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CLA 106: A Taste of Roman Food

January 2011

Professor: Mary McHugh
Librarian: Barbara Fister

Table of Contents:

Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic.
  • WorldCat
    This mega-catalog can be searched for books in libraries around the world. Use the yellow "find it" button to request a book from another library. It usually takes at least several days for a book to arrive, so use this resource if you have a chance to plan ahead.
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Reference Works
Reference works are helpful at two points in your research: when starting out (by offering overview articles of, say, a writer and her work) or when nailing down unfamiliar terms, concepts, and topics that turn up during your research. Many reference book articles are written by experts and offer not only information but excellent bibliographies for further research.
  • Classical Studies
    • Brill's New Pauly: Encyclopaedia of the Ancient World
      Brill 2002
      An English translation of a new edition of a German-language classic. When complete, it will cover many aspects of the classical world with scholarly articles reflecting current research. The companion set covers the classical tradition and how the Greek and Roman world has influenced our understanding in more recent times.
      • Location(s): Ref DE 5 .N4813 2002 (Antiquities) Ref DE5 .P33213 2006 (Classical Tradition
    • The Cambridge Ancient History
      Camridge: Cambridge University 1970 2nd and 3rd ed. edition
      This authoritative history covers the ancient world chronologically.
      • Location(s): Ref D 57 .C252
    • Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean
      3 vols. Lengthy articles on such topics as "Language and Dialects," "Farming and Animal Husbandry," "Myths and Cosmologies," "Women in Rome," and "Roman Building Techniques" introduce the reader in some depth to many facets of the classical world. Each article is followed by a helpful bibliography.
      [Resource no longer available]
    • A Companion to the Roman Empire
      Blackwell 2006
      Provides essays on the Roman world covering topics ranging from historical sources, to administration, to social and economic life, to intellectual life, to religion. Includes an extensive bibliography and an index.
      • Location(s): Ref DG311 .P68 2006
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome
      This 7-volume specialized encyclopedia offers highly readable articles on a wealth of topics relating to Greek and Roman antiquity as well as the legacy of the classical world in later time periods.
      • Location(s): Ref DE 5 .O95 2010
  • Food
    • Cambridge World History of Food
      Cambridge University Press 2000
      Volume one includes essays on determining what early humans ate, staple foods, dietary liquids, and nutrients. Volume two covers food and drink around the world; history, nutrition, and health; and contemporary food-related policy issues. It also includes a dictionary of plant foods. A bibliography accompanies each essay.
      • Location(s): Ref TX353 .C255 2001 (2 vols.)
    • Encyclopedia of Food and Culture
      New York: Scribner 2003
      A wide-ranging exploration of food and its cultural significance worldwide.
      • Location(s): Ref GT 2850 .E53 2003
    • Oxford Companion to Food
      Oxford University Press 1999
      Provides 2,650 entries on topics related to food, from aardvark to zucchini. Includes a bibliography.
      • Location(s): Ref TX349 .D38 1999
Finding Articles
Databases for articles and other materials offer references to publications that may or may not be in this library; some databases offer full text of articles and others simply citations. There are in-depth databases that cover publications in a particular field and others that are interdisciplinary. You can access databases from a drop-down list on the library's main page.
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • 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.

    Search tips: To begin your search, click "Enter." Select "Full Text" to search the full text of the citations. Select "Subjects and discplines" to search or browse the tables of contents in two separate files: since volume 67 (since 1996) and before volume 67. Click "Read the total" to view the results of your search.
    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
  • 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.
  • Web of Science (Web of Knowledge)
    The Science Citation Index Expanded, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). Besides indexing a wide range of journals in the sciences, social sciences, and history, this resource allows you to search for articles that cite a specific author or published work. Coverage from 1997 to the present. Click on the "Web of Science" tab to limit your search to one or more specific citation databases.
Finding Journals
  • Journal Locator
    Find out if we subscribe to a particular journal, either online or in print. If the journal is not available in print or full text at Gustavus, you may request copies of articles through Interlibrary Loan.
Interlibrary Loan
We can order books and articles from other libraries if you need something we don't have.

Web Sites
  • Perseus Digital Library
    Searchable digital library that includes primary sources, secondary materials, and teaching tools.
Additional Resources
  • Citing Your Sources
    Start here to find information on citing your sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style.
  • Scholarly vs. Popular vs. Trade
    Information on distinguishing among these various types of publications. From the North Carolina State University Libraries.
  • Chat with a Reference Librarian

    Feel free to visit the reference desk during the day (with a lunch break from 12 noon to 1:30), weekday evenings (Tuesday-Thursday) or Sunday from 2pm until 9pm for help with your research. If you are not in the library, you can use our chat window to talk to a librarian during those hours.

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