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Ancient Civ Students

Ancient Civ Research Shortcuts

Questions? Contact Ann Lattinville

alattinville@ocln.org

 

 

 

Tutorial:

Searching Databases

Watch this brief tutorial to learn how to

search and use research databases

for your school assignments!

http://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cDee0D1lG1

 

 

Grade 5 - Great Americans
Grade 6 - Ancient Civilizations
Grade 5 - Early Explorers
Grade 4 (Jenkins) - Immigration Fiction
Grade 4 (Jenkins) - Immigration Nonfiction
Grade 4 (Jenkins) - Monuments

 

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Grade 5 - Great Americans

2014-11-GreatAmericans - PDF

 

Grade 6 - Ancient Civilizations

Ancient Civilizations Research Guide (Long Form) - PDF

Ancient Civilizations Research Guide (Short Form) 2014-11-AncientCiv- PDF

Library Catalog:

Keywords & Phrases

A good starting point is the Library Catalog.

Start your research by reading an encyclopedia entry to come up with some keywords, such as names of places, important people, and words frequently used by historians and scientists to describe your topic.

EXAMPLE:

For a project on Egypt, try:

  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ramses the Great
  • Pharaohs

After entering your search term and getting a list of search results, limit the results using the fields on the left side of the screen, such as Subject, Age, Format, etc. Or try "Advanced Search."

In the Library drop down menu, choose Scituate to search only Scituate library or All Libraries to search all libraries.

To search the OCLN Catalog click here

Browsing the Shelves:

Call Numbers

Browsing by Call Number is a great way to get ideas. Remember like books sit on the shelf next to one another. Find a book on your topic and look at books sitting next to it.

Nonfiction (JNF) & Reference (JREF):

  • 930  General Ancient History
  • 931  Ancient China
  • 932  Ancient Egypt
  • 933  Ancient Israel
  • 934  Ancient India
  • 935  Ancient Persia, Babylonia & Mesopotamia, Assyrians
  • 936  Ancient Celts
  • 937  Ancient Rome & Greece
  • 938  Ancient Greece, Minoans, Mycenae, Macedonia
  • 939  Ancient Phoenicia, Nubia & Africa, Hittites, Kush
  • 948  Vikings
  • 950  Mongols
  • 952  Ancient Japan
  • 966  Ancient Ghana
  • 972  Aztecs, Maya, Mali
  • 985  Incas

Find Young Adult (YA) books on the adult shelves using the same call numbers.

Reference Books

a.k.a. Books to use while at the library. Use photo copier or take notes. These books are always in the library because the can't be checked out.

In the Children's Room:

  • J REF 930 ANC - The Ancient World, Volumes 1-5
  • J REF 930 EXP - Exploring Ancient Civilizations, Vol. 1-11
  • J REF 930 MCI - Civilizations

eBooks:

  • View and read online through your web browser.
  • Select History & Social Studies category at Reference eBooks

Research Databases

Databases are great for finding magazine and encyclopedia articles, images, audio & video clips and much more.

Great information can be found in these databases:

Use the Keywords you developed for your library catalog search!

To see other Research Databases for students, click here

Selected Websites That Might Be Useful

Best of History Websites - Ancient/Biblical:
http://www.besthistorysites.net/index.php/ancient-biblical-history

Internet Public Library Pathfinders
http://www.ipl.org/div/pf/

Watch Know Learn (video clips)

http://www.watchknowlearn.org/

British Museum

http://www.britishmuseum.org/learning/schools_and_teachers/resources.aspx

DVDs

Sometimes the best way to get information is to see it!

Examples of documentaries you can find in our nonfiction DVD collection:

  • Ancient China. Masters of the Wind and Waves
  • Mayans & Aztecs, Ancient Lands of the Americas

Search the Library Catalog (see above) for DVDs on your topic.

Use the Format or Material Type field to limit your search results to Videos.

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Grade 5 - Early Explorers

Early Explorers Pathfinder - PDF

Library Catalog:

Keywords & Phrases

A good starting point is the Library Catalog. Try these subject searches.

Suggested Terms for Catalog search:

  • Explorers
  • Explorers-Juvenile literature

After entering your search term and getting a list of search results, limit the results using the fields on the left side of the screen, such as Subject, Age, Format, etc. Or try "Advanced Search."

In the Library drop down menu, choose Scituate to search only Scituate library or All Libraries to search all libraries.

To search the OCLN Catalog click here

Browsing the Shelves:

Call Numbers

Browsing by Call Number is a great way to get ideas. Remember like books sit on the shelf next to one another. Find a book on your topic and look at books sitting next to it.

Biography section (JBiog):

  • Last name of your explorer

Nonfiction (JNF) & Reference (JREF):

  • 970.01
  • 910.9

Find Young Adult (YA) books on the adult shelves using the same call numbers.

Some Titles We Have

These books can be used in the library:

  • JREF 912 Atl - Historical Atlas of Exploration
  • JREF 910 Wal - Who was Who in World Exploration
  • JREF 910 Kim - The Look-it-Up Book of Explorers

Research Databases

Databases are great for finding magazine and encyclopedia articles, images, audio & video clips and much more.

Great information can be found in these databases:

Sample search terms: "Magellan", "Eriksson"

To see other Research Databases for students, click here

Selected Websites That Might Be Useful

A&E Biography Channel:

Enter your explorer's name in search box
http://www.biography.com/

The History Channel

Look at Explorers topic for your explorer
http://www.history.com/topics

DVDs

Search the Library Catalog (see above) for DVDs on your explorer.

Use the Format or Material Type field to limit your search results to Videos.

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Grade 4 - Jenkins School - Immigration Fiction

 ImmigrationFiction-2013-2014 - PDF

 

Meet Kirsten, American Girl

Puzzle of the Paper Daughter, American Girl Mystery


Ice Cream Town, Arato


Beyond the Western Sea (Lord Kirkle’s Money, Escape from Home), Avi

The Unforgotten Coat, Boyce

Honeysuckle House, Cheng

Wildflower Girl, Conlon-McKenna

West to a Land of Plenty, Dear America

Dreams in the Golden Country, Dear America

One Eye Laughing, Dear America

90 Miles to Havana, Flores-Galbis

A House of Tailors, Giff

Maggie’s Door, Giff

Nory Ryan’s Song, Giff

Willow Run, Giff

Bridge to America, Glaser

A Place for Joey, Harris

Letters from Rifka, Hesse

Walk the Wild Road, Hinton

Inside Out and Back Again, Lai

An American Spring, Lasky

Drita, My Homegirl, Lombard

Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything, Look

In the Year of the Boar & Jackie Robinson, Lord

Flying the Dragon, Lorenzi

Katerina’s Wish, Mobley

Hannah’s Journal, Moss

Journal of Wong Ming Chung: A Chinese Miner, My Name is America

Journal of Otto Peltonon, A Finnish Immigrant, My Name is America

The King of Mulberry Street, Napoli

Fiona McGilray’s Story, A Voyage from Ireland in 1849, Pastore

Chantrea Conway's Story, Voyage from Cambodia, Pastore

Bread and Roses, Too, Paterson

The Iron Dragon: The Courageous Story of Lee Chin, Pryor

Star in the Forest, Resau

Esperanza Rising, Ryan

How I Survived the Irish Famine, the Journal of Mary O'Flynn, Wilson

Just Call Me Joe, Wishinsky

The Orphan of Ellis Island, Woodruff

The Dragon’s Child: A Story of Angel Island, Yep

 
   

 

Grade 4 - Jenkins School - Immigration Nonfiction

Pathfinder-ImmigrationNonfiction-2013 - PDF

 

Library Catalog:

Keywords & Phrases

A good starting point is the Library Catalog. Try these subject searches.

Enter one of these words/phrases:

  • immigration and emigration
  • Ellis Island
  • Angel Island
  • Immigrants

After entering your keyword or phrase and getting a list of search results, limit the results using the fields on the left side of the screen, such as Subject, Age, Format, etc. Or try "Advanced Search."

If you don't see it in our library, we can get it delivered here for you through the Old Colony Library Network!

To search the OCLN Catalog click here

Browsing the Shelves:

Call Numbers

Browsing by Call Number is a great way to get ideas. Remember like books sit on the shelf next to one another. Find a book on your topic and look at books sitting next to it.

Call Numbers are like street addresses for books. They help you find where the books are on the shelves.

Try these Call Numbers for your project:

  • 304.8 in the J Nonfiction (JNF) section
  • 325.73 in the J Nonfiction (JNF) section
  • 973 in the J Nonfiction (JNF) section
  • 929 in the J Nonfiction (JNF) section

Find Young Adult (YA) books on the adult shelves using the same call numbers.

Some Titles We Have

Encyclopedias are an excellent starting point for any research project:

  • JREF 031 Wor - World Book Encyclopedia
  • Encyclopedia Britannica - online, access through Library website

Single Books:

JREF 304.8 WEP - Immigration: From the Founding of Virginia to the Closing of Ellis Island

Series:

Call Numbers Vary: Coming to America (Series includes titles on immigrants from numerous countries)

Research Databases

Databases are great for finding magazine and encyclopedia articles, images, audio & video clips and much more.

Great information can be found in these databases:

To see other Research Databases for students, click here

Selected Websites That Might Be Useful

Who has time for random Google searches and questionable information? Try these sites:

Ellis Island-Port Of New York Records
http://www.ellisisland.org

Scholastic Immigration

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/

History Channel

http://www.history.com/topics/ellis-island

Watch Know Learn (video clips)

For video clips on immigration, use search terms "Ellis Island," "Angel Island," "Immigration"

http://www.watchknowlearn.org/


 

 

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Grade 4 - Jenkins School - Monuments of Washington, D.C.

ResearchGuide-Monuments-2014 - PDF

Library Catalog:

Keywords & Phrases

A good starting point is the Library Catalog. Try these subject searches.

Enter the word "monuments" in the search box. Or if you already know the name of your monument, type it into the search box.

When you get the search results list, limit the results using the fields on the left side of the screen, such as Subject, Age, Format, etc.

If you don't see it in our library, we can get it delivered here for you through the Old Colony Library Network!

To search the OCLN Catalog click here

Browsing the Shelves:

Call Numbers

Browsing by Call Number is a great way to get ideas. Remember like books sit on the shelf next to one another. Find a book on your topic and look at books sitting next to it.

For information on Washington, D.C.:

  • Browse shelves at 910.2 on the adult shelves or the Parents Collection
  • Browse shelves at 975 in the J Nonfiction section

You can also go to the adult shelves to seek Young Adult books using the same numbers!.

Some Titles We Have

Encyclopedias are an excellent starting point for any research project:

  • JREF 031 Wor - World Book Encyclopedia
  • Encyclopedia Britannica - online, access through Library website

Single books:

National Parks: A Kid's Guide to American's Parks, Monuments & Landmarks  JNF 917.3

Research Databases

Databases are great for finding magazine and encyclopedia articles, images, audio & video clips and much more.

Great information can be found in these databases:

To see other Research Databases for students, click here

Selected Websites That Might Be Useful

Who has time for random Google searches and questionable information? Try these sites:

National Park Service's Find a Park:

Enter your monument's name. In the left navigation bar, click on the link for kids. Some parks and monuments have resources just for students!
http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm

National Park Foundation:

Enter your monument's name to find articles, videos and great photos.
http://www.nationalparks.org/

Factmonster:

http://www.factmonster.com/

DVDs

Search the Library Catalog (see above) for DVDs on your monument. Many videos are available through the Old Colony Library Network.

Use the Format or Material Type field to limit your search results to Videos.

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