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CLST197 Roman Myths: Databases

This is a guide for Prof. J. Liu's FA19 First-Year Seminar.

What are Databases?

Databases are research tools that help you find articles in journals, magazines, or newspapers, or other information sources like books, book reviews, videos, and maps.

Some focus on a kind of source (like newspaper articles); most of DePauw's library of databases focus on scholarly research in a specific academic field.

Using Keywords

Keywords are the words you will use to search electronic catalogs, databases and the Internet. You can miss lots of useful information if you don't use keywords effectively, because computers will only search on the terms you provide. 

You should think about:

  • synonyms (e.g. mobile telephones, cell phones)
  • plural/singular forms (e.g. women, woman)
  • spelling variations (e.g. globalisation, globalization)
  • variations of a root word (e.g. feminism, feminist, feminine)
  • acronyms (e.g. non-governmental organisation, NGO)
  • regional & historic variations (e.g. Native American or Indian)
  • broader and narrower terms (e.g. drugs - cannabis, heroin, cocaine)
  • words which go out of everyday use, especially if searching for sources in history e.g. pauperism rather than poor

When you start searching note any useful alternative words that occur during your searches and add them to your keyword list.

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One Perfect Source

Useful Databases for Classical Studies

Access and Outreach Services Librarian

Scholarly Trade and Popular Articles

Research Help

The Libraries are here to help! Here are a few resources available to you for your research and information needs:

1. Peer Research Consultants - Peer Research Consultants staff the Research Desk in Roy O. West Library. They go through extensive training to learn how to best help other students with their own library research questions. When they feel like a librarian can best help someone, they'll recommend that the student make an appointment with a librarian.  The Research Desk schedule is available online. 

2. Appointment with a Librarian -  Need more in-depth help on a big research project? Schedule an appointment ahead of time to work with a librarian!