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Ancient Languages and Cultures (ALC): Reference works

Subject guide for students, researchers and academics in Ancient Languages and Cultures. Provides overview of resources available via UP's

Classics Reference Works & other useful works

Brill's New Pauly

Shelf numbers: Merensky Library Reference Collection Level 6N 938.003 BRILL'S

Description: "the unrivalled modern reference work for the ancient world."


Loeb Classical Library

Shelf numbers: N 870 and futher, N 880 and further, on Level 1

E.g.: Merensky Library Reference Collection Level 1 N 870.8 LOEB CICER for Letters to Atticus by Marcellus Tillius Cicero

Description: "...volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available in a modern and elegant interface, allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease."
"The mission of the Loeb Classical Library, founded by James Loeb in 1911, has always been to make Greek and Latin literature accessible to the broadest range of readers"

Oxford Reference Online (electronic reference works)

New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)   2015

Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)     2015

Oxford Paperback Thesaurus (4 ed.)   2012

The Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion. (3 ed.) 2015 (online).

The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English. 2002 (online).

Pocket Fowler’s Modern English Usage. 2nd ed. 2008 (online).

The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization. 2nd ed. 2014 (online).

The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature. 3rd ed. 2011 (online).

A Guide to Countries of the World (3 ed.) 2014.

Visual English Dictionary. 2005.

World Encyclopedia. 2014. 

World Flags. 2004.

World Maps. 2004.

Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language. 2013 (online).

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics. 3rd ed. 2014 (online).

A Dictionary of Critical Theory. 2010 (online).

A Dictionary of Writers and Their Works. 3rd ed. 2015 (online).

Oxford Companion to Classical Literature. 3rd ed. 2011 (online).

Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. 3rd ed. 2012 (online).

Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms. 4th ed. 2015 (online).

Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 2nd ed. 2014 (current online version).

Oxford Dictionary of Plays. 2nd ed. 2015 (online).

Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction. 2007 (online).

Focus on: Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Business French Dictionary: English-French / French-English

Oxford Business Spanish Dictionary: English-Spanish/Spanish-English

Pocket Oxford German Dictionary: English German/German-English (4 ed.)

Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary: English-Latin/Latin-English (3 ed.)

Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary: English-Spanish/Spanish-English (4 ed.)

Pocket Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary: English-French/French-English (4 ed.)

E-Reference works


Book Citation Index “provides researchers with access to the citation network between books and the wider world of scholarly and scientific research, allowing them to measure the contribution of books in specific disciplines and identify potential collaborators.” Subscription resource.

Pharos Dictionaries - Subscription resource. On-campus access only.

Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal (WAT) - Subscription resource. On-campus access only.

Also see lists of relevant databases and e-journals, of favourite web-links, and of e-books in this guide.