Getting started with reference sources
Reference sources such as guides, companions, handbooks, dictionaries, and encyclopedias are often a good place to start your research. When selecting a topic, consult these sources for definitions and overviews. These sources often include bibliographies that can lead you to other good sources, and they can give you ideas for narrowing or focusing your topic. Unless otherwise noted, books listed below are found in the Reference Room.
Guides, companions, and bibliographies
Cambridge Collections Online Full text access to "Cambridge companion to" books in subjects such as classics, philosophy, religion, and culture.
Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics Comprehensive and frequently updated bibliographies for a variety of topics relevant to classics studies.
Blackwell Reference Online: Classics Full text access to Blackwell "Companion to" books in classics
Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism (CMLC) Surveys of critical commentary on the works of specific authors and key texts.
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Art and Architecture
The Grove Dictionary of Art Multi-volume; part of Oxford Art Online. (Ref N31 .D5 1996)
The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture (Ref N5610 .G76 2007)
The New Century Handbook of Greek Art and Architecture (Stacks N5633 .N49 1972)
History, Culture and Atlases
The Oxford Classical Dictionary Single most useful reference source for all things classical. (Ref DE5 .O9 2003)
Oxford Reference Online: Classics Full text access to selected Oxford reference titles in classics
Encyclopedia of Ancient Civilizations (Ref CB311 .E52 1988)
Encyclopedia of the History of Ancient Archaeology (Ref DE5 .E5 1996)
Oxford History of the Classical World (Stacks DE59 .O94 1986)
Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire (Ref DG270 .B86 1994)
Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (Ref G1033 .B3 2000, Maps)
The Macmillan Bible Atlas (Ref G2230 .A2 1993, Maps)
Language and Lit Criticism
Greek and Latin Authors, 800 B.C.-A.D. 1000 (Ref PA31 .G7)
Oxford Companion to Classical Literature Online version is abridged. (Ref PA31 .H69 1989)
Philosophy and Religion
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Ref B51 .R68 1998)
Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy (Stacks B163 .E53 1997)
Encyclopedia of Early Christianity (Ref BR162.2 .E53 1997)
Encyclopedia of Religion (Ref BL31 .E46 2005)
Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period: 450 B.C.E. to 600 C.E. (Ref BM50 .D525 1996)