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Sources on Race in the Middle Ages

This deeply annotated bibliography contains sections of background, critical, and primary sources on various writers and sub-topics. Part of a larger blog for teaching the medieval period. 

Race & Medieval Studies: A Partial Bibliography 

This list includes blog posts and journal essays, as well as books and article collections

Investigate drdarkage  and #medievalismstudies on Twitter

Surrey Medieval - This blog includes an annotated set of links revealing the intense scholarly interest in these issues right now.

Medieval Philosophy

Medieval Islamic Philosophy and Theology - From Catholic University of America, annual bibliographies of work


General Online Resources

The Public Medievalist  - a freely available online journal



Caravan on Silk Road, from Catalan Atlas, 14th c.; in Bib.Natl. de France                                 Colombus Notes on Marco Polo's Livre des Merveilles, 15th c.; in Biblioteca Colombina, Sevilla


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Search for books in any of Colby's catalogs, expanding your search with subject linking

   - for readily available books

WorldCat - search catalogs of libraries worldwide

Center for Research Libraries -  includes rare materials that may not be available elsewhere. Note that these may be on microfilm

Directions on signing up for ILL

More ways to search:

 by Author, typing in the family name first.

by writer as Subject, e.g.:

Look for more Subject lines in catalog records and use them to branch out to more topics, e.g.:

Keyword Searching Tips--  

  • Experiment with synonyms
  • Use asterisks to search for multiple word-forms at once: Poet* = Poet, Poetry, Poetic, Poets
  • Use quotation marks to search for a phrase: "Travel writing"
  • Try searching the CBB catalog for Companion or Handbook and your keyword. Like this:  Companion  medieval.  

Companions can be very helpful in getting oriented to a new area of study. 


To Request Books from Bates, Bowdoin, or Colby Storage

 Click where the arrow points to request. Fill in the numerals only of the barcode on the back of your Colby ID.

Click here for 1-minute videos on how to search CBBcat, search WorldCat, submit ILL requests, etc.

Research Strategies

For background information, look in: 

Continue your research using terminology and facts learned from the background information to search for articles in:

  • JSTOR A collection of scholarly journals, many embargoed for the most current 5 years.
  • Iter   Citations for secondary sources on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, 400-1700

  • International Medieval Bibliography   - Multidisciplinary bibliography of Europe, North Africa, and the Near East, 300-1500

  • Historical Abstracts  - Bibliographical coverage of the history of the world (excluding the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the present

  • Philosopher's Index  - Citations and abstracts from hundreds of journals on philosophy and related interdisciplinary fields, 1940 to present

  • Index Islamicus  -   scholarly literature on Islam, the Middle East, and the Muslim world

Articles in academic journals  reflect current scholarly debate

Look for a sidebar in databases that will allow you to limit searches by date,  type 

      of source, language, etc.

Explore digitized primary sources in:

Investigate the notes and bibliographies of every good source you find for leads to more. For a quick video on how to look up and request articles you find cited, click here.

Think about what sorts of publications the information you need might be published in.

  •  Biographical? Try  encyclopedia articles or book-biographies. 
  •   Primary sources? Look for letters, government documents, and artworks.
  •  Contemporary writers?  Search bibliographies.
  •  Literary analyses of an author? Search in Iter or International Medieval Bibliography for articles, in catalogs for books.
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