Resources for Classicists
Information literacy is the set of abilities to find and evaluate information, to interpret, absorb and apply information, and to create and communicate information. These skills are increasingly complex because information comes in a growing variety of forms and flows through a growing number of channels, be they text, digital, audio, or video.
So here, we are going to guide you to some Greek archives and libraries (mainly but not only), that contain material about classical studies, and contain information in both Greek and English!
Online & Open Access Databases
The Library of the Hellenic Parliament has digitized an important part of its Collections in order to preserve it from the damages of time and make it accessible to a broad public in this new web age.
The digitized material is constantly and strategically expanded, in order to include popular research sources, such as the Newspaper and Periodical Collections and the Historical Parliamentary Archives. Rare material is digitized upon users’ requests.
The Digital Library provides the opportunity for online navigation to the following Collections:
Newspapers & Journals (microfilms) [Visit]
The Library keeps one of the richest collections of Greek and foreign newspapers and journals since the 18th century.
The microfilming focuses on the current production of large circulation Athens and Thessaloniki daily newspapers. A similar, more demanding effort was focused on microfilming Greek newspapers and journals of past centuries, including material published all over the world. Funded by the EU operational programme “Information Society”, the Library has digitized more than 15.000 microfilms (around 8 million digital items) making the content of more than 3000 newspapers and journals of the 19th and the 20th century available through http://catalog.parliament.gr.
Historical Parliamentary Archives [Visit]
The Library handles the Historical Parliamentary Archives (1843-1967). Currently, the following material is available online:
- The 1st National Assembly Proceedings (1843-1844)
- The Parliament Proceedings (1844 – 1862)
- The Senate Proceedings (1844 – 1861)
- Indexes of the National Assemblies, Parliament and Senate Records (1843–1862)
Constitutions and Standing Orders [Visit]
The Library has proceeded in digitising the constitutional texts which are held in the Special Collections, with an emphasis given to the Greek constitutional texts of the period between the end of the 18th century and the middle of the 19th century. The current Constitution of Greece (last revision in 2008) translated to English, French and German and the Standing Orders of the Parliament are digitally available via the Hellenic Parliament’s website.
Catalog of manuscripts, National Library of Greece
Public Libraries Portal: provides access to every public library of Greece
In Greece there are 46 public libraries, 29 of them central and 9 historic (that means that they’ve existed for more than 100 years!).
The digital theasurus of primary sources for Greek history and culture.
Moreover, Helios is the repository of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF. It operates according to international standards and provides free and unrestricted access to scientific content produced by researchers at NHRF. Browse the Helios Collections and search for the scientific material of your interest!
Anemi aims to provide simple and quick access to a rich collection of digitized material. Apart from finding bibliographic information, the researcher can also browse the documents themselves in electronic form. Here you may find a great number of old and rare documents, as well as recent publications for which their creators allowed the digitization and free distribution over the Internet. Anemi also contains Antaeus : Global Index.
Arxeiomnimon : The digital collections of the Greek State Archives
It allows navigation through the archival collections originating from 37 agencies of the General State Archives all over Greece as well as searching for and accessing specific documents on-line.
Besides the on-line access to the digitized collections, the system also supports navigation through the finding aids of all the state archival agencies, updated regularly with any newly arranged or digitized collections. Seven million pages at your disposal…
The digitized collections include: Eugenides Foundation Textbooks, old and rare books from the library collection, digital representations of the Interactive Science and Technology Exhibition (text, photos, video), articles and interviews, photos, videos and audio tapes, associated with the activity of the Planetarium.
This is a historical e-journal. A review of the past.
That ‘s about a federated search engine harvesting 66 Greek digital libraries and institutional repositories, providing access to 488500 documents. Here you can :
- [[[Browse titles Take a look at all documents in alphabetical order.]]]
- Browse sets Browse all digital libraries and collections indexed by openarchives.gr.
- [[[Browse authors Browse creators and contributors in alphabetical order.]]]
- [[[RSS notifications RSS enables you to get real-time updates about queries and collections of your interest.]]]
An online platform providing updated and comprehensive information on:
- Open access issues and latest trends,
- Open access infrastructure currently being developed by the National Documentation Centre (ΕΚΤ).
Combines searching in repositories, books and journals.
This has existed since 1999, and the 8th edition was issued in 2012. It consists of 3.964.785 bibliographic records, contained in 68 bibliographic databases of 58 HALUC member-libraries. Provides access to about 15.000 digital books to the students of these universities.
Argolikos Archival Library of History and Culture of Argolis (digital library unfortunately only in greek)
Since 2009, the OPAC of Anthos Library consists of 14.000 books, almost 6.000 journals and audiovisual material, and is updated on a daily basis (i.e. anthoslibrary.blogspot.com & anthoslibrary.wordpress.com)
And some interesting resources, though not in Greek!
An application for the libraries all around the world.
By now, consists of 9945 journals , 5040 journals searchable at article level, searching in 121 Countries for 1148703 articles.
Provides access to the Orphan Repository of OpenAIRE, in addition to research data and Open Access publications such as books, articles, announcements at conferences, patents, other doctoral studies, presentations, images (diagrams, charts, photographs, drawings, graphics, etc), and audio and video files.
This database builds and operates a simple and innovative service that enables researchers, scientists, EU projects and institutions to share and showcase multidisciplinary research results (data and publications) that are not part of the existing institutional or subject-based repositories of the research communities.
ZENODO is derived from Zenodotus, the first librarian of the Ancient Library of Alexandria and father of the first recorded use of metadata, a landmark in library history.
Established in 2003, E-LIS is an international Open Archive for Library and Information Science (LIS). E-LIS has grown to include a team of volunteer editors and support for 22 languages. Here you can find books, journals, conference proceedings, papers, etc using a full range of fields.