Help with Bibliographies: L’Année Philologique, part 2

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.

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Help with Bibliographies: L’Année Philologique on EBSCO

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.

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Help with Research: Oxford Bibliographies Online

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

Forgotten Skills: Browsing

As libraries evolve, more and more research activity is moving online: digitized journals, books, and documents are now the norm, rather than an unexpected treat. We don’t (entirely) regret this change – anyone who has had to wade through bound back issues of journals to find an article, or who has visited Current Periodicals just to look at the tables of contents, understands how much more convenient it is to access academic materials from the comfort of one’s office, home, or cell phone. And we’ve dedicated several posts to the specific skills needed to locate books and articles online. For this post, we’re going old-school with some basics: why should you visit an actual library, and what should you do once you’re there? Continue reading