How to do research in Classics

Library resources for researchers working on Ancient Greek and Latin Studies


Topic-specific keywords will help improve your results in a general multidisciplinary database like Google, Google Scholar, HOLLIS, or Academic Search Premier

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.

Dig Deeper

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.


Steve Kuehler, the library liaison to Classics, is available to support researchers via email or in-person consultation.

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