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  • AATA Online
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    Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts includes abstracts of over 100,000 articles from about 400 journals as well as book chapters, conference proceedings, and reports on the analysis, examination, excavation, preservation, and restoration of artifacts and monuments; site information.
  • Année philologique
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    L’Année philologique, published by the Société Internationale de Bibliographie Classique, is a specialized bibliographic database of scholarly works relating to all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Its subjects are Greek and Latin literature and linguistics, including 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. With over 810,000 records, L’Année philologique includes citations to journal articles and books, with abstracts in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian.
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  • Bartleby.com
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    A comprehensive public reference library containing a searchable database of reference, verse, and classic literature. The site is divided into four sections: Reference, Verse, Fiction and Nonfiction. Recently added were the 1914 Oxford Edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare and the Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th edition. With the release of five preeminent contemporary reference works, Bartleby.com becomes the most comprehensive reference publisher on the web. Coupled with a completely redesigned web site, Bartleby.com meets the needs of students, educators, and the intellectually curious and forms the preeminent electronic publishing enterprise of the twenty-first century.

    See also: Project Bartleby Arhive

  • Biblical Archaeology Society
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    This site provides an full-text online archive of past issues of the journal Biblical Archaeology Review (1975 to present), Bible Review (1985 to 2005 complete) and Archaeology Odyssey (1998 to 2006 complete), Special Collections assembles articles from BAR on each of several topics (e.g., Dead Sea Scrolls, Temple Mount). Clicking on the BAS icon in the upper right brings up news, online-only features, and several e-books published by the Society.
  • Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina
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    The BTL Online database provides electronic access to all editions of Latin texts published in the Bibliotheca Teubneriana, ranging from antiquity and late antiquity to medieval and neo-Latin texts. A total of approximately 13 million word forms are thus accessible electronically.The user interface allows various and differentiated searches. Classical scholars and ancient historians are provided with a valuable tool for both research and the preparation of teaching at school and university level.Each year, the database is extended by the texts of the newly printed Latin editions of the Bibliotheca Teubneriana.
  • Brill's New Pauly
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    The online equivalent of the print edition of both New Pauly and Neue Pauly (available in Doheny Reference/Classics, Call No. DE5.N4813 2002).This work provides authoritative coverage of the ancient world, from the prehistory of the Aegean (2d millennium BCE) to late antiquity, with a special section devoted to the history of the classical tradition and the history of classical scholarship. Scholarly articles, many illustrated with maps, site plans, genealogical tables, and photos.It is automatically updated whenever a new print volume is published.If you need to make extensive use of this database, you should read "Fonts, special characters, and appearance of the text," on the Welcome page.
  • British School at Rome Library & Archive
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    A collection of 27,000 images from 4 collections held by the British School of Rome: Ward-Perkins photographic collection (archaeological sites in Libya, South Etruria Survey, and WWII damage in Italy); Ashby (archaeology of ancient Greece and Rome); Mackey (19th century images of Rome, Sardinia, and Sicily); and Bulwer (19th century views of Italy, France, and Greece).
  • Brockelmann Online
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    This online version of the classic reference work in two volumes and three supplements provides bio-bibliographic information about works written in Arabic and their authors, with an emphasis on the classical period. Individual entries typically consist of a biographical section and a list of the author's works in manuscript and print, with references to secondary literature. This online version of the classic reference work in two volumes and three supplements provides bio-bibliographic information about works written in Arabic and their authors, with an emphasis on the classical period. Individual entries typically consist of a biographical section and a list of the author's works in manuscript and print, with references to secondary literature.
  • Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations (DARMC)
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    The ///DARMC/ makes freely accessible the best available materials for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approach to mapping and spatial analysis of the Roman and medieval worlds. //It allows innovative spatial and temporal analyses of all aspects of the civilizations of western Eurasia in the first 1500 years of our era, as well as the generation of original maps illustrating differing aspects of ancient and medieval civilization.Coverage begins with the Roman Empire (based on the /Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World /and the Pleiades, the online gazetteer and bibliography of classical sites), continues through the Byzantine Empire and medieval Europe. Plans to include the Islamic world in the future.//Draws on the cartographic achievements of the as well as Pleiades, the online gazetteer and bibliography of classical sites.
  • Digital Scriptorium
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    The DS is a growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscriptions from a variety of U.S. institutions http://www.scriptorium.columbia.edu/about/project.html (Huntington Library, Jewish Theological Seminary, Grolier Club, UC Berkeley, etc.). The images include extensive catalogue data. It is useful for art historians, musicologists, classicists, medievalists, diplomatists, and paleographers. Hosted by Columbia University.
  • Elements of Style
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    This is the digital version of the classic writing manual from 1918 written by William Strunk. The focus is on rules of usage and most commonly violated composition principles. It is often referred to as Strunk and White. Part of Bartleby.com.Several print copies of the 4th ed. (1999/2000) are available at Doheny Reference and Leavey Library.
  • Gnomon Online
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    A database for ancient history, classical philology, and archeology, Gnomon is an international bibliographical index to monographs, journal articles, conference papers, essays in collections and dissertations in many languages. It can be searched from 1990-present by subject, author, keyword, and/or publication. Words within the citation are linked to additional articles.Includes a thesaurus that bridges the gap between English and German terms common to classical studies. In English, French, and German.Produced by the publisher of the journal Gnomon (Doheny Journal Stacks, PA3.G6).
  • Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries Online
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    The Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries Online (IEDO) reconstructs the lexicon for the most important languages and language branches of Indo-European. It is a rich and voluminous online reference source for historical and general linguists. Dictionaries can be cross-searched. Each entry is accompanied by grammatical info, meaning(s), etymological commentary, reconstructions, cognates and often extensive bibliographical information. New content will be added on an annual basis.
  • Jacoby Online
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    Brill's Jacoby includess New Jacoby and Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Parts I-V.
  • Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism
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    This guide lists alphabetically key critics and dominant "schools" of critical thought from antiquity to modern times. Descriptive entries include bibliographies and hyperlinked cross references.
  • Library of Latin Texts (LLT-A)
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    A major database for Latin texts, the LLT-A (formerly the CLCLT) contains texts from the beginning of Latin literature (Livius Andronicus, 240 BCE) through to the texts of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). It contains over 60 million Latin words drawn from more than 3100 works that are attributed to about 950 authors. It covers all the works from the classical period (texts come from the /Bibliotheca scriptorium Romanorum Teubneriana/Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina I )/, the most important patristic works as well as non-Christian literature from ca. 200 C.E to 735; an extensive corpus of medieval literature from 735 to 1500 (taken from the /Corpus Christianorum/); and Neo-Latin literature (1501-1965), including 16th century translations into Latin of important medieval works.Currently containing over 2 million words, additions will continue to be made.
  • Literature Criticism Online
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    LCO is comprised of 10 collections of English-language scholarly and popular commentary on literary works in most languages ranging from the classical to Shakespeare to contemporary publications. Covers not only novels but also poetry, short stories, and drama. Entries are in-depth and include bibliographies. Search by key words, author, title, or browse by works, authors, and topics.
  • Oxford Art Online
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    Grove Art Online provides web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art (1996, 34 vols.) with annual additions of new material and updates to the text, plus extensive image links and all the sophisticated search advantages possible with an online reference source.
  • Oxford Text Archive
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    The Oxford Text Archive (OTA) collects, catalogues, preserves and distributes high-quality digital electronic texts and other literary and language resources for research and teaching. It currently holds thousands of texts in more than 25 different language (e.g., Middle High German, Ancient Greek, and Sanskrit).
  • Patrologiae Graecae
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    The Patrologia Graecae Database contains 161 volumes plus index and represents a complete electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Graecae (1857-1856). Includes all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indexes, and Migne's column numbers.
  • Perseus Digital Library
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    A library of materials pertaining to Ancient Greece, which is expanding to include resources on Ancient Rome. Includes lexica, a morphological database, catalog of hundreds of vases, sculptures, coins, buildings, and architectural sites, an atlas of Greece with satellite maps, a historical encyclopedia, works of literature, and many other resources.
  • Poem Finder
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    Poem Finder indexes 600,000 poems and includes over 50,000 poems in full-text. Covering poetry from antiquity to the present from around the world from 3,000 anthologies, 4,500 single-author works, and periodicals such as The New Yorker. Poems are available only in English translation. Includes full bibliographic information for poem sources. The database is continually updated
  • Project Gutenberg Online Catalog
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    Project Gutenberg was the first producer of free electronic books (ebooks). This is their catalog of what they have digitized and made available. There are presently nearly 30,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog. In addition, a grand total of over 100,000 titles are available at Project Gutenberg Partners, Affiliates and Resources.
  • Projekt DYABOLA
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    DYABOLA provides access to subject catalogs of publications on the history of art and the ancient world. The most important is the Realkatalog des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Rom, the most comprehensive database for classical archaeology, dating back to 1956. Indexes books, festschrift, journals, and collected works on antiquities, art, and archaeology in the Mediterranean world from antiquity through the early Medieval period.
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  • Prosopography of the Middle Byzantine Period Online
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    The Prosopographie der mittelbyzantinischen Zeit Online is a comprehensive biographical dictionary for the Byzantine Empire in the early Medieval Period (641-1025 AD) documenting more than 20,000 persons. PMBZ Online is based on the print edition of the Prosopographie der mittelbyzantinischen Zeit which appeared in two parts 1998 and 2013. PMBZ Online documents all persons mentioned either by name or anonymously in the relevant Byzantine and non-Byzantine sources, and secondly all persons mentioned in the Byzantine sources both from Western Europe and from the Arabic and Slavonic areas, together with those from the Christian East. The individual articles/lemmata offer the reader a summary of a person's biography (where possible) and state all sources pertaining to this person as well as relevant modern scholarship. The contents of an article/lemma include: name in translation and in Greek, title/occupation, place, period, sex, clergy/laity, life, works, sources, and references.
  • Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum Online
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    The SEG systematically collects newly published Greek inscriptions as well as publications on previously known documents. It presents complete Greek texts of all new inscriptions with a critical apparatus; it summarizes new readings, interpretations, and studies of known inscriptions, and occasionally presents the Greek text of these documents. It allows the user to search the entire corpus for particular words, names, and inscriptions. Indexes and cross references to related texts offer additional research functionality.The online edition includes the electronic equivalent of 54 SEG volumes (approx. 50.000 records) published so far, and will incorporate all future volumes in the series. The print edition is housed in Doheny journal stacks and the Classics Section (call no. CN360.S95).
  • Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
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    The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG®) is a research center at the University of California, Irvine. Founded in 1972 the TLG has already collected and digitized most literary texts written in Greek from Homer to the fall of Byzantium in AD 1453. Its goal is to create a comprehensive digital library of Greek literature from antiquity to the present era.
  • Thesaurus Linguae Latinae
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    The Thesaurus linguae Latinae is not only the largest Latin dictionary in the world, but also the first to cover all the Latin texts from the classical period up to about 600 A.D. 31 academies, and scholarly societies from 23 countries support the work of the Bayerische Akademie (Thesaurusbüro München).
  • TOCS-IN
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    Beginning with 1992, TOCS-In provides the tables of content from nearly 200 classics, near Eastern studies, and religion journals (over 75,000 articles) in text format and through a Web search program. Some collections (/e.g., Festschriften/) are also included. Only about 15% of the articles have links to the full-text or an abstract.The Louvain mirror site archives much additional materials for some of the journals before 1992.
  • Translated Texts for Historians E-Library
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    Translated Texts for Historians makes available sources translated from Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic, Georgian and Armenian, published between 300 and 800 AD.
  • USC Digital Library
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    The USC Digital Library (USCDL) is the digital repository for original research materials which have been selected for archiving by the Libraries. Content made available by the USCDL facilitates new and creative opportunities for scholarship and teaching by providing enhanced access to materials which feature and highlight the Libraries' holdings or from non-Library held collections identified in collaboration with members of the USC academic community. Accordingly, the USCDL provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats. These may include, but are not limited to USC theses and dissertations; photographs; rare books, or portions thereof; manuscripts; source documents; sound recordings; moving images; data sets; 'born digital' documents; and digital representations of physical objects. USCDL content can be licensed or sub-licensed to parties outside of USC.