends, tales, beliefs, and customs. (print at Olin Library Reference GR35 .M43 2002)

Motif-index of folk literature (online).  Also known as Stith Thompson.  Very difficult to work with online.  Try the print volumes instead at Olin Library Reference GR67 .T47 1955+)

Ancient Europe 8000 B.C.--A.D. 1000: encyclopedia of the Barbarian world.  (Olin Library Reference D62 .A52x 2004+)

Encyclopedia of barbarian Europe: society in transformation. (Olin Library Reference D135 .F73x 2003+)

The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England. 2nd ed. (Olin Reference DA 152 B58x 2014) 


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.



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