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Medieval Pathfinder: Books

A collection of sources selected to help students as they research various aspects of the Middle Ages.

About Books

Books are a great way to find more specific information from respected authors. For this project, your librarians have done some of the initial research for you; check out this resource list to find print resources about your topic.

Many library books will be found around the 940.1 call number range.  However, don't forget to look in the catalog for a variety of terms or you will miss gems such as The Medieval City (call number 307.76 Pou) and Medicine in the Middle Ages (call number 610.9 Daw). 

Other Libraries

Not finding what you need at Randolph's Upper School Library?

To find books on the Drake campus, use the Location drop-down option in your Destiny to choose "All Lower & Middle School". You can either check them out on the Drake campus or request an Inter-Library Loan through Ms. Foust Colburn or Ms. Brewer.

Speak to your librarians or teacher if you are having trouble finding resources. They may be able to help you locate information or order additional books.

Look in other libraries' catalogs:

Huntsville-Madison County Public Library

Worldcat.org

Search the Catalog

Find:
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Advanced Search

Searching Tips

Title

When you enter a word or term and click Title, you get a list of items with that word anywhere in the title.

Author

If you know the author of a book, and want to find others written by the same one, enter all or part of the name and click Author.

Subject

If you want to find items about a certain subject, topic, person, or place, enter all or part of it and click Subject. Make sure to use the plural form, if your search term has one, instead of the singular. Enter flies instead of fly or lions instead of lion.

Keyword

When you enter a word or term and click Keyword, Destiny returns a list of items with that word almost anywhere in the record.

Series

If you enjoyed a book that belongs to a series, like Goosebumps or The Baby-Sitters Club, and want to find books in the same series, enter all or part of the series name, and click Series.

Wildcards

If you don't know the complete word, or aren't sure how to spell it, add an asterisk (*) to the end of what you do know.
Examples:
You can use croc* to find "crocodiles".
If you enter rom*, Destiny finds "rome" and "roman".

You could use a question mark (?) to replace a single letter. You can use more than one question mark in a word, but it can't be the first or last letter.
Example:
If you're not sure whether it's "allegators", "allagators", or "alligators", search for     "all?gators".

The Black Death

"Most infamous of all was the Black Death, a medieval pandemic that swept through Asia and Europe. It reached Europe in the late 1340s, killing an estimated 25 million people. The Black Death lingered on for centuries, particularly in cities. Outbreaks included the Great Plague of London (1665-66), in which one in five residents died."  from National Geographic

Sample Search Terms