Answered By: Chris Williams
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2015     Views: 199

The easiest way for you to locate critical sources on Antigone or ancient Greek culture in general would be by using our library's online databases.  To search these online databases for scholarly information from journals, magazines, reference books, etc., go to the library’s homepage,, click on the “Databases” tab, then choose “Databases by Subject.” 


There are two subjects you can search within for this topic.  For Antigone, your best option is to choose "Literature."  For ancient Greek culture, your best option is "History." 


Let's say you start with Literature.  When you click on this link, you will see a list of the library's databases that cover literature on the right hand side. You can choose any one (Literature Resource Center is among the most popular ones with students).  When you enter the database (H number required for off campus assess), you can conduct a search using keywords.  For instance, you could simply enter Antigone.  This may give you too many results. You can combine search terms using the word AND.  For instance, antigone AND sophocles might be a good search to try.  With this search, all returned results will include the name of the play and the author's name.


For the information on ancient Greek culture, again, choose the "History" subject.  You will see a list of databases on the right side of the screen.  World History in Context might be a good one for this topic, but you can try any one that sounds good to you.  In the World History in Context database, a search for Ancient Greece brings up everything they have on the topic.  If this results page is too broad, try narrowing your search with additional terms as was suggested above.

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