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Classics Research: Find Background Info

Guidance and key resources for doing academic research in the Classics.

Why background research helps

Getting background information and general facts about your topic is a good way to start your research. This not only helps you better understand your topic, but it also helps you formulate the boundaries of your research and key terms for your thesis statement.  It can be a helpful guide to begin to narrow down your topic into a coherent and specific area.

Resources on this page include encyclopedias, atlases, language tools, and book reviews.
 

Credo Reference

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Credo is a library database containing digital versions of encyclopedias and other reference works. Think of it as an academic Wikipedia, only curated by librarians instead of the general public.

Oxford Reference


 

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Other Resources for Background Info

Greek Language Tools

Latin Language Tools