Major Online Text Collections by Subject

An increasing number of source texts of interest to researchers are becoming available in electronic format at various sites on the internet. Links to a number of these sites, organized according to language and/or subject (some sites are listed under more than one heading) are provided below. There are also references to specific texts, in particular for unusual languages and unusual texts. Users hoping to make use of them for any type of text analysis should be aware, however, that such public-domain texts may vary widely not only in format, but in quality and reliability as well.

You may also wish to consult the list of major online text collections by language.

Manuscript Studies

  • The Hill Monastic Manuscript Library
    The HMML houses a large collection of microfilms of medieval manuscripts. The collection is particularly strong on manuscripts in smaller libraries in Austria, Germany, and Spain.
  • Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France
    An exhibit at the Library of Congress. Contains several manuscript facsimiles.
  • Chrétien de Troyes, Le Chevalier de la Charrette
    Includes beautiful color images of Princeton's Garrett manuscript, microfilm-quality images of four other manuscripts/fragments, and manuscript transcriptions as well as an on-line edition.
  • Koninklijke Bibliotheek
    Images of medieval works, ninth through fifteenth centuries
  • Splendeurs de St. Martial de Limoges au temps d'Adémar de Chabannes
    An exhibit of eleventh-century treasures at the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.
  • The Vatican Exhibit: Rome Reborn
    Includes images of several manuscripts and A Library Takes Shape (documents relating to the history of the Vatican Library).
  • Columbia University Digital Scriptorium
    A collection of images of manuscripts in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Columbia University (only accessible to Columbia users).
  • Bodleian Library
    A small selection of manuscript images from the collection of the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, including a remarkable thirteenth-century anatomical illustration.
  • The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive
    Transcriptions, collations, and facsimiles of eight manuscripts of William Langland's fourteenth-century allegorical poem.
  • The Van Kampen Collection
    A selection of illuminations from the collection of The Scriptorium Center for Christian Antiquities.

Medieval Studies

  • Columbia University's Ancient and Medieval Reading Room
    This homepage provides numerous links to web resources for medieval studies.
  • The Labyrinth
    A global information network providing free, organized access to electronic resources in medieval studies through a World Wide Web server at Georgetown University.
  • Internet Medieval Sourcebook
    A wide-ranging selection of primary sources from Late Antiquity through the Middle Ages, eastern and western, courtesy of Professor Paul Halsall at Fordham University.
  • Société des Bollandistes
    The world's premier organization devoted to the history of the cult of saints.
  • Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologiae in English
  • Columbia University Medieval Guild


  • EServer: Philosophy
    This collection contains canonical philosophic texts and links to scholarly philosophic organizations.
  • William Ockham, Dialogus
    Latin and English texts, under the auspices of the British Academy edited by John Kilcullen and John Scott for the series Auctores Britannici Medii Aevi.


  • New Advent Catholic Supersite
    This site offers, among other things, some articles from the New Catholic Encyclopedia.
  • Christian Classics Ethereal Library
    A wide selection of works in translation, such as Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica, Augustine's Confessions, John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love, John Wesley's Sermons, and a host of others.

Women and Gender Studies

  • A Celebration of Women Writers
    A list of Women Writers with links to available texts on the net.
  • Diotima
    Materials for the study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World.
  • EServer: Gender and Sexuality
    Publishes texts which address gender studies and queer studies, with a particular focus upon discussions of sex, gender, sexual identity and sexuality in cultural practices.
  • Globale Fraueninformation
    Links to many women's studies sites around the world.