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The International Medieval Bibliography was founded in 1967 with the support of the Medieval Academy of America, with the aim of providing a comprehensive, current bibliography of articles in journals and miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, essay collections or Festschriften) worldwide. Its editorial staff is based at the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds, and the project is supported by over 50 teams of contributors in Europe, North America, Australia and Japan.


The discipline areas to which the IMB is relevant include Classics, English Language and Literature, History and Archaeology, Theology and Philosophy, Medieval European Languages and Literatures, Arabic and Islamic Studies, History of Education, Art History, Music, eatre and Performance Arts, Rhetoric and Communication Studies.


Scope and aims

The International Medieval Bibliography comprises 529,000 articles, all of which are fully classified by date, subject and location, and provide full bibliographical records.

The IMB offers an unparalleled tool for medievalists to identify the contents of current work published throughout Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. The discipline areas to which the IMB is relevant include Classics, English Language and Literature, History and Archaeology, Theology and Philosophy, Medieval European Languages and Literatures, Arabic and Islamic Studies, History of Education, Art History, Music, Theatre and Performance Arts, Rhetoric and Communication Studies.

IMB: view of a bibliographical record

Key features

  • 529,000 unrivalled records of articles, review articles, scholarly notes and similar literature on all aspects of Medieval Studies
  • 15,000 new entries each year
  • Quarterly updates
  • A comprehensive cataloguing and indexing system, using familiar, multilingual terminology designed by professional medievalists for medievalists.
  • 120,000 index terms, classifed into six types (subjects, persons, texts, places, manuscripts, etc.)
  • Worldwide network of fifty teams to ensure regular coverage of 4,500 periodicals and a total of over 5,000 miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, essay collections, Festschriften and exhibition catalogues)
  • A metrics component was added in December 2012. It enables users to examine in detail trends in Medieval Studies, see journal profiles (e.g. information on subjects and periods covered), and find authors’ publication profiles
  • ‘Live links’ to the Lexikon des Mittelalters (LexMA-Online) and to the International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages


The IMB is the fruit of a partnership between the Institute for Medieval Studies (University of Leeds) and Brepols.


Related Databases

See also the Bibliographie de civilisation médiévale, the International Bibliography of Humanism and the Renaissance, the Lexikon des Mittelalters.

User help

A PowerPoint tutorial is available here.

The list of covered journals is available here.



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