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Finding resources for your dissertation: Classics & Ancient History Richard Holmes & Kathryn Stevens February 2015.

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1 Finding resources for your dissertation: Classics & Ancient History Richard Holmes & Kathryn Stevens February 2015

2 Aims of the session To help you: Find relevant resources for your dissertation Make the most of the Library’s tools and resources Know who to contact for further help

3 Format of the session The session will involve: A brief overview of finding quality academic material on your subject A demonstration of some key resources A chance for you to begin searching for information for your dissertation An opportunity to ask for help and advice when researching

4 Starting Point: Subject Page

5 Remember… You must use a range of resources. No one database covers everything! Encyclopaedias are a good starting point, introducing key concepts and potential search terms Full text databases search the articles within them in great detail, but are limited in breadth Bibliographic databases do not have (or search) the full articles, but have broader coverage and should contain all relevant keywords Commercial databases are maintained by human hand (and intelligence), unlike Google/Scholar

6 The Library Catalogue – What is it? Collection of records describing the Library’s holdings Each record contains bibliographic/descriptive information about a specific item ‘Bibliographic’ = e.g. title, author, publisher, publication year Description = e.g. number of pages, physical dimensions, additional notes Many feature an abstract/summary (containing relevant keywords) Does not search or contain full text

7 The Library Catalogue – Limitations Consequently: Good for finding articles? Good for finding relevant book chapters? Good for finding theses/conference papers? Good for finding other libraries’ holdings?

8 The Library Catalogue – Benefits Getting started with your research Performing a ‘scoping’ search Checking local holdings & availability Mainly useful for checking local availability of materials you have already identified elsewhere.

9 ‘Discover’ Searches inside several of our full text collections in one go Searches a number of our specialist bibliographic databases in one go Option to search a broader index of material we don’t own/subscribe to But… Searches can still be overwhelming. Better to target your searches to niche databases Such databases offer custom interfaces designed to search the respective material efficiently.

10 Obtaining items outside Durham Use UK-wide COPAC catalogue – Visiting other universities e.g. Newcastle and Northumbria – Check their catalogues: Access to other libraries – SCONUL Access Scheme – Document Delivery Service –


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