L'Annee Philologique (also called APh, or "The Year in Philology") is the most comprehensive database of scholarship in Classical Studies. It provides citations and brief abstracts (but not full text) for journal articles, books, book chapters, and conference papers on all aspects of ancient Greece and Rome. This database covers scholarly research on classical literature, religion, history, and culture, and is the best place to begin researching ancient civilizations.
The homepage provides a simple search box, which enables you to search by Modern Author, Ancient Author, Full Text, or Subject. From this search box, the best way to begin is by choosing Full Text (a standard keyword search) and entering your keyword(s). By default, the database will search for items containing all of the keywords (that is, "Cicero war" is the same as searching "Cicero AND war" in most databases). Use the percent sign (%) as a wildcard; for example, searching "Aristot%" will find items that mention Aristotle, Aristotle's, or Aristotelian.
There are five options for sorting your results. Generally, the best choice is to sort by Relevance, which brings the most relevant articles to the top of your results list. You may also wish to sort by Date (Newest First) to bring the newest scholarship to the top.
If your basic search yields too many results, try the Advanced Search (see illustration above), which contains features for limiting your search. For each search term, you can use the drop-down box to its left to limit to Words of Title, which will search for articles/books containing the search term in their titles. You can also limit your searching to a specific journal by selecting Journal Title in a drop-down box and typing in the journal's name. Click on the "+" sign at right to add more rows if needed. By clicking on the Filters option, you can limit the search to items in English or to items published within a specified range of years.
If you want to narrow your results to articles/books about a particular ancient author, choose Ancient Author and begin typing the author's name in the text box. As you type, the database will provide a list of author names that you may be searching for, often in their original Latin form (e.g., Virgil is Virgilius, Ovid is Ouidius). Scan the list to find the author you are researching, and tick the checkbox next to his name. You can then add one or more additional keywords in subsequent search boxes, and limit them to Full Text.
The results screen is sorted in the order you specified. You can choose to re-sort the results by clicking on one of the column headings; for example, clicking on Date will sort the results by date of publication. Most results are in the APh Records tab; there is also an Interim Records tab containing the latest records that have not been officially published. To view the full record of an item (including its abstract), click on its title. You can also checkmark items in the results list and use the toolbar buttons above the results to Print, E-mail, or Save them. This can help you keep track of the citations and abstracts that you uncover during your research.
The record view includes the citation information and abstract of the item. If the journal title is abbreviated, hover your mouse over the abbreviation to see the full journal name. If the item's title is in a foreign language, the book or article is most likely written in that language, even if the abstract is in English.
Click on the navigation arrows at top right to move between records. As in most databases at Geisel Library, click on the WebBridge button to find out if the item is available in a full-text database or in the library collection; if not, there will be a link for requesting the item via Interlibrary Loan. Use the toolbar buttons to print, email, or save the record.
For more detailed assistance with other features in this database, such as searching by subject and creating a personal APh account, click on the User Guide link in the footer.