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We have drawn on a variety of reference works, listed below, while analyzing the collection and preparing the database. Those marked with an asterisk were particularly helpful.

The Basics

* Brown, Michelle P. Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms. Malibu, Calif: J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the British Library, 1994. Print.

* Clemens, Raymond, and Timothy Graham. Introduction to Manuscript Studies. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007. Print.

* De Hamel, Christopher. A History of Illuminated Manuscripts. London: Phaidon Press, 1994. Print.

* Shailor, Barbara A. The Medieval Book. Toronto; Buffalo: University of Toronto Press in association with the Medieval Academy of America, 1991. Print.

Paleography (Study of Scripts)

* Brown, Michelle P. A guide to western historical scripts: from antiquity to 1600. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1990, 1993. Print.

Bischoff, Bernhard. Latin Palaeography : Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Cambridge England; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Print.

* Cappelli, Adriano. Lexicon abbreviaturarum: dizionario di abbreviature latine ed italiane. Milano: Hoepli, 1990. Print.

* Derolez, Albert. The Palaeography of Gothic Manuscript Books : from the twelfth to the early sixteenth century. Cambridge, U.K.; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Print.

Church Liturgy & The Bible

* De Hamel, Christopher. The Book: A History of the Bible. London; New York: Phaidon, 2001. Print.

Harper, John. The Forms and Orders of Western Liturgy from the Tenth to the Eighteenth Century. Oxford : Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print.

* Holweck, F.G. A Biographical Dictionary of the Saints, with a general introduction on hagiology. St. Louis, Mo., B. Herder, 1924. Print.

Wieck, Roger S. Time Sanctified: the Book of hours in medieval art and life. New York: G. Braziller in association with the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 1988. Print.

Online Reference Sources (last accessed October 2013)

* CANTUS database of Latin ecclesiastical chants.

Academy of Gregorian Chant.

Calendoscope, a combined calendar of saints' days from two primary sources: Grotefend and The Society of Bollandists.

Grotefend, Hermann. Zeitrechnung des deutschen Mittelalters und der Neuzeit, 2 vols. in 3 vols., Hannover-Leipzig, 1891-1898. [Repr. Aalen, 1970-1984] Web.

Glenn Gunhouse's Home Page ( Links to a variety of explanations and resources. The Hypertext Book of Hours and Parallel English-Latin Psalter are especially helpful.

Georgetown University Labyrinth, extensive resources on medieval manuscripts.

Online Collections (a few of many)

* Digital Scriptorium, a compilation of online images from manuscripts held in some of the biggest collections in the U.S. (Berkeley, Columbia, Yale, Walters Art Museum, and many others.)

Pierpont Morgan Library (New York).

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Lawrence J. Schoenberg online manuscript collection at the University of Pennsylvania.

British Library.

Online collections from the Bibliotheque Nationale of France.

Bodleian Library (Oxford University).

Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland (Also available as an Ipad app.)

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