Library information

Using the library catalogue

You can search the University Library catalogue here. The search will not look inside a book or journal for the author or title of a chapter or article, so you should always search for the author and title of a book or the name of a journal. Sometimes the result will give you a link to access the electronic version of a book or journal. If prompted to log in, use your usual university IT username and password. Although quite a few journals are on JSTOR, some are on other databases or are shelved in the lower level of the library. For that reason, you should search for journals through the main university catalogue, not JSTOR. Sometimes your lecturer will tell you that they have scanned in a useful chapter or article and put this up on the module’s ELE page as a pdf. If you cannot find something you’re supposed to be reading, ask your lecturer or seminar tutor a.s.a.p. If there’s something that the Library doesn’t have, but you think it ought to own, you should speak to the SSLC Library Champion or the department’s Library Liaison Officer, Dr Richard Flower, or suggest it directly to the Library here.

Useful resources

The department has access to a wealth of excellent online resources to help you with your studies. You can find a full list by going here and a selection of the most important resources (including all the ones discussed in this document) here. You should always use these reputable sources rather than relying on Wikipedia or random things on the internet. Just Googling a topic and using the first thing that you find is a very easy way to get yourself a low mark. Here are some links to resources that you will find extremely useful, especially when starting out with your reading for a particular topic:

The Oxford Classical Dictionary

This is a very handy encyclopaedia about the ancient world, with articles by leading experts in the field. There have been four print editions (and you’ll find some copies of these in the library), but you can access the current (and frequently updated) online version here.

Brill’s New Pauly Online

This is the electronic version of a massive encyclopaedia of classical civilisations, with scholarly articles on a wide range of topics. You can access it here.

Digital Loeb Classical Library

You may already be familiar with the Loeb editions and translations of classical texts (red volumes for Latin, green for Greek). The electronic version gives you access to all the volumes ever published, as well as the facility to search them. You can find it here.

Oxford Scholarly Editions Online

This is an expanding database of classical texts, translations and commentaries from Oxford University Press. It gives you access to Oxford Classical Texts editions of Latin and Greek works, as well as Oxford World’s Classics translations and any relevant commentaries published by OUP. These can all be opened simultaneously in parallel windows, making it easy to access information about particular passages. There is also a built-in tool for accessing an online version of the Oxford Latin Dictionary. You can find it here.

Tools for research

If you’re conducting research into a topic, such as for an undergraduate dissertation or a graduate degree, you can use the resources mentioned above, but you might also find the following to be helpful:

Oxford Bibliographies Online

These are introductory bibliographies on a variety of classical figures and topics, to help you to get started with any research project. You can find them here.

L’année philologique

This is an enormous database of modern publications in the field of Classics and Ancient History from 1924 to the present day. It is an excellent way of finding out what material is out there in order to build your own bibliography. The database is searchable by ancient author, modern author or keyword. You can find it here. (Please note that L’année philologique tells you what books and articles are available, but does not contain links to access them. You’ll need to find them through the Library catalogue in the usual way.)

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae Online and Library of Latin Texts

These are searchable databases of Greek and Latin texts, covering a massive range of literature and a large chronological span. You can access the Greek one here and the Latin here.

Inter-library loans

If you need to consult a book, chapter or article for your research and it isn’t available through the University Library, you can request to borrow it from another library through the ILL section of the Library website here. These loans usually cost £13.50 each, but final-year undergraduates and MA students in the College of Humanities get five free loans. Humanities PhD students get 20 free loans per year (or 10 if part-time) and can apply for more with their supervisor’s approval. Since these free loans are limited, don’t rush into using them all early in the year.