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Great research source for COMPS preparation

Finding Books

There are many ways to locate books that are relevant to your research topic.

  • One strategy for finding useful books is to do a simple keyword search in a library catalog (see below) and browse your results to find a few books that look relevant. Open up the record for these books and scroll down the page to look at the "Subjects." These are standardized terms which you can then use in an advanced search. Enter the terms into the search box and select "Subject contains" from the drop-down menu. This will gather together books that are about the same topic.
  • A second strategy is to locate reference books in your area. Look up your topic to see what terms they use (these could make good keyword searches) and scan their bibliographies. Reference books on Classics are located in the call numbers provided in this guide.
  • Another way to find relevant books is to browse the shelves near the useful books you've already identified because books are arranged on the shelf in subject order.
  • A fourth strategy is to look at the bibliography of books you have already identified as useful. Authors may cite other useful books on similar topics to yours.

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Book Reviews

Call Numbers

This is not necessarily a comprehensive list, you may discover useful resources in other locations.

  • B163-708 - Philosophy (Greek, Greco-Roman, Alexandrian, and Early Christian)
  • BL700-820 - Classical Mythology
  • DE - History of the Greco-Roman World
  • DF10-289 - History of Ancient Greece
  • DG11-365 - History of Ancient Italy, Rome to 476 CE
  • HQ1127-1136 - Women in Classical Antiquity
  • JC51-93 - Political Theory
  • KJA2-3660 - Roman Law
  • KL4110-4399 - Greek Law
  • N5603-5865 - Classical Art
  • NA270-349 - Classical Architecture
  • PA201-899 - Greek Philology and Language
  • PA3000-6971 - Classical, Greek, and Roman Literature

Subject Headings

There are many subject heading combinations that will aid you in your research. These are a few examples to get you started.

  • Classical literature
  • Latin literature
  • Classical language
  • Rome
  • Byzantium
  • Greece – History
  • Art, Ancient
  • Lamps, Classical
  • Fortifications, Roman
  • Pottery, Greek