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  • Acta Sanctorum
    A collection of documents examining the lives of saints, organised according to each saint's feast day, and runs from the two January volumes published in 1643 to the Propylaeum to December published in 1940. The Acta Sanctorum Database contains the entire Acta Sanctorum, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indices. Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina reference numbers, essential references for scholars, are also included.
    The American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language is a cooperative project of the CNRS and the University of Chicago. It is a large goup of licensed and freely available databases including the following: Provençal Poetry, Textes de Français Ancien (TFA), Translation of the Bible by Louis Segond, and B.A.S.I.L.E.: Le Corpus de la littérature narrative du Moyen Age au XXe siècle: Romans, Contes, Nouvelles.
  • Dictionnaire historique de l'ancien langage franais depuis son origine jusqu'au sicle de Louis XIV
    Click on Accès au bases de données and select the database on the next page. About 900 full text works (narrative prose, poetry, chansons de geste and drama) in the best editions published by Champion.
  • Dictionnaire historique de l'ancien langage franais depuis son origine jusqu'au sicle de Louis XIV
    Click on Accès au bases de données. Online access to the most important French historical dictionaries of the Moyen Age and Renaissance.
  • Dictionary of Old English Web Corpus  
    The dictionary is a complete record of surviving Old English except for some variant manuscripts of individual texts.
  • Early English Books Online  
    Citations from early English texts from 1475 to 1700, presented as digital images. Includes works by Malory, Bacon, More, Erasmus, Boyle, Newton, Galileo; musical exercises by Henry Purcell and novels by Aphra Behn; prayer books, pamphlets, and proclamations; almanacs, calendars, and many other primary sources.
  • Early English Books Online - Text Creation Partnership
    Searchable SGML/XML text editions of image files contained in Early English Books Online.
  • Literature Online: LION
    An array of literary databases (including the full text of poems, plays, and fiction), reference works (including bibliographies, encyclopedias, etc.), and links to other Web resources for the study of literature. The complete text of journal articles is available on the database for all or some of the journals indexed. Click on Complete Contents on the left menu to see the groups of works listed chronologically.
  • Medieval Travel Writing
    Presents manuscripts of some of the most important works of European travel writing from the later medieval period. The chief focus is on journeys to central Asia and the Far East, including accounts of travel to Mongolia, Persia, India, China and South-East Asia. The collection also includes a number of important accounts of travels to or through the Holy Land although in this it makes no claims to full or even broad coverage: a separate collection, covering crusading and pilgrimage narratives, would be required for that.
  • Middle English Compendium
    Three major Middle English resources: a dictionary, a bibliography, and a collection of texts.
  • Opera del Vocabolario Italiano (OVI) Database
    1,780 vernacular texts dated prior to 1375, including Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, as well as many lesser-known texts.
  • Patrologia Latina Database
    An electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina, published between 1844 and 1855, and the four volumes of indexes published between 1862 and 1865. It comprises the works of the Church Fathers, Tertullian (200 A.D.) to Pope Innocent III (1216).
  • Provençal Poetry
    38 collections of texts from the 12th and 13th centuries.
  • Renaissance Women Online
    This is a special subset of the database Woman Writers Online; a collection of 100 Renaissance texts accompanied by contextual and topical essays.
  • Textes de Français Ancien
    65 works from the 12th through 15th century.
  • Thesaurus Linguae Graecae  
    The TLG contains virtually all Greek texts surviving from the period between Homer (8th century B.C.) and A.D. 600 and the majority of surviving works up the fall of Byzantium in A.D. 1453.
  • Europeana
    A digitized multimedia library of the European cultural heritage: digitized books, manuscripts, photos, paintings, maps, audio and film material, newspapers, etc.
  • DART
    A partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve access to European electronic theses.

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