CLAS 1130 - Greek Myths

Dealing with Abbreviations

Journal names are often abbreviated in bibliographies, and deciphering them can be quite a chore.

Below is an online abbreviation lists from the American Journal of Archaeology as well as a more comprehensive print resource in our reference collection.

Books, Articles and More!

Vanderbilt University Library Catalog

Selecting the best search scope for your research needs:

Library Catalog vs. VU Collections vs. Articles

Search Scope What is included? When should I use it?
Library Catalog
  • Broadest search scope
  • Results will include books and ebooks, articles, and media like DVDs
  • A great option when you are just beginning your research process.
  • Use Library Catalog when you want to survey the research landscape for your topic
VU Collections
  • Focuses on VU owned items, physical and digital
  • Results will include books and ebooks, and media like DVDs
  • Digital collections like the TV News Archive will also be included in your results
  • You have defined your information needs
  • Use VU Collections when you are ready to create a tailored search for your topic
  • Content from selected VU databases
  • Popular and scholarly articles
  • Use Articles to find popular and scholarly articles on your topic.
  • The Articles scope does not search across all databases accessible to the Vanderbilt community.
  • Not finding the articles you need or want more database options?

For a more detailed explanation of your search scope options consult What am I searching?


Keyword vs. Subject Searching

Step 1:  Start your search process by brainstorming a list of keywords that describe the main concepts of your topic or question.

Step 2:  Use these keywords for your initial searches.

Step 3:  Use the Subject Heading links in the details section of the catalog record to refine your search.

Screen shot of catalog details for book: Light and Darkness in Ancient Greek myth and religion.

A Selection of Useful Subject Headings

Aphrodite (Greek deity)    Gods, Greek
Medusa (Greek mythology)   Homeric hymns
Herakles (Greek mythology)   Mythology, Greek
Goddesses, Greek  

Mythology, Greek, in art

Apollo (greek deity)  

 Mythology, Greek, in literature

HathiTrust has created the Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), which will allow Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff online reading access to materials that Vanderbilt Libraries own in print during this period of remote teaching, learning, and research. Access is available until further notice. 

**Users need to click on the yellow Log in button and choose Vanderbilt University as their institution and then login with their VUnet ID and password to gain access.

HathiTrust homepage with login button, see top right of screen

Temporary Access titles are not accessible from the Library Catalog.  You will need to search for them directly in HathiTrust. I recommend a title search directly in the catalog.  See screenshot for example:

HathiTrust Search Box Example, Title search


Some caveats:

  • Not all print items available in our catalog are available in HathiTrust
  • HathiTrust is providing reading access to Temporary Access titles
    • The option to download the work in full is not available
    • You will be able to “check out” materials for a limited time (60 minutes)
      • There is an automatic renewal option available
  • Access to items is 1-1; 1 copy on the member library shelf, 1 individual access to the digital copy; 2 copies, 2 concurrent users of the digital item.
  • You may encounter a title that is not available for check out even though it is in our print collection as well as in HathiTrust
    • Please contact the library for assistance.

The following databases will help you find articles on your topic:

 What is   ?

FindIt@VU provides direct links from a database citation to the fulltext of the article (if available) and other supporting resources.

An FAQ for FindIt@VU is also available.

Image Databases and Resources @ Vanderbilt


François Vase, black-figure volute krater decorated with bands of mythological scenes

François Vase

Black-Figure Volute Krater, ca. mid 6th century B.C.E.

Signed by Kleitias (painter) and Ergotimos (potter)

Museo Archaeologico, Florence