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Library Resources in Classics
Since the Greek and Roman Classics have been taught at Cornell from the very inception of the University and in fact constituted the core of the Humanities curriculum well into the 20th century, the existing Classics collection is quite strong in older text editions, monographs , reference works and early journal runs. Much of this material is not superseded and still in active use today. There is excellent coverage of the scholarly literature in the major European languages up to the late 1970's when budget constraints forced a more selective acquisitions policy. Nevertheless we continue to build an impressive collection of modern European scholarship.
The collection covers all aspects of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome: archaeology, history, government, economics, society, language & literature, religion & mythology, philosophy, epigraphy, numismatics and law. General chronological boundaries are from the Bronze age (ca. 2500 B.C on Crete) to the fall of the Roman Empire in the west (476 A.D.) Geographically selection extends to all areas which fell within the Graeco-Roman cultural or political sphere. Languages include all known Greek dialects, all Italic dialects and all non-Italic dialects of the Italian peninsula. Also included is the study of the Classics and the history of Classical scholarship in all periods and places.
Material in specialized areas will usually be selected for a special collection, although there are frequent overlaps because of monographs being published in series. Examples:
1. Greek and Roman music: collected by Music Library.
2. Greek and Roman art: collected primarily by the Fine Arts Library.
Reference & Selector Contacts
Kizer Walker is the selector for library resources in Classics. Kizer has a Ph.D in German Studies from Cornell. His telephone number is 254-1375 and his email is email@example.com.
If you would like to recommend a resource to be added to the library collection, please fill out the online Purchase Request form, or contact Kizer directly.
Virginia Cole has a Ph.D. in Medieval History and some academic background and a great deal of interest in Classics. Her telephone number is 255-5359 and her email firstname.lastname@example.org. She is available to teach customized library research instruction sessions on for Classics courses.
If you have any questions about library services, policies, collection decisions or any other aspect of the library please feel free to write or call Kizer or Virginia. One of them will make sure your question is addressed and answered.
Library Instruction for Classical Studies
The digital revolution has made an enormous amount of information available to researchers in Classics, but discovering resources and using them effectively can be difficult, both for incoming freshmen and seasoned scholars. The library provides instruction in using its resources for classes from Freshman Writing Seminars to graduate-level seminars. The following are examples of course-specific classes in Classics and related disciplines that the Reference and Instruction departments have taught recently:
Social Significance of Dress (Classics 115)
Classical Literature: Who were the Greeks? (Classics 117)
Dominae: Powerful Women in Rome (Classics 120.01)
Greek & Roman Mythology (Classics 150)
If you would like to arrange for a course-specific instruction session or individual research consultation, please fill out the online Instruction Session Request Form.
- Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
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. In April 2001, the TLG� became available Online to subscribing institutions and recently to individuals. The web version currently provides access to 3,500 authors and 11,000 works, approximately 89 million words. It is updated quarterly with new authors and works. (from their Web page)
Library of Latin Texts CLCLT
Searchable database of texts from the beginning of Latin literature (Livius Andronicus, 240 BC) through to the texts of the Second
Vatican Council (1962-1965).
- L'Année philologique
The most important and comprehensive bibliography in the field of classical languages and literature, history, archeology, epigraphy, and numismatics. Published annually, it includes citations (in all languages) to books, articles, collections of essays and reviews. It is divided into two parts. Part I covers classical authors and textual criticism (arranged alphabetically by ancient author). Part 2 is divided into subjects (philosophy, linguistics, history), subdivided chronologically then alphabetically, by the author of the book or article. An index of ancient authors and an index of authors of books and articles are included.
The Online version incorporates several different attempts to bring the most comprehensive bibliography of classical studies into electronic form. Volumes 40(1969)-72(2003) are now available.
- Tables of contents of journals of interest to classicists: TOCS-IN
TOCS-IN provides a searchable index of tables of contents of a selection of journals in classics and classical studies, beginning in 1992. It covers Greek and Latin linguistics and literature, and Greek and Roman history, archaeology, mythology, religion, epigraphy, numismatics and palaeography, with additional coverage in the Ancient Near East and religion. About ten percent of the entries link to the full text of the articles.
The project began to archive current tables of contents in 1992, and now contains ca 160 journals, and over 23,000 articles, in a database at Toronto. In addition, the Louvain mirror site archives much additional material for some of the journals before 1992. Searches of all data can be made at both sites.
Bibliography of Aegean studies, Mycenaean Greece, Homeric society, Indo-European linguistics, and related fields. The primary geographic nexus of Nestor is the Aegean, including all of Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Cyprus. Its chronological range is the prehistoric period from the Palaeolithic through the end of the Geometric period. Subject areas covered include human interactions with the environment, material culture, social, political, and economic activities, structures, and organizations, and languages and writing systems. Related topics are Philistine culture, the Classical Cypriot syllabary, and Indo-European linguistics especially concerning the development of Greek.
- MLA International Bibliography
An international index and database providing references to scholarly articles from over 4000 journals dealing with languages, literature, folklore and linguistics. It is useful for finding literary criticism of a particular author or work, as well as articles on literary theory, women's studies, popular culture, and performing arts. Although limited to modern (post-mediaeval) literature, it can be quite valuable for locating articles on classical influences and classical linguistics. The online version of MLA covers 1963 to present. The print version covers 1921 to the present.
- Web of science: Arts & humanities citation index (A&HCI)
ISI citation databases are multidisciplinary databases of bibliographic information indexed to be searched by subject, author, journal, and/or author address. They can also be searched for articles that cite a known author or work. Cited reference searching allows use of a given work as if it were a subject term, to identify more recent articles on the same topic.
- Internationale Bibliographie der geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur IBZ (English interface)
International interdisciplinary index of periodical literature covering basic research from all fields of knowledge, with particular emphasis on the humanities, arts and social sciences. Indexes a significant proportion of the periodicals published on the European continent. Multilingual, with English and German interfaces. Updated monthly. Also in print version, updated twice annually.
- Projekt DYABOLA (guide to searching)
Online access to the Realkatalog of the DAI (German Archaeological Institute) in Rome. Also a subject catalog of works on European pre- and early history and the archeology of the Roman provinces in the RGK (Roman-Germanic Commission) Library in Frankfurt.
- Gnomon Online: the Eichstatt information system for classical studies
This online index provides access to a selection of the material in the print periodical (Gnomon: kritische Zeitschrift fur die gesamte klassische Altertumswissenschaft) and to the CD-ROM (Gnomon Bibliographische Datenbank) which it supplements, particularly for the years since 1998. The online verison also indexes the holdings of Eichstatt University Library and recent acquisitions of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in classics and classical studies.
The print version is of course the most complete version, but the CD is not far behind. This can be used in the Electronic Text Center in Olin. The interface is in German and a bit difficult to get a handle on, but it's very powerful. This is an underutilized resource which should be explored.
- A check list of periodicals for classical studies and related disciplines. [compiled by Yang Wang]. Princeton : Princeton University Library, Cataloging Division, 2008.
A list of periodicals relating to classical antiquity-an alphabetical compilation of full titles (ca. 1500 items), standard title abbreviations, and (Princeton University Library) holdings in all. It is based on l'APh, but contains a lot more titles, especially those of older and short-lived journals. Originally this booklet was designed to help dissertating students to locate a mass of journal articles quickly, e.g., by standard title abbreviation or tracing variant/earlier/later title(s) of a journal, within the library, and at a glance, if no holding is listed, directly seek interlibrary loan service.
RefWorks is a web-based program that allows you to easily collect, manage, and organize bibliographic references by interfacing with databases. RefWorks also interfaces directly with Word, making it easy to import references and incorporate them into your writing, properly formatted according to the style of your choice. For more information and to sign up for an account, click here. RefWorks workshops are regularly held on campus.
EndNote allows you to build your own database of bibliographic references from a variety of resources, including library catalogs and periodical indexes. EndNote interfaces with several standard word processing programs and provides direct connections to resources, making it easy to import references and incorporate them in your writing. EndNote (or RefWorks) is highly recommended for researchers. EndNote workshops are regularly held on campus.
JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive
Project Muse and JSTOR are not alone. Most electronic journals are found by searching for the title directly in the online catalog or by using Find eJournals. Many providers of electronic journals, however, have their own web sites on which these journals can be searched independently, along the lines of JSTOR. The sciences are most heavily represented, but some serendipitous searches in the humanities are possible. Here are some examples.
Cambridge Journals Online
Includes for example, The Cambridge Journal of Archaeology and The Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies.
A collection of over 800 online academic journals covering a broad array of subjects. Includes Oxford University Press journals such as Classical Quarterly and Kluwer Academic Press titles and Brill titles such as Mnemosyne. Very useful for cross-disciplinary searching.
Here is a sampling of online journals in classical studies at Cornell:
American journal of philology. v.1-116 (1880-1995)
American journal of philology. Vol 117.1 (Spring 1996)- Current
Bryn Mawr classical review. Vol. 1 (1990)-v. 4 (1993) ; 94 (1994)-
Arethusa. v. 1- fall 1968-
Greece & Rome. Vol. 1, no. 1 (Oct. 1931)-v. 22, no. 66 (Oct. 1953) ; 2nd ser., v. 1, no. 1 (Feb. 1954)- <Lacks current 5 years>
Symbolae Osloenses / auspiciis Societatis Graeco-Latinae. v.75 (2000) -
The classical quarterly. v.1-44 (1907-1950)new ser.:v.1 (1951)- <Lacks current 5 years>
The classical quarterly. Vol. 51,issue 1 (July 2001)- current
Classical philology. 2001 - Current
Classical antiquity. v.20:no.1 - Current
The classical review. v.1-64 (1887-1950) new ser.:v.1 (1951)- <Lacks current 5 years>
Mnemosyne. v.53 (2000)-
The Cornell Library offers access to many ebooks through various publishers and collections. They can be discovered and accessed through the Classic Catalog.
This is more of a list of "metasites" which might help locate specialized resources. It's certainly not meant to be exhaustive.
Biblioteca Classica Selecta
A list of classical resources online. Particularly good for identifying online journals.
"The Perseus Project is an evolving digital library of resources for the study of the humanities. Collaborators initially formed the project to construct a large, heterogeneous collection of materials, textual and visual, on the Archaic and Classical Greek world. Planning for Perseus began in 1985; the project was formally established in July, 1987. Since then, the Perseus Project has published two CD-ROMs and created the on-line Perseus Digital Library. Recent expansion into Latin texts and tools and Renaissance materials has served to add more coverage within Perseus and has prompted the project to explore new ways of presenting complex resources for electronic publication."(from the Web site)
The Electronic Text Center in Olin Library
The Electronic Text Center houses a wide variety of CD-ROM and DVD-based material most of which requires preloaded software to run successfully. It's located behind the reference desk in Olin Library. There are a number of titles of interest to classicists:
Gnomon bibliographische Datenbank
PA 3 .G58
Latest update March 2003
Thesaurus Linguae Latinae
only partial, vols 10 and 11
Latin Bibliography 15th Century to 2001
PA8015 .L37 2001
Excellent bibliography for Renaissance and early modern texts.
In Principio: Incipit Index of Latin Texts
Z 6605 .L3 I57
Index of incipits of 700,000 Latin texts.
Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina
PA 6105 .B53
Thesaurus Linguae Graecae TLG
Compendium of Greek texts.
PHI CD-ROM #5.3: Latin Texts and Bible Versions
PA 6116 .P53 1991
PHI CD-ROM #7: Greek documentary texts
CN 360 .P58 1996
There are many more medieval titles including Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Electronic(DD 3 .M8 E44), Archives of Celtic Latin Literature(PA 2892 .G7 A67 1994), Corpus de la litterature medievale (PQ 1301 .C68 2001), Medioevo Latino (D 117 .A12 M42), Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire (641-867)(DF 505.5 .P76), etc.
The ETC is more or less self-service and the disks are arranged by call number. Don't hesitate to ask for help at the reference desk.
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Updated May 22 2013 (VC)