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Innovations that have had lasting and far-reaching impact on life, even today.
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Books in Our Library

Here are a few of the books we have on this topic in the library.  Some books for this project have been put aside on Reserve at the Main Desk in the library. To find additional books in the Reading Room, try a Power search in the library catalog.

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Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures - H. Selin (Editor)
Call Number: 509 SEL
Publication Date: 2008
This is a terrific multi-volume encyclopedia with detailed articles about medicine, science and technology in diverse cultures around the world.

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The genius of China : 3,000 years of science, discovery, and invention - Robert Temple
Call Number: 951 T286g
An introduction to the achievements of ancient China, including a detailed explanation of the invention of the compass and the discovery of magnetic declination.

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Ancient Egyptian Civilization - Brenda Stalcup (Editor)
Call Number: 932.01 ANC
Publication Date: 2000
Covers the royalty, religion, accomplishments, rise, decline, and legacy of this ancient civilization. Includes a short summary of the history of Egypt including two maps.

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Roman Roads and Aqueducts - Don Nardo
Call Number: 937.06 NAR
Publication Date: 2001
Describes the construction of roads and aqueducts in ancient Rome, life and customs along the roads, water distribution and aqueduct maintenance, and the building of bridges.

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The Spirit world - by the editors of Time-Life Books
Call Number: OVR 970.1 AME
Publication Date: 1992
Discusses the spirit world rites of the Indians of North America with information on visions, medicine, relationship to animals, and more.

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Cultural Atlas of Africa - edited by Jocelyn Murray
Call Number: OVR 960 MUR
Publication Date: 1998
Provides a survey of the culture, history, and geography of Africa, featuring a new chapter on prehistoric man and new illustrations.

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Maya Civilization - by Patricia D. Netzley
Call Number: 972.01 N476m
Publication Date: 2002
Examines the religion, art, architecture, society, and intellectual pursuits of the ancient Maya--including the creation of their calendar.

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The First Armies - James Doyne Dawson
Call Number: 355.3 D272f
Publication Date: 2002
Shows how the earliest civilizations developed military institutions and dedicated war-making technologies from chariots to siege engines.

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Guns, Germs, and Steel - Jared Diamond
Call Number: 303.4 DIA
Publication Date: 2005
This book reviews the development of agriculture, technology, and social structures throughout human history and across cultures.

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The history of the ancient world : from the earliest accounts to the fall of Rome
Call Number: 930 BAU
Guides readers on a tour of the ancient worlds of Sumer, Egypt, India, China, Greece, Mesopotamia and Rome. Drawing on epics, legal texts, private letters and court histories, the author introduces individuals who lived through the famines, plagues, floods, wars and empire building of the ancient world: the marvelous array of characters includes Gilgamesh, Sumer's first epic hero; Yù, the founder of the Xia dynasty in China; and Tiglath-Pileser III, who restored the Assyrian empire's fortunes. Includes timelines and maps.

Library Databases

** Day students!  Please note that all library databases, including Britannica Academic, require a login in order to access them off-campus.   Email us for a list of database usernames and passwords.

  • KUA Library Catalog
    Books and documentaries at KUA. Try a Power search to combine different search terms. For example: an asterisk, e.g. egypt*, will find books with any variation of the root by searching for "egypt" and "egyptian" at the same time.

    egypt AND construction
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
    The academic alternative to Wikipedia! A very current, easy-to-use, general database. Try a simple keyword search, such as "ancient egypt", to get a list of related articles. Or you can search the name of a particular dynasty or ruler to get more details.
  • Oxford Reference Online
    An online collection of Oxford reference ebooks covering many subjects. Try combining several keywords by "adding a row" to your search (on the left side of your search results).

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