Help with Undergraduate Writing: Word Basics

As the Chromebook overtakes the K-12 market, I’ve begun to see something strange happen in my classroom: students who don’t know how to use the most basic features of word-processing software such as Microsoft Word. Since Chromebooks use Google Docs for word processing, this is perhaps unsurprising. But, for better or worse, Microsoft is still the industry standard for writing, both in academia and elsewhere. It’s good to know how the software works.

Since the Word Help files are often less-than-helpful, this post will walk through the three most important features a student should know about word: how to change fonts, check your word count, and double-space. Later posts will include more advanced features, such as word and image wrapping, adding pagination, tables, and hyperlinks, as well as book-length tools that will be useful to graduate students: how to set up chapters and an index, and when to use the advanced find/replace.

Are there other things you’d like to know how to do in Word? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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Help with Latin and Greek: Gobbets

If you are not Canadian (or maybe not Commonwealth? Let us know!), you are probably wondering what is a gobbet and why do I need help with it? Readers, I know, because once I had the exact same question. I had just begun graduate school and I was taking a class on Euripidean drama. When it came time for the midterm, the professor said, oh-so-casually, “it will be a translation plus gobbets.”

To my American ears, this sounded roughly like the world’s worst Thanksgiving dinner. I was soon to learn otherwise. Continue reading

See you in the fall!

The Library of Antiquity is committed to bringing you short and useful tutorials on classics resources. We also have day jobs, sometimes with non-negotiable deadlines. In order to make sure that we continue to provide high-quality content, we are taking a breather for the summer. Our email and submissions systems will remain monitored, so please continue to send us your ideas!

Call for Submissions!

The Library of Antiquity actively seeking submissions for immediate publication. We are run by two Roman historians, and we know that the archaeologists, art historians, Hellenists, and philologists are doing amazing things with research tools both digital and hard copy. Please help us explain how to use your favorite research tool! Our submission guidelines are simple, and in our experience writing a post takes only about an hour.

Five reasons to attend a small(er) conference!

We’ve given advice about attending a conference before. But when we wrote that post, we were at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, which is a gigantic affair that’s often overwhelming for a young scholar. (Quick straw poll: who was terrified, lost, lonely, or all of the above at their first SCS?)

In this post, we focus on the benefits of smaller conferences. Smaller conferences help you get your feet wet, but they’re also enjoyable for the experienced conference-goer. Why? Read on!  Continue reading

App Review: SPQR (Romans Go Home)

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 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.

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