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Classics and Ancient History: Databases


Using databases makes it easier to search for content on a particular subject. Some databases will have full-text access to resources while others offer abstracting or indexing services, or give an overview of a field of enquiry. Oxford's subscription databases can be accessed through SOLO or Databases A-Z. If you are new to SOLO we recommend visiting the 'How to' guides at the link below.

The page below showcases popular databases used for the study of philosophy. It is recommended that you engage with databases relevant to your subject so that you become familiar with the different features offered. Such features include:

  • Thesauri.
  • Bibliographies.
  • Sophisticated searching, including Boolean operators, filters, wildcards, truncation, fuzzy searches, proximity searches and command line searches.
  • Citation tools and bibliometrics.


Oxford subscribes to a large number of bibliographic and other databases and these can be found in Database A-Z . Under the subject heading Classics+Ancient History you will find all the databases relevant to this subject area.  A selection of major databases are listed below.