Sources for Doing Research

Sources for Researching Your Project:

The Internet is full of wonderful sources these days and finding excellent information directly from museums and professional journals is no longer as difficult as it once was. Below are some links to some favorite sources – obviously heavily weighted to my personal interests – but that may be useful in starting your research.


General Sources

  • The Met and their free online publications
  • – Academia has many fascinating papers available for free download
  • JSTOR – JSTOR is an online database of academic articles. Subscriptions to download articles can be pricey, but there is an option for FREE access to read-only articles.
  • Google Scholar – Did you know you can run a Google search for Viking things without seeing tons of links to football games and kitchen equipment? Google Scholar filters to just the academic content and has useful options like ordering by publication date!
  • ORB – Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies
  • Learning Historical Research – a wonderful and thoughtful guide to doing original research. Aimed at college students and those doing professional research, but excellent if you really want to get your nerd on.
  • Archaeological Data Service – FREE online access to many relevant journals, including Medieval Archaeology,  Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, other journals, grey literature, theses, and much, much more.
  • Digital Public Library of America – online access to resources from across the US.
  • OpenDOAR – Directory of Open Access Repositories – A search tool for open-access databases of information – you can search by topic if you are not positive what you are looking for.
  • Medieval Digital Resources – a plethora of links to peer-reviewed digital materials for the study of the Middle Ages. 


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