A few weeks ago, I shared my summer project, an intensive web development course. Since the cat is out of the bag that I’m transitioning to an alt-ac career, I thought it was time to talk a bit about my decision not to pursue an academic career.
Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour today for Daylight Savings Time! Regular posts resume next week.
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.
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.
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’ve been dealing recently with a lot of questions about finding secondary source material for assignments. I often find that students have a hard time understanding which sources are appropriate scholarly sources, as well as which sources are considered “online” sources and which are not.