Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Database of the Week


Each week during the spring semester, we’re highlighting a “Database of the Week” to draw attention to new or lesser known online resources.

This week, check out International Medieval Bibliography (IMB).

Useful to researchers in history, literature, religion, music, art history, and philosophy, IMB is the world's leading database on the Middle Ages, covering Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa in the period 400-1500. With 330,000+ citations for publications dating back to 1967, the database indexes articles from 4,500 periodicals, as well as conference proceedings, collected essays, Festschriften (what the heck are Festschriften?), and exhibition catalogs. The project is based at the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds, and the interface is a little funky, but with patience and exploration, you should have no problems (if you need any help, please contact us!). Once connected, chose “Enter databases,” then click on “Go” by the first item. Materials in over 30 languages are included; if you’re not multilingual, just click on Language and select English! Sorry, full text not included—check OBIS to find out if we own an item, and request those we don’t via OhioLINK or interlibrary loan.

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