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Background Sources for Medieval History

Medieval Studies Databases and Journals

Search Advice

The subject headings or "tags" below are used in MRU's LibrarySearch and in other research tools to describe sources relating to the medieval period. Try adding a keyword specific to your topic to one of these heading/tags:

  • “Middle ages” 
  • Medieval 
  • History 476-1492 

For example: “middle ages” sexuality 

Good starting points for finding secondary sources at MRU that discuss the medieval period are:

  •  LibrarySearch: Use the limiters on the right, narrow by subject to a relevant heading or time period
  • Project Muse: Use the limiters on the left to narrow to history.

Primary Sources for Medieval History

Need some advice for finding primary sources? Review these tips.


Starting points for finding primary sources from the medieval period: