Rome: the Eternal City (History27/Classics 17/Art History 30)

Rome: the Eternal City
(History27/Classics 17/Art History 30)

Finding Books

 Research tip #1

Try different search strategies, key terms, and look at Subject Headings.

Use Scotty, the Library's online catalog to identify books by topic, title or author OR 
to identify if the Library owns particular journals.
Scotty does not include articles. 

Search by keyword for materials on a particular topic, then refine using Subject Headings.

Example:  Keyword search ~  ROME and monuments
Example:  Subject Headings: 
Rome (Italy) -- Antiquities.

Example: Keyword search ~ roman arches
Example:  Subject Headings: 
Triumphal arches -- Italy -- Rome.   

To limit to English language, click on the  MODIFY button at the top, scroll to Language and select English.


Useful Reference Works

Aside from your course reserves, print encyclopedias provide an overview of a topic and include bibliographies. Bibliographies and biographical sources lead you to other sources. Here is a sampling:

  •  Research tip #2

    Let the research lead you:  check  the bibliographies.

    Monuments of Italy, 6 volumes - Ref DG431 .O67 2002
  • New Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome - Ref DG68 .R5 1992
  • Lexicon Topographicum Urbis Romae, 6 volumes - Ref DG63 .L49 1993
     (not in English, but check bibliographies)
  • Oxford Classical Dictionary - Ref DE5 O9 2003
  • Brill's New Pauly: Encyclopaedia of the Ancient World, multi-volumes  - Ref DE5 N47413 2002

Internet Gateways

Perseus Digital Library-(Tufts) large number of texts and secondary sources

Digital Roman Forum (UCLA) (search by primary source, function, type)

LacusCurtius: a Gateway into Ancient Rome includes Roman gazetteer, texts, inscriptions, more 

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Rome  (Fordham) Augustus, Cicero, Suetonius, more

Internet Classics Archive (MIT)   441 works of classic literature

Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum (Harvard)   Digital library of Latin literature

Aquae Urbis Romae Waters of the City of Rome


JSTOR Journal Archive is a a great place to find scholarly journal articles. Since JSTOR is an archive of journals,  there are no current years online. Given JSTOR's wide coverage,  it is wise to limit your search terms to particular journals and disciplines.

Getting to JSTOR:  Select Databases A-Z  (on the left side) - Choose  J   -  Then  JSTOR The Scholarly Journal Archive 

Once you enter JSTOR: 

Research tip #3

  Connect From Home  Connect from Home  Click here for instructions for connecting off campus. 

    • Select SEARCH then Advanced Search

JSTOR Advanced Search Screen

    • Enter Search Terms
    • Set Limits
      Select   Classical Studies - 16 journals History - 
      73 journals  
  • Notes:  Use quotation marks to search for a phrase
    The searching default is full-text - you can change to article title or abstract   

Cite Your Sources  

 Research Tip #4 

Track your work!

Researchers use standard citation formats to identify books, articles, etc., consulted and to give credit to their authors. Consistency is crucial. As a university student, you are expected to follow the same guidelines.

Always consult your instructor for the format used in your class.
See the Library's
Cite your sources  guide for help with the most common formats.

Professors in history and some humanities courses often require footnotes or endnotes based on The Chicago Manual of Style. You will usually be asked to include a bibliography at the end of your paper as well.  Click on the following link for tips: Chicago-style and Quick guide (N stands for endnote/footnote and B for bibliography)    

Further Assistance

Librarians are here to help you! 
Stop by at the Reference Desk, call at 827-4392, email us at:, or  click on 
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Last modified: 4/15/2008 11:04 AM by Z. Wang

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