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Ancient Greece

Welcome to the research guide for Ancient Greece
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Ancient Greece generally is understood to cover the period from the Greek Dark Ages (12th - 9th centuries B. C.) through the Classical and Hellenistic periods ending in 600 A. D.  The suggested electronic resources are available linked from here and from the Electronic Resources section of the library home page. Print resources are available in the PHC on-campus collection.  Online resources and ebooks are particularly helpful to members of our Distance Learning (DL) community. If you are off-campus and accessing online resources, use your student portal user name and password for access. If you have difficulty accessing online resources, call or email the library. You may check out the location and availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed here or through the library home page. 

Professional librarians are cheerfully available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu.

On-Campus Collection


  • OED - The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a great place to start for general information if you are unfamiliar with a person, term, or event. If your professor assigns research topics that include terms like "Thermopylae," "Strabo," or any other term that you do not immediately recognize, try the OED.
  • JSTOR  contains complete back issues of 241 scholarly journals. Issues from the most recent three to five years for each title may not be included in the collection. If you locate an article that is not available in full-text, check to see if the journal is available on any of PHC's other databases.
  • ProQuest  contains articles from over 1,000 scholarly journals  with full-text, images and graphics online. Full-text coverage begins in the early 1990s for most journals.
  • Academic Search Premier provides access to thousands of current, general and subject-specific scholarly journal articles.
  • eBooks  provides access to over 65,000 academic, full-text, electronic books that can be accessed immediately on your computer.  If you choose to download, you will be prompted to create a free userID and password.

Internet Resources

Selected Journals

Research Tips

  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you can click on the subject term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects. The Library of Congress (LOC) subject headings for this topic include Greece, History and Greece, Classical.  As you narrow your topic, you will identify more specific terms that you can use in searches. 
  • Browse the shelves or the online catalog by looking in the Library of Congress (LOC) call number range of DE 5 to DF 2200.
  • Once you locate an appropriate resource, potential valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL): If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC online or on-campus collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly into the library database WorldCat. If you have difficulty requesting an ILL in WorldCat, please request assistance from any of the library staff.
  • Zotero is a citation management system that will help you collect and organize your resources and then seamlessly create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, and bibliographies. You can download and watch online tutorials, but you may benefit from a librarian’s help in quickly learning how to use Zotero.
  • Citation help needed? Try online at OWL (Online Writing Lab).

Created: Ngai, 2017. Reviewed: Dr. Douglas Favelo/Thornhill, 2017.

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