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Geography: Historical geography of Greece—comprehensive
Anthropology and folklore of Greece and its neighbors—comprehensive
International affairs with respect to Greece and its neighbors—comprehensive
Education and its role in Greek nationalism—comprehensive
Greek law—Historical studies only
Architecture—Historical coverage of Greek village and city architecture, city planning—comprehensive
Greek language and its development from antiquity to the present—comprehensive
Modern Greek literature (texts)—English translation only. The collection of Modern Greek poetry and novels had to
cease in the early 1990s when the position for Modern Greek Studies bibliographer was eliminated. We do have an
excellent Modern Greek literature collection published prior to that time and we do continue to collect literary history,
criticism and bibliography.
Technology—Historical studies only
Naval and Military Science—Historical studies only
Bibliographies—comprehensive regarding all areas of Byzantine and Modern Greek civilization
Classical Studies: Collection efforts focus comprehensively on all aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman world,
including the Bronze Age in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Library materials, in print and other formats, cover
history, archaeology, language and literature, art, numismatics, science and technology, papyrology, epigraphy, and
patristics. The Classics Library offers extensive—comprehensive in many areas—coverage in materials on Byzantine
and Modern Greece and strong coverage in titles on Egypt and the Ancient Near East and on paleography. Library
holdings currently total over 244,000 items in the library facility. An additional 8,000 volumes of Modern Greek
literature materials are stored in the Southwest Ohio Regional Depository. The Classics Library currently subscribes to
approximately 2,000 serials and monographic sets. These subscriptions permit our users to have access to extensive
holdings in the major periodicals and serials in Classical Studies. Most of the collection is comprised of monographs
and journals however, the library offers access to many electronic databases specific to the field of classics, including
the major bibliographic indexes: L’Annee Philologique and Dyabola. In addition, the library owns many subject specific
databases and paper indexes, along with important image databases. Additionally, the library has a significant
collection of 19th century German dissertations and Programmschriften, as well as microform and audio-visual holdings.
The library’s growth rate is approximately 5,000 volumes per year. Recent purchases have strengthened the holdings
in the areas of patristics, papyrology, and early editions of Greek and Latin authors. Classics researchers have also
benefited from electronic resources supplied by OhioLINK and the University of Cincinnati Libraries, including electronic
journals on the Electronic Journal Center at OhioLINK and the locally supported JSTOR journal packages. Electronic
copies of monographs are made available in NetLibrary, Oxford University Press, the History E-Book Project, Oxford
Reference Online, the Making of America collection, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, and the Early English Books
Online. Finally, the collection of Hebrew Union College is useful in providing supplemental material, especially in the
areas of Near Eastern archaeology and Judaic studies. Selection of current materials, at an upper-division and graduate/
research level in all European languages, is as exhaustive as possible likewise, retrospective purchasing is actively
pursued. When new serial subscriptions are established, available back volumes are purchased. Although a majority
of materials are purchased through individual titles, we have three foreign language approval plans: Harrassowitz
(begun in the 1960s) Casalini (1986) and, Puvill (mid 1980s). English language titles are provided by Yankee and
supplemented by slips from B.H. Blackwell. Book Notification Slip Plans include YBP, Blackwell, Oionos, Aux amateurs,
Harrassowitz, Casalini, and Puvill.
Distinctions between print and electronic are less important than having content in an accessible format, whatever that
may be.
FSU is just beginning to expand its holdings in the humanities to include e-books in significant numbers. For now, we
collect print monographs but they may be changing, and changing soon.
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