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1 Byzantine History AUBG Library Resources Gergana Georgieva Information Literacy Librarian 2010

2 Levels of instruction 1. The subject matter – facts, people, places, events, dates; 2. Interpretation; 3. Research and analytical skills students must learn to find information and create their interpretations

3 Rationale Interdisciplinary nature of the discipline There is no single yes-or-no answer in history You should know the context to be able to make a sound judgment

4 Primary sources Created at the time of the event, especially by those taking part in the events: Diaries, letters, newspapers, magazine articles, tape recordings, pictures, maps, government documents, court records, business records, church records

5 Secondary sources Created after the event – usually by scholars Books, book reviews, scholarly journal articles Put facts into context, citations of primary sources

6 The 7 Steps of Research Identify and develop your topic Find background information Use the online catalog to find books Find periodicals articles (print and electronic) Find Internet resources Evaluate what you have found Cite what you find using a standard format for your bibliography

7 Identify and develop your topic State your topic as a question. Find keywords that describe your topic Test the keywords

8 Background information Common background sources Why background sources? How to use background sources effectively? Bibliographies

9 Background information - print Historical dictionary of Byzantium / John H. Rosser Ref DF552.R The Oxford dictionary of Byzantium / Alexander P. Kazhdan, editor in chief Ref DF521.O

10 Background information - electronic Oxford Reference Online Dynasties of the world Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World A Dictionary of World History The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization The Concise Oxford Companion to Classical Literature Who's Who in the Classical World Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World

11 Books Why do we consult books? –Authorship –Analysis –Multiple viewpoints –Additional resources “A historical monograph is the culmination of years spent reading, researching in the field, plowing through musty tomes, and pouring over dusty, fragile manuscripts.” Joel. D. Kitchens

12 Books - print On-line catalog Byzantine Empire History Byzantine Empire History, Byzantine Empire -- History Byzantine Empire -- History Byzantine Empire -- History -- Basil II Bulgaroctonus, Byzantine Empire -- History -- Constantine XI Dragases, Byzantine Empire -- History -- Dictionaries. Byzantine Empire -- History -- Justinian I, Byzantine Empire -- History -- Justinian I, Historiography.

13 Books - electronic Ebrary Byzantine Empresses : Women and Power in Byzantium, AD Byzantine Empresses : Women and Power in Byzantium, AD Perfect Servant : Eunuchs and the Social Construction of Gender in ByzantiumPerfect Servant : Eunuchs and the Social Construction of Gender in Byzantium Perfect Servant : Eunuchs and the Social Construction of Gender in ByzantiumPerfect Servant : Eunuchs and the Social Construction of Gender in Byzantium Warfare, State and Society in the Byzantine WorldWarfare, State and Society in the Byzantine World

14 Find periodicals articles - electronic Electronic Journals Portal Byzantinoslavica ( ) from 2008 to 2008 in Central and Eastern European Online LibraryCentral and Eastern European Online Library Greek, Roman and Byzantine studies ( ) from 01/04/1995 to 01/12/2005 in ProQuest CentralProQuest Central

15 Databases CEEOL DOAJ EBSCO JSTOR ProQuest Central

16 Find Internet resources Search engines Directories y/By_Time_Period/Middle_Ages/Byzantine _Empire/http://www.google.com/Top/Society/Histor y/By_Time_Period/Middle_Ages/Byzantine _Empire/ Byzantine Empire < History < Europe in the Yahoo! DirectoryByzantine Empire < History < Europe in the Yahoo! Directory Discipline Specific Resources

17 Searching: How to be Effective? Narrow your search –Be more specific –Use phrases –Add a discriminating or qualifying word or phrase Broaden your search –Use lower case –Use truncation

18 Evaluate S – Scope – are all aspects of the topic covered T – Treatment – is the information free from bias A – Authority – are the authors qualified to provide this information R – Relevance – does it address your topic T – Timeliness – Is the information current for your purpose

19 Cite Most common styles of citing –Modern Language Association (MLA) –American Psychological Association (APA)

20 Step 1 Long Term Effects of the Great Plague in Constantinople

21 Keywords Great Plague Constantinople 5 th c. Effects Justinian I Procopius Evagrius Bubonic plague Buboes Plague of Justinian Black Death

22 Step 2 Reference Sources –The Oxford dictionary of ByzantiumThe Oxford dictionary of Byzantium Ref DF521.O Historical dictionary of ByzantiumHistorical dictionary of Byzantium Ref DF552.R

23 Step 2-continued Oxford Reference Online Dynasties of the world Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World A Dictionary of World History The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization The Concise Oxford Companion to Classical Literature Who's Who in the Classical World Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World

24 Step 3 On-line catalog Subject headings –Byzantine Empire -- History -- Justinian I, Byzantine Empire -- History -- Justinian I, –Byzantine Empire -- History -- Justinian I, Byzantine Empire -- History -- Justinian I, –Byzantine Empire -- History -- Justinian I, Historiography.Byzantine Empire -- History -- Justinian I, Historiography. –Justinian I, Emperor of the East, 483?-565.Justinian I, Emperor of the East, 483?-565. –Justinianus I, Emperor of the East, 483? FictionJustinianus I, Emperor of the East, 483? Fiction

25 Step 3 - continued Ebrary Byzantine Empresses : Women and Power in Byzantium, AD Byzantine Empresses : Women and Power in Byzantium, AD Warfare, State and Society in the Byzantine WorldWarfare, State and Society in the Byzantine World

26 Step 4 Print Periodicals Electronic Periodicals –Electronic Journals PortalElectronic Journals Portal Greek, Roman and Byzantine studies ( ) from 01/04/1995 to 01/12/2005 in ProQuest Central ProQuest Central Greece and Rome ( ) from 1931 to 2003 in JSTOR Arts and Sciences II Collection from 01/10/2001 to 1 year ago in ProQuest CentralJSTOR Arts and Sciences II CollectionProQuest Central

27 Step 4 - Databases ProQuest Central Procopius' Secret History: Rethinking the Date Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire and the Birth of Europe We're just a flea bite away from catastrophe ourselves; A history of Byzantium and the plague that brought it down echoes in our fretful times;

28 Step 4 - Databases CEEOL Procopius of Caesareea and his Secret History

29 JSTOR –Justinian and the Historian ProcopiusJustinian and the Historian Procopius –The Barbarians in Justinian's ArmiesThe Barbarians in Justinian's Armies –Procopius and the Imperial Panels of S. VitaleProcopius and the Imperial Panels of S. Vitale –That Earlier PlagueThat Earlier Plague –The End of an EpochThe End of an Epoch Step 4 - Databases

30 Step 5 Discipline Specific Resources –http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/medweb/http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/medweb/ –http://www.doaks.org/http://www.doaks.org/ –http://home.vicnet.net.au/~byzaus/http://home.vicnet.net.au/~byzaus/ –http://www.byzantium.ac.uk/index.htmhttp://www.byzantium.ac.uk/index.htm

31 Ask a Librarian At Reference/Circulation desk Virtual Reference Monday-Friday By By phone: /354 And more …

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