One of the things that is most frustrating as a researcher is coming across a journal abbreviation that I don’t know. Although many older works of scholarship used fairly easy-to-decode abbreviations (at least easy for the Google age), more recent works tend to use APh (L’année philologique) abbreviations. Which is great, if you happen to know all of the abbreviations out there.
Although the APh does have a pdf list of abbreviations available to everyone — subscribers and non-subscribers — it is a bit unwieldy. The searchable tool in the subscription-only version is easier, but not everyone has access to the full APh. Luckily, there are other options, at least for undergraduate research. (Graduate and professional researchers will likely require a more comprehensive list than the site I am about to link to, and should skip a paragraph.)
The Indiana University Library system has a webpage, hyperlinked and alphabetized by APh abbreviation, of all of the journals it has in its library.
UNC-Greensboro, on the other hand, reproduces the full APh list with alphabetized hyperlinks:
These are pretty self-explanatory sites: let’s say you come across the abbreviation RAL. If you google that, you’ll have a difficult time finding it:
And while you might think that this has something to do with Latin, you’d be wrong: it’s actually the place of publication (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei). But one click on either website will show you that:
The University of Chicago’s site is even searchable:
So, I’m not sure that I have any special tricks for these, except to bookmark the sites so that you can easily locate your citations!
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