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HIST 476 Mysticism & Gender

This course guide will help you locate primary and secondary sources for your research paper on a topic related to mysticism and gender.

Mix and match the following keywords as applicable to your topic

Mysticism (or mystic*)

Catholic Church

Spiritual life




Middle ages, 600-1500

Christian saints

(or France, Italy, England, Spain)


Women philosophers

 Devotional literature

To locate books by and about mystics, search for them as authors and subjects

Bernard of Clairvaux, Saint

Joan of Arc, Saint, 1412-1431

Catherine of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380

John of the Cross, Saint, 1542-1591

Eckhart, Meister, d. 1327

Julian of Norwich, 1343-


Porete, Marguerite

Hildegard, Saint, 1098-1179

Tauler, Johannes

Mechthild of Magdeburg

Teresa of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582


Weil, Simone, 1909-1943


Primary Sources

Some of the digital libraries listed below may contain primary sources. You can also take the name of mystic and add one of these phrases' digital exhibition or digital collection or primary sources to locate materials on the Web.

Journal Articles & eBooks

Digital Libraries


Theses are often great sources for extensive bibliographies on a topic.

Interlibrary Loan

If materials required by students or staff for university-related work are not available in NEOS, the MacEwan Interlibrary Loans (ILL) service can request them from other libraries.

Citing & Reference Managers

Reference managers are applications that help you manage references and generate citations and bibliographies. Many free reference managers exist, each with different features and strengths.

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