Temple of Saturn Classics 24/54:

Roman History and Civilization

Fall 1998

Instructor: Robert W. Cape, Jr.

Web project #1: Getting to know the Web: navigating, searching, sorting
This project introduces you to basic navigational techniques by using some of the basic resources and various search engines available to locate information. In addition to simple data collection, the project also addresses the problem of data selection and organization. With the enormous amount of information now available, it is increasingly important to know how to select and organize the output of a data search. Part of this may be accomplished by tailoring searches to specific needs; another way is to control the form of the search so it can be skimmed quickly. The search engines offer a variety of options. We will experiment with these to determine which best suit our purposes.

[Click to view the assignment sheet.
This assignment is due and will be presented in class on Tuesday, September 15.]

[Web Basics] [Web Search Engines]
[New Scholarship in Roman History] [Information about New Scholarship]

Getting Started with the Internet and World Wide Web

Abell Library: Searching the Internet. By John West
A series of useful links prepared for Austin College students. It introduces you to basic features of research on the Web by guiding you through a series of tasks.

The Net: User Guidelines and Netiquette. By Arlene H. Rinaldi
A set of useful guidelines and suggested policies for Internet users. There are also some practical suggestions about responsible use of email, telnet and ftp, discussion groups, as well as the World Wide Web.

The Internet Help Desk. By Amy Ward
So now you are surfing the Net, doin' fine, but then, uh oh, a problem. Look here for some help. This site won't solve all your problems, but it is better than calling the help desk at 2:00am (some people sleep, ya know).

Glossary of Internet Terms. By Internet Literacy Consultants
Are you lost in a sea of Internet terms? This site is for you.

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World Wide Web Search Engines

Search ARGOS:
ARGOS: Limited Area Search of the Ancient and Medieval Internet is a search engine devoted to high quality web sites with materials about the ancient world and middle ages. Use this engine to look for specifically ancient or medieval (possibly Renaissance) information. (The other engines may turn up pages not listed in Argos, but the quality of the information may not be very high. You may also have to wade through more irrelevant pages.)

Enter your search terms:
Use * for substring searches. Cicer* will return
entries for Cicero, Cicero's, Ciceronian, etc.

General Internet Search Engines:
Use the buttons below to select the search engine you wish to use. The search results will be shown in a new window. You may search more than one engine at a time.

(Note: This page opens a new window for each engine's results in case you wish to compare engines. TIP: Try one or two, not all of them at once--you will get lots of windows!)

Alta Vista




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New Scholarship in Roman History on the Web

There are many ways to find out about developments in Roman history on the Web. One category of resources is the on-line journal:
The Ancient History Bulletin
A journal devoted to ancient history. Only some of the articles are on line. Articles are in English.

ARACHNION. A Journal of Ancient Literature and History on the Web
An international journal featuring articles covering ancient history and classical literature. Articles are in Italian, German, French, or English.

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Internet Resources for Information about Recent Scholarship in Roman History

In addition to new scholarship appearing on the Internet, there are important guides to other scholarship that is available in printed journals and books. Two of these guides are not only extremely useful for those of us with limited access to the print media, but have also set the standard for such applications in other disciplines.

Bryn Mawr Classical Review
This is an electronic review journal covering the most recent books in ancient history, archaeology and classical literature. The reviews are usually detailed and written by respected scholars. The language of the reviews is usually English; the books reviewed may be in any language.
The BMCR site is an example of a gopher site on the Web. You may browse the titles in the folders for each year or do a keyword search from the main page. If the review gets you interested in a book and we don't have the book in the library you can try to order it through Inter-Library Loan. To check the holdings of Abell Library click here.

TOCS-IN: Tables of Contents of Journals of Interest to Classicists
This project lists the tables of contents for over 150 journals which cover all aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Searches can be conducted in the special subject areas (CLASSICS, ARCHAEOLOGY, NEAR EASTERN STUDIES, etc.) or in the entire database.
You can practice using this resource from this page. Enter your search term (e.g. Lucretia or Cicero) in the box provided and click on the "Do search" button. The results will then be displayed. You can do more refined searches by following the directions and links on the TOCS-IN page.
Enter search term:

For a new list of other scholarly resources, see the Electronic Library For Ancient Historians, assembled and annotated by Callie Williamson at Indiana University.

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Classics 24/54: Roman History and Civilization
Internet Projects Page Schedule of Readings and Presentations Grading, Policy and Procedures

For more information about this course, contact Professor Cape at rcape@austinc.edu