If you are about to graduate from high school and are ready to begin college study in archaeology, or if you are already a student and are struggling with a paper, many resources are available to guide you.
The Chicago Manual of Style: The AJA’s preferred style source and an authority on grammar. If your university has access, you can search and browse the full text online.
WorldCat: The world's largest network of library content and services. A great place to find and check references.
Purdue OWL: The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University. This site provides great advice on academic writing, and writing and grammar in general. It also explains MLA and APA style.
Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing: Website and podcasts dealing with the tricky subtleties of the English language.
Writing Guide in Archaeology: By Curtis Runnels and Priscilla Murray, Boston University. This guide highlights how to choose a subject to write about, how to structure your paper, and other concerns.
Writing Archaeological Essays and Theses: By E.B. Banning, University of Toronto. This site provides advice on every stage of writing a paper: planning, hunting down resources, and style.
Advice on Academic Writing: From the University of Toronto, especially useful for students transitioning from high school to university writing.
New Athena Unicode Font: Free Greek font from GreekKeys (American Philological Association).
U.S. Copyright Office: Everything you need to know about using and citing content in your research.
The Beazley Archive: In addition to the enormous pottery database, there is also an introduction to Greek pottery with an interactive map and many other resources.
The British Museum Collection Database: Advanced search tool for nearly two million objects in the museum's collections.
Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative: Access, preservation, and data sharing are at the heart of archaeology. This project, under the direction of UCLA and the Max Planck Institute, has already catalogued and digitized nearly 225,000 cuneiform tablets. The site is brimming with data. It's friendly to browse for the layperson and has a powerful search engine for scholars.
The Giza Archives: From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A collection of photographs and other data from the museum's work at the site.
Hispania Epigraphica Online Database: In Spanish and English. A collection of Roman inscriptions from the Iberian peninsula, featuring a few different ways to search.
Inscriptions of Aphrodisias: Online corpus of inscriptions. Includes translations and commentary.
Open Context: This data-sharing resource is a place where professional scholars can publish their primary field research. The content is vetted by an editorial staff and is completely open access. The site is easy to use and has helpful features for data use, discovery, and portability.
Persepolis Fortification Archive: A project by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago to document the tens of thousands of clay tablets found at Persepolis.
Perseus Digital Library: An enormous digital collection that includes texts and an art and archaeology artifact browser.
Poggio Civitate Etruscan Excavation: Catalogue of data for thousands of finds and records of excavations.
Project Muse: Online access to current and back issues of humanities and social sciences journals, including full-text.
Projekt Dyabola: Maintained by Biering & Brinkmann, the Dyabola project is a collection of databases of bibliographic data and image collections in the arts and humanities.
Bernstein, Theodore M. 1995. The Careful Writer. New York: The Free Press.
Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. 2008. The Craft of Research. 3rd ed. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press.
Bryson, Bill. 2004. Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right. New York: Broadway Books.