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CLAS 390: Junior Seminar

Use this guide to help you research topics in Classics.

Research Databases

Research databases tell you who published what - and give you citations with details about the source, such as the author, book title, article title, journal title, volume number, publication date, and page number.  They may include abstracts or summaries.
* Databases sometimes include full text of articles, but not always. *


Index for Classical Studies, 1928 - present; 1,500+ journals indexed; some links to full text

Bibliographic database of scholarly works relating to all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilization and published by the Société Internationale de Bibliographie Classique.  Covers subjects pertaining to Greek and Roman civilization including: Greek and Latin literature and linguistics, early Christian texts and patristics, Greek and Roman history, art, archaeology, philosophy, religion, mythology, music, science, and scholarly subspecialties such as numismatics, papyrology and epigraphy.

L’Année Philologique includes all volumes of the annual index, beginning with Volume I published in 1928.  Abstracts of journal articles are in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian. Books entries often include tables of contents and book review information.

More Databases for Classics

History Databases


Arts and the Humanities


The Modern Language Association International Bibliography indexes thousands of publications, including articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations. Subjects included: literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.
There are few abstracts.
Coverage: 1926 - Present.

Bibliographic index covering English language periodicals in the humanities. Feature articles are indexed, as are interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, and reviews of plays, operas, ballets, dance, musicals, movies, television and radio. Detailed abstracts.
Coverage: Indexing - 1984 - present; Abstracting - 1994 - present.

Online Journals

Classics Journals - Open Access

Library Journal Databases

Some of the Classics journals in JSTOR:

  • American Journal of Archaeology 1897 to 2015
  • The American Journal of Philology 1880-2009
  • Classical Philology 1906-2015
  • The Classical Quarterly 1907-2009
  • The Classical Review 1887-2009
  • Greece & Rome 1931-2009
  • Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 1890-2011
  • Hesperia 1932-2015
  • The Journal of Hellenic Studies 1880-2011
  • The Journal of Roman Studies 1911-2011

Some Classics journals in Proquest:

  • Classical antiquity
  • Classical bulletin
  • Classical quarterly
  • Classical review
  • Greece and Rome
  • Greek, Roman and Byzantine studies
  • Hesperia

Some Classics journals in ProjectMUSE:

  • American Journal of Philology (Vol. 117 (1996) through current issue)
  • Arethusa (Vol. 29 (1996) through current issue)
  • Classical World (Vol. 99 (2005) through current issue)
  • Helios (Vol. 34 (2007) through current issue)
  • Hesperia (Vol. 74 (2005); archive only)
  • Transactions of the American Philological Association (Vol. 130 (2000) through current issue)

Getting Articles: Step-by-Step Guide

1. Gather citations.

Find citations in books or articles with bibliographies.

Find an Index or Database in your Subject Area -
Some of these tools are full-text and will lead you to articles, other times you'll just find a citation.

2. Search using the "Article Title."

3. Search using the journal or magazine title.

4. No luck? Interlibrary Loan to the rescue!

Sample Article Citation:

Citation with article title and journal title high