If you are in a hurry: The Gnomon Online Quick Start Guide

Sample Searches

The option »Title Search« allows you to search in various fields of the database. Since »Gnomon Online« indexes every single word, it is strongly recommended to use »All fields« for entering words and terms.

Search strings are truncated with an asterisk (*).

Try the following sample searches, using »All fields«.

The Thesaurus

»Gnomon Online« transfers some of the technical advantages of the »Gnomon Bibliographische Datenbank« on CD to the Internet. The main system remains, of course, the Windows based CD-ROM version which offers, apart from the 240.000 titles (against the ca. 15% offered here), far more options than the »Gnomon Online«.

The heart of the system - both for the CD and for »Gnomon Online« - is the rather detailed thesaurus with now more than 5.500 controlled terms. Main areas are Ancient History and Classical Philology, with Archaeolgy in third place. Names of ancient authors have been latinized; for better identification of Greek authors the TLG number has been added.

Since the German terms of the Thesaurus may look sometimes rather foreign for the eyes of englishspeaking scholars, a workaround has been found to give access also to those terms whose translation is not obvious. Users searching for an english term which has an equivalent in the thesaurus will be referred to the German thesaurus term. After the search for (e. g.) miracles, a message will be displayed pointing out that the German term used for miracles in the thesaurus is Wunder; this is useful also for names and places: searching for (e. g.) Horace will bring up the message that Horace is called Horatius in the thesaurus, that Cyprus is listed in the thesaurus as Zypern.

New users both of the Gnomon Bibliographische Datenbank and of Gnomon Online are advised to download the Gnomonthesaurus as PDF file, MS Word file, or as ASCII file.

When the thesaurus (or just a part or it) is called up within the menu »Display of the Thesaurus« you will find in brackets the number of described titles for each terms; in this shortened online version of the database you will see, more than once, the number [0].

Display of titles

Two sorting options are available: either »Author/Title« or »Year/Author/Title«.

Beneath every title displayed on screen you see all the assigned thesaurus terms written out with blue letters. Clicking on these »hotspots« will guide you to all the other documents assigned to this term.

There is no technical limit for the number of displayed titles. Within a very large result you may scroll down in sections of not more than fifty titles using the button »next page«.