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References for the Classics
Reference databases for the Classics
What is a database?
- A database is a virtual collection of information.
- A database will search many journals at once with your search terms. When you search in a journal's website you are only searching that journal.
- Usually this collected information is scholarly, meaning it is written by experts and reviewed by a board of experts.
- Each database offers a different set of collected information.
- Access to most databases is through subscription. You will need to enter the database through the library's website. If you are off-campus you will be prompted to enter your ICC computer login and password.
1. Use AND to combine terms
ex: ancient AND history
2. Use OR to search related
terms, OR means more
ex: ancient OR history
3. Use NOT to eliminate a term
ex: ancient NOT Greece
Some terms to try:
Greece - History -
AND, OR and NOT are called Boolean Operators. These are the words you should use to combine your keyword search to get the best results for your topic.