Four New Databases for the Humanities
and Social Sciences
By George Paganelis, Curator,
Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection
Students and faculty working in the
humanities and social sciences now have a host of new subscription databases
to aid their study and research, thanks to the generous financial support of
the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation. These databases include coverage of many
important facets of Hellenic history, literature, and culture, but more broadly
encompass Slavic and East European studies (including the Balkans), the Middle
East and the entire Muslim world.
The following databases are available
at any Library computer. Off campus access is open to authorized users with
your SacLink account.
of Slavic and East European Studies (ABSEES):
- Over 60,000 bibliographical entries
from 1990 to the present, with some full-text links.
- Covers North American scholarship
on Eastern Europe (including the Balkans) and the countries of the former
- Includes books, journal articles,
reviews and theses/dissertations primarily in the disciplines of the humanities
and social sciences.
- The years 1956-1990 are covered
in the print version of ABSEES, located in the Library at 2 SOUTH
DKZ 2483 .A65.
- Sister publication of the European
Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (EBSEES), covering European
scholarship of the same areas from 1991 to the present, also available on-line
through the Library.
- Most comprehensive critical bibliography
covering all disciplines within the field of classics.
- Chronologically spans Mediterranean
prehistory through Biblical times and into early Byzantium (ca. 7th century
- Contains citations to books,
articles, multi-authored works, conference proceedings, Festschriften, book
reviews and more.
- On-line coverage includes vol.
30 (1959) to the present, with retrospective coverage being added regularly.
- Print volumes for vols. 1-29
(1924-1958) are located at 2 NORTH Reference and 3 NORTH Tsakopoulos Hellenic
Collection PZ 7016 .A1 A5.
- Over 300,000 entries from 1906
to the present, with some full-text linking.
- Indexes literature on Islam,
the Middle East and the Muslim world, including other main Muslim areas of
Asia and Africa, plus Muslim minorities elsewhere.
- Coverage includes books, journal
articles, conference proceedings, multi-authored works and book reviews from
over 3,000 journals.
- Journals and books are indexed
down to the article and chapter level.
Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
- Massive full-text corpus of Greek
literary texts from Homer to the fall of Byzantium.
- Newer Greek text since 1453 being
- Selected English translations
of major authors available.
- Over 3,700 authors and 12,000
works accessible through TLG on-line.
- Help links available for more
information on display and input of Greek fonts.
ABSEES and Index Islamicus
offer a familiar interface used by many other databases provided by the same
vendors. APh and TLG, on the other hand, use their own individual
interfaces that are less intuitive for the novice user. Any librarian can provide
assistance searching these databases; for APh and especially TLG,
I am available to provide
more detailed, specialized guidance to faculty and students. Take these databases
for a test drive; they can save you and yours students valuable time.