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Primary Sources in Library Catalogs
Primary sources of all types can also be found in our regular, circulating books, in special collections, and beyond. Here are few ways to find primary texts and sources by using our own Library Search.
1. Use the author search to find books we have by a particular author, politician, journalist or another type of historical witness
2. Do an advanced keyword search in The Library Search and then limit by publication year under “limit your search”) (note: you can also limit by language and many other ways)
Medieval Sourcesonline is a web-based learning resource containing hundreds of original medieval history documents compiled for the teaching and study of history. Medieval Sourcesonline is designed to be fully integrated with undergraduate courses. A one-stop answer for many medieval history students, academics and researchers.
Historical sources from A.D. 300-800 translated into English from a variety of writings. Translated into English from Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic, Georgian, Armenian and Old Irish. The geographic range covers Syria, Arabia, Armenia, Georgia and Egypt in the East; North Africa; major cities of the Roman Empire (Antioch, Alexandria and Constantinople); and Spain, Gaul, Italy, Britain and Ireland in the West. Types of writing include histories, chronicles, letters, annals, formularies, compendia, political speeches, military and theological handbooks, poems, documentary sources, records of church councils, biblical and theological commentaries, sermons, church histories, Christian treatises, Christian and pagan panegyric and polemic, neoplatonic texts, lives of saints, bishops and popes. Includes introduction with context, notes on content, interpretation and debates.
Access to a widely scattered collection of original medieval manuscripts that describe travel, real and imaginary, in the Middle Ages. Access to a widely scattered collection of original medieval manuscripts that describe travel, real and imaginary, in the Middle Ages.
Comprehensive Greek and Latin literature with English translations. Contains epic and lyric poetry, tragedy, comedy, history, travel, philosophy, oratory, medical writers, mathematicians, and Church Fathers who used pagan culture. Up-to-date texts and accurate English translations. More than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts that allow readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share. Key features include: Single- and dual-language reading modes. Sophisticated Bookmarking and Annotation features. Tools for sharing Bookmarks and Annotations. Greek keyboard. User account and My Loeb content saved in perpetuity. Intuitive Search and Browse. Inclusion of every Loeb volume in print. Regular uploading of new and revised volumes.
Honnold/Mudd and Denison Special Collections are treasure houses of primary historical materials for all types of history and almost all periods. Included in the collections are Incunabula and Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. While some of these materials are in Blais, it is best to visit the Special Collections site and contact Special Collections librarians for more information.