The following information is intended to help Archaeology students locate academic literature and sources for their research. It is by no means an exhaustive list. Please refer to the Library Catalogue if you looking for a particular book or journal title, or contact the Archaeology Liaison Librarian Richard Holmes for any specific advice
|Defining & Refining a Research Topic|
|Finding journal articles||Maps & Atlases|
|Internet Resources||Newspapers & Magazines|
|Evaluation of Resources||E-books|
|Image Collections||Citations and Referencing|
Encyclopaedias provide short overviews of a topic, theory, idea, concept or a person's work. Dictionaries provide short definition of a scholarly term or word. They can be a good starting point for an overview of a topic and refining it further.
Some useful reference resources for Archaeology are:
- A dictionary of terms and techniques in archaeology
- The Penguin archaeology guide
- The British Museum dictionary of ancient Egypt
- Brill's New Pauly (electronic resource)
- Brill's new Pauly : encyclopaedia of the ancient world (Print, English)
- Der neue Pauly: Enzyklopädie der Antike (Print, German)
- The Oxford classical dictionary
- Archaeological method and theory: an encyclopedia
- Encyclopedia of archaeology
- Encyclopedia of historical archaeology
Online databases search for journal articles. This enables you to search for information on subjects when you don't know which book or journal you need. Some useful databases for Archaeology are:
- Web of knowledge: Contains several databases and has wide ranging subject coverage, providing access to articles published in over 10,000 journals. The referencing software EndNote Web is available here.
- Anthropology plus: Provides worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. Coverage is from the late 19th century to the present.
- British and Irish archaeological bibliography: Provides access to the entries in the British & Irish archaeological bibliography database
- Science Direct - Database for scientific research.
- JSTOR: database of scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields of the humanities and social sciences.
- Dyabola: Developed for the humanities and the arts, it contains electronic subject catalogs of publications on the history of art and the ancient world.
- Archaeology data service (ADS): Collects, describes, catalogues, preserves, and provides user support for digital resources that are created as a product of archaeological research
- ARGE - The Archaeological Resource guide for Europe contains links to evaluated Internet resources
- Council for British Archaeology (CBA): Educational charity working throughout the UK to involve people in archaeology. Website includes access to British archaeology online
Internet Archaeologist: tutorial focused on finding and evaluating Internet resources for archaeology
The Critical Thinking Exercise from Teesside University can help critical evaluation of information sources.
The Library provides access to a number of Image Databases. Remember that copyright exists for images as well as written texts. Unless stated otherwise you will need to request the orginiator's permission to reproduce an image.
Object and Image collections for Archaeology include:
- Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland: electronic archive of British and Irish Romanesque stone sculpture, which aims to photograph and record all the surviving sculpture.
- Palace Green Photographic Collections: Photographs can be found in many of the Palace Green collections. This page contains detailed descriptions of the individual collections and includes the Dept of Archaeology Photographic Deposit
- Northumberland Rock Art: celebration of rock carvings made by Neolithic and Early Bronze Age people in Northumberland in the north east of England, between 6000 and 3500 years ago. Over 1000 carved panels are known and most of them are still located in the countryside.
- The Grove Dictionary of Art online: contains 45,000 articles on every aspect of the visual arts painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts and photography from prehistory to the present day.
- Details of how to find Durham and other institutional theses can be found here
- Durham Research Online (DRO) is Durham University's institutional repository.
- OpenDOAR provides an alphabetical list of repositories grouped by country.
- Web of Knowledge indexes the published literature of the most significant scientific conferences around the world.
- ProceedingsFirst contains citations from worldwide meetings, conferences, expositions, workshops and symposia, and lists the papers presented.
A number of Statistics, Maps and Data Services are availble online including Digimap, which is an online service that allows users to view and create maps of any location in Great Britain using Ordnance Survey map data. The map data can also be downloaded for use in other software packages. Users should register for Digimap via the IT service desk.
There are also some useful books in the library on maps and cartography including:
There are a number of useful reference volumes which include world atlases such as the Times Atlas of the World in 5 volumes; national atlases with information on natural resources and climate, population and human activities; and historical atlases covering specifics such as Ancient Egypt or the Crusades to more general atlases covering of world history.
Maps and atlases of special interest to Archaeology include:
- Atlas of Mesopotamia
- Atlas of African prehistory
- Atlas of ancient America
- Atlas of ancient archaeology
- National Trust historical atlas of Britain: prehistoric and medieval
- Roman Britain: historical map and guide
- Past worlds: the Times atlas of archaeology
- Penguin historical atlas of ancient Rome
- Archaeological atlas of the world
Newspapers are primary sources of infomation, they provide a useful way to keep up to date with current events as well as an opportunity to review historical archives.
- Archaeology Abroad: the Contents page is 'live' and allows readers quick access to projects which interest them, and to further information about those projects via active weblinks and email addresses for each project director or organiser
- Infotrac Custom Newspapers: online full text archive of UK broadsheets
- The Times digital archive, 1785-1985
E-books allow you to search within the contents of the book, unlike the library catalogue which just searches for book titles.
- The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland scanning project: Contains: Archaeologia Scotica; Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland; Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, general indexes; and Monographs of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
- Eighteenth Century Collections Online: Contains digital books, pamphlets, broadsides, essays, broadsides and more from the 18th Century.
- Early English books online: A digitised version of the Early English Books microfilm collection
- Myilibrary: collection of e-books from a range of publishers.
- NetLibrary: collection of e-books from a range of publishers.
- Google Books: freely available e-books
EndNote is a useful tool which can help you manage your references, import a bibliography into your assignment and allow you to insert citations.