The International Medieval Bibliography is a great place to start your research by looking for articles. Luckily for us, this database has some search functions built into it that can help us look for some more global medieval topics.
One of the first tools you'll want to use is the Areas and Placename Tree. On both the simple and advanced search pages you can find this under Thematic search - general and the Area option.
Once there, you'll see the screen below (without the highlights). From here you can navigate through the tree by clicking on the name of the geographic area you are looking at. You need to click on the name, not check the box, to get the next section of the tree to appear. The highlighted areas are the ones relevant to the Global Middle Ages.
Africa includes the entire continent except for Egypt
Baltic includes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and the Kaliningrad oblast of the Russian Federation
Caucasus includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia
Eastern Mediterranean includes Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, and Gaza
Far East includes China, Japan, and India
Middle East includes Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen
Russia includes Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine
South Eastern Europe includes Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.), Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia
Here is an example of going through an Area and Place name Tree. I initially started by selecting Far East which then gave me the options of China, India, and Japan. Then, I selected China, which gave me the cities. Then I chose Guandong and that gave me one final option of Guangzhou/Canton. To add this as a search category to my search I would just select the box and then click the Insert/Close button in the upper right corner. You can choose more than one box if you want to; if you do this make sure you choose at the top of the Area box if you want this to be an OR or an AND search term. If you are looking at more than two locations, it is recommended that you do not use the Area and Place name Tree.
The other tool for finding articles related to the Global Middle Ages is, of course, the keyword search. The keyword search is available in the Search Anywhere text box at the top of both the simple search and advance search pages. You can use this search bar to enter a simple keyword search, a more complex keyword search with wildcards and Boolean operators, or you can utilize their drop-down function. When you start typing a keyword into the search bar, it will automatically drop down and give you the option to choose from any of their standardized search terms; often there are multiple pages of keyword options that you can scroll through using the 'next' and 'previous' buttons in the drop-down.
The Internet Medieval Sourcebook is a great place to start looking for primary source material on medieval topics.
When starting on the main page there are two main ways to look for sources. The first is the selected sources link, highlighted in yellow above. This will take you to a page with the selected sources arranged both chronologically and thematically. If you are looking for a specific topic you can look at the selected sources sections on the left-hand side of the page, highlighted in green above. You can also look at the full-text sources and saints' lives sources available.
If you scroll down on the main page you will find a section with other internet sourcebooks based on geographic locations. These sourcebooks are put together from sources available in the Medieval Sourcebook, the Ancient History Sourcebook, and the Modern History Sourcebook. They are a good place to start looking for sources though if you are focusing on a specific geographic area outside of the European sphere of influence.
Since the Global Middle Ages are at an intersection of multiple fields and topics, searching for resources can be a little tricky. Here are some helpful tips to get you started:
Archaeology, Medieval -- *Geographic location*
Geography, Medieval -- *Geographic location*
Africa -- History -- To 1498
Asia -- History
Caucasus -- History
China -- Civilization -- 960-1644
China -- Foreign Relations -- To 1644
China -- History -- 960-1644
China -- History -- Tang dynasty, 618-907
China -- History -- Five dynasties and the Ten kingdoms, 907-979
China -- History -- Earlier Shu kingdom, 907-925
China -- History -- Min kingdom, 909-945
China -- History -- Southern Han kingdom, 917-971
China -- History -- Later Shu kingdom, 934-965
China -- History -- Southern Tang kingdom, 937-975
China -- History -- Liao dynasty, 947-1125
China -- History -- Later Zhou Dynasty, 951-960
China -- History -- Song dynasty, 960-1279
China -- History -- Xi Xia dynasty, 1038-1227
China -- History -- Jin dynasty, 1115-1234
China -- History -- Yuan dynasty, 1260-1368
China -- History -- Ming dynasty, 1368-1644
Europe, Eastern -- History
India -- Description and travel
India -- Description and travel -- 1001-1497
India -- Civilization -- To 1200
India -- Civilization -- 1200-1765
India -- History -- 1000-1526 (or 1000-1765)
India -- History -- 324 B.C.-1000 A.D.
India -- Politics and Government -- To 997
India -- Politics and Government 997-1765
Islamic Empire -- History -- 622-661
Islamic Empire -- History -- 661-750
Islamic Empire -- History -- 750-1258
Islamic Empire -- History 750-1258
Japan -- Civilization -- 794-1185
Japan -- Civilization -- 1185-1600
Japan -- History -- 645-794
Japan -- History -- 1185-1600
Japan -- History -- Nara period, 710-794
Japan -- History -- Heian period, 794-1185
Japan -- History, Kamakura period, 1185-1333
Japan -- History -- Muromachi period, 1336-1573
Korea -- Civilization -- 935-1392
Korea -- History
Korea -- History -- 1392-1637
Korea -- History -- Koryŏ period, 935-1392
Southeast Asia - History
Turkey -- History -- 1288-1453