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Finding resources for your dissertation: Classics & Ancient History. Nicola Conway. October 2011. Aims of the session. To help you: Identify, find & evaluate relevant resources for your dissertation Use the library effectively, and make the most of our services and resources

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aims of the session
Aims of the session

To help you:

  • Identify, find & evaluate relevant resources for your dissertation
  • Use the library effectively, and make the most of our services and resources
  • Know who to contact for further help
format of the session
Format of the session

What the session will involve:

  • A demonstration of quality academic resources for your subject
  • A chance for you to begin searching for information for your dissertation
  • An opportunity to ask for help and advice when researching
1 identify keywords
1. Identify Keywords

Identify keywords from your topic:

  • “The literary and socialsignificance of food in Romansatire ”

Advanced searching techniques:

  • Synonyms : significance OR importanceOR value
    • : satire OR humour OR irony
  • Truncation: litera* to locate literary, literatureetc.
  • Phrases: “Roman satire”
  • Wildcards: humo?rto locate humour or humor
  • Joining Words: AND, OR, NOT
task one p 3 of handout
Task One p.3 of handout
  • Identify keywords from the topic you are researching, if you can’t think of one use one of the following:
    • How effectively did Greek vase painters tell the story of a myth?
    • Examine Alexander the Great’s role in the history of Greek numismatics?
task one p 3 of handout 2
Task One p.3 of handout (2)

“Examine Alexander the Great’s role in the history of Greeknumismatics?”

OR

OR

“Alexander III of Macedon”

“Alexander the Great”

“Alexander of Macedon”

AND

coin*

numismatics

currency

AND

Greek

Greece

2 decide where to search
2. Decide where to search

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What information do you need?
    • Overview of a topic, theory, idea, concept?
      • Encyclopaedias and Dictionaries (online and in print)
    • Background information?
      • Textbook/E-book
    • Information on the latest research?
      • Journal Article
      • Conference Paper
      • News item
2 decide where to search1
2. Decide where to search
  • Do you have a specific reference?
    • Yes Library Catalogue
    • No Online resource
  • Have you looked at all the information resources available for Classics & Ancient History?
    • http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/classics/
subject specific support http www dur ac uk library classics
Subject Specific Support: http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/classics
3 search
3. Search

“Examine Alexander the Great’s role in the history of Greeknumismatics?”

OR

OR

“Alexander III of Macedon”

“Alexander the Great”

“Alexander of Macedon”

AND

coin*

numismatics

currency

AND

Greek

Greece

searching the library catalogue
Searching the library catalogue
  • Can be searched using a variety of methods
    • Author/Title (combined) for known item
    • Keyword
    • Classmark and Subject search
  • Searches for print and electronic resources but does not search within them
  • Can save searches and email results
online journal databases
Online Journal Databases
  • Search a wide range of journal articles
  • Some are full text
    • JSTOR
  • Some only provide bibliographic information
    • Web of Knowledge
    • L’Année philologique
    • Need to use ConneXions to see if Durham subscribes to the content

No single database will cover everything

e books and news items
E-books and News Items
  • E-books:
    • Cambridge collections online: cross-searchable database which includes the Cambridge Companions Complete Collection
    • Myilibrary: collection of e-books from a range of publishers.
  • News Items
    • Infotrac custom newspapers - online full text archive of UK broadsheets
using internet resources 1
Using Internet Resources (1)
  • Remember to evaluate information on the web
    • Anyone can be a web author
    • There are few controls over what is posted on the web
    • Is material peer-reviewed or edited?
    • Is the information up to date?
    • Check for bias or an agenda
internet resources 2
Internet Resources (2)
  • Perseus Digital Library - full text primary and secondary sources for the study of ancient Greece and Rome
  • Google Scholar – search engine for academic resources
    • uses Durham ConneXions button
obtaining items outside of durham
Obtaining items outside of Durham
  • Visiting other universities e.g. Newcastle and Northumbria
    • Check their catalogues: http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/resources/online/catalogues/
  • Access to other libraries
    • SCONUL Access Scheme
    • http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/otherlibraries/
  • Document Delivery Service
    • http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/using/borrowing/dds/
4 review your results
4. Review your results
  • Are your results useful?
    • Do you need to change your keywords or search in a different database?
    • Use one record to find similar useful resources
  • Evaluate the quality of your sources
    • particularly if they are found on the internet
  • Keep references
    • e-mail yourself useful references
references and bibliographies
References and Bibliographies
  • Always keep a full and accurate record of your information sources
  • Use the Library Catalogue and online databases to e-mail references
  • Make sure you refer correctly to other authors within your work
  • Avoid plagiarism
task two p 6 of handout
Task Two p.6 of handout
  • Use the keywords you identified in Task One to search for information in:
    • An online database
    • An e-book
    • Any other information resource listed in the handout
where to get further help
Where to get further help
  • Help and Information Point on Level 2
  • Online enquiries form:
    • http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/using/enquiries/
  • Subject information pages:
    • http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/classics/
  • Academic Support Team:
    • Nicola Conway – Classics & Ancient History
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