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Classics 211: Greek History: In-class Assignment

Evaluating Peer-Reviewed Articles

For an upcoming assignment in this class, you'll need to identify, read, analyze and review one scholarly (peer-reviewed) article on some aspect of ancient Greek history.  How will you know if you've chosen a "good" article?  What makes one article more appropriate for this assignment than another? 

Suppose you're interested in the broad topic of slavery in ancient Greece.  You've identified three scholarly articles from your searches and now need to select one to review:

Harsh, Philip Whaley.  The Intriguing Slave in Greek Comedy.  Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological
Association 86 (1955): 135-142.
Millett, Paul.  “Aristotle and Slavery in Athens.”  Greece & Rome 54, no. 2 (October 2007): 178-209.
Rosivach, Vincent J.  “Enslaving barbaroi and the Athenian Ideology of Slavery.”  Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte 48, no. 2
(1999): 129-157. 

Which article will you select?  Why?  Working in pairs, identify at least five evaluation criteria.  Be prepared to explain your decision to the rest of the class.

Reading a Scholarly Article

During the preview phase, when you're still considering multiple articles, you'll want to concentrate on these key elements:

  • Abstract (if available)
  • First paragraph (sometimes the second paragraph, too):  What does the author want to find out?  What is the research question the author is asking?
  • Evidence:  What are the primary sources the author uses?
  • Scholarly conversation:  What are the other scholarly works (secondary sources) the author uses?
  • Conclusion (typically the last paragraph):  How does the author tie the evidence together to answer the research question? What is the significance of this research?

Once you've selected the article, you can actively read for content, argument, analysis and evaluation. For more information on this active reading process, consider these guides as well:

Chicago Style

The discipline of Classics typically uses Chicago style for citations:

Notes-Bibliography System (Humanities Style)

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Peer Research Advisor Hours

Spring 2019 Hours

Collins Library, Library 118 (just off of the Learning Commons)
You can just drop in or you can request an appointment.
Marcelle Rutherfurd '19 and Lindsey Hunt '19 are available for research consultations as follows:
Sundays   7:00 to 9:00 pm
Mondays   7:00 to 9:00 pm
Tuesdays   7:00 to 9:00 pm
Wednesdays   7:00 to 9:00 pm