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NEW Middle English Compendium, Three Resources In One

The Libraries new acquisition, the Middle English Compendium, offers users three distinct and worthwhile resources.

The Middle English Dictionary is an electronic version of the print MED, now nearing completion. Its projected 15,000+ pages offer a comprehensive analysis of lexicon and usage for the period 1100-1500. This electronic version of the MED preserves all the details of the print MED, but goes far beyond this, by converting its contents into an enormous database, searchable in ways impossible within any print dictionary.

A HyperBibliography of Middle English includes all the works which are cited in the Middle English Dictionary. While not an exhaustive bibliography of Middle English writing, it offers the most comprehensive single list of ME materials at present available in electronic form.

A Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse features a selection that is presently small (61 texts as of 5/01), but is intended to grow.

All three parts of the Middle English Compendium can be searched/browsed in a variety of ways–carefully detailed in the help pages.

Users may access Middle English Compendium from the frontpage of the Libraries website, either through IRIS or from the alphabetical list on the Indexes & Databases page, or by subject under:

Posted Sept. 13, 2001