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”

Books and eBooks

Search for your topic in the library catalog:

Finding Articles

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.

Academic Search Premier

Web Sites

  • EAWC: Ancient Egypt
    Exploring Ancient World Cultures is a website sponsored by the University of Evansville

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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.

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Last updated March 03, 2014, at 02:22 PM by Laura