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ANTH-AHCL 1200H Library Assignment

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Library Skills Tutorials

There are three basic tutorials you must read, in order to find your way around library research. If you haven't already seen them, take a few minutes now.

For more tutorials, see the Library Tutorials page.


Welcome to the Subject Guide for Ancient History & Classics

In the pages of this guide you will find information about and links to important resources in Ancient History & Classics.

Use the tabs across the top to navigate your way through this guide.

On the Books page find lists of e-book databases and reference books that might help you with your research.

On the Articles page find lists of useful databases to search for article citations.  When you find citations to good articles for your research, follow the links to the article online, or search E-Journals A-Z or the Library Catalogue for the journal.

If you need help, don't forget to check out the tutorials and you can contact me to ask a question.  I can often give you what you need via email, and I'll probably get back to you the same day.

Getting Started

Before you start searching, you should know what you want to find. The type of information you want determines where you look:

  • find books using the Library Catalogue
  • find articles using indexes.

The keywords you select will affect what you find. Plan where you want to search and what terms you will search for. The plan may change as you find results and learn from them.

Course textbooks and Reserve readings are often a great place to start. They provide background reading and often include a bibliography. Check to see what's already available for your course. The list of reference books under "Find Books" may also offer helpful background reading and bibliographies.

Where you look for information in Ancient History and Classics depends on what you hope to find. There is no ONE PLACE to search for everything. Information is sometimes "owned" by an organization and you'll need to search a specific database to find it.

We have a set of 3 online tutorials that will get you started with your research - see the link to them to the left. You should read (or watch) these tutorials before trying to do your research - it will save you time and frustration.

Formatting Guidelines: AJA

The American Journal of Archaeology (AJA) provides formatting guidelines that are widely used for citing documents in Ancient History & Classics.

Find them here: