Undertaking Research in Literature

A selection of resources

Please contact Sue Willetts, our Senior Library Assistant, for more information on any of the topics covered below.

Library Catalogues

Senate House Libraries Catalogue

COPAC: This catalogue contains information on the holdings of many research libraries in the UK including the British Library.

Union List of Serials This is a combined catalogue of the titles of Journals or Newspapers held in the libraries of the University of London. Searchable by keyword as well as exact title. Select Union List from the drop down box wghich displays M25 Libraries

Databases and Software

Greek literature

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG)
Online resource: search in Greek. Over 110 million words. Follow link for Institutional subscribers. Use in the Computer Room - ask for login username and password.

Latin Literature

Packard Humanites Institute / Cornell University - Latin Literature Online resource

Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina. Version 4. Teubner texts database - CD ROM loaded onto Dell 3 only. Offers more precise search options than PHI online version.

Library of Latin Texts Latin Christian and Classical authors. This link can be used on Dell 3 in the Computer Room.

Packard Humanities Institute CD ROM version 5.3 may be searched on Dell 3 using Silver Mountain software.

Greek Papyri

Packard Humanities Institute CD ROM Version 7.0 may be searched using Silver Mountain software on Dell 3. There are separate search options for: Greek Classical Inscriptions, Greek Christian Inscriptions or Greek Papyri.

Papyri fragments are searchable online (some with translations and photographic images) via the Papyrological Database.

Homer and the Papyri A resource started by Dana Sutton now part of the Homer Multitext project
Heidelberger Gesamtverzeichnis der Griechischen Papyrusurkunden Ägyptens Register of Greek and Latin papyrus documents.

Leuven Database of Ancient Books (LDAB) The present database attempts to collect the basic information on all ancient literary texts, as opposed to documents.

Bibliographic Resources - printed and online resources

Dictionary of bibliographic abbreviations found in the scholarship of classical studies and related disciples Jean S. Wellington.
At Library desk and at X140D (2003) Prev. ed. 1983.

L'Annee Philologique
The year’s work in Classical Studies. Online and at X140D. Print copy and subscription to online version covering 1924 – 2015. A new feature allows the user to link to Latin and Greek texts / translations.

Bibliographie Papyrologie. Database on Dell 3 only which uses Filemaker Pro. Dates from 1932 onwards. Useful for locating bibliographical references to articles on Literary papyri as well as many other aspects - Subject guide is available to search using classification codes here

Bryn Mawr Classical Review publishes timely open-access, peer-reviewed reviews of current scholarly work in the field of classical studies

Now freely available online. A very large database. Thesaurus based database, also keyword, author indexes. For more recent entries, includes references to: Pauly, Oxford Classical Dictionary and Youtube resources.

Library has 4 CD ROM version loaded on Dell 3. New version available online. Includes literature under Greek and Roman Materials and links to translations (Loeb editions by arrangement with Harvard University Press)

Freely available online. Basic keyword and author search. Mainly 1992 onwards.

Some references to collected works.

Subject Based Printed Resources

Consult library card index on bibliographies in periodicals to identify bibliographies by ancient author or subject.

Brill’s New Pauly Supplement. Dictionary of Greek and Latin authors and texts Shelved X147

Brill's New Pauly Supplement. The reception of Classical Literature, Shelved X147

Lustrum Shelved at X140F, 1956 onwards.

Oxford Classical Dictionary 4th ed. 2012. In the library at X62 OXF

Oxford Companion to Classical Literature. 3rd edition Ed M.C.Howatson. X146A Copy 3

Pauly / Paulys real-encyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft. Also Neue Pauly. In the library at X147

Useful Websites and related resources

Mary Beard's blog

Classics at Cambridge

Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents Oxford University

Cincinnati University - Classics Resources: a guide

Classics Confidential
A behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of Classics with details of the latest Classics-based stories that have been hitting the news and featuring interviews with a wide range of people involved in the subject, from Profs to PhD students, all talking personally, and passionately, about what gets them going in the research that they do.

Digital Classicist Humanities computing applied to the study of the ancient world

Lacus Curtius
Images of Roman sites, texts of a selection of Latin authors, Smith’s Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, (1875) etc

Oxford University Site for Classics

Princeton University, USA

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae Use the Quick Links to access Electronic resources page