Answered By: Iris Carroll
Last Updated: Jun 29, 2016     Views: 37

It sounds like you're just beginning research for a paper or speech. You've come to the right place.

When I'm starting a project I always want to find some good topic overview articles so that I can begin to understand the basics about my topic. Once I understand the basic facts, important issues, etc. then I can create some research questions that I'll spend the rest of my "information gathering time" trying to answer.

With that in mind, I recommend you search the library catalog for a book or encyclopedia on symbolism. To start searching in the library catalog simply type in the box below WorldCat - Find Books & More on the library's Web site. I did that and searched for symbolism dictionaries. I found The Watkins Dictionary of Symbols in the Reference Collection of the East Campus library. The shelf address for it (or Call Number) is GR931 .T74 2008. One of  the librarians will be happy to help you find it.

I also recommend that you search our database Gale Virtual Reference Library that you'll find when you click on Articles & Databases. In the search box at the top of the database page I entered (signs and symbols) and (greeks or rome). That search returned 1372 results, which I further limited by choosing the Document Type Topic Overview at the top of the left-hand column. Once I chose that limit, my results went down to 909. The list of results down the middle of the page shows you article titles (in orange). Several of these titles caught my eye: "Roman Empire" in the New Catholic Encyclopedia, "Greeks" in the Encyclopedia of World Cultures, and "Symbol and Symbolism" in the Encyclopedia of Religion. You can just click on the article title to begin reading it.

I encourage you to read as you go so that you're learning about your topic as you work. Don't make the mistake of trying to gather all of your information before you know what you're looking for. Reading some topic overview articles early in your research will get you started in the right direction and save you time down the road.

Please contact us if you have anymore questions.

Best,

Iris Carroll

Librarian