Research Resources for Classical Art and Archaeology

Jocelyn Penny Small

in Classics

ISBN: 9780195389661
Published online June 2012 | | DOI:
Research Resources for Classical Art and Archaeology

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This bibliography provides a first stop to finding more information about many topics in classical art and archaeology. Since its scope is so large, it has no pretensions to being authoritative for the field. Instead, it aims to show the kinds of material available and emphasizes usefulness. It differs from standard Oxford Bibliographies articles by stressing online resources and in providing suggestions for how to find further information, such as shortcuts to searching databases or finding out-of-print books. An additional bias is the focus on Italy, the area that the author of this article is most familiar with. The examples in this bibliography are similar to what is available for most classical areas, all of which will eventually be covered in separate articles in Oxford Bibliographies. Because the classical archaeologist must deal with classical texts, history, archaeological techniques, etc., some entries into these fields are also given. Unless otherwise noted, online sites are free to access. Some of the sources and advice may seem simple and obvious but may not be to all. Additionally, many of the choices in this entry are highly selective and highly idiosyncratic. They are meant more as examples than as the sole, best works on a particular subject. When conducting online searches, researchers should generally be advised to search for the single most specific item (e.g., if you know the museum inventory number for an object, use that). Looking for “Etruscan” is not nearly as useful as looking for the Tragliatella oinochoe, an Etruscan Protocorinthian vase. Do not overload the search with too many terms. Google and Bing searches try to give what they think is the best result first. Nonetheless, it is often necessary to scan multiple pages, because the most popular result is not necessarily the most useful for scholarly purposes. The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is the “universal” system used to refer uniquely to a published item. In some cases, the DOI links are included in online sources to enable you to go directly to the publication, if your library subscribes or owns that digital publication. You must be logged into your library account for it to work. Conversely, you can paste the DOI into the library’s DOI search page and go directly to the article, if your library subscribes to that journal. Keep in mind the importance of exact spelling and punctuation. For example, two websites have the name “Mysterious Etruscans,” but one of them separates the two words with a period. Neither site is recommended (a clue is the use of “mysterious,” which indicates a less than scholarly approach, since no scholar considers the Etruscans “mysterious”). For any book out of copyright, always do a search to see if it has been digitized. A surprising number of books in a variety of languages are available online for free. This bibliography will note some of the more useful in the appropriate sections.

Article.  7326 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Art and Architecture ; Classical History ; Classical Literature ; Classical Philosophy

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