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IDS 101: "A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing": The Use and Abuse of the Greeks and Romans in Later Periods: Using the Library

Personal Librarians

A personal Librarian is your "go-to" person in the library. First-year students are paired up with a librarian who will be your individual contact person within the library from day one. Find your Personal Librarian here.

What Librarians Can Do for You

You can set up an individual research consultation with a subject librarian for research help. Here are a few other things that we can do for you:

  • Show you the best places to begin your research.
  • Locate the information you need within our library or elsewhere.
  • Help you cite information correctly (e.g. APA style).
  • Judge the quality & reliability of information.
  • Teach you how to use information ethically (e.g. avoiding plagiarism).
  • Determine whether something is peer-reviewed.

Hours during the Academic Year

Library Hours

Mon-Thur    8 a.m. -- Midnight
Friday         8 a.m. -- 9 p.m.
Saturday    10 a.m. -- 6 p.m.
Sunday      10 a.m. -- Midnight

Reference Hours

Mon-Thur   10 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
                    6 p.m. -- 9 p.m.
Friday         1 p.m. -- 4 p.m
Saturday         (Closed)
Sunday           (Closed)

Archives Hours

Contact: for an appointment.

Note: The library is closed to the general public and open to students, faculty, and staff with current Willamette ID.

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Mark O. Hatfield Library Building

Library Home Page ( )

Print Reference Books

Authoritative Reference Sources vs Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a great resource for getting general info about something, but because anyone can contribute or change its content it is considered unreliable.  College faculty typically do not consider Wikipedia a credible information source. 

Instead, use the library's print or electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other reference books to backup the basic information of your research paper. These resources have gone through an editorial process to check for accuracy. To the right and below are some resources that may be of use.

Humanities and Fine Arts Librarian

Online Reference Books

Online Encyclopedias

Mussolini's Film of Ancient Rome

Course Description

Ancient Greek and Roman history and culture have long provided powerful ideas and images that have been used in later periods for both good and ill. This course provides an introduction and orientation to some of the key themes and texts from Greek and Roman antiquity as well as to some of the ways in which "the classics" have been used and misused in later eras, and why they continue to be both so relevant and so fraught. Topics to be discussed include politics and government; war and conquest; slavery, race, and gender; and the role of art, architecture, and public monuments. We will explore the enduring power of these classical legacies and why they have been so frequently appropriated to sponsor nationalist, fascist, and alt-right agendas. Can the Greeks and Romans be redeemed? Should they be? How can we come to terms with these ancient legacies that we still live with today?