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Finding Background and Recommended Sources
Background sources, such as specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks, are useful for a number of tasks:
- Finding overviews of a topic.
- Locating quick definitions.
- Identifying the major scholarly voices in a conversation through the list of recommended sources frequently found at the end of articles.
Some useful sources might be:
Brill’s New Pauly: Encyclopaedia of the ancient world
Call Number: Reference DE5 .N3513 2006
Publication Date: 2006
One of the most respected encyclopedias in the field.
Dictionary of classical mythology
Call Number: Ref BL715 .G713 1985
Publication Date: 1985
Oxford Classical Dictionary
Call Number: Reference DE 5.O9 2003
Publication Date: 2003
Brief entries with very short lists of recommended sources.
Oxford Music Online This link opens in a new window
Online music reference work. Includes Grove Music Online; Oxford Dictionary of Music; Oxford Companion to Music, etc.
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