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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 History

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 History

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 History

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 History

  • 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) History

“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 History

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 History

  • 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: Historyhttp://www.dur.ac.uk/library/classics


3 search
3. Search History

“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 History

  • 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 History

  • 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 History

  • 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) History

  • 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) History

  • 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 History

  • 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 History

  • 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 History

  • 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 History

  • 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 History

  • 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


Any questions
Any Questions History

Nicola Conway:

nicola.conway@durham.ac.uk