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The Camelot Project
at the University of Rochester is an online database of Arthurian texts, images, bibliographies, basic information, and frequently asked questions about the Arthurian legends. The project, begun in 1995, is sponsored by the University of Rochester and prepared in The Robbins Library, a branch of Rush Rhees Library. The Camelot Project has been created by Alan Lupack, Director of the Robbins Library, and Barbara Tepa Lupack.


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The Chaucer MetaPage
was initiated at the 33rd International Congress on Medieval Studies by a group of medievalists interested in promoting Chaucer studies on the World Wide Web. Its aims are toorganize and provide navigation aides for Chaucer resources on theWeb, to work toward enhancing and extending those resources, andto encourage Chaucer studies, including those undertaken via "distance learning," at all levels of education. It also includes a link to help beginners learn the basics of pronouncing and understanding Chaucer's Middle English. A few of the site links are as follows:


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Baragona's Literary Resources
, by Alan Baragona of the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia, offers useful links with informative annotations. Links are listed in five sections: (a) Chaucer Bibliographies, (b) General Medieval Bibliographies, (c) Texts of The Canterbury Tales (searchable texts and sites to aid in understanding Chaucer's language), (d) Other Sources Related to Chaucer (additional Chaucer pages as well as related medieval sites), and (e) General Resources for Medieval Studies (general bibliographies and humanities databases).


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The Harvard Geoffrey Chaucer Page
by Larry Benson, is most useful to the serious student who has focused on a particular topic or tale. The site is incredibly rich: Chaucer's language and life, background information on the types and occupations of the General Prologue, background information, and sources and analogues toThe Canterbury Tales. An impressive feature is the site index, which links to hundreds of primary and secondary sources on, about, or relating to Chaucer and his times.


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The Chaucer Page
, by Edwin Duncan of Towson University in Maryland, is especially useful to Chaucer beginners and provides a wide variety of links in conjunction with his Chaucer course. In addition to both Chaucer-specific and general research aids, the site links to many versions of Chaucer's work, several in modernized language or spelling. This site also links to other very accessible, helpful Web pages.


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Chaucer Scriptorium, by Michael Hanly, is the Washington State University Chaucer and medieval literature cyber-center for classes at all levels and welcomes all scholars and students who find something useful here. "Michael Hanly . . . has compiled a collection of selected, useful links to such areas as Medieval Texts and Images, Chaucer and Middle English Literature, Bible Research, and information concerning the Catholic Church. The site is most notable, however, for Hanly's original material, which is organized into four sub-pages: 'Some Interesting and Essential Stuff'; a very brief, useful 14th-century outline; a sizable bibliography of print sources; and an annotated bibliography. This last sub-page actually consists of links to 17 detailed outlines that Hanly's graduate students did of various articles on Chaucer. Hanly's original material is a good starting place for students who need a little background or who are seeking direction for serious Chaucer study." Emily Gold


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The Chaucer Page, by Anniina Jokienen, is a sub-area of her larger Luminarium Anthology of Middle English Literature, which covers several authors of the period. Here you will find a Chaucer Biography, Chaucer's Works, Quotes, Essays and Articles, as well as links to study resources and a list of books helpful for further study. All of these can be accessed from a navigation bar at the top. A sidebar has links to medieval writers and works, historical persons and events, and concepts relevant to the study of Middle English lyrics. Many of these links lead to the Luminarium Encyclopedia. There is also a Chaucer Discussion Board where one can chat and ask questions.


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The Chaucer Page, by Jane Zatta, is a work in progress, which provides a collection of Chaucer links to material both original and at other sites, organized under three categories: Context, Tales and Backgrounds, andOther Chaucer and Medieval Resources. Within the Context category, Zatta includes links to sites devoted to Chaucer's authors, both "classical" and near contemporary, whose works influenced his own: Boccaccio, Boethius, and Dante, to name a few. Commentaries on individual tales, visually enriched by illustrations from manuscripts, provide useful introductions to study of The Canterbury Tales.


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The Chaucer Pedagogy Page
, by Daniel T. Kline of the University of Alaska in Anchorage, provides online assistance for teachers and students of Chaucer and the Later Middle Ages, including Kline's Electronic Canterbury Tales. It includes three sections: including a Chaucer Pedagogy Quick Start reference section, a Chaucer Pedagogy Site Map, and Online Networking for Chaucer Teachers and Students. This page is a collection of sites organized under a dialogue format according to the questions that teachers and students of Chaucer might ask; in response it directs them toward pages and sites which help to provide answers. The links include many pages of original material, such as Kline's own class notes and engaging ideas for assignments.


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An Annotated Guide to Online Resources, by David Wilson-Okamura of East Carolina University, organizes over 100 links into thirteen clear categories with succinct annotations, plus search capability to help users find specific sources on his pages. The purpose of this site is not to duplicate the vast amount of Chaucer material that has appeared on the Internet in the last five years, but to sift and sort. Links are often directed to the most relevant page of a larger site, rendering this organization of links even more useful. Categories include background, bibliography, biography, commentary, images, language, links, outlines, Chaucer's receptino, sources, teaching, and online texts. A good starting place for those who aren't quite sure what they are looking for.


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The purpose of the New Chaucer Society is to provide a forum for teachers and scholars of Geoffrey Chaucer and his age. To advance such study, the Society organizes biennial international congresses of Chaucerians, publishes the annual Studies in the Age of Chaucer (not online) and a semiannual newsletter, and supports such important projects as the Annotated Chaucer Bibliography (an electronic version of which is available on-line). Participation in NCS congresses is restricted to active members of the Society. This official site is dedicated to the study of Chaucer in his period. It contains information about the society (officers, membership, meetings), its journal , and links to other Chaucer-related sites.


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The Chaucer Review: An Indexed Bibliography is an online index to the 798 articles published in The Chaucer Review during its thirty years and two online abstracts of those articles. More than any other resource, it provides a record of most of the significant trends in medieval and Chaucer scholarship for the past three decades.The subject index is alphabetical, its scope explained fully in the online introduction; the abstracts are arranged alphabetically by author's last name and numbered sequentially. Head links allow one to jump to a letter of the alphabet (for the index) or to a range of some 40 items (for the abstracts). A search engine in promised.


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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an international center for scholarship, providing resources for study and publishing scholarly works in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies. Begun as a private collection by Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss in 1920, and given to Harvard University in 1940, the library and collections include art objects, artifacts, manuscripts, and rare books. The house and collections are currently undergoing renovations and are closed, but the garden remains open to the public.


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The Electronic Bulletin of the Dante Society of America was founded in 1995 in the hope of offering, on the distant models of the Bulletino della Societ Dantesca Italiana (1889-1921) and of the Giornale Dantesco (1893-1940), an opportunity for the publication of brief notes (1,500 words or fewer) concerning any and all matters relating to the study of Dante. Our desire is to encourage discussion and debate among Dante scholars by publishing new work that deserves a first airing. Since our electronic format allows the editorial board both to respond to and to publish submissions quickly, publication is possible more rapidly than in any forum devoted to Dante of which we know.


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The French of England website, jointly supported by Fordham University in New York City and by the University of York, UK, facilitates access to material centering on the French documents of England: partial or complete translations of previously untranslated and unpublished work, and research not yet published. The site welcomes today's newer approaches in, for example, post-colonial and feminist studies, which seek to cross, re-align, or even erase disciplinary boundaries, and addresses scholars'questions about the ways in which "French" texts might be "English" and about the interrelations between insular French literature and that of the continent.


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The Hilandar Research Library and Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies, is housed at The Ohio State University. The Hilandar Research Library (HRL) has the largest collection of medieval Slavic manuscripts on microform in the world. Its millions of folia of manuscript material on microform from more than 100 different private, museum, and library collections in dozens of countries are utilized by scholars from all over the world. Founded in 1984, the Resource Center for Medieval Slaiv Studies (RCMSS) is an independent center of The Ohio State University College of Humanities and is dedicated to the promotion of medieval Slavic Studies. It fosters and supports research and collaboration in medieval Slavic languages, linguistics, history, and culture. The RCMSS maintains particularly close ties, as well as sharing space with, the Hilandar Research Library.


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The Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds, renowned worldwide for the quality and range of its teaching and research, and for a unique combination of resources, is special as a place for study of the Middle Ages.With one of the largest research libraries in the United Kingdom, housing over 2.7 million books, a fine journal collection, and extensive holdings in all areas of medieval studies, with a rich and expanding store of manuscripts and rare books, the Institute is home to the International Medieval Congress, Europe's largest annual gathering of medievalists, and the International Medieval Bibliography, the world's leading interdisciplinary bibliography of the Middle Ages. The nearby archive of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society also has large medieval holdings.


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The International Medieval Bibliography (IMB), established in 1967, is the leading interdisciplinary bibliography of the Middle Ages. It is produced by an editorial team at the University of Leeds and some 30 contributors word wide. It covers periodical literature and miscellany volumes published in Europe, North America, Australasia, Brazil, Japan, and South Africa. The printed IMB appears twice a year, covering most recent publications.


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The Yorkshire Archaeological Society exists to promote the study of Yorkshire's historical past. It was founded in 1863 (as the Huddersfield Archaeological and Topographical Association) to promote interest in the history and archaeology of the Huddersfield area. In 1870, it expanded its interest to cover the whole of Yorkshire, and today it is the main society in this field for the historic county. Throughout its history the Society has been active in publishing articles on many aspects of Yorkshire’s past and transcripts of important Yorkshire records.


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The International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) is a world-wide organization dedicated to the study of medieval art and culture. The purposes for which the ICMA was formed are to promote and encourage the study, understanding, and appreciation of the visual arts of the Middle Ages produced in Europe, the Mediterranean region, and the Slavic world, during the period between ca. 300 and ca. 1500 C.E.; and to this end to sponsor and otherwise support study, teaching, conferences, exhibitions, displays, and publications devoted to medieval art and culture.


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The International Medieval Congress (IMC) is organized and administered by the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds. Since its start in 1994, the conference has established itself as an annual event with an attendance of over 1,400 medievalists from all over the world. It is the largest conference of its kind in Europe. Drawing medievalists from over 40 countries, with over 1,000 individual papers and 375 academic sessions and a wide range of concerts, performances, readings, roundtables, excursions, bookfair and associated events, the Leeds International Medieval Congress is Europe's largest annual gathering in the humanities.


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The Internet Medieval Sourcebook, located at the Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies, makes available a wide range of medieval texts which address elite governmental, legal, religious, and economic concerns, as well as a large selection of texts on women's and gender history, Islamic and Byzantine history, Jewish history, and social history. It has been constructed from available public domain and copy-printed texts comprised of two parts: one, fairly short classroom-sized extracts, and the other, full documents or World Wide Weblinks to the full documents. The Sourcebook is specifically designed for teachers to use in teaching by pointing students to this Web site; by downloading the documents, and printing or xeroxing them for distribution in course packets or as class handouts; and by creating syllabi and course outlines at local Web sites with links to the documents here.


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Iter, meaning a journey or a path in Latin, is a not-for-profit research project with partners in Toronto (the headquarters), New York City, and Tempe. Iter was created for the advancement of learning in the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700) through the development of online resources. A gateway to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Iter includes a massive, retrospective, online medieval and Renaissance bibliography covering all languages and disciplines (partnered with the Renaissance Society of America and the University of Toronto). It is a powerful research tool that allows users to do the following: perform keyword and phrase searching and use Boolean, positional and relational operators; for selected records published since 1990, search by subject, using Library of Congress subject headings, Dewey Decimal Classification, and additional keywords; use hypertext links to perform subsequent searches from results pages; and limit searches by language, publication type, and publication date.



The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies, a disciplinary server for medieval studies, is an excellent resource that offers free, organized access to electronic resources in medieval studies through a World Wide Web server at Georgetown University. The Labyrinth's easy-to-use menus and links provide connections to databases, services, texts, and images on other servers around the world. This project not onlymakes available an organizational structure for electronic resources in medieval studies but also serves as a model for similar, collaborative projects in other fields of study. The Labyrinth project is open-ended and is designed to grow and change with new developments in technology and in medieval studies.


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The Medieval Academy of America, the first organization of medievalists in North America when it was founded in 1925, is the largest organization in the world devoted to medieval studies. Its goal is to support research, publication, and teaching in medieval art, archaeology, history, law, literature, music, philosophy, religion, science, social and economic institutions, and all other aspects of the Middle Ages. Any person interested in the Middle Ages is eligible for membership.


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The Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) was founded by the Medieval Academy in 1969 to serve as a forum for those who are concerned with teaching; with the administration of institutes, graduate centers, undergraduate programs and committees, and research libraries; and with the organization of regional and local groups of medievalists. CARA assists institutions and individual medievalists in meeting the challenges that face medieval studies in the classroom, the library, and other institutional settings locally and nationally. CARA sponsors an annual meeting each fall in support of its goals, and sponsors a plenary session at the Medieval Academy's annual meeting and two sessions at the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University. The Association offers tuition scholarships for students participating in summer Latin programs at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Toronto, and the summer paleography program at the University of New Mexico, and also offers the Leyerle-CARA Prize for graduate students conducting dissertation research in the Toronto collections. CARA compiles and disseminates information about its constituent institutions as part of the CARA Data Project. Annual membership is available at four levels.


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The Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM), the leading society for medieval studies in the midwestern United States, was originally founded as an interdisciplinary association to promote the study, criticism, research, and exhchange of ideas related to all aspects of the medieval period and to articulate the specific needs of medievalists in the Midwest. Along with its own annual meeting, the society organizes sessions at the yearly International Congress for Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University and the yearly Modern Language Association meeting in the Midwest. MAM also publishes Nuntia (a semiannual newsletter) and Enarratio (a journal of original research on medieval studies).


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The Medieval Association of the Pacific (MAP) is an organization of university faculty, students, and independent scholars from around the Pacific Rim, including North America, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. MAP was founded in 1966 and has a distinguished history of supporting interdisciplinary medieval studies through its annual conference and its journal Chronica.


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The Medieval Insitute, at the University of Notre Dame, founded in 1946, coordinates the teaching and researc of the largest contingent of medievalists of any North American University. Faculty and students explore together the cultures and experiences of the peoples of the Arab, Jewish, Latin, and Orthodox medieval worlds. The Institute sponsors lectures, conferences, and publications.


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The Medieval Institute, at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, was established in 1961 as a center for teaching and research in the history and culture of the Middle Ages. It ranks among the top ten of some 90 institutes, centers, and programs focusing on medieval studies in North America. The Institute’s reputation primarily rests on its annual International Congress, the largest annual professional meeting in the field, and Medieval Institute Publications, which has published well over 200 books and journals since 1964. The Master’s Program in Medieval Studies, the undergraduate minor, and several research programs have made significant contributions to the reputation as well.


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The International Congress on Medieval Studies, the largest, most comprehensive academic conference of its kind in the world, is an annual gathering of more than 3,000 scholars interested in medieval studies. Hosted by Western Michigan Univesity's Medieval Institute and taking place on the WMU campus in Kalamazoo, it features over 600 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, and performances. There are also some 90 business meetings and receptions sponsored by learned societies, associations, and institutions. The exhibits hall boasts nearly 70 exhibitors, including publishers, used book dealers, and purveyors of medieval sundries. The Congress lasts three and a half days, extending from Thursday morning until Sunday at noon.


GIF Image (605x40)  Housed within the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Medieval Institute Publications (MIP) publishes three series of volumes—Studies in Medieval Culture (SMC), Publications of the Richard Rawlinson Center, and Early Drama, Art, and Music (EDAM). It also publishes, co-publishes, and/or distributes non-series volumes and periodicals, including Studies in Iconography, Medieval Prosopography, Old English Newsletter Subsidia, and materials produced by the Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages (TEAMS).


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The Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of New Mexico offers a variety of Medieval Studies programs dedicated to university and civic outreach, as well as to the enrichment of scholarship, teaching, and research in the civilizations of medieval Europe and its neighbors from 500-1500. Through undergraduate and graduate degree programs, special student opportunities, and advanced research activities, UNM's Medieval Studies programs are committed to furthering the transmission and preservation of our rich heritage from the Middle Ages. The Insitute's programs operate under the philosophy that the study of medieval culture provides a powerful vantage point from which to evaluate our own and other cultures and to reflect on the complexity of human behavior and institutions.


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The Online Medieval Sources Bibliography, created by the Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University, is an annotated bibliography of printed and online primary sources for the Middle Ages. This database provides a searchable bibliography of texts from private letters, wills, and household accounts to literary works, philosophical treatises, chronicles, court proceedings, church records, and a host of other documents that were written in the Middle Ages and are now available in printed or online editions and translations. The aim is to provide annotated entries that include information on the genre, contents, archival reference and original language of the text, as well as whether the publication includes a translation, introduction, appendices, glossary, and index. Where appropriate, the bibliography also includes hyperlinks to sources that are online.


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The ORB: On-Line Reference Book for Medieval Studies , maintained by the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, is an academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and serious students. It includes an encyclopedia, a textbook library, a tool guide for medieval studies, resources for teaching, general interest topics, external links, e-texts, and a reference shelf.


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TEAMS
, the Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages,was originally founded as a committee of the Medieval Academy of America to develop new ways to support the teaching activities of its members. It was later re-organized as an independent nonprofit educational corporation whose mission continues to be the support of teaching in medieval studies at the undergraduate, secondary, and elementary school levels through the provision of resources and the sharing of techniques. Current programs include thepublication of TEAMS Teaching Texts in cooperation with Medieval Institute Publications, the maintenance of an online library of Middle English texts, and the establishment of a committee for outreach to secondary schools. It sponsors several sessions of papers at the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University.


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The Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto was envisaged by its founders not just as an institutional umbrella for traditional departments but as a meeting point at which topics and issues touching several different disciplines would be explored and studied in depth. Medieval Studies in Toronto has an international reputation, resting on the wide-ranging interests of its faculty, the calibre and preparation of its graduates, and its outstanding library facilities. The Centre coordinates a program combining the resources of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies and a wide variety of participating departments and programs at the University of Toronto. It also sponsors several major research projects and is home to a large body of scholars, numerous publication series, and medieval drama and music groups. The Centre represents a large and highly interactive community of professionals who work in widely diverse area.


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The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS) at Victoria University in the University of Toronto is a research and teaching centre with a library devoted to the study of the period from approximately 1350 to 1700. The CRRS supervises an undergraduate program in Renaissance Studies, organizes lectures and seminars, and maintains an active series of publications. It also features an online exhibit of CRRS rare books.


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The Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies (PIMS), at the University of Toronto, is an institute for advanced studies in the intellectual and material cultures of the Middle Ages. The Institute has concentrated on maintaining its new post-doctoral Licentiate programme, which, with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York, has proven itself an important adjunct to the training of young scholars; on making its rich library resources available to medievalists from across the world; and on continuing the vigorous publishing programme it began in 1955 through new and enduring scholarship devoted to the Middle Ages.


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The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online (WSB Online) is a searchable electronic database consisting of the most comprehensive record of Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide between 1960 and 2010. Containing more than 123,496 annotated entries, this collected information is an essential tool for anyone engaged in research on Shakespeare or early modern England. In 2001, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) awarded the WSB Online the Besterman/McColvin medal for outstanding electronic reference work.


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Medieval Spell is an informational site about the history of medieval society such as medieval games, castles, war, knights, games, houses, churches, and much more.

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