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Selected Reference Books

Oxford Reference Online
Contains electronic versions of commonly used Oxford dictionaries, encyclopedias and subject reference works. Limit your search to the Philosophy and Theology Section of the database.    User Guide (PDF/26KB)

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy
     Ref B163 .E53

History of Greek Philosophy
     Ref B 171.G83

Crowell's Handbook of Classical Mythology
     Ref BL 303 .T75

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
     Ref CB 9 .N49 (print version)

Battles of the Greek and Roman Worlds: A Chronological Compendium of 667 Battles to 31 B.C., from The Historians of The Ancient World
     Ref D 25 .A2 M66

Encyclopedia Of World History; Ancient, Medieval and Modern, Chronologically Arranged
     Ref D 21.L27

Cambridge Ancient History
     Ref D 57 .C252

Larousse Encyclopedia of Ancient And Medieval History
     Ref D 59.L373

Classics Illustrated Dictionary
     Ref DE 5 .F813

Oxford Classical Dictionary
     Ref DE 5 .O9 (print version)

Who's Who in the Ancient World
     Ref DE7 .R33

Civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean:  Greece And Rome
     Ref DE 59 .C55

Classical Scholarship:  An Annotated Bibliography
     Ref DE 59 .C65 H34

Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World
     Ref DF16 .S23

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
     Ref DT 58 .O94

Atlas Of Classical Archaeology
     Ref G 1046 .E15 A8

Crowell's Handbook of Classical Literature
     Ref PA 31 .F4

Greek and Latin Authors, 800 B.C.–A.D. 1000
     Ref PA 31 .G7

Oxford Companion to Classical Literature
     Ref PA31 .H69

Greek-English Lexicon
     Ref PA 445 .E5 L6

Classical Studies:  A Guide to The Reference Literature
     Ref PA 91 .J4

Classic Greek Dictionary, Greek-English And English-Greek
     Ref Pa 445 .E5 C6

Ancient Writers:  Greece And Rome
     Ref Pa 3002 .A5

Classical Greek And Roman Drama:  An Annotated Bibliography
     Ref Pa 3024 .F67

Encyclopedia Of Plague & Pestilence From Ancient Times To Present
     Ref Ra 649.E52

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae Canon of Greek Authors and Works
     Ref Pa 3051 .B47


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Search the following indexes to locate citations to and/or full-text of journal articles. If the article does not appear to be full-text online, search for its availability using the Journal Finder. Journals listed as "in Geisel Library Paper Holdings" are shelved alphabetically by journal title on the Lower Level of the library. Many others are available full-text online by following the links provided.

Academic Search Premier
A broad index providing abstracts and some full-text for a range of academic areas.

APh:  L'Annee Philologique
This comprehensive index in classical studies indexes articles in hundreds of scholarly journals, books, and conference proceedings and provides brief abstracts. Articles written in many European languages are indexed, but the interface language of the database is English. (1959–present) Earlier volumes are available in paper and are located in the General Collection PA29 .A5.     User Guide     Journal List (English-language titles only) (PDF/76KB)

Catholic Periodical & Literature Index
CPLI is produced by the American Theological Library Association and the Catholic Library Association. It provides indexing to periodicals, books, newspapers, and papal documents dealing expressly with a practice of Catholic faith and lifestyle. (1981–present)

Iter:  Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
"Iter's bibliography covers all literature pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400–1700). Citations for journal articles, reviews, review articles, bibliographies, catalogues, abstracts and discographies are included. Also included are citations for monographs, and material published in monographs and collections of essays."    User Guide     Journal List (PDF/66KB)

Nineteen journals from the field of Classical Studies are included in this full-text scholarly database.     User Guide

Past Masters:  Humanities Database   (In Library Only)
This CD-ROM of the complete works of Saint Anselm (in Latin) and Saint Augustine (in Latin and English) can be searched using keywords; user guides are available at the Reference Desk. This database is located on Library PC 22 and on the Anselm Room PC.

Philosopher's Index
The premier international resource in philosophy, this database contains over 160,000 citations with abstracts to journal articles as well as books. (1940–present)

ProQuest Central
A massive database covering a wide range of subjects, with full-text of scholarly journal articles, newspaper articles, and dissertations.

Tables of Contents of Journals of Interest to Classicists (TOCS-IN)
"TOCS-IN provides the tables of contents of a selection of Classics, Near Eastern Studies, and Religion journals, both in text format and through a Web search program. Where possible, links are given with articles of which the full text or an abstract is available online (about 6%)."

TLG:  Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
This program contains all the surviving ancient Greek texts from the period between Homer (8th century B.C.) and A.D. 600, and a large number of texts deriving from the period between A.D. 600 and the fall of the Byzantium in 1453. It benefits researchers in classics, archaeology, history, philosophy, linguistics, and theology/religious studies. It has been installed on several computers in the Main Level of Geisel Library. Ask at the Reference Desk for details.


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Find Books

Search the library catalog to locate books in Geisel Library. Search by keyword (e.g., green knight) if you are unsure of the title you are looking for. Classics books fall within many areas of the classification system and are housed on both the Main and Upper Levels of the library.

Search WorldCat to search the collections of libraries worldwide. Find a book in this database, and, if not owned by SAC, you can request it from Interlibrary Loan with one click. Your book(s) will be available for pickup in the library within 7–14 days. Ask for help in using this database at the reference desk, in person, or online at Ask a Librarian.

Ebrary is an online library containing thousands of e-books spanning across all scholarly disciplines. Books can either be opened in QuickView for instant viewing or in the ebrary Reader (a downloadable plug-in), which provides enhanced functionality such as the ability to copy/paste, highlight, or take notes in a particular book.


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Find Images

Connect to ARTstor to access a half -million images and related text. These images can be printed for use in your paper, or included in PowerPoint demonstrations. Ask a Reference Librarian if you require assistance using ARTstor.

The Smithsonian Institution Cross Catalog Searching Center allows you to search across dozens of Smithsonian libraries, archives and specialized research units. Search over 1.7 million records, with links to images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources.

There are many additional resources for locating art on the Web. Using Google Image Search is probably the quickest way to locate art, but often the images are too small or the provenance is dubious. Most search engines offer tools to find images. Many museums offer searchable databases and have digitized much of their collections. The ImageBase of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has one of the largest free database of images on the Web with over 82,000 objects. The WorldImages World Art Database from San Jose State provides access to the California State University IMAGE Institute for Education and Research. It contains over 50,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery.  Art Images for College Teaching includes a wide range of images, mostly paintings, sculpture, and architecture, with an emphasis on the ancient, medieval, and the Renaissance in Europe.

Many more small collections are being digitized and made available on the web. Search OAIster from the University of Michigan to locate more obscure images.


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Selected Websites

Searching the World Wide Web can yield a vast amount of information, but in terms of quality and reliability, your results may be uneven at best. The ease and speed with which individuals can publish information on the web, regardless of accuracy or quality, makes it imperative that when doing research on the web you know how to evaluate the information you find. To learn more, see our guide on Evaluating Websites.

Classics at Oxford
Provides links to online resources including Internet sites, local online resources and local projects.

Classics Collections Page (University of Florida)
An excellent selection of links to many classics resources: subject guides/indices, databases, bibliographies, directories, journals and much more.

De Imperatoribus Romanis: An online encyclopedia of Roman emperors (DIR)
"DIR is an on-line encyclopedia on the rulers of the Roman empire from Augustus (27 BC–AD 14) to Constantine XI Palaeologus (1449–1453).... The contents of DIR have been prepared by scholars... [and] have been peer-reviewed for quality and accuracy before publication on this site."

Diotima — Materials for the study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World
"Diotima serves as an interdisciplinary resource for anyone interested in patterns of gender around the ancient Mediterranean... This site includes course materials, the beginnings of a systematic and searchable bibliography, and links to many on-line resources, including articles, book reviews, databases, and images."

Electronic Resources for Classicists:  The Second Generation
Compiled by Maria C. Pantelia, University of California Irving
This is an extensive annotated and evaluative list of classics resources on the Web. Resources include: gateways, links, databases and Web projects, home pages, e-publications, images, e-text archives and much more.

The Giza Archive Project (Boston Museum of Fine Arts)
"The Web site is based on the museum's vast holdings of pictures, field notes, plans, and artifacts from the MFA-Harvard excavation (1902–47) directed by George Reisner and cited as one the great excavations of the 20th century. Records of this excavation and its publications (PDF files) are searchable on two levels, the higher for scholars. Published pictures, artifacts, plans, photographer's or architect's name, or an object's museum registration/acquisition number lead to the original records. Plans and aerial and satellite photographs can be investigated very closely, using a toolbar to magnify and roam over the image." —S. M. Paley, SUNY-Buffalo

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook (Paul Halsall)
The Internet Ancient History Sourcebook "provide[s] and organize[s] texts for use in classroom situations...[and] also includes links to visual and aural material, since art and archeology are far more important for the periods in question than for later history. The emphasis remains on access to primary source texts for educational purposes." Subjects covered include: human origins, ancient Near East, Greek civilizations, and Rome.

The Internet Classics Archive (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Classics)
"This database provides access to about 400 Greek and Latin texts of 'popular Greek and Latin literature' in translation. . [it] provides easy links to other relevant Internet sites, both basic-'Greek Mythology' (a graphically delightful, reliable instructional resource) and Wheaton College's selective collection of Christian texts and summaries thereof-and more sophisticated-the Perseus datalink (CH, Sep'97); the premier online journals, the Bryn Mawr Classical Review and Medieval Reviews. These sites have downloading provisions that work well through the Archive interface ." —P. B. Harvey, Pennsylvania State University, Choice, 1998

Links to Classical Material (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
This site provides links to periodical sites, classics resources, texts and bibliographies, departments, library and museum sites, information on associations, the Roman world, and Egypt and the Near East.

Perseus Digital Library (edited by Gregory Crane of Tufts University)
A digital library of excellent resources, this site offers online Greek and Latin texts with dictionaries, lexicons and various collections.


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Citing Sources

See the library's Citing Sources guide for resources on how to properly cite research materials. Always confirm the style required by your instructor.


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