ASC 4130A: Ancient Egypt

Search Tips

No matter where you search there are three good techniques you can use to improve your search results:

  • Boolean searching
  • stemming
  • phrase searching

Boolean 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

Phrase Searching

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”

Reference Sources

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.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt.
Oxford History of Ancient Egypt

Biographical Resources
A Biographical Dictionary of Ancient Egypt.
Chambers Biographical Dictionary.
Great Lives from History: Ancient and Medieval Series.

Historical Atlases
Atlas of Ancient Egypt
Atlas of Egyptian Art

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Books and eBooks

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Last updated March 01, 2016, at 09:47 AM by Laura Pope Robbins