Searching for resources
There are two key library catalogues you may use when studying at Cambridge:
iDiscover – to search across the University’s print and electronic collections (including books, eBooks, journals, newspapers, articles and much more, from other colleges, faculty and department libraries, and the University Library. Most, but not all, of Girton’s collection can be found here. See our Searching iDiscover eGuide for further information.
You will be able to borrow from Girton’s Library and the University Library and you may also find it helpful to visit and use the MML (Modern and Medieval Languages) Library, the Seeley Library, and the English Faculty Library, which houses the ASNC collection. However, there may be other libraries within Cambridge which stock useful resources. For a full list of the Cambridge libraries see the directory and check each library for access guidelines.
You can find and search for databases that might help you on the Database A-Z LibGuide. However, some key resources for your subject include:
- Archive of Celtic-Latin Literature (ACLL-1) - a full-text database of the corpus of Latin literature produced in Celtic-speaking Europe, together with the Latin works of the Continental ‘perigrini’, from the period 400-1200 A.D. The database contains more than five hundred Latin works by over a hundred known and unknown authors, spanning the fields of theology, liturgy, computistics, grammar, hagiography, poetry and historiography, and including legal texts, charters, inscriptions, etc.
- Bibliography of British and Irish History - provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, from 55BC to the present.
- Brill’s New Pauly – a reference collection offering encyclopaedic coverage and high academic standards with an interdisciplinary and contemporary approach and clear and accessible presentation, and which focuses on the classical world.
- Cambridge Histories Online - a globally respected series of over 300 volumes spanning fifteen subject areas across the humanities and social sciences, with a concentration on political and cultural history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, music and the arts. Searchable by author, title, and subject.
- Dictionary of Old English A to I
- Dictionary of Old English Web Corpus
- English Poetry (600-1900) – searchable online collection which contains over 160,000 poems, essentially comprising the complete canon of English poetry of the British Isles from the 8th century to around 1900.
- Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries - a rich and voluminous online reference source for historical and general linguists. Dictionaries can be cross-searched, with an advance search for each individual dictionary enabling the user to perform more complex research queries. Each entry is accompanied by grammatical info, meaning(s), etymological commentary, reconstructions, cognates and often extensive bibliographical information.
- Patrologia Latina Database - comprises the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216. The database contains the complete Patrologia Latina, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indexes.
- The Skaldic Project - an international project to edit the corpus of medieval Norse-Icelandic skaldic poetry.
- Vetus Latina Database - contains a huge panoply of citations of Latin biblical texts which were in existence and use from the second century AD/CE until the time when the Vulgate became predominant. The VLD-online contains every citation, listed by book, chapter and verse of the Bible. The application allows the scholar to search citations individually or as a whole, following the biblical structure to print the results.
Finding relevant material if you don't have a reading list
These databases below cover a very wide range of different resources, from all disciplines, and can be very helpful when you don't have a reading list, or when you're starting out.
- Arts & Humanities Citation Index (including the Web of Science Core Collection) - an online index that covers journal articles published in the physical and life sciences, health sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.
- BrowZine – search a large range of online journals in all sorts of subjects provided by Cambridge University.
- HathiTrust – searchable collaborative collection of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items.
- JSTOR - provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.
- WorldCat - lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.
- ZETOC - one of the world’s most comprehensive research databases, giving you access to over 39,500 journals and more than 65.5 million article citations and conference papers through the British Library’s electronic table of contents and over 875,000 OA article citations and conference papers from PubMed.
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