ASC 4130A: Ancient Egypt
No matter where you search there are three good techniques you can use to improve your search results:
- Boolean searching
- phrase searching
This involves using the words AND and OR within your search.
AND: narrows a search (Egypt AND art).
OR: broadens a search and can be used to describe multiple terms (funeral OR burial)
Here’s a brief video on using AND and OR.
Also called truncation, used to find multiple endings of a word. Put an asterisk (*) at the end of the root word:
Egypt* finds: Egypt, Egyptian, Egyptians
Use quotation marks to search for a specific phrase. Quotation marks will keep the words in the order you type to make your results more relevant. Make sure the phrase you’re using is one that is used in discussing your topic:
“New Kingdom”, “Valley of the Kings”
Use these to get a good background knowledge of your topic. Make sure you know the key terms, names, dates and concepts unique to your research.
Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Handbooks
Credo Reference (database of over 500 encyclopedias)
Chronology of World History.
The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture.
Encyclopedia of the Archaelogy of Ancient Egypt.
Encyclopedia of World Trade: From Ancient Times to the Present.
Gardner’s Art Through the Ages.
Handbook of Egyptian Mythology
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt.
Oxford History of Ancient Egypt
A Biographical Dictionary of Ancient Egypt.
Chambers Biographical Dictionary.
Great Lives from History: Ancient and Medieval Series.
Books and eBooks
Search for your topic in the library catalog:
TIP: check off Articles under Narrow by Item Type before you start searching.
Academic Search Premier contains full text of a number of art-related journals and magazines, including Art in America.
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Citing Your Resources
Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.
NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.
- Citation Styles
Guides which will help you create proper citations in different styles.
- Why Cite?
Brief video explaining when to cite and why.
- Tips on avoiding plagiarism
Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.
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