Doing Archaeology

Course #: AR102

Finding Books

Omni contains records for all the books owned by Laurier and 14 other Omni libraries. Narrow your search results by using "Books and eBooks" facet under "Modify your search." Here are some ways to improve your search results:

COVID note: during the pandemic, access to our physical collection of books is limited, as it requesting from other Omni libraries or using Interlibrary Loan. To limit your search to ebooks, in addition to the "Books and eBooks" facet, also choose "Available online." Services like Interlibrary loan are currently unavailable.

When the Library is open and accessible, you can also browse the Laurier shelves and find items relevant to this course at the following call numbers on the 5th floor (Waterloo campus).

  • Archaeology general -- CC
  • Prehistoric North American - Archaeology -- E
  • Prehistoric North American - Anthropology -- GN
  • Historic North American -- E150
  • Near eastern -- DS56-DS155
    • Egypt -- DT
    • Biblical studies -- BS
  • Classical - Greek history -- DF
  • Classical - Roman history -- DG

Finding Journal Articles

Omni contains articles as well as books, and you can use the facets on the left to limit to "Articles" "Peer-reviewed" and "Available online." Sometimes your search may return too many results, so a more efficient way to find journal articles is to search a database that indexes articles from archaeological journals. Sometimes it is helpful to search and browse prominent journals in this field, including the following selective titles. Most of these are online, but some are only in print on the 4th floor.

Finding Site Reports

Site reports are core sources of archaeological excavation, and the library has some site reports in print. Many organizations and companies publish their site reports online for free, so a Google search containing "site report" (including quotation marks) and other relevant terms will yield results. For example: "site report" bishop's block.

Finding Reference and background material

The library has a wide range of reference materials in print and online. Consider starting with The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology. Other titles can be found using these links:

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