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Classics Resources, Methods and Resources - Library Induction. Suzie Kitchin and Christine Purcell October 2008. By the end of this session…. You should be able to… Identify and find relevant resources for your research

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Classics resources methods and resources library induction

Classics Resources, Methods and Resources- Library Induction

Suzie Kitchin and Christine Purcell

October 2008


By the end of this session

By the end of this session…

You should be able to…

  • Identify and find relevant resources for your research

  • Use the library effectively, and make the most of our services and resources

  • Access other libraries and their resources


Library basics

Library basics

  • http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/

    • Using the library

  • University Library - 4 libraries

  • Opening hours

  • Borrowing privileges

  • Durham University email

  • Contacts / support


Library web pages http www dur ac uk library

Library web pages http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/

  • Subject information - Classics

  • Information for…

    • Postgraduate

    • Research

  • Databases

  • Using other libraries


Library catalogue

Library catalogue

  • How to search

    • Author / title

    • Keyword and advanced searching

    • Marking records

    • Journals – print and online

  • Your library record

  • Document Delivery Service


Effective searching 1

Effective searching (1)

  • Synonyms

    • e.g. tragedy, drama, melodrama

  • Truncation

    • e.g. drama* (drama, dramas, dramatic)

  • Wildcards

    • e.g. organi*ation, behavio*r

  • Boolean operators: AND, OR & AND NOT


Combining search terms

Combining search terms

  • Boolean operators: AND, OR & AND NOT

Plato AND Aristotle

Plato OR Aristotle

Plato AND NOT Aristotle


Effective searching 2

Effective searching (2)

  • Limits

    • e.g. year, language

  • Combination of searches, eg.

    (monument* or sculpture*) and (deterio* or weathering)

  • Advanced search option / help

  • Searching advice: http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/using/finding/


Bibliographic databases

Bibliographic databases

  • L’Annee Philologique

  • Web of Knowledge (multidisciplinary)

  • Dyabola

    Full-text sources include:

  • Patrologia Latina

  • Encyclopaedia Judaica

  • Journal providers eg JSTOR


Current awareness

Current Awareness

  • Library catalogue

    • Reading history

    • Keyword searches

    • New books

  • Alerting services http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/using/finding/curaware/

  • Theses and Dissertations http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/classics/theses/


Other resources

Other resources

  • News and news archives http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/resources/online/newspapers/

  • Image databases http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/resources/online/imagedatabases/

  • Subject gateways http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/classics/gateways/


Wider access

Wider access

  • Local universities

    e.g. Newcastle and Northumbria

  • 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/


Where to get help

Where to get help

  • Main Library - Enquiries Desk Level 2

  • On-line enquiry service:

  • http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/using/enquiries/

  • Academic Support Team:

  • Suzie Kitchin [email protected]

  • Christine Purcell [email protected]


Feedback form

Feedback form

  • Please complete the online evaluation form before logging off your PC

    (link is on Classics Information skills page)

    http://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/durham/claspg08


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