Arts & Humanities > Classics

Library Databases for Research:
Some research topics in Classics are interdisciplinary i.e. overlap into other scholarly disciplines. Therefore, this list includes the most relevant resources from other likely disciplines (such as History, History of Art, Philosophy, Literature, etc.) as well.

International Medieval Bibliography (IMB)
Find articles, notes, and similar literature on medieval subjects in journals, Festschriften, conference proceedings, and collected essays. The IMB covers all aspects of medieval studies within the date range of 450 to 1500 for the entire continent of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa for the period before the Muslim conquest and parts of those areas subsequently controlled by Christian powers.
Type: Bibliographic database. No linked access to full-text. Access to full-text or physical copy through UCC Library catalogue or ILL.

British Humanities Index
Excellent interdisciplinary resource. It indexes over 320 journals and newspapers. Subjects covered include archaeology, art, environment, film, history, linguistics, literature, music, painting, philosophy, religion, theatre etc.
Type: Bibliographic database. No linked access to full-text. Access to full-text or physical copy through UCC Library catalogue or ILL.

Web of Science
Access the world’s leading scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities and examine proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions. Scroll down the screen and deselect the “Science Citation Index Expanded” and the “Social Sciences Citation Index”, leaving the “Arts & Humanities Citation Index” ticked.
Type: Bibliographic database. No linked access to full-text. Access to full-text or physical copy through UCC Library catalogue or ILL.

Offers multidisciplinary and discipline-specific collections that include complete runs of journals as well as select monographs, transactions, and conference proceedings. The Library currently has access to all JSTOR collections including Arts and Sciences I to VI (to be completed in 2010), Arts and Sciences Complement, Life Sciences and the Ireland Collection (expected completion 2009).
Type: Full-text database.

Academic Search Complete
Comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with full-text periodicals and journals. In addition to full text, this database also offers indexing and abstracts for more than 11,500 journals and a total of more than 12,000 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. Areas covered: anthropology, area studies, ethnic & multicultural studies, geography, law, music, religion & theology, women's studies, etc.
Type: Full-text database.

Project Muse
Launched in 1995 by the Johns Hopkins University Press to offer the full text of JHUP scholarly journals via the Web. In 1999, Muse expanded to become a unique partnership of not-for-profit publishers, increasing its ability to offer essential periodicals in the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences.
Type: Full-text database.

The Corpus of Electronic Texts, brings the wealth of Irish literary and historical culture to the Internet, for the use and benefit of everyone worldwide. It has a searchable online textbase consisting of nearly 12 million words, in 1045 contemporary and historical documents from many areas, including literature and the other arts.
Type: Full-text database.

This database includes texts in poetry, drama, and prose, from 600 AD to the present day, together with the definitive online criticism and reference library.
Type: Full-text database.

The MLA International Bibliography is a database of classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics including indexing from 1963 onwards, and currently contains more than 1.8 million records.
Type: Bibliographic database. No linked access to full-text. Access to full-text or physical copy through UCC Library catalogue or ILL.

Revue d'histoire Ecclesiastique
Excellent bibliography for the history of the church.
Over 120,000 bibliographical searchable records, with 70,000 records to be added annually.  Covers the literature that deals with the different aspects of the Church’s history (institutions, orders, congregations, people, hagiography, etc.).  In addition, every theme touching Church history is covered (political history, social and economic history, archaeology, history of art, music, architecture, relations with Islam and Judaism, etc.) which makes the RHE an invaluable tool for the different disciplines.  The RHE: bibliographie is international. It covers publications written in Catalan, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Romanian, Scandinavian languages, etc.
Type: Bibliographic database. No linked access to full-text. Access to full-text or physical copy through UCC Library catalogue or ILL.

Index to Christian Art
A thematic and iconographic index of early Christian and medieval art objects to 1400.
Type: Index of objects, access to descriptions and images.

Philosophers Index
The Philosopher's Index is a bibliographic database with abstracts covering scholarly research in all areas of philosophy. The literature covered goes back to 1940 and includes journal articles, books, book chapters such as contributions to an anthology, and book reviews.

  • See the full list of databases available at UCC for more.

Library E-journals:

  • Find specific electronic and print journals by searching the 'Journal Portal' on the Library homepage.
  • Browse by journal subject, e.g. “History”.
  • Type “classical” or “Roman” / “Rome” or “Greece” or “Latin literature” / “Latin philology” into the “Search subjects starts with” box to get an idea of what is available.

Library access to electronic primary sources:

a)   Early Sources, Early Printed Books and Eighteenth-Century Books:

Patrologia Latina
An enormous collection of the writings of the Church Fathers and other ecclesiastical writers published by Jacques-Paul Migne between 1844 and 1855, with indices published between 1862 and 1865. It spans 1000 years of Latin works. Although consisting of reprints of old editions, which often contain mistakes and do not comply with modern standards of scholarship, it is an important resource due to its availability and the fact that it incorporates many texts of which no modern critical edition is available.

Early English Books Online (EEBO)
Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War. 

Eighteen Century Collections Online (ECCO): Consists of books, pamphlets, broadsides, ephemera printed between 1701 and 1800. With full-text searching of millions of pages, the product allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more. 




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History Online provides a special list of History theses. The website lists theses in progress for students registered with UK universities. It also lists theses completed, by year, since 1995. You can specify a period when searching, e.g. 1000-1 BC.

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Last updated: 20 August 2014