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Ancient Rome

Welcome to your research guide on Ancient Rome.
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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 and by mail to Distance Learners (DL). You may check the location and the availability of an item in our collection through the online catalog, accessible from the library home page. Students enrolled in Distance Learning (DL) courses will find the online journals and ebooks helpful. If you are accessing electronic resources from off-campus and are required to log in, use your student portal user name and password to gain access. If you have difficulty with the website or accessing any resources, please let library staff know  by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu or library@phc.edu 

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

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 "plebeians," "patricians," or any other term that you do not 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.
  • 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

Locate online access to these journals through the library's Periodical Listing.

  • Classical Antiquity  (In print, 2000-present; online 2002-2012)

  • Classical Bulletin (In print, 1987-preseent; online, 1996-2010)

  • Classical Journal (In print, 2000-present; online, 1905-1922

  • Classical Quarterly (In print, 2001-present; online, 1907- one year ago)

  • Classical Review (In print, 2001-present; online,1887-one year ago)

  • Classical World (In print, 2000-present; online, 2011-one year)

  • Journal of Roman Studies (In print, 2000-present; online 1911-present)

Research Tips

  • Citation help needed? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab) for Chicago/Turabian, MLA, and APA styling formats. 

  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you may click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar, subjects. 
  • Once you have located a helpful source, additional potential sources may be found in the item's bibliography.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL): If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly in the library catalog.

Created: Ngai, 2017. Reviewed: Dr. Stephen McRoberts/Thornhill, 2017.

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