College of Staten Island Now Hosting ORB Web Site

The Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies, an academic web site which carries peer-reviewed essays and articles as well as other research sources, has acquired a new URL and a new institutional sponsor. The Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies, known as "The ORB" for short, has been maitained by Rhodes College since 1995. The Editor, Carolyn Schriber, recently retired and Rhodes College decided not to continue sponsoring the web site. Fortunately, the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, has accepted the task of sponsoring the ORB. Kathryn Talarico, a Professor of French at CSI-SUNY, has been appointed the new Editor of the web site.

The ORB is a serious academic site, with all articles being peer-reviewed by at least two scholars for accuracy and currency. Articles range from introductory to advanced, but all are held to a high standard of historical accuracy. Of interest to new scholars will be Professor James W. Marchand's series of transcribed notes from 45 of his lectures on Medieval history. The ORB also offers a Medieval Encyclopaedia, a bibliography of recommended textbooks, and transcriptions of actual documents and records from the Middle Ages.

Professor Talarico, Editor of The ORB, says the site will be undergoing some changes and enhancements. In an open letter, she writes:

The ORB (On-line Reference Book for Medieval Studies) has moved. Since 1995, the ORB has been housed at Rhodes College, under the wise editorship of Carolyn Schriber. Upon Carolyn's retirement, Rhodes College decided that it did not want to keep the pages there. As a result, the pages are moving to a new home: . These pages are housed at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.

We are doing lots of cleaning up of the pages, and the internal search engine will be out of commission for a while as a result, so I ask your indulgence and patience as we work out the details over the next few months.

In the meantime, please point your browsers to the new address, and please feel free to forward this message to any other discussion lists you belong to whose members might have bookmarked ORB pages.

Kathryn Talarico
Professor of French
College of Staten Island, CUNY
Editor, thanks THL Ailith Mackintosh for providing this story lead.