L'Annee Philologique (APh) provides information about scholarship on all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations published between 1928 and the present (with a two-year period between a publication's appearance and its addition to the database).

APh includes information about journal articles, books, and book chapters. These items, and the information in the database about them, may be in English, German, French, Spanish, or Italian.

The articles discovered by searching APh are published in more than 1,000 journals. This thoroughness is part of what makes APh so valuable. (Within JSTOR, a researcher finds just 66 classics journals.)

This tutorial provides an introduction to searching APh. Much more is possible after getting started.

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tutorial.

Search by Ancient Author and Text

APh includes indexes that list predetermined names, titles, subjects, and other categories of information about each article or book with a record in the database.

Ancient Authors and Texts is one such index. Let's search APh for the ancient author Pliny the Elder.

Click on Ancient Authors and Texts in the maroon navigation bar at the top of the page.

The first trick to using the Ancient Authors and Texts index is that you must know the Latin name or title. This can be discovered using a Latin dictionary. In the case of Pliny the Elder, the needed Latin name is Plinius Secundus.

Type Plinius Secundus into the text box and click Browse.

His name appears at the top of an alphabetical list of ancient authors. Click in the box beside Plinius Secundus (C.) and then click Search.

How many items are in the search result list?

Limit a Search Results List

You may limit this search results list in several ways using filters on the left side of the screen.

It is possible to reduce the results list to:

  • Items published during a limited time period.
  • Items published only as books or only as articles.
  • Items published only in English.
  • A variety of other parameters.

Use the language filter to limit the results to items published in English. Notice the reduction in the number of items on the list!

How many items are on the search results list after it is limited by language to English?

Search by Keyword

This results list can be reduced further by adding a relevant keyword to our ancient author search.

Look for the search boxes near the top of the page. Notice that Plinius Secundus appears in the first box already, along with some coding that indicates he is being searched for as an ancient author.

In the second search box, type agriculture OR nature.

Type the words just as shown above. Including the word OR between them means that APh will include an item on the search result list whether it refers to agriculture or it refers to nature, assuming both are of equal interest.

Click Search.

This is a manageable list of items where Pliny the Elder is identified as the ancient author and some mention is made of either agriculture or nature. One or the other of the keywords most likely appears in the title of the article, book, or book chapter, or in the abstract describing it.

Review the Detailed Record

Click on the blue title for the book called "Situating Nature's Wonders in Pliny's Natural History."

This is the detailed record for the book we selected from the results list. It provides us with all of the information entered in APh about the item.

The first piece of information that deserves attention is the indication that this is a book chapter, not an entire book, according to the document type portion of the record.

Note that the detailed record includes the chapter's author and an abstract, or summary.

The chapter appeared on our results list for two reasons:

  • Plinius Secundus is listed as the ancient author.
  • The word nature appears in the chapter title (or nature's does; the database is recognizing the root word, nature).

The record also includes the title of the book in which the chapter appears.  What is that title?

Find the Full Text

After identifying an item to read, use the FIND IT @ LOYOLA button to open the library catalog and locate the full text in the library's print and digital collections.

The catalog will provide links into the interlibrary loan system when full text is not available in Loyola University Chicago's library collections.

Congratulations! You've completed this Introduction to L'Annee Philologique.

To get additional help from a librarian, please click here or stop by the Information Commons or Lewis Library Reference Desk.


Please enter your name and email address to retrieve a copy of your completed quiz.

You can enter multiple email addresses separated by commas. If you are doing this for a class, you may need to enter your instructor's email address also.


What did you think of this tutorial?