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HIST 301: The Politics of Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Primary Sources

Databases and Museum Collections

Finding primary sources in Summon and OBIS

Many useful primary sources will be collected in print or ebook compilations, with several texts or images on a related topic collected in a single volume. Gender and Sexuality in the Middle Ages is an example of such a source. 

Subjects that are useful for finding primary sources in OBIS and Summon:

  • Sources
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Interviews
  • Pictoral Works
  • Maps
  • Early Works to 1800
  • Medieval
  • Centuries (e.g. 11th century)
  • Exhibition

Summon indexes the full text of some (but not all) of our print sources. Therefore it can be useful to combine a subject search for subject headings associated with primary sources with a keyword search for more specific concepts. The proximity search can help ensure that multiple concepts are addressed in the same text inside a collection. 

To find books where the word city and the word food appear within 100 words of each other, you would use the following search in Summon:

  • "city food"~100