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L’Année philologique Online: Getting Started

L’Année philologique is the most comprehensive bibliographic database in the areas of ancient Greek and Roman history, literature, languages, archaeology and other aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

Access Information

You can access L’Année philologique Online via the Research Gateway linked from the Libraries Webpage or tab in the myU. portal.

**Available in the Libraries only.


After entering your search, you will be taken to the Search history screen. From here you should click Read the total to see the full list of results.

The results are listed in chronological order, so the most recent articles will be on the last page.

From the results screen, you can print or export your search results.

You need to select the book icon to see the full details. Remember that L’Année philologique is an index only; there is no full text. You will need to return to the library catalog or Find e-Journal on the Journal List to get the complete article, chapter or book.

If the item is not found in one of the above, you may order a copy of the article via Interlibrary Loan.

**(How do I sign up for Interlibrary Loan?)

Interim records

L’Année philologique Online includes interim (pre-publication) records for entries that are not yet in the print version. If there are interim records available, they appear next to the main set of results.

Search history

Use the History link to view or combine searches from your current session.


L’Année philologique: bibliographie critique et analytique de l'antiquité gréco-latine has been produced by the the Société Internationale de Bibliographie Classique since 1928. It is the most comprehensive bibliographic database available for ancient Greek and Roman history, literature, languages, archaeology, religion and philosophy. L’Année philologique Online includes volume 20 (1949) onwards of the print version.


There are six search options at the top of the screen: 'modern author', 'full text', 'ancient authors’, 'subjects and disciplines’, 'date' and 'other criteria'.

The basic steps outlined below under Modern author search apply also to the other types of search. 

Search options

L’Année philologique has six search options at the top of the screen: 'Modern author,' 'Full text', 'Ancient authors,' 'Subjects and disciplines,' 'Date,' and 'Other criteria'.

Modern author search
Because author names may appear in various ways - with first or middle names, or only initials - it's safest to search only the last name.  On the next screen, check the box next to the correct author and click Confirm the selection. Sometimes authors are included under various versions of their names (e.g. given name and family name, initials and family name), so you might need to check more than one box.

Full text search
Full text search is the best option for finding articles on a particular topic, but  "Full Text" does not search the complete text of articles.  :( Instead, this option searches only abstracts and citations (e.g. author, article title, journal title etc.).

If you enter more than one word, the words won't be searched as a phrase, but all must appear somewhere in the record. For example, if you were interested in the relationship between the ancient calendar and festivals, you could enter: calendar festival.

If you search using English terms, the references matched are likely to be in English.

Ancient authors
If you searching by "Ancient Author," your search results will find include works by the author (new translations, editions, or commentaries) and works about him.

There are some quirks in the "Ancient authors" search. When searching for ancient authors' names in their Latin form, you'll see that 'v' appears as 'u' unless the name starts with 'V.'  (For example: 'Liuius' rather than 'Livius' and 'Ouid' rather than 'Ovid') In most cases, you can use modern English spelling for ancient authors’ names, but if your search produces no results try an alternative spelling. For example, 'Vergil' produces no results; so try either 'Virgil' or 'Virgilius'.

Subjects and disciplines
This option lets you browse L’Année philologique by broad subject areas:

  • Literary history
  • Linguistics and philology
  • Textual history
  • Antiquities
  • History 
  • Law
  • Philosophy and the history of ideas
  • Science, technology, crafts
  • The classical tradition
  • Festschriften and collections

Each of subject areas can then be broken down into sub-categories and even sub sub-categories.

You can search for articles published in, before or after a given year, or within a particular date range.

Other criteria
This option allows you to search within specific fields:

  • Word(s) in the title
  • Publisher
  • Collection
  • Periodical
  • Language
  • APh number. This is the number assigned to each bibliographic record within L’Année Philologique. It must be in the format VV-NNNNN (i.e. volume, number).Search
  • Reviews by periodical
  • Reviews by author.


Use an asterisk * to replace a letter or letters at the end of your search term. For example, if you enter rom* as a search term, your search results will include results with the words Rome, Roman, Romans, etc.

Combining Searches

Suppose you have searched for Petronius and received 2,000 search results--you'll probably want to narrow your topic.  For this example, you could decided to limit your search to articles that discuss Petronius's Satyricon by clicking "Full Text" and entering "Satyricon" in the box provided.  Your next Result Screen will include the two searches you have done.  Click the combine button.  On the next screen, enter Q1 AND Q2 and click the search button"  You'll will then have a list of articles dealing with Petronius and Satyricon

Combine    Q1 and Q2   (stands for Query 1 and Query 2)

You could also limit your search results by selecting a language and then combining those results.  Or you could select one of the subject or disciplines or a date range.

Interpreting the Results

Results are listed in chronological order, with the oldest references first. To find more detail on an article or book chapter, click on the open book icon to the right.

Journal references are typically abbreviated. In the full display, hovering over the abbreviation will often pop-up the full journal title. However, if pop-ups do not appear, you can find the full journal title by searching under Other Criteria - Periodical. For example, a search on CJ would show it to be The Classical Journal.

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Text in this guide used with thanks to University of Melbourne and Temple University.

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