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Welcome to the Classics and Ancient History Subject Guide

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Use LibKey to help you get access to full text articles. 

Click the LibKey icon above to add the extension to your web browser. Select 'University of Exeter' as your institution and login using your Exeter IT login when prompted. 

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Take a break from your recommended academic reading and explore e-books and audiobooks on the Libby app.


More information can be found on the Libby guide.

Where to start your search

Library Search

Online Resources - Classics

Encyclopedias & Reference Works:


  • Année Philologique - This is the core bibliographical tool for finding journal articles and book chapters for classics, classical archaeology and ancient history. If you need help with this database, there is a tutorial guide as well as a list of journal abbreviations in use.

  • Brill's New Jacoby - This is one of the most authoritative resources for the study of fragmentary ancient Greek historians.

  • Brill's New Pauly - An encyclopedia devoted to Greco-Roman antiquity and covers more than two thousand years of history, ranging from the second millennium BC to early medieval Europe.

  • Clavis Clavium - Clavis clavium is an integrated reference database and collaborative update platform to open up Patristic, Medieval and Byzantine texts

  • Grove Art Online - An art database covering art and artists throughout history including the classical period.

  • JSTOR - provides access to scholarly book, journal and primary sources via an easy to use search interface.

  • Literary Encyclopedia - biographies of writers, scholarly descriptions of texts and critical essays


eBook Collections:


Greek Language Resources:


Latin Language Resources

We have developed a separate Subject Guide for Latin Language Resources available here: Latin Language Resources Libguide

We have developed Libguide pages for the following Specialist resources:

Epigraphy  - Greek and Latin Inscription Resources

Numismatics - Greek and Roman Coin Resources

Art and Architecture - Resources for Classical Art and Architecture

Dissertation & Theses:


  • EThOS  Access to over 500,000 theses from across the United Kingdom

  • OpenDOAR - Directory of open access repositories

  • ORE - Open Research Exeter: University of Exeter repository

  • ProQuest Dissertaions & Theses Global - ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) Global is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, offering millions of works from thousands of universities.

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You can use the following catalogues to search for material held at other libraries:

  • Library Hub Discover - exposes rare and unique research material by bringing together the catalogues of c.130 UK and Irish libraries. In a single search you can discover the holdings of the UK’s national libraries (including the British Library), many University libraries, and some specialist research libraries.
  • WorldCAT - lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and tens of thousands more around the world.  It also has a mobile app you can download.
  • The European Library - gives access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries.
  • The Library of Congress - contains the catalog records for books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources in the Library of Congress collections in the USA.
  • LibWeb - Access to a listing of online library catalogues worldwide
  • CORE - gives an incredibly fast search of the full-text of 80M open access research resources

Online tutorials

Effective Searching & Referencing

It is important to plan your search strategy, and manage your search results so that you get the most from your online searching.

Keep a record of all the material you need to cite in your assignments, papers, projects etc. 

Use the Search Techniques and Referencing guidance to assist you.

  • It is  easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of information available to you.  
  • Invest time in planning an effective online search strategy so that you can quickly and easily discover relevant and high quality information. 


As you search you need to keep track of all the material you will be using in your academic work so that you can cite and reference it appropriately.

Top Tip

Always check your module handbook for specific departmental guidance on the style required for your assessed works and dissertations.  Check with your personal tutor or dissertation supervisor if you need clarification.

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Find out more about the skills support available to help you develop a range of academic skills including essay writing, referencing, critical reading and getting the most out of lectures.

Academic Skills Support

Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a great resource to use when you are planning and conducting your research. 

It is targeted at social science researchers but is useful across all subject areas as it covers key research methodology topics that are applicable across the research spectrum.

Sage have produced a comprehensive LibGuide to help you get the best from the resource.

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