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HI 324 Medieval Culture

HI Personal Librarian

CRAIG GABLE

Personal Librarian
for Students in
History


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 440-449-4080


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 craig.gable@ursuline.edu


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Reference Books

Why Use a Reference Book?

Reference books are designed to provide you with an introduction to a given topic. In other words, they serve as a starting point for students who don't already possess a foundational knowledge of that topic. Though reference books don't necessarily get get cited in research papers, they certainly can play an important role in helping you early on in your research process.

Accessing Online Library Resources

If you're having problems with off-campus access to online library resources (chiefly research databases, e-books, and streaming video), the most common reason is that the resource doesn't recognize you as an authorized user. An easy way to fix this problem is to go to the MyUrsuline webpage and log in. Then continue to use that same browser when accessing the library 's resources.

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Finding Books in the Library Catalog

 

FINDING BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY CATALOG

 

SEARCHING IN THE CATALOG

In the library catalog you can search for books in multiple ways, including using a keyword, an author, a subject, and a title. All of these will produce different results in the catalog.

 

KEYWORD SEARCHING

A keyword search produces results for any item in the catalog whose record includes the word or phrase you are searching. So, for instance, if your search term is medieval history, you may get results with that phrase in the title, series, table of contents, summary, etc. So keyword searches are the broadest way to search, oftentimes resulting in lots of results (sometimes too many results).

 

SUBJECT HEADINGS

College library catalogs usually use Library of Congress subject headings (LCSH) as a means for classifying content. In comparison with keywords, subject headings (which you'll see in each catalog record as clickable links) constitute a highly regimented and consistent system of organization.

If you know an exact subject heading for a given topic, you can conduct a subject search in the library catalog. Here are some examples of Library of Congress subject headings you can use when conducting this kind of catalog search.

  • Middle Ages
  • Civilization, Medieval
  • Europe -- History -- 476-1492
  • Middle Ages in literature
  • Middle Ages in motion pictures
  • Chivalry
  • Crusades
  • Vikings
  • Literature, Medieval -- History and criticism
  • Medicine, Medieval
  • Philosophy, Medieval
  • Science, Medieval
  • Feudalism
  • Art, Medieval
  • Women -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500

 

If you find a book to use that's in the library's circulating collection (2nd floor), you might also want to browse those books on the shelf next to it since they're likely be on the same general topic.

Selected E-Books

 

SELECTED LIBRARY E-BOOKS

 

Cover Art Art and Identity: Visual Culture, Politics and Religion in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (2012)
e-book
The Axe and the Oath: Ordinary Life in the Middle Ages (2010)
e-book
The Black Middle Ages: Race and the Construction of the Middle Ages (2018)
e-book
Cover Art The Case for Women in Medieval Culture (1997)
e-book
Childhood, Orphans and Underage Heirs in Medieval Rural England: Growing up in the Village (2019)
e-book
Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages (1996)
e-book
A Companion to Chivalry (2019)
e-book
A Companion to the Global Early Middle Ages (2020)
e-book
Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age: Mental-Historical Investigations of Basic Human Problems and Social Responses (2012)
e-book
The Crusader Armies: 1099-1187 (2018)
e-book
Fifty Early Medieval Things: Materials of Culture in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (2019)
e-book
Handbook of Medieval Culture: Fundamental Aspects and Conditions of the European Middle Ages (2015)
e-book
Icons of the Middle Ages: Rulers, Writers, Rebels, and Saints (2012)
e-book
Ideology and Power in the Viking and Middle Ages: Scandinavia, Iceland, Ireland, Orkney, and the Faeroes (2011)
e-book
Kingdoms and Communities in Western Europe, 900-1300 (2nd ed., 1997)
e-book
The Medieval Clothier (2018)
e-book
Medieval Europe (2016)
e-book
Pleasure and Leisure in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age: Cultural-Historical Perspectives on Toys, Games, and Entertainment (2019)
e-book