How to do research in Classics
Library resources for researchers working on Ancient Greek and Latin Studies
START WITH GOOD KEYWORDS
Add keywords like these to your search:
- Historical events - “Punic wars”
- Authors and texts - Ovid Metamorphoses
- Document collections - Oxyrynchus papyri
The best tool for your project may be a specialized search engine, also known as a database. These databases are subject-specific or format-specific search tools:
L'Année Philologique: Bibliography of the Classical World (via HarvardKey) – The top database for journal articles and other scholarship in this field. Includes many articles in English as well as other languages.
Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics (via HarvardKey) – Nearly 400 bibliographical articles identify and describe the key works of classical scholarship on everything from Anaxagoras to Zeus.
Inter Libros – this research guide for Classics provides a list of top databases for full-text Greek and Latin works, dictionaries, histories, art, and inscriptions.
Databases for Classics and Medieval Studies – explore the full list of Harvard Library databases in this subject category.
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Steve Kuehler, the library liaison to Classics, is available to support researchers via email or in-person consultation.
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