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CLA 399: Classics Capstone

Spring 2011
Doing Research

With so many information sources available online and in print, simply finding information usually isn't the issue. The true research problem lies in finding quality information sources that are appropriate for your topic. Take time to think critically about your research during this entire semester. Have you utilized the best sources for your topic? Do you have a grasp of the literature in your field? Have you thoroughly explored the nuances of your topic and supporting sources? This approach will not only be useful in this class, it will be invaluable as you head into the workforce or further graduate study. As always, give yourself enough time to do your research and have fun with your topics and the places they're taking you!

Why You Need the Library

As you do research in the field of classics, the library functions as your lab. We have links to numerous databases containing millions of article references. We have a solid collection of books, plus access to hundreds of thousands more through Interlibrary Loan. We have webpages describing how to cite sources and other research tips. Equally as important, we have faculty librarians who are trained to teach you how to find and use information, whether that information is found in a book, an article, or on the Internet. We have unique insights into the research process and can help you explore your topic (narrowing it, broadening it, finding leading scholars in your field, incorporating sources, you name it!), in addition to finding sources. The library is where you experiment with your research - testing, revising, and creating something new.

Librarian: Michelle Twait
Professor: Mary McHugh

Table of Contents:

Reference Works
  • Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
    John Wiley & Sons 2010 4th edition
    An authoritative source of articles on psychology, ranging from developmental psychology, to forensic psychology, to language and linguistic processes, to statistical procedures and research methods. Includes bibliographies.
    • Location(s): Ref BF31 .E52 2010
    4 vols.
  • Encyclopedia of Learning and Memory
    New York: Macmillan 1992
    Offers nearly 200 articles written by specialists in the fields of neuroscience and psychology on such topics as spatial learning, language learning, curiosity and exploration, Alzheimer's disease, and aphasia. Profiles of leading theorists in the field are also included.
    • Location(s): Ref BF 318 .E53 1992
  • Encyclopedia of Psychology
    American Psychological Association 2000
    An authoritative source of articles on topics, methods, findings, advances, and applications in the field. Each article is followed by a current bibliography of the key works on the topic.
    • Location(s): Ref BF 31 .E52 2000
    8 vols.
  • Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference
    Elsevier 2008
    Extensively covers the psychology and behavioural neuroscience of learning and memory.
    • Location(s): Ref BF 318 .L3854 2008, 4 vols.
Classics Research Guide
Includes lists of reference works, databases, journals, and websites to help you begin your research. Also includes a guide to browsing for books in certain subject areas.

Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • MnLink
    A shared catalog of Minnesota libraries, including the University of Minnesota. To search a large number of libraries at once, choose "Libraries - Academic" from the "Current Profile" list. Use the "Get it!" button to place Interlibrary Loan requests.
  • WorldCat
    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Finding Book Reviews
In addition to finding refereed book reviews in the major classics journals, you might also try the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). One caveat: In the BMCR anyone can write reviews of anyone, so sometimes you get some interesting results. Still, it's a good place to start in terms of looking at reasonable reviews of recent works in classical scholarship online.

Finding Articles
If you have an article citation and can't find the full text in a database, use the Journal Locator to see if Gustavus owns a print copy of the article OR if it is available through another database. Be sure to search the Journal Locator with the title of the journal, not the article title.
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)
    A multidisciplinary index covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. This index fully covers 1,144 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, and also includes some individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals. Some of the disciplines covered include archaeology, linguistics, art, literature, music, philosophy, dance, history, religion and theater.

    Note: To limit searches to this database, please verify that only it is checked on the initial search screen.
    1997-present; updated weekly

    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
    1831-recent years
  • L'Annee Philologique Online
    Annual index of scholarly publications relating to the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome (500 BCE to 800 CE). The most complete index available for classics, this resource includes over 375,000 citations to articles, books, book reviews, conference proceedings, and essays on on all aspects of Greek and Latin cultures, including literature, language, art, archaeology, philosophy, and religion. International in scope, it indexes works in all languages. To request books or article through L'Annee Philologique, read the full description in the Interlibrary Loan section of this course page (below).
  • MLA International Bibliography
    The major research resource for information on English literature, foreign languages and linguistics. Includes references to scholarly articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, and dissertations; coverage dates back to the 1920's.
    1923-present; updated 9 times yearly
  • Project MUSE
    Project MUSE provides full text electronic access to over 100 scholarly journals in humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics. Topics covered include literary theory; classics; history and cultural studies; philosophy; film, theatre and the performing arts; political science and mathematics.
  • PsycINFO
    Citations and abstracts to articles from more than 1300 international journals in psychology and related fields, going back to 1840. This database covers all areas of psychology, including experimental, developmental, communications, social processes and issues, personality, physical and psychological disorders, professional issues, applied psychology, educational psychology, and behavioral literature in such related fields as law, business and medicine. Also includes citations for books and book chapters.
  • TLG: Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
    This digital library contains virtually all Greek texts surviving from the period between Homer (8th century BCE) and 600 CE and the majority of surviving works up the fall of Byzantium in 1453 CE. It currently includes 12,000 works representing 3,700 authors and continues its efforts to include all extant Greek texts from the byzantine and post-byzantine period. The database offers a number of different screen displays for the Greek in each work. It is accessible from a designated computer in the Classics department office and two computers on the main floor of the library, on the wall opposite the library's e-classroom.
    8th c. BCE-1453 CE
Interlibrary Loan
Using Interlibrary Loan allows you to get books and articles from other libraries. It is a profoundly useful research tool and fairly easy once you get the hang of it. Use the following tips to learn how to use Interlibrary Loan.
  • General Information
    • What are my barcode and password?
      You will always have to enter your barcode and password to request items. Your barcode is the 14 digit number on your student ID. Your password is your last name.
    • What if my barcode doesn't work?
      If you get a message saying that you're not authorized to use ILL, there's probably a problem with your patron record. Often it is simply that you got a new ID card at some point and we don't have it in our system. You may also have a fine that is blocking your card. At any rate, contact the Circulation Desk (x7557) or the Reference Desk (x7567).
    • How long does it take?
      It usually takes 1 week for a book to be shipped to our library. Articles will be emailed to you within a few days if the article is available from the lending library in electronic format. If the article isn't available electronically, a photocopy will be mailed to your campus PO box within a week. *Please note that times are approximate. Always give yourself plenty of time to request materials from other libraries.
    • How do I know when the items have arrived?
      Articles available electronically will be emailed to you. For all other items, you will be emailed a pick up notice from the library. You can get your items at the Circulation Desk.
    • Where do I return the items once I'm done?
      Return books to the Circulation Desk. You do not need to return emailed or photocopied articles.
  • Ordering books and articles from other libraries
    • MnPALS
      Order books from other libraries in our Minnesota consortium via MnPALS (the library's catalog). In the Advanced Search screen, set the Library to Search menu to All MnPALS Libraries. Perform your search. When you find a book you want, click on the title to view the full record. In this screen, click ILL request. Log in with your barcode and password. Once you log in, you will be taken back to the book record. Click ILL request again to fill out the complete ILL request.
    • Most other library catalogs and databases
      From almost every other library catalog (like WorldCat) or database (like Arts & Humanities Citation Index), look for the yellow FindIt! button in the item's record. Click the FindIt! button, which will take you to a separate screen that is searching to see if the item is available through another database or in our library. If the Interlibrary Loan option appears, you will have to request the item from another library. Click Go next to Interlibrary Loan. You'll be taken to the online request form.
    • Requesting items from L'Annee Philologique
      L'Annee Philologique does not contain the FindIt! button. To order materials you found in this database, first determine if you are looking at a book or article citation. Book citations usually contain a publication city and publisher, while article citations contain the name of the journal, along with the volume number and date. If you want to order a book, search for the title/author in WorldCat. For articles, search for the title of the journal in the Journal Locator to see if Gustavus owns a print copy of the article OR if it is available through another database. If Gustavus does not own the journal, you will see a link for the online interlibrary loan request form.
Other Library Resources
We've got several additional resources through the library that you might find useful for your research. Check out these webpages for more information.
  • Evaluating Web Sites
    Use our guide to help determine if a web site would be an appropriate and reliable source for your research.
  • General Resources
    • Perseus Digital Library
      Searchable digital library that includes primary sources, secondary materials, and teaching tools.
  • Art
    • Beazley Archive
      Search tens of thousands of quality photographic images from the Beazley Archive, which is affiliated with the University of Oxford.
  • Gender
  • History
  • Language & Literature
    • Forum Romanum
      Includes a comprehensive listing of Roman texts and available online translations
Contacting Michelle
I'm happy to meet with you at any time to chat about your research. I can suggest additional sources, advanced search techniques, and troubleshoot problems you may encounter. Email me at or call x7563.

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