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This guide is for Dr. Shirley's HIST 2500/3500 course, "Studies in War: The Crusades." Please see the reference librarian for assistance in finding more sources (the best sources for your specific topic may not be on this guide) and to order books and articles on interlibrary loan.
Reference books (on the main level of Lewis Library) that may be useful include:
Also try our reference databases, which provide full text for some reference books:
Use the online catalog to find books, e-books, and videos.
Note subject headings; you can use these to find more books on the same subject:
Subject Term: Crusades -- First, 1096-1099.
Subject Term: Crusades -- Second, 1147-1149.
Subject Term: Crusades -- Third, 1189-1192.
Subject Term: Crusades -- Fourth, 1202-1204.
Often (though not always), including “sources” or “personal narratives” in a “Subject” search will help you find primary sources:
Subject Term: Crusades -- Sources.
Subject Term: Crusades -- First, 1096-1099 -- Sources
Subject Term: Crusades -- Personal narratives.
As you read secondary sources, note references to primary sources; if we don’t have them in Lewis Library, you can order them on interlibrary loan.
Primary sources in Lewis Library include:
Four volumes in the series “Crusade Texts in Translation,” published by Ashgate:
Also this e-book:
Medieval Worlds: A Sourcebook. Ed. Roberta Anderson and Dominic Aidan Bellenger. London: Routledge, 2003. (especially Chapter 4, pp. 87-110)
If you access an e-book that gives you a choice of “Read Online” or “Download book,” please select “Read Online.” You can download sections of the book onto your computer if you register
To find articles, use GALILEO databases. For this course, you’ll probably want to select a specific database by clicking “Search Databases A-Z” on the library home page. (The “DISCOVER” search box searches many databases simultaneously, but use it with caution. Some of the databases are intended for middle school students.)
For peer-reviewed articles, either use JSTOR, or select a database below and click the box to restrict your search to “scholarly journals” or “peer reviewed.”
The best databases for this course will be:
JSTOR (full text scholarly journals in many disciplines including History)
Historical Abstracts (provides citation and often full text for many scholarly journals; focuses on the period after 1450, but has many articles on the Crusades)
Other databases that may be worth trying are:
Tips on using JSTOR:
Remember that JSTOR searches the entire article for your search terms, so you may retrieve a 40-page article that mentions your term only once. You can use “Ctrl-F” to search the PDF and determine where and how often your search term appears.
Journal Locator is a useful database if you already have a citation and want to determine whether we have full text for it. Just type the journal title (not the article title) in the search box. This may also be useful if you want to look at the book review sections of the journals Dr. Shirley lists on the syllabus (American Historical Review, Georgia Historical Quarterly, and Speculum; here is a sample review from Speculum. Or if you prefer, you can look at a hard copy (we have recent issues of Georgia Historical Quarterly on the main level, and the American Historical Review up to 2013 on the lower level; ask a librarian to show you where they are).