Gnomon Bibliographische Datenbank Instruction Manual

I. Introduction

The foundation of this edition of the "Gnomon Bibliographical Database" is "Gnomon. Kritische Zeitschrift fr die gesamte klassische Altertumswissenschaft" (1, 1925 - 75, 2003).

This collection of data comprises not only all the reviews, but also the "Personalnachrichten" (personal notes) and the obituaries. This collection is augmented by the inclusion of the quarterly bibliographic appendix to "Gnomon" from 1990 onwards. Thus a considerable portion of the scholarly new publications in the areas of Classical Philology, Ancient History, and Archaeology have been taken into account. The processing of "Gnomon" and its appendix is supplemented with a retrograde and at least in part complete inclusion of a large number of periodicals. The number of entries for various journals is listed in the display of the cumulated thesaurus. An essential part of this database is made out of reviews, which, by the form of their entry, lead to the complete bibliography of the reviewed titles themselves.

The "Gnomon Bibliographical Database" is the enterprise of a modestly endowed chair at a very small university; thus it is unable to compete with similar databases supported by large and generous institutions. This database offers, on the other hand, apart from the continuous collection of new bibliographical data, information, which is not accessible using (e. g.) the "Anne Philologique", the "Database of Classical Bibliography", or "Dyabola". Worth mentioning are here perhaps the more than 8000 German dissertations (unpublished, or only privately published), abstracts of unpublished British dissertations since 1985, various holdings of the University Library of Eichstaett University and, since 2000, new acquisitions by the "Bayerische Staatsbibliothek" in Munich. Most of these titles may be accessed also via their shelfmarks in accordance with the "Regensburger Systematik" (the Bavarian equivalent of the Library-of-Congress-System). In addition, the processing of some important works of reference (LIMC, NPauly, OCD, RAC, RE) may be useful sometimes.

Last but not least the thesaurus of the "Gnomon Bibliographical Database has to be mentioned. This thesaurus allows for sophisticated searches which go far beyond other computerized bibliographies - within, nota bene, the framework of titles which have been included.

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Prof. Dr. Jürgen Malitz - March 2004