Today I’m going to do something a little unusual for the Library of Antiquity. I’m going to review a Latin app called SPQR Latin Dictionary and Reader from romansgohome.com. The website has a lot of screenshots of the app in action plus a lot of information on the app’s different features, so I won’t cover everything the app can do today. Instead I’ll do a brief overview of the main features, and then share what I think are the best and most useful parts of the app.
In previous posts, we explained how to use the EBSCO-hosted version of L’Année Philologique as well as how to perform a basic search on its independent website. In this post, we’re tackling advanced searches. While I’m using the APh interface, a lot of the more conceptual considerations (like when and how to use parameters) can be applied to the EBSCO version as well. If your institution subscribes to EBSCO, you may want to review that post first; it includes slightly different search options than APh.
We’ve been covering L’Année Philologique over the last two posts, but you might wonder why you should bother to use a bibliographical database at all. Why can’t you just Google when you’re looking for sources? The short answer is that Google is primarily a search engine for the web. Google is not, and does not claim to be, a database of scholarly articles. Sure, Google Books and Google Scholar are specialized search engines designed to limit search results to articles and books, but they are not the same as an article database.
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In our last post, we discussed using the Classics database L’Année Philologique through its EBSCO host. But many institutions, particularly those with a dedicated Classics department, will subscribe to APh‘s own hosted service. This post offers advice for using it. If you’re not sure what APh is or why you should use it, read the previous post first and then come back here. Like the EBSCO version, APh Online is a subscription-only service, which means that you will need to access it through your institution’s library login. I’ll start my post with the assumption that you’ve logged in.
L’Année Philologique (APh) is a specialized bibliographic reference for all fields of Greek and Roman antiquity, published by the Société Internationale de Bibliographie Classique. It provides book, article, and review titles, authors, and abstracts for material published from 1924 to 2014 (it’s updated every year). APh is an actual print publication that most university libraries will (or used to) subscribe to if they offer undergraduate or graduate programs in any discipline of classical antiquity, but it is also available as an online database via two different interfaces. The first, EBSCO, is the interface that my library subscribes to and will be the topic of today’s post.
I admit it: when my librarian emailed excitedly about a new bibliography tool that we had access to, I wasn’t that excited. Like most classicists (I think), I’m pretty happy with using APh and JStor, as well as trawling through footnotes. But my students have always struggled with bibliography and they have a research paper coming up. It seemed like as good a time as any to check this new tool out, put together a user guide, and post it to our course website.
It turns out that sometimes librarians get excited for good reasons. Oxford Bibliographies (which are subscription-only) are useful for undergrads and more advanced researchers. While I wouldn’t use the site to stay current in my field of research, I’m planning on coming back to review some topics for teaching. And if you’re at the seminar or early-dissertation stage, well … you’re luckier than I was. Continue reading