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PHI 135/ENG 136 Ancient Greek Justice and Literature: Understanding and Evaluating


Remember to stay flexible as your search and read. Researching is not a straightforward process and it might take some time and multiple tries to find what you need.

Types of sources you will be using

Primary literary and philosophical texts: These are things you've already read, so thats cool! Make sure to use them and draw connections between your sites and these sources to give context to your site.

Reference Sources: Credo and Oxford are great for this!

Journal Articles: These will give a scholarly perspective to your site and lend a certain amount of credibility to your presentation. Use these sources to draw connections between your site as a representation of ideas of Justice, among other things. Use WISE or various databases to discover articles.

Critical and Historical Books: These sources will help give history and context to your site and how it is currently studied. Bonus: They might be easier to read than journal articles. Use WISE to find books (we can help you find them in the stacks!) and ebooks.

News Sources: Use news articles to tell your classmates about present-day events and discussions around your site. Google News and the New York Times Archives will help with this!

The CRAAP Test

The CRAAP Test is an easy-to-remember way to evaluate your source. It will help you figure out if your source is good or it it's- well, you know...


Currency: When was this written/published?

Relevance: Does this help me with my research?

Authority: Who wrote this? What are the author's credentials?

Accuracy: Is this true? Does it seem reliable?

Purpose: Why was this written? Does the author have an agenda other than educating others?

We're here to help!

Remember that librarians are here to help every step of the way, not just for finding stuff. E-mail us to set up an appointment or come to the library!

Taking good notes

Use a note-taking system that works for you!

If you haven't found one yet- try this- it's what works for me:

Before you read

MLA Citation of source

Why am I reading this source/which research ?s do I think it will help answer:

While you read

(pg #)

  • notes   

    • more

    • notes

      • mhmm


  • next page’s notes

After you read

Short summary of article:

Author’s main points:


New evidence/arguments:

Questions I still have:

Relationship to my research questions:

Relationship to other articles I’ve read:

Is this useful to me?