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Welcome to the Classics and Ancient History LibGuide

Use this Subject LibGuide to help you make the most of the library and information resources and services.
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New to the University?  Explore the Library Induction to learn all about the Library basics. 

Where to start your search

Library Search

Search for textbooks, e-books, journals, articles + more. Library Search LibGuide available for guidance.

Remember that you need to reference everything you use in your work. See the box below for general advice, or use the Classics Referencing Guide for detailed advice on how to reference classical sources.

Online tutorials

Expand your search with these recommended databases


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.

Databases A-Z

To find other databases that are useful in Classics, use the Databases A-Z List to select a specific resource for comprehensive searching. You can browse by subject or type (e.g.maps, archives, images etc.) or search to find your required resource.

If you're looking for introductions to Classical topics, try one of these resources:

For full text access to works in Greek and Latin, as well as authoritative translations, try these:

​Help is available online for using the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae and the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (Latin dictionary).

JSTOR provides access to scholarly book, journal and primary sources via an easy to use search interface. However, nearly all the journal content is backfiles, i.e. older issues. For the latest research, you will need to use l'Année Philologique as well.

Use the How to Search JSTOR LibGuide for an introduction to the service or take a look at JSTOR's Vimeo channel for educational and instructional videos. 

The following video shows you how to use ebooks on the JSTOR service.

Explore dice

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

See the tab at the top of the page for more details on specialist resources, e.g. epigraphy, numismatics, art and architecture.

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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.

For more guidance take a look at:


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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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