GBK 101: Among Gods and Heroes - Tom Huber

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Critical Analysis of Sources Project

This guide will help you find the sources you need to write about for this assignment. If you have any problems finding, selecting, or citing your sources, please see Amy Gratz, the librarian for this class, for assistance.

In-Class Activity

Books vs. Journals


Helpful background information:

What is a scholarly source?

How to find items in the library catalog (also available as a video tutorial)

How to find articles in JSTOR (also available as a video tutorial)

How to use the Library Catalog (also available as a video tutorial)

Stable links to three sample articles on Agamemnon lines 810-1033:

Agamemnon's Reasons for Yielding

Aeschylus' Agamemnon 944-57: Why Does Agamemnon Give in?

Politics of Consumption and Generosity in the Carpet Scene of the "Agamemnon" 


Find Your Sources:

JSTOR - Look here for scholarly articles

Search Tips: Limit by language and publication date; JSTOR has a LOT of journals, and this will reduce the number of results drastically. Also, JSTOR searches the full text of articles, so be prepared to see a number irrelevant articles, and try to be specific in your search. Use Boolean Operators carefully.

Library Catalog - Look here for books and ebooks

Search Tips: Use only a few key words; the catalog is only looking for your terms in a limited number of locations. Pay attention to the subjects for relevant items; you can click the links at the bottom of the item record to find related items. Also, when you find a useful item, browse the shelf nearby for other potential sources, and check the table of contents. Excellent books sometimes don't come up in the search results.

Wiley Online Library - Another option for scholarly articles; you can also find book chapters here

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) - You can also find some scholarly articles on these plays here, but not as many as in JSTOR. This database also includes the most recent articles from journals like Classical Philology, unavailable in JSTOR.


Help with Greek Quotations:

You can easily jump to specific line numbers in any of the plays through the following links, and compare the English and Greek side-by-side to verify that you've found the correct passage. Phrase and word order often varies from one language to the next, so you may also want to find the appropriate line number in the translation you've read in class to compare the English translations.

Note that you can also click on specific Greek words to get their meaning in English, which may be helpful; click the word you need, then click the link for "show lexicon entry" - the Autenreith lexicon is probably the most comprehensible to those unfamiliar with Greek, when available. 


Choephoroe/Libation Bearers

Eumenides/The Furies

Oedipus the King/Oedipus Rex/Oedipus Tyrannos