Histories of Meaning
Earl Jackson, Jr.
Here I will draw the attention of UCSC students to facilities we have available at our institution that may not be more generally available.
Project Muse is the name of a groundbreaking innovation in scholarly publishing distribution, developed and maintained by Johns Hopkins University Press. The Press has entered into propriety relationships with at present some fifty different scholarly journals. Every issue of these journals is digitalized and made available over the Web, and the group of the online issues in turn is configured as a data base for highly directed searches one may wish to mount [We’ll try this ourselves in class. You’ll be glad we did.] The Press in turn sells a „subscription“ to Project Muse to University Libraries. Libraries who subscribe enable the students, faculty, and staff access to all these journals, and the database free of charge, as long as Project Muse is accessed from a University-system computer.
Fortunately, UCSC is a subscriber. This means you can call up any article from any of
these archived journals and print it up for free. And better still, the
search engine on that Project Muse site is capable of doing pretty sophisticated
searches of the database of archived journals on line. I have used it several
times already in preparaing for this seminar. And I sincerely hope you
will too. In fact, we should all not only make a point of using it [I’ll
bring in examples of how useful it is] but we should always drop ther reference
librarian and/or the Dean [both] a line letting them know how much we have
been using it and what a boon it has been. In times of perpetual budget
cuts, libraries are hit first (ask Alexandria), and within the library,
journals are the first to go. This Muse subscription allows the library
to do away with piecemeal subscriptions to many journals, but if there
is little sign that it is being used, we would have reason to fear the
Muse may not smile upon us for long.
Library resources page of the UCSC Web site is a little item about the „Web of science,“ which you should read, believe, and act on. Today. The Librarian-on-line is not exaggerating when s/he writes that „the Web of Science . . . should be more aptly named Web of Scholarshp.“ This is the online version of the printed citation indices covering the Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanites. Yes, Arts and Humanities. See, it pays to pay attention to the librarian. This online version has recently become available to the UCSC community. This means you have a free database comprehending over 7,000 journals in all fields from 1994- to the present. The entries for each journal article includes an abstract, and a list of the articles citated. When an entry happens to be in an electronic journal, it is hypelinked directly to it. And the three-tiered search engine is a real beauty. But you won’t know what you can do with this until you try it. Make it your regular research stop right after Project Muse.
|Paidia 1||Digital Canon
Complete Primary Texts on line
Linguistic Resources – Language/Philology/Lexicography
Greek and Roman
History and CultureÝ
of Archaic and Classical Greece and Rome
|Paidia 7||Belles Sémata lugra
Literature and Performance
|Grammateidia tés narkés
Electronic Classics Journals
Bibliographies and Databases
|Paidia 10||Institution-restricted resources|
|Paidia 11||Sunousia cybernetica|
of Meaning Syllabus
Earl Jackson, Jr.