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Civilization   Tags: history greece rome civilizations ancient  

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Steps to Research

  1. Conduct broad research to identify a general subject
    a) web
    b) encyclopedias
    c) textbook and other books

  2. Read to learn the terminology and key points
    a) take notes (notebook or note cards)
    b) keep track of your sources (email links to yourself, start Works Cited list)

  3. Specific research on your particular topic
    a) Libguide 
    b) web
    b) encyclopedias
    c) textbook and other books (Destiny library catalog) 
    d) take notes
    e) update Works Cited 

  4. Formulate a thesis
    a) jot it down or type it into your NoodleBib Project

  5. Write an outline
    a) GoogleDocs or in Noodletools

  6. Write your paper

  7. Finish your Works Cited list

  8. Share with the librarians in the Noodletools dropbox

  9. Hand in your completed paper!


Comparison Paper Assignment

3-5 page paper comparing your civilization with another civilization: 

Identify and rank in order of importance the five key characteristics of your civilization and the real civilization you are researching; explain the rationale for your choice and ranking of each characteristic. Then indicate, using specific evidence from your log and your research, how each of these five characteristics is present or not present in both civilizations. Based upon a comparison and contrast of the characteristics of these two civilizations, draw conclusions about how and why each contributed to success or failure.

(From Mrs. Lord's assignment sheet.) 


Finding Books at KUA

Search the Destiny catalog for keywords related to the country or civilization. Start with a simple term such as "byzantium" and click on the Keyword icon. To narrow the search, add other terms ("byzantium civilization" will search for books with Byzantium AND civilization). To expand the search, truncate the word for alternate endings (for example, "byzant*" will search for "byzantium" as well as "byzantine"). For best results, use synonymous terms ("middle ages" or "medieval").  

Once you have found a relevant book, look at the subject headings and click on any that are followed by Find It! This will lead you to similar books in the catalog. You might also find similar books on the shelf near the one you have identified. Keep in mind, though, that sometimes books are shelved in different sections, either because they fall in a different call number range or because of size. Large format books are in the Oversize sections.

The stack map on top of the book cases will show you the sections, and each book case is labeled with the call number range it contains. 

Country-specific information

British Empire
German Empire
Ancient Greece
India / Indus
Roman Empire
Vikings / Scandinavia


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