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What are Reference Works and Why Should I Use Them?
Reference works may be general or discipline-specific. Types include:
- biographical sources
They are useful during the early stages of your research to provide foundational Information, such as
- definitions of terms and the terminology appropriate for your topic
- verification of factual information
- overviews on your topic
- background information and the broad context of your topic
- establishing a coherent organizational structure for your work
Print Reference Works
Brill's New Pauly
Call Number: Porter Ref DE5 .N3913x
To be a 20 volume set when complete. Also available electronically.
Civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean
Call Number: Porter Ref DE59.C55 1988
Three volume set. Signed articles on all aspect of Greek and Roman civilization. Includes bibliographies and a chronological table.
Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome
Call Number: Porter Ref PA3002.A5 1982
Signed articles discussing the work of ancient authors, including Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Vergil, Ovid, etc. Includes bibliographies of primary and secondary sources.
Electronic Reference Works