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Sources for Background Information

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Blackwell companions to the ancient world

These Blackwell Companions offer state-of-the-question surveys of scholarship on specific topics in the world of Classical Antiquity.

Cambridge Ancient History.

The standard history of Classical Antiquity. These titles offer up-to-date, authoritative surveys of all aspects of Classical Antiquity.

Searching the Library Catalogue

Use the basic word(s) anywhere or advanced keyword search in the library catalogue. You can search using words like - rhetoric, rhetori?, politic?, etc.

Search tips

Truncation symbol: ? e.g. histor? will retrieve catalogue records containing the words history, historical, historique, etc.
Phrase searching: "___" e.g. "trojan war" will retrieve catalogue records containing the phrase trojan war
Boolean operators: (), AND, OR, NOT
default: AND
e.g. history AND (iliad OR "trojan war") will retrieve catalogue records containing the word history AND either iliad OR the phrase trojan war

Core and additional databases.

Periodical indexes for Classics and closely-related subjects:
Click on "Info?" for a detailed description of the database contents and coverage.

  • Année philologique (Classical Antiquity), coverage 1924-2008 Info?
    Indexes scholarly publications (books, journal articles, conference proceedings, articles in collections) written in major European languages. Abstracts accompany most entries, but may not be in the language of the publication (e.g. an Italian abstract may accompany an English article). The database may be searched by personal names of ancient and modern authors and anonymous ancient texts, but there are no subject headings for individual items. A “full text” search will look for “natural language” words in appearing titles and abstracts only, so it is necessary to be inventive both in terms of vocabulary and languages searched, as a German term found in an abstract may turn up an English-language article. It is often useful to limit the search to a specific subject category. These categories changed, often substantially, in 1997, so older and more recent articles should be searched separately. Multiple searches may be combined with Boolean operators (and, or, not) using the “search history” function.
  • Philosopher's Index, coverage 1940- Info?
  • BHInet (British Humanities Index), coverage 1962- Info?
  • FRANCIS, coverage 1984- Info?
  • Gnomon: Kritische Zeitschrift für die gesamte Klassische Altertumswissenschaft. Humanities and Social Sciences (McLennan) has Bd.1-2, 21-37, 39 onwards (1925 to date). The printed volumes of Gnomon are available online via JSTOR from 1925 to 2003 and via Metapress from 2009 onwards.
  • Gnomon Bibliographic Database, coverage 1990- Although the search form (field names, etc.) is in German, English terms may be used.

Periodical Indexes, Bibliographies, Full-text Databases

Very large, multi-subject periodical indexes. There is a lot of content dealing with Classical Antiquity in these databases and very many full-text files. Years of coverage vary greatly.


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