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ENGL 475/HIST 491C: The Medieval Scriptorium

Why Presearch?

Why Background Research?

You may have a lot of familiarity with your manuscript already, but in most cases, research involves learning about something you have some interest in--but not a whole lot of background knowledge. These sources can help you catch up. 

Here are some resources that can help you build up your background knowledge:

Literature Databases


These general research tools (like encyclopedias) provide a birds-eye view of various topics.



A sampling of some of the general reference books we have on medieval studies. Search the catalog for more.