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Medieval Studies: Get Started

This subject guide describes the University of Waterloo Library's resources and services that support research in Medieval Studies.

Medieval Studies Research Guide

St Sauveur Cathedral 13th c. Cloister
Aix-en-Provence

cloister
Photo by C. Jewell

Your Library Card

Your WatCard is your Library card. Use it to borrow books from Waterloo and other University Libraries, as well as to remotely access the Waterloo Library's electronic resources.

Basic Searching Techniques

  • Choose an appropriate resource
    • Books
    • Articles
      • databases
      • specific journals
    • Primary Sources
  • Break down your topic
    • imagine the title of the ideal book or magazine article
    • identify the key concepts
    • think of synonyms or alternate words for each of the key concepts
  • Use appropriate searching techniques
    • boolean operators (and, or, not)
    • phrase searching
    • truncation/wildcard symbols
    • field searching
    • setting limits
    • refining your search (using subject headings/descriptors and other terminology)

Subject Guide

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Sandra Keys
Contact:
Dana Porter Library
Information Services & Resources (ISR)
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