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Year 11: Term 2 (IA3): Weapons and Warfare

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Sparta

CLASSICAL WRITERS WHO WROTE ABOUT SPARTA

Alcman and Tyrtaeus

Plutarch

Pausanius

Thucydides

Herodotus

Xenophon

Aristotle

Conduct a Google search - eg 'Herodotus and Sparta'.

Persia

CLASSICAL WRITERS WHO WROTE ABOUT PERSIA

Herodotus

Thucydides

Conduct a Google search eg 'Herodotus and Persia'.

Celts

Also look at the work of Poseidonius

How to Write In-Text References for Humanities

Referencing for the Classics of Literature

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How to Write A List of References (End-Text References) Using the CiteAce Program

ONESearch

The ENTIRE collection of resources provided by the BBC Library can now be searched on ONE single, powerful search platform, which retrieves print books, eBooks, database articles and websites. Click HERE for assistance.

Web Searching Tips

1. Use 'Ctrl F' (Control + Find) to search for particular terms easily in a long document, whether from a website or a database article.

2. Use a Google command to limit results to a CERTAIN DOMAIN

  • 'edu'  - for educational sites from universities and schools:
    eg  roman weapons and warfare site:edu
     
  • 'gov' - for government sites:

             eg celtic weapons and warfare site:gov

3. To check the authority of a website when it is not clear, go to the end of the URL in the Google search box, cut back to the first forward slash (/) and hit 'Enter'. This will take you to the Home Page of the website, and you can see the full name of the source.

4. Use a Google command to limit results to the MOST RECENT: After you get your results, choose the Google Menu Bar, and choose 'Tools'. Then on the far left, at the drop-down menu next to 'Any Time', choose 'Within the last year' (or less, if you prefer). 

5.  Google Scholar is an academic website mainly aimed at Universities and Research Institutions.  It does provide some full-text articles which can be accessed by the link placed on the right-hand side of the screen.  All other articles are citations only, which are available in some of the larger Academic subscription databases. TIP: To get PDFs only, type in 'filetype:pdf'. It's great!

Rome

CLASSICAL WRITERS WHO WROTE ABOUT  ROME

Julius Caesar

Plutarch

Polybius

Frontinus

Cassius Dio

Livy (Titus Livius)

Dionysius

Vitruvius

Tacitus

Suetonius

Conduct a Google search - eg 'Julius Caesar writer Roman warfare'

Egypt

Better Use of Google

Google Books can be very frustrating because often much of the book is missing and you are expected to purchase it to read the full content. So after you put in your search term you are interested in (eg biodiesel), and get some results up,  you should then go immediately to the search box (on the left - above 'About this box') undefined and type in a particular word or term you are interested in (eg CO2 emissions OR methanol) you should get a number of pages pop up. Choose one that looks useful - you should get some good results this way!

Useful Databases

Greece

QUT C.R.A.A.P. Test for Evaluating Websites

Check the quality of your websites using these criteria (adapted from QUT Library):

Currency: Timeliness of the information

  • When was the information published, posted or last updated?
  • Is the information current for your topic and field of study? How recent does it have to be? Can older sources work just as well?
Relevance: Importance of the information for your needs
  • Is the information appropriate for a senior secondary course?
  • Is this an adequately in-depth examination or a quick summary of the topic?
  • Who's the intended audience? Is it the general public, a student, a researcher or industry?
  • Is the level of information too basic or too advanced for your needs?

Authority: Source of the information

  • Is the author/authoring body (individual person, or institution, or organisation) established and reputable?
  • Are their qualifications, credentials, expertise, experience, educational background and previous work (if any) relevant and do they add credibility to the source?
  • Has the piece been published by a well-known and respected publisher or organisation?
  • Do references to other sources support the writing ie is a Bibliography or Reference List provided?

Accuracy: Reliability and correctness of the information

  • Where does the information come from, and is it supported by evidence?
  • Does it have a Reference List or Bibliography so you can easily find and verify the sources used?
  • Are there any spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?

Purpose: Reason the information exists

  • What is the purpose of the information? Why was it written?
  • Does the point of view appear objective, unbiased and impartial?
  • Is the viewpoint of the author's affiliation/ sponsors reflected in the message or content?
  • Does the author acknowledge alternative versions of the issues or facts?

IA2: Format for Layout of Assignment