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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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Help with Bibliographies: L’Année Philologique, part 3

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.

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Help with Undergraduate Research: Why Google isn’t a good place to look for scholarly articles

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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