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Religious Diversity in the Ancient Mediterranean (RE 120)


Karen Gillum |

Marilyn R. Pukkila |

Think Strategically

  • Looking up background information first can save you time later - use the Oxford Classical Dictionary, and other online dictionaries
  • Use terminology and facts learned from the background information to search for articles in ATLA Religion and other databases listed on the left
  • Search for books in any of Colby's catalogs, expanding your search with subject linking
  • Investigate the notes and bibliographies of every good source you find for leads to more
  • Think about what sorts of publications the information you need might be published in and then where to look for it.​
    • Ancient texts?
    • Definition of terms?
    • An analytical argument on the validity of an approach, conclusion, or theory?


Keyword Searching --  

Experiment with synonyms

Use asterisks to search for multiple word-forms at once: divin* = divine, divinity, divination 

Use quotation marks to search for a phrase: "Roman religion"

Try searching the CBB catalog for Companion or Handbook and your keyword. Like this:  Companion  Greek religio*.  

Companions and handbooks can be very helpful in getting oriented to a new area of study. 


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Books Worldwide:
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