CLAS 1111 - Women, War and Human Rights in Antiquity - Gaca

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.

Conquering Call Numbers!

I've got a call #, now what?

 

Click the link below for more information.

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
Articles
  • 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?

 

Tips for Searching the Library Catalog

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 Library Catalog record to refine your search.

A Selection of Useful Subject Headings

Try a SUBJECT search using one of the Library of Congress Subject Headings listed below:

 

Euripides Trojan War
Homer Iliad Euripides Andromache
Women and war War Crimes History
Civilians in war Human rights History
War (International law) War Psychological aspects

 

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

Classical, Medieval and World History

General Databases

 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.

What are primary sources?

A primary source is a document or other sort of evidence written or created during the time under study, or by one of the persons or organizations directly involved in the event. Primary sources offer an inside view of a particular event. Some types are:

 

Original Documents

(excerpts or translations acceptable)

Creative Works Relics or Artifacts
Diaries Poetry Jewelry
Speeches Drama Pottery
Letters Novels Furniture
Minutes Music Clothing
Interviews Art Buildings
News Film Footage Films Tools
Autobiographies    
Official Records    

A Selection of Online Resources for Primary Sources

Current News Resources

Historical Newspapers