Resources by Subject Classics

Reference Sources
Finding Books
Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)
Film, Video, and Images
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

Reference Sources (Background)


Oxford Reference Online: History (current, full text)
Search reference books published by Oxford University Press. Includes A Dictionary of Contemporary World History, A Dictionary of World History, A Dictionary of Political Biography, and Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages among others.

Credo Reference (current, full text)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Atlas of the Greek World
Ref DF 77 .L43 1982
Chronological, with many illustrations

Atlas of the Roman World
Ref DG 77 .C597 1982
Chronological, with many illustrations

Brill's New Pauly
Ref DE 5 .N48 2002, 7 vols., A-L (as currently published)
Encyclopedia of the ancient world, with maps

Oxford Classical Dictionary
Ref DE 5 .09 2003
All aspects of the ancient world, with bibliographies

Languages and Literature

Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages
Ref P 371 .C357 2004
History, writing systems and grammar of all known ancient languages

Facts on File Companion to Classical Drama
Ref PA 3024 .T48 2005
Focuses on eight playwrights, characters, places, and terms

Greek-English Lexicon: Liddell & Scott
Ref PA 445 .E5 L6 1996
The definitive work for Greek, with citations arranged chronologically

Oxford Latin Dictionary
Ref PA 2365 .E5 O9 1982, 2 vols.
The definitive work for Latin, with citations arranged chronologically

Finding Books

The Library of Congress Classifications for classics include:

DE History of the Greco-Roman World
DF History of Greece
DG History of Italy
PA Classical Languages and Literature

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

MLA International Bibliography (1925 - present)
Modern Language Association of America's database for literature from the Medieval Ages to the present, citations only.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

JSTOR (full text; dates vary by journal)
An archive of back issues of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.

Film, Video, and Images

American History In Video
Hundreds of hours of histroical film footage compiled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries on American history.

PBS Streaming Video Collection
Hundreds of hours of streaming video content from PBS, including programming from series such as Frontline, NOVA, and The American Experience.

ARTstor (images)
An international digital library of approximately 550,000 images contributed by museums, individual photographers, scholars, special collections at libraries, and photo archives. In addition to images of  paintings, drawings, sculpture, and the decorative arts, the collection includes cultural and religious objects, cartoons, fashion and costume illustrations, covers from printed music, pages from illuminated manuscripts and early printed books, natural history illustrations, early anatomical and medical drawings, and many other types of images.-


Beazley Archive
Classical images related to art and archaeology
University of Oxford, England

CAMWS: Classical Association of the Middle West and South
Includes Virginia, for teachers of classics at all levels

Classics on the Internet: A Beginners' Guide
By Greg Daugherty for CAMWS

Diotima: Women in the ancient world
Division of Classics, University of Kentucky
Materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World

Electronic Resources for Classicists
University of California, Irvine

FLAVA: Foreign Language Association of Virginia
For professional development

Perseus: Digital Library
Department of the Classics, Tufts University
Digitization project for ancient texts

Reference Websites for Classical and Medieval History
Library of Congress

Voice of the Shuttle
University of California, Santa Barbara

Evaluating Sources

Primary Sources versus Secondary Sources (R-MC)

Popular Sources versus Scholarly Sources (R-MC)

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
Includes information and examples for MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles.


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