Use special subject headings that designate primary sources:
|Subject Heading||Search Example||Sample Book|
|"translations into english"||romances "translations into english"||The Saga of the Volsungs : The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer|
|medieval "translations into english"||The Farce of the Fart" and Other Ribaldries : Twelve Medieval French Plays in Modern English|
|"middle ages" "translations into english"||Poems of the Elder Edda|
|folklore "translations into english"||The complete fables of Jean de La Fontaine|
|"early works to 1800"*||saints "early works to 1800"||The Strange Case of Ermine de Reims: A Medieval Woman Between Demons and Saints|
|medieval "early works to 1800"||Christoph Rothmann's Discourse on the Comet of 1585 An Edition and Translation with Accompanying Essays|
|sources*||sources medieval france||Blessed Louis, the most glorious of kings : texts relating to the cult of Saint Louis of France|
|sources witchcraft||Early Modern Witches Witchcraft Cases in Contemporary Writing|
|"tales medieval"||"tales medieval" japan||Tales of times now past : sixty-two stories from a medieval Japanese collection|
|"tales medieval" celtic||Brut y tywysogyon; or The chronicle of the princes: Red Book of Hergest version|
Search for books published within series specializing in translations of medieval sources:
|Series Title||Sample book|
|"Manchester medieval sources"||Women in England, c. 1275-1525 : documentary sources|
|"Medieval texts in translation"||Deeds of the Saxons|
|"Toronto medieval Latin texts"||Saints' lives by Walter of Châtillon : Brendan, Alexis, Thomas Becket|
|"Oxford medieval texts"||Eadmer of Canterbury : lives and miracles of Saints Oda, Dunstan, and Oswald|
|"Irish Texts Society"||Oidheadh chloinne hUisneach = The violent death of the children of Uisneach|
|"Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies"||The book of John Mandeville : an edition of the Pynson text with commentary on the defective version|
"Mediaeval Sources in Translation"
|Karlamagnús saga : the saga of Charlemagne and his heroes|
"Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library"
|Holy men of Mount Athos|
*"early works to 1800" -- refine your results to "print books" in order to omit hundreds of early modern books published on microfilm.
*sources -- use the Advanced search option and change the box label to "subject" in order to decrease the number of irrelevant works.
A secondary source on your topic or work will usually include various published editions and translations (if available) of the work. Look the title up in UW Libraries Search to see if a copy is available.
For example in the chapter, "‘Leave My Virginity Alone’: The Cult of St Margaret of Antioch in Norwich: In Pursuit of a Pragmatic Piety" published in the book, Medieval East Anglia, a footnote leads to a published primary text on St. Margaret.
A search for "old english lives of st margaret" in UW Libraries Search locates the book.
Some reference works such as the Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, included in Brill's Medieval Reference Library, will also include information on published editions and translations. For example this entry on Raymond of Aguilers provides information on the modern French and English translations.
There are also specialized bibliographies that list various primary texts and provide information on published editions and translations. This is just a selection of bibliographies available in the Libraries.