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In our final post on APh, we’re tying up all those loose ends. Here you’ll learn how to read an APh entry, organize the Results page, and export your results to your own computer. If you missed the first parts, you can read about how use the EBSCO version, conduct a basic search, and some advanced tricks! Continue reading
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
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.
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.
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