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HIS 201/202: Ancient Greece & Roman History

Finding Books

Search the Library Catalog
The catalog lists books, print journals, microfilm, music, videos, and and other materials owned by the library.

    Tips

  • Understanding Call Numbers
  • Use Advanced search for keyword searching. The drop-down menus allow you to search for your keywords within specific fields (title, subject, etc.)
  • Basic search is useful if you want to search by title or browse by author or subject headings. The proper format for names in author and subject heading browses is lastname, firstname. Examples:
    1. Searching for History of Rome and selecting Title Find in the drop-down menu finds all titles that begin with "(A or The) History of Rome." If the title you are looking for starts with an article, omit this from your search.
    2. Searching for Livy, Titus as an Author Headings browse will find works written by Livy. (Searching by author is one way to locate additional primary sources.)
    3. Searching for Rome history military as a Subject Headings browse will lead you to subject headings that start with that phrase and are about Roman military history. Searching for Livy as a Subject Headings Browse will lead you to works about Livy (biographies, criticism, etc.).

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Using material from other libraries
If something you need is not in our library, you may request material from other libraries to be sent here (Interlibrary Loan) or visit another area library (Interlibrary Use).

Finding Articles

Step 1: Choose a database in GALILEO

GALILEO (Georgia's Virtual Library) is a gateway to many research databases and different types of resources. You can find citations and abstracts to journal articles, full-text journal and newspaper articles, e-books, encyclopedias, and library catalogs. All of the library's research databases are accessible via GALILEO.
(If you are off-campus)

Resources in GALILEO are organized by subject. Use the subject menus and the information icons listed beside each resource to select a database that meets your needs. (Do you want a general/multidisciplinary database or a subject specific resource? Do you want newspapers, magazines, peer-reviewed journal articles or books? Do you want full-text or citations/abstracts? How current does your material need to be?) Most of the recommended resources for this course will be listed in under the News, Facts Reference: General and Multi Subject menu.

    Here are several databases you may find useful:
  • Academic Search Premier sm_galileo (1K) A multidisciplinary database that contains abstracts and some full-text content. Indexes both scholarly and popular journals.
    Tip: Recent issues of Greece & Rome are indexed in this database. (Older issues of Greece & Rome are available in JSTOR).

  • Current Contents Connect (scholarly journals at ISI) sm_galileo (1K) Index and abstracts for articles in scholarly journals and other research literature. Covers 1998 - present.

  • Essay & General Literature Index sm_galileo (1K) Indexes essays and articles from anthologies and collections in the humanities and social sciences. (After finding citations in this resource, you will often need to check the library catalog to see if we have the book that contains the essay.)

  • JSTOR An electronic archive of the full-text content of core scholarly journals in the arts, humanities & sciences.
    Basic Searching Tips | Advanced Searching Tips | Other JSTOR Help Topics

  • Project MUSE An electronic archive of the full-text content of core scholarly journals in the arts, humanities & social sciences.

  • Research Library sm_galileo (1K) A multidisciplinary database that contains abstracts and some full-text content. Indexes both scholarly and popular journals.
    Tip: Recent issues of Greece & Rome are indexed in this database. (Older issues of Greece & Rome are available in JSTOR).

  • Wilson OmniFile: Full Text Mega Edition: sm_galileo (1K) A multidisciplinary database that contains abstracts and some full-text content. Indexes both scholarly and popular journals. (You may adjust the subject areas searched by using the yellow menu bar at the top (Social Sciences, Humanities, etc.).

Step 2: Search the database(s) for articles on your topic

Before jumping right into your search, it is useful to spend some time thinking about your topic. Compile a list of terms associated with your topic and pay careful attention to correct spellings and synonyms. You might try writing out your topic as a sentence, then breaking down your sentence into key concepts. In your search, you can connect your concepts together with Boolean Operators (see below).

Most databases have a Guided, or Advanced, search option that will allow you to easily limit your search terms to specific fields. Boolean operators (and, or, not) are easier to use in this search mode. Additional ways to limit searches are by date, language, peer reviewed journals, and publication.

Refining your search: After your initial few searches, evaluate your results. Are there any aspects of your topic you need to add to your search? Make a note of the subject headings or descriptors attached to your results. You might be able to use these for additional searches. Did you receive too few results? If so, try expanding your search. Limit your search if you retrieved too many records.

Boolean Operator Basics: The Boolean connectors AND, OR, and NOT are often used to combine keywords or concepts when searching electronic databases. Using these operators can make your search more focused, thus yielding more precise search results.

AND is a connector that requires both words to be present in each record in your results. For example, searching for Livy AND historiography will only retrieve citations that include both terms. Use AND to narrow your search.

OR expands your search by allowing either word to be present in your search results. For example, as search on Livy AND (historiography OR method) will yield the following: All resulting citations will contain the word "Livy." In addition, all results will contain either "historiography" or "method" (or both).

NOT is used to exclude terms from your search. For example, if you do not want to find any references to book reviews, you could try searching for Livy NOT "book review".

Step 3: Finding the article once you have the citation

Sometimes the full-text is immediately available from the database you are searching. If so, you can save or print your article(s), then you are done. Often, however, the resource you are using only provides a citation. Using the information on the citation, you need to find out if the library has access to the journal issue you need.

Primary Sources - Tips and Suggestions

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