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Classics 390: Junior Seminar

Use this guide to help you research topics in Classics.


Course Research Guide for Classics Junior Seminar: CLAS 390

This guide is intended to help you research topics in Classics.

Using the tabs at the top of the Research Guide, navigate through the tabs to locate the specific type of resources you need including reference encyclopedias and dictionaries, books, journals and research databases, and web resources.

About Classics Junior Seminar: CLAS 390

An examination of current trends in the field of Classics, through the exploration of cross-cultural exchange in the ancient Mediterranean. Students will be introduced to various subspecialities within the field, but emphasis will be on writing, research skills and the development of the students' own research interests. This course will also prepare students for the writing of the SIP and for the essay portion of the comprehensive exam.

Develop a research plan

What are the key concepts of your research question? 

Can you broaden or narrow your focus?  Consider one or more of the following:

  • time period

  • place

  • specific event

  • specific people

Does your question overlap other subject disciplines such as sociology, political science, or history?

  • Think about the history of your question, its disciplines, and/or categories.

  • Who are the key people? What did they do? Why did it happen?

Think about the following aspects relating to your research question:

  • What do you already know about your question or issue?

  • What do you need to learn to better understand your question or issue?

  • What kinds of information resources might provide answers to these questions?

Consider your audience:

  • Who will read your paper?

  • Why will it be of interest to them?

  • What will be new to them?