27276 - Laboratory (1) (G.A)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities Peace, justice and strong institutions

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The students are required to grasp a basic knowledge of the main word-processing and image-processing programmes.

Throughout the course, they are expected to acquire new competence for a conscious use of IT resources for humanities by combining traditional and 'new' tools and by the critical assessment of the potentialities and the limit of each resource. They are also expected to demonstrate their acquired skills on a specific study-topic at their choice.

Course contents

Course contents:
1. Introduction to the course. Computer and humanities: notion, history, methods, practices. Admission to the laboratories: networks and operating systems
Admission to the laboratories, regulations, passwords, right procedures. Operating systems (Win, Mac and Unix). Workstations. Intranet networking.

2. Greek, Hebrew, Non-Latin typewriting
Greek and Hebrew typewriting. Transliteration and diacritical fonts. Files and fonts compatibility (by different systems and applications). ASCII and Unicode fonts. Fonts converters and special remarks.

3. Internet for classics: philological and educational resources
On line resources for classics. Search engines, general indexes, gateways for classics. Library catalogues. The "Polo di Bologna" and "SBN" catalogues. Non-SBN and foreign opacs. Table of contents of journals of interest to classicists.

4. Bibliographical enquiry
Cd- and on line bibliographies for classics: The Année Philologique, Gnomon. Journals indexes, scrutinies, bibliographical monographies and essays. Subject bibliographies on line.

5. Classical literatures databases: introduction to the main search functions.
Presentation of the following databases: TLG online, PHI#5, PHI#7. Related search engines for Win (Workplace, Musaios, Lector).

6. Databases for Latin literature
Presentation of the following databases: ThLL, Brepolis, PHI #5, Poetria Nova, Poeti latini d'Italia. Presentation of the following databases: CLCLT6, Patrologia Latina Database, e-MGH.

7. Databases for documentary texts
Presentation of the papyrological and epigraphical databases.

8. Databases for biblical and patristic texts
Presentation of the following databases: BibleWorks, BibleWindows. Corpus Augustinianum Gissense. CLCLT6. Patrologia Latina Database.

9. Databases for Latin Medieval and Italian literatures
Presentation of databases on Cd and on line.

Lectures Hours: Thursday and Friday 16-18, Aula Informatica, Dip. di Filologia Classica e Italianistica (13.1.2022-18.3.2022).

Links: http://www2.classics.unibo.it/Didattica/labora01.html


No extra literature is required, besides training's sessions, studying of tutorials and exercises suggested during the lectures.

Since the course is a lab, participation in lessons is indispensable.

To register, you must necessarily send an electronic message to camillo.neri@unibo.it, because the capacity of the classroom-laboratory is limited.

Teaching methods

In addition to the lectures given by the teacher, tutorials and exercises (guided by the teacher) are also scheduled on the resources and methods dealt with during the lectures.
All the material handed out in the lectures will be available afterwards on line at http://www.unibo.it/docenti/camillo.neri

Assessment methods

A first assessment will be carried out to begin with in the individual exercises on tools and methods as explained in the lectures.
The final examination consists of a practical test: students should present a specimen of a research which will tackle most of the resources expound in the lectures.


In consideration of the type of activity and teaching methods adopted, the attendance of this training activity requires the prior participation of all students in modules 1 and 2 of training on safety in the study places, [https://elearning-sicurezza.unibo.it/] in e-learning mode

Teaching tools

PC, video projector, overhead projector, photocopied handouts, tutorials on line.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Camillo Neri