Late Medieval and Early Modern history at Aberdeen covers research interests in Scotland, England and Ireland; Scotland and its connections with Europe; and Northeastern and East Central Europe. In the later middle ages thematic coverage includes war, borders and peripheries, Latin poetry by women, aspects of female spirituality, and law and landed society. In the early modern period there is a particular emphasis on the history of Poland-Lithuania, social and cultural history, witchcraft and deviance, and urban history. The Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) promotes and supports this work, aiming to make a substantive contribution to the academic understanding of the emergence of the modern world. One of its growing historical research areas is the composite state and political union in early-modern Europe. The CEMS is part of the Consortium of the Centre for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and is one of three non-North American members.
The Sir Duncan Rice Library subscribes to resources including Early English Books Online; Eighteenth-Century Collections Online; British Parliamentary Papers; State Papers Online 1509–1714; and British Library Newspapers 1600–1900.