FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The TLG® is a research project at the University of California, Irvine. Its primary goal is to create a comprehensive digital collection that includes all extant works of Greek literature from antiquity to the present era, and to develop search mechanisms that allow scholars and students to search this collection. In order to recover some of the costs associated with this activity, the TLG charges reasonable subscription fees. For more information on the TLG subscription model, please consult our Subscription Frequently Asked Questions page.

Q: How can I access the TLG?
A: The TLG is available online only. From 1985 to 2000 the TLG collection was disseminated in CD ROM format. The last CD ROM (CD ROM E) was issued in 1999. The project has no plans to produce another CD ROM (or DVD) version of its corpus and is focusing its resources on online dissemination. Since 2008 the TLG® is no longer issuing or renewing CD ROM licenses.

Q: How should I cite the TLG?
A: If you wish to cite the online TLG in a bibliography, please use the URL and the month and year you accessed it, as in the following example:
Thesaurus Linguae Graecae® Digital Library. Ed. Maria C. Pantelia. University of California, Irvine. http://www.tlg.uci.edu (accessed Feb. 10, 2015).

To cite a specific edition in TLG, we recommend the following:
T.W. Allen, Homeri Ilias, vols. 2-3 Oxford: Clarendon Press 1931: 2:1-356; 3:1-370, Thesaurus Linguae Graecae® Digital Library. http://www.tlg.uci.edu/Iris/inst/browser.jsp#doc=tlg&aid=0012&wid=001&q=HOMERUS& (accessed Feb. 10, 2015).
Please consult a style guide for more information.

Q: What do I do if I cannot find a text I am looking for?
A: The Canon of Greek Authors and Works is a searchable database of all texts present in the corpus. If you cannot find a particular text in the Canon, please contact us and we will make every effort to include it in the corpus as a priority. Digitization and text editing can take up to 9 months.

Q: Can I copy and paste texts into my document?
A: The TLG® license explicitly prohibits copying, downloading and redistribution of texts. Users may copy short passages for research purposes or for use in instructional materials (handouts), but they may not download and/or redistribute large portions or complete texts.

Q: I am editing a text for publication and I would like a digital copy of the text. Can you help me?
A: If you are an editor preparing a new critical edition, the TLG® may be able to provide you with a digital copy so that you do not have to retype the text. Please contact the TLG for more information.

Q: My IP address was blocked while using the TLG®.
A: The TLG® has set limits to the number of pages users may access. This is done primarily to prevent downloading of texts. If you are having difficulty connecting or you think that your IP address may have been blocked, contact the TLG. Please provide the IP address you are connecting from to assist us in investigating the problem.